Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tuesday - The Writer's Life - Contracts and Sales #MFRWauthro #Contracts

If you're going to self-publish this won't help you much but if you've found a publisher who wants your book, there are several things to look at.

If a large publisher wants your book, your best bet is to have an agent who can look over the ins and outs of the conract. You could also find a literary attorney to look at the contract. Know that there are things you can change and things you can't but having a guide will help.

If you've found a small publisher, there are things you need to study. Most small publishers will ask for ebook and print rights to produce your books. There are things like audio rights, foreign sales and  movie rights to name a few that may or may not remain with yours to produce. At one point, a number of small presses only took electronic rights. Having an attorney may be a help. Also a help is other authors you know who are with small presses.

Study your contract and if you don't understand some of the features, ask someone. It's rather exciting to receive a contract but if you don't know all the ins and outs, you may sign away something you would rather not have given the rights away.

3 comments:

Paul McDermott said...

Thanks for your thoughts, Janet!
As I'm based in the UK I don't know what YOU might call a "big" or a "small" publisher.
I'm excited to think that VERY soon (mid-May) I'll see my THIRD book published, US publisher called Classic Act Books [the first two are available through Whimsical Publications, Florida]. Are either of these "big" [or "small"] by your definition?
I've found a reliable LOCAL independent publisher who recently printed one of my chldrens' books for me and I'd be happy to use him again for other work, both for children and for adults.
One problem here in the UK. 99.9% of Publishers & Agents seem to live in London and if your Postal area [= 'zip code'] tells them YOU don't they're likely to ignore your best submissions, they don't even return s/a postcard on which YOU have already paid postage.
I stil don't have an Agent, BTW: does that mean I'm lucky to get this far? LOL

Janet Walters said...

They are small publishers. I publish with a small Canadian publisher. Thanks for stopping by.

Janet Walters said...

Didn't read the last one. I do not have an agent and I don't want one. Have had three who did some not so nice things to my career.