The Rise of Audio Books

Michael J. Sullivan explores the world of audio books and subsidiary rights: Should you hang on to them? Will they be a significant source of income? Just how well are audio works doing?

Demystifying Contracts #5: Agency – When Things Go Bad

In my last article: Demystifying Contracts #4: Agency – Terminating Contracts I was exploring the tip of an iceberg…in that case it was what happens when you no longer are getting along with your agent and would like to find another one. But this is just one of the possible problems that may occur and when evaluating the contract. There are others, and in fact it is best to look at a contract considering all the various worst case scenarios. So let’s look at some.

Read the Contract

The time has come, my friends, to talk of cabbages, and sealing-wax, of walruses and kings… and of contracts, those sheets of paper that hold so much power in them. Whether you have submitted to a traditional publisher, or to a small press, or to a micro press, the time will come when you’ll get […]

Demystifying Contracts #2: Novels – Territories

This will be my third installment about contracts. For reference you can also refer to: Demystifying Contracts #1: Novels – Ownership vs Rights Transfer Pulling Back the Publishing Veil: Life of Copyright Terms As we learned in #1 you never (or shouldn’t ever) transfer your copyright to another. Instead you grant permission for another entity […]

Pulling back the publishing veil

Pulling Back the Publishing Veil: Life of Copyright Terms

There has been much talk this week about the contract terms of Random House’s new digital imprints. John Scalzi, president of the SFWA has had several posts on his his blog and Hydra’s (that’s the digital only science fiction and fantasy imprint of  Random House) contract has also been denounced by Victoria Strauss of SWFA’s Writer […]

Pulling back the publishing veil

Pulling Back the Publishing Veil: Contract language with regards to edits

Today I want to concentrate a bit on the contractual aspects with regards to editing. Let’s start out by mentioning there are two broad classifications of fiction and each has different requirements. Work for Hire – Generally this is when you have been contracted to create a story in someone else’s sandbox. Basically the world, characters, idea, […]