Re: RARA-AVIS: name changes - Parker

From: Terrill Lankford (
Date: 31 Mar 2002

M Blumenthal wrote:

> Terrill,
> Doesn't it work the other way also? IIRC, John Jakes' very successful series
> that began with the Bastard was thought up an commmisioned by a prominent
> agent/editor whose name escapes me now (could it be Lyle Wagoner?) who
> made a mistake by letting Jakes' name appear as the author. When the series
> became successful Jakes was able to control it, but he would have been
> unable to if the author was given a house name.
> Mark

I hadn't heard of this incident. If that actually happened I think it would be a rarity in the business. It's far more common for an author to entangle rights of future projects by selling exclusivity to a series character when selling a single novel. They'll tell you in the legal department that it's "boilerplate." Tricky bunch that they are.

Nice story though. Good to see the concept backfire on the producers once in a while.


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