Q. My new book agent just offered me a writer-agent contract, and there are a couple of things that I wasn't sure about.
1.) According to the contract, my agent collects all the money, keeps his commission and expenses, and then pays me my share. Is that really the way it's done?
Yes, that's how it's done. Otherwise how does the agent keep track of what money you're getting paid and make sure you send her a check?
2.) "Agent shall market all of Author's literary rights in the work, including motion picture, stage, television...."
This is probably standard in most agents' contracts, but you can negotiate any contract. I have different agents for different markets. I have agents for my screenwriting, I have a non-fiction book agent, and I have an agent for the novel I perpetrated about Morgan le Fay. My book agents' contracts all started out including cinematic rights, but I insisted they be excluded.