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Thread: Great article on Novel Contracts

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    Kate Nepveu
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    Great article on Novel Contracts

    I offer the following resource that looks very useful and interesting; Laura Resnick article on negotiating novel contracts.

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    Risseybug
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    Re: Great article on Novel Contracts

    Wow, that is really useful. I bookmarked it so that I can reference it when all the contracts come in at once and I have to agonize over which one to accept

    Well, I am a fiction writer...

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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
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    thank you very much. I have had a nibble from a small press and will use this information to get the best possible deal.

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    Always a writer Daughter of Faulkner's Avatar
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    Thumbs up Many thanks Kate!

    Nice read. Many thanks for posting the link!
    Always a writer,
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    Empirical Storm Trooper MadScientistMatt's Avatar
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    What to look for / look out for in a contract

    Hello everyone,

    With all the comments about scams and nasty clauses that have been known to turn up in contracts, I thought I'd ask about what to expect in a contract with a real publisher or agency. In particular:

    1. What is a typical royalty these days? Are royalties on net prices best avoided?

    2. What sort of common clauses may not be scams, but may be something an author would want to negotiate out of the contract?

    3. What sort of clauses may seem ugly at a glance but really are standard?

    4. What sorts of clauses are there that no legitimate publisher or agent would ever put in a contract?

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    Here's one link that I posted to the old board but doesn't come up on search now, apparently:

    Contracts: Top Ten Things to Negotiate and What's Not Worth Your Time
    By LAURA RESNICK

    http://www.ninc.com/sample_articles/cntrt.asp

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    Mostly Harmless SuperModerator CaoPaux's Avatar
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    Eek, someone can't find something! *flagellates self*

    I've now grouped some threads (including your old one, Kate) under the sub-heading "Contracts".
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadScientistMatt
    4. What sorts of clauses are there that no legitimate publisher or agent would ever put in a contract?
    Any clause that states that if you say something about the publisher or agent that the publisher or agent doesn't like, you'll be fined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaoPaux
    Eek, someone can't find something! *flagellates self*
    Don't, don't! I should flagellate *my*self because I, umm, completely forgot to check the index.

    *cringes at the admission*

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    *snort* Lucky for you, 'twernt labeled as such yesterday, so you escape the wet noodle. This time.
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