TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT? I DON’T THINK SO!
Don’t throw your hands up in the air and assume you can’t understand what is in the contract before you.
And for your sake and that of your family, don’t cave into a cigar puffing publisher that shrugs his shoulders and pronounces, “Take it or leave it.” You always have options, and one of your options may be to refuse to do business with pricks. Let’s face it, you had the brains to write a book, you can learn to understand contracts. It’s not rocket science. And to be sure you haven’t missed anything, you’ll get the final okay from an attorney who doesn’t charge you an arm and leg. Remember they work by the hour, so you do your homework first. Make sure you aren’t dealing with a shyster that is learning at your expense.
Attorney Lloyd J. Jassin tells what not to miss when drafting and negotiating your book publish contract. He says, “For authors, it is helpful to keep in mind that most contracts are not take-it-or-leave-it propositions. Be courteous. Be tactful. Knowing what to ask for is critical. Use an agent or attorney who understands the parameters of the typical publishing deal to negotiate your contract. Working through an agent or attorney allows the author to preserve his creative relationship with the editor or publishing house.”
I highly recommend the following article to all authors and publishers. Even if, you have been in the business a long time, there have been many changes in the industry, and more to come in 2012.
Copyright 2012 Gigi Galt