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popmuze
07-19-2005, 06:44 PM
If I manage to get an out of print book of mine reprinted with a new publisher, or turned into a second edition, am I required to continue giving royalties to the original agent, even if that person hasn't been my agent for five, ten, or fifteen years?

victoriastrauss
07-19-2005, 09:13 PM
Check your contract (if you had one--if this person was your agent fifteen years ago, you might have had a handshake agreement). A good author-agent agreement should deal with the issue of what happens when you and the agent part ways.

Generally speaking, agents continue to collect commissions on contracts they brokered for you, even after you leave the agency. Once the contract expires and you revert your rights, however, the agent has no further claim, and you have no obligation to the agent if you re-sell the work.

Have you reverted the rights? You'll need to do that before you can try to re-sell the book.

- Victoria

popmuze
07-19-2005, 11:32 PM
I've got all the rights back to everything.

Then again, with the advent of the Internet, you're never truly out of print. It's a great way to stock up on my old books for a dollar apiece! (But I've also seen copies going for over $100).

Also on the Internet, I once discovered that John Lennon's proof copy of my first book was among the items sold at a Beatle auction in Japan in 1997 (for upwards of 375,000 yen). I never knew he had one, much less kept it.

victoriastrauss
07-20-2005, 04:04 AM
Also on the Internet, I once discovered that John Lennon's proof copy of my first book was among the items sold at a Beatle auction in Japan in 1997 (for upwards of 375,000 yen). I never knew he had one, much less kept it.Oooh, very cool. Too bad you didn't get a percentage!

If you've reverted your rights, you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

- Victoria

Andrew Zack
07-20-2005, 05:29 PM
Generally speaking, once the publishing agreement is terminated, the agent's interest in that agreement is terminated. HOWEVER, if you have a separate representation agreement, there could be something in there that requires you to continue to pay a commission on any and all rights related to Works sold, contracted for, etc., and you should carefully review that to ensure that it's not somehow still in force.

popmuze
07-20-2005, 07:03 PM
Never had any written contract with this agent.