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#TraditionalPublisher #contracts and #LiteraryAgents

May 22, 2015 3 comments

Here’s an extract from a must-read article on HuffPo:

“One of the things I learned is that publishers often change their contracts to give themselves more favorable terms. Agents who are paying attention pick up on the differences and understand the ramifications. Agents who aren’t, don’t.”

AND

“… … a few year ago, Simon & Schuster removed four sentences from the end of the rights reversion clause. These sentences defined the sales threshold, which states that rights will revert to the author if the number of sales drops under a specified amount. Removing these sentences meant that if the publisher also bought digital rights, the book would in effect never go out of print, and the publisher would own the rights to the work in perpetuity.”

The article states that you can’t necessarily depend on your literary agent to catch these for you, so be vigilant about what you’re signing away.

Click here for the rest of the article.

Small #Presses and #Contracts: What to Watch Out For

August 19, 2013 4 comments

Some small presses are good for a writer, others not so much. How do you tell the difference? Check out the link below for some great advice. If you want to know how to protect yourself as a writer (from bad contracts/agents/publishers) I have lot of posts on my blog. Anyway, click here for the link.

Literary Agents in the Brave New World of #selfpublishing

April 22, 2013 1 comment

In a blistering post David Gaughran takes on a newly formed ‘self-publishing’ company (if you want to know why I use the quotes, check out my self-publishing basics. I’m going to be updating that post in a couple minutes) and the literary agents backing it.

Whether you’re a published author, or are considering it, this post is a ‘must read.’

Click here for the post.

 

UPDATE: Bad Contracts from Big Publishers

March 11, 2013 4 comments

An update to the post below. There is more bad news from newbie authors from the publishing front. Click here for details.

Before You Sign That (Book Publishing) Contract

November 3, 2011 10 comments

It is really hard for first time authors to get a foot in the publishing door, which can make them really desperate to be published. I should know. I almost got conned into signing away all my rights. Luckily, I backed off at the last moment.

When you’re ready to sign a contract (and this is especially true if you’re dealing directly with the publisher), don’t sign away all rights. For example, if you wish to give only print rights to the publisher, specify just that. Never sign away all rights. After all, five years ago who’d have thought to keep electronic rights for ebooks?

Royalties is another area writers need to watch out for. Click here for a great article by Patricia  in epublishabook.com.

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