Important to Learn about Contracts

Please read Dean Wesley Smith’s blog on what clauses to keep and what clauses to remove before signing your book contract with your publisher. In particular, read all the comments in Dean’s blog because you will learn some of the horror stories that happened to multiple published authors over the years.

If you learn about contracts before you sign your first book with a publisher, or any future books, it will stop your agents skimming from your royalities. I am not suggesting it will happen to you, but it is better to be aware of potential problems before they happen.

You will also be prepared when you get your foreign publisher’s contracts, because they have to be in the language of the writer, in my case, English. Your agent can not sign on your behalf.

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2 comments so far

  1. Texanne on

    Agents skimming from royalties? Oh, dear–I had not given any thought to the possibility of dishonest agents. Thanks for the heads up!

    • djmills on

      Yes, it is possible. I started looking into the processes when I learnt that agents do not have any recognised qualifications to start working as agents. I wondered why they did not need quals. as IP lawyers, let alone writing quals. to help select good stories from ordinary stories. The more I search, the more it worries me. Thankfully, we don’t need them.
      Query publishers and employ IP Lawyer/solicitor for contract details. 🙂


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