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Digital Rights Showdown: HarperCollins v. Open Road

3 years agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware One of the effects of the phenomenal growth of ebooks over the past few years has been to bring new value to the backlist--both for publishers who hold the contracts for backlist books, and authors who want the freedom to exploit a new range of rights. Since many of the most valuable backlist books were published long before ebooks existed, the issue of who controls electronic rights is a pressing one, for authors and publishers alike.
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Editing Clauses in Publishing Contracts

Arts / Writing : Writer Beware! (2 years ago)

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Over the past couple of days I've gotten several emails and Facebook posts alerting me to a blog post by writer Mandy DeGeit about her bad experience with a small publisher called Undead ... Read Post

The Importance of Reversion Clauses in Book Contracts

Arts / Writing : Writer Beware! (2 years ago)

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Most book publishing contracts can be divided into two types: fixed-term, where the grant of rights extends for a defined period of time, such as five years; and life-of-copyright, where ... Read Post

One Week, Two Big Pieces of Ebook News

Arts / Writing : Writer Beware! (5 years ago)

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Last week, the publishing world was abuzz with news that Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and HarperCollins intend to delay the release of ebook versions of most of their hardcover titles by t... Read Post


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