RE: Typical Book Deal?

Subject: RE: Typical Book Deal?
From: Mandy Wells <mwells -at- valadeo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 17:07:15 -0500

> Folks,
> A friend has asked me for advice on a book deal.
> He's a fairly accomplished programmer who's been approached by a
> publisher about writing a programming book. He came to me for advice
> about what kind of deal is typical, what percentage he should ask for,
> etc.
> I'm out of touch with writing for third party publication. Anybody
> have any advice on this? Or URLs on the topic? Pointers to a good
> agent?
> Steven J. Owens
> puff -at- guild -dot- net

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OK, maybe it doesn't help your friend so much, but it is an interesting


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