I already explained which items you listed were true and not - and that goes for first-time published authors as well – in other words I didn’t have what you mentioned in my first contract.
And yes, there are a lot of bad contract language and the Passive Voice is good at pointing them out. That doesn’t change that some of the things you said in your post isn’t accurate in today’s publishing environment.
“Good” is relative. Don’t get me wrong, I think there are a lot of TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE things in contracts. And I’m the first to say they are HIGHLY weighted toward the publishers. But I signed 3 big-five contracts, and 2 small-press contracts, and doing so was not a bad decision (and I also self-publish as well). What I received in return was worth what I gave up…so while not “good” they gave me what I needed.
Nothing wrong with that. I won’t be signing ANY MORE traditional contracts. I’ve gotten what I needed out of them, and now I’ll be self from here on out, but again they helped build my career and when I signed them they were definitely the right thing to do.