Authors: Know Your Rights! Key Provisions in a Publishing Contract – by Joseph Perry…

on Anne R. Allen:

You finally received the call from your agent that you’re going to be a published author.

Congratulations!

All the hard work and months (or years) of attending workshops, writers’ groups, and revising and revising again have paid off. As excited as you may be, the next step, negotiating the publishing agreement, may give you nightmares. You’d rather sign and be done with it, but I’d think again.

The contract is written in the publisher’s favor, and if you’re not careful, it could lead to headaches down the road that can be avoided before signing.

Out of all the provisions in a publishing agreement, I’m routinely asked about the grant of rights, advances, royalties, and option clause. Below is a summary of those important provisions in your book.

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