I just mailed off my contracts for Blood Wounds and there's a clause in there that I requested that other writers and their representatives may not have thought of.
Life As We Knew It has been nominated for young reader awards in over thirty states. Each time I duly informed my editor and anyone else who might listen. And each time I was duly congratulated.
Writers (as writers and agents know) equate money with love and vice versa. So I decided Harcourt should prove its love for me by giving me a little bonus should Blood Wounds be nominated for twenty different young reader awards. I asked my agent, my agent asked Harcourt, and Harcourt said yes.
It could well be other writers and/or agents have thought of this splendid clause on their own, the way movies and airplanes were invented by different people simultaneously. But just in case I'm the first one to think of it, I claim naming rights.
Just as skating has terms like lutz and axel and chack, named for illustrious people (actually, I'm not sure who the lutz was named for, but it sounds a lot more illustrious than toe loop), so too the bonus for state young reader nominations should be named for me. Only, realist that I am, I know the Pfeffer Clause doesn't sound nearly as memorable as lutz or chack.
So I hearby name the state young reader nomination bonus clause the LAWKI Clause.
Long may it prosper, and us right along with it!