Colour Me Impressed

I’m a feeling a little bit thankful and a little bit irritated this morning. Those of you who know me will know that only the part about being thankful is really news, but that’s beside the point. Here’s the thing: I received an email from my agent’s office yesterday. It seems that my advance for Drupal for Dummies: 2nd Edition was by them the other morning. This means that I’ll in turn be receiving a cheque very soon as well. 

While I’d be happy about any of that should be obvious. Not only am I being paid for my work, I’m also being attended to by an agency that gets shit done. For a first-time agency experience, I have nothing but awesome feedback to give. Thanks to everyone at Studio B for being generally covered in awesome sauce. 

Now for what I’m irritated by. 

Seeing how easily they were able to get money from my publisher after having to fight tooth and nail to get paid on time for my last book is in a word—OK, two words— fucking frustrating. Re-working Joomla for Dummies  to work with Joomla! 1.6 was a drunken monkey knife-fight of an assignment that was supposed to last six weeks, but ended up beating me around the head for eight long months. If fighting with the first edition’s factual errors and the multiple updates to Joomla 1.6 before a stable release candidate was out wasn’t enough, I was also constantly squabbling over the whereabouts of my cash. 

It’s a fine thing to have a crack team of agents, accountants and lawyers hustling on your behalf, but it’s a shame that we lie in a world where such measures are necessary.