What do you think?
Does this set the right tone for the letter? Is it properly couched in sufficiently legalistic language so it looks like I know what I’m talking about?
I regret to hear that this project of yours is so small, and that you’re creating a mix-and-match kit.
The sonnet cycle of the full and new moons I’ve been writing, developing, and thinking about for two years is actually part of a much larger project that’s taken a number of years more. The result is a fairly complete set of writings appropriate to time of day, season of year, weddings, funerals and even specific weeks and days that amounts to approximately seventy or eighty pages to date, and more than ten thousand words.
Simply put, I will not turn over five or six years of work in exchange for author’s copies. I have my own plan in mind for them.
I am prepared to grant you the limited once-off right to publish the October Full Moon Sonnet as part of this specific collection you’re assembling, provided that I retain the overall copyright. If I am not paid, I ask for at least four author’s copies, since my standard writing contract specifies three copies when I’m paid.
I enclose my snail-mail address below if you are still interested in this arrangement.