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Writers Beware of the ‘Second Option’ Clause

2 years agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Nothing makes an author happier than scoring a book deal. But before you sign on the dotted line, it’s important to read through a book contract with a fine-toothed comb. While it’s a good idea to shell out some money to have a lawyer read the contract, it also helps to educate yourself about these contracts. As a resource guide, Mediabistro’s AvantGuild page has created a list of “The 7 Biggest Red Flags in Book Contracts.
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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

Kurt Vonnegut on Book Deals: ‘Carry on Without an Advance’

Media / Publishing : GalleyCat (2 years ago)

It is too easy for first-time writers to obsess over book deals. Back in 1972, the great author Kurt Vonnegut cautioned one young writer against seeking an advance before finishing his book–sharing important advice that all aspiring... Read Post

Faker Impersonates Writers House Agent & Offers Book Deals

Media / Publishing : GalleyCat (3 years ago)

Yesterday novelist Lisa Yee warned her followers about an online fraud–somebody pretending to be her agent has been contacting writers about book deals. Aspiring authors should beware. Here is the complete tweet: “Someone is imperso... Read Post


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