Do You Understand Your Publishing Contract?

This is the third installment in the series about tradition publishing and their contracts that I’ve re-blogged from Savvy Writers. Please read and beware of the pitfalls that could happen if you aren’t diligent. It was definitely an eyeopener for me. Please comment. I’d love to hear your viewpoint! 🙂

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Traditional Publishing Contracts – Part Three of a Series
Signing a “Standard” Publishing Contract can have serious consequences for authors. A publisher’s standard agreement could contain a one-sided non-competition clause that prevents the author from using material from his manuscript in day-to-day business, such as blogs posts, magazine articles, even tweets. Or a clause in the contract might state that the author is prohibited to produce another work that competes with the title under contract without prior permission of the publisher. Well, what authors do with their time is their business, isn’t it? Shouldn’t they be able to write other books, for themselves or for other publishers? Are they slaves of the publisher?

Read the examples of book contract clauses here and in number two of this series (compare
them with your own contract) and find out “what it means” to you as the author:

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4 thoughts on “Do You Understand Your Publishing Contract?

  1. I’d never realised that chasing a contract with a publisher could lead to so many pitfalls. As an author, the traditional route to publishing seems like the Holy Grail these days whereas in reality Indie publishing leaves you with so much more control over your own work not to mention the price and the profits.
    Thanks so much for sharing this Rebecca.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx


    • Your quite welcome, David. I’m glad they were so helpful. I know this series really opened my eyes. I thought that was the way for total acceptance as a writer too, but I think self-publishing is the way for me. I spent over 30 years in customer service and sales. I am not a novice in marketing, so I am confident that I am going to be able to market my book.Carving out the time to write it is a different matter. I hear all the authors saying to write every day. I write all kinds of things every day, but not always on the novel. I guess I am going to have to place myself on a schedule, which seems kind of obscene to me..I have never fared well with a lot of structure, but I am coming to realize that to write a novel, you do need some structure, even a modicum of it. I appreciate your comments David. Sometimes I wonder if there are people out there reading it because no one comments much. 🙂 I have such a backlogged queue, but as soon as I can get it chiseled down, I am going to revamp this blog and blog more often, but include more articles as well as the reviews. According to the stats, the readers respond more to them and I sure to me posting more often. Thanks again, David., Have a great week! 🙂


  2. Oh, great post. Thanks for sharing that out. I never knew there was so much paperwork in writing, as inane as that sounds. With contracts and deadlines and queries, etc. I guess I used to think that all I had to do was write, and someone else took care of those things!


  3. Yes, I know what you mean. It was a real eyeopener for me. It is good to know and be prepared and diligent if you want to publish the tradition way. It seems like there are a lot of scandalous people out there. I’ve decided to stick with self-publishing. If I have to hire an attorney, editor, etc. anyway, I am better off just doing it all myself and keep total control. 🙂


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