aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Naughty! Naughty!

This is kind of scary. Random House UK has put this in its contract boilerplate for authors: "If you act or behave in a way which damages your reputation as a person suitable to work with or be associated with children, and consequently the market for or value of the work is seriously diminished, and we may (at our option) take any of the following actions: Delay publication / Renegotiate advance / Terminate the agreement."

In my work with Thomas Nelson, my contract included a “moral turpitude” clause. I signed. I lead a boring life. To get bounced, I figured, would take a gender twist on Edwin Edwards “caught in bed with a live boy or a dead girl” problem. I’m pretty sure Nelson doesn’t define moral turpitude the way the government does, where forgery is moral turpitude, and incest is not. See more here.

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