View Full Version : What would an agent regard as a good rate for e-rights?

10-08-2010, 08:14 PM

Does anyone know what a writer should expect his/her agent to look for in a publishing contract regarding electronic rights? The ballpark industry standards regarding a writers cut for hardpack and paperback are easy enough to find, but the digital rights part seems confused to say the least.
Would be grateful for any guidance,

[Not fully sure if this belongs here or in E-Publishing]

10-08-2010, 08:27 PM
Are you talking about a traditional publisher who also publishes e-books, or an epub? If it's the latter, why would you need an agent?

10-08-2010, 08:36 PM
I'm talking about a contract from a regular traditional publisher. I understand these contracts generally contain a clause about future electronic rights.

10-08-2010, 08:39 PM
Ah. Okay.

*steps aside for someone with more experience*


10-08-2010, 11:20 PM
I believe the current standard is just 25%, but not positive. E-rights are new and constantly changing--publishers, agents and writers are all dealing with it, so there's probably some room there, and it probably will change.

10-09-2010, 12:00 AM
It depends quite a lot on the publisher, and the work; digital rights for some non-fiction markets are quite often substantially higher than those for fiction, for instance.

10-09-2010, 12:46 AM
Thanks for the info. I worry that any who lock themselves into these percentages now will lose out if there is a major overhaul of them later on.

We really need agents to be on the ball about it, but as you say, its a changing landscape so very hard to define. E-book sales via Amazon or the, about to be launched, "Google Editions" will accelerate dramatically over the coming years.

Thanks again.