Examining the Elephant: Publishing Contracts, Part 1


  1. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey October 17, 2013 at 11:59 am .

    Thank goodness we have you on our side, Susan. There’s so much to learn and so much to consider when we finally get that contract, and even with the same publisher, we need to make sure new contract provisions haven’t changed.

  2. Julie Kazimer
    Julie Kazimer October 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm .

    If you need a lawyer, pick Susan! I plan to call her from jail every time. Kidding. But I cannot believe how amazing you are to share all this knowledge with writers, as you know, we’re not a bright lot :). As always, great post on contractual legalese.

  3. Lori DeBoer
    Lori DeBoer October 21, 2013 at 12:27 am .

    Thanks so much for another great and informative post, Susan! I am sending this one to my clients.

  4. Mary
    Mary November 1, 2013 at 12:32 pm .

    This is very helpful – thank you! Do commissioned authors usually get the contract before they start the text, or in this industry do they send the text first and work out the contract later? Would you ever recommend sending a draft to a publisher who has commissioned a text and promised the contract is “forthcoming” but you haven’t received it yet?

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