I thought this very information post from talented Deborah A. Cooke should be spread far and wide. Contracts are always a sensitive issue to be signed with both eyes open. Read what Deborah says and be glad someone is out there watching your back!
I was asked recently by a new author to have a peek at a contract offered to her and thought that a general post about pitfalls might be welcome. I’m not a lawyer, but I’ve read, rejected and signed a lot of publishing contracts. I’ve made some mistakes and learned from them. I’ve also learned from some generous people who are very experienced in publishing contract law.
Many authors actively express their dislike of contracts. While contracts are not the most riveting reads, I like them – they document the expectations of each party in the relationship. Sometimes you learn things about your proposed partner in a contract. Contracts also specify how the relationship will end and what happens in pretty much all eventualities. They’re maps, in a way, and I love maps.
The first and foremost thing you need to do is actually read the contract. Yes. Read…
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