View Full Version : Great article on Novel Contracts

Kate Nepveu
09-15-2004, 08:23 PM
I offer the following resource that looks very useful and interesting; Laura Resnick article on negotiating novel contracts (http://www.ninc.com/sample_articles/cntrt.asp).

09-16-2004, 07:32 AM
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...

03-28-2005, 04:14 AM
thank you very much. I have had a nibble from a small press and will use this information to get the best possible deal. :)

Daughter of Faulkner
03-28-2005, 04:41 AM
Nice read. Many thanks for posting the link!

04-25-2005, 10:19 PM
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?

Kate Nepveu
04-26-2005, 12:17 AM
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


04-26-2005, 01:56 AM
Eek, someone can't find something! *flagellates self*

I've now grouped some threads (including your old one, Kate) under the sub-heading "Contracts". :D

04-26-2005, 02:57 AM
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.

Kate Nepveu
04-26-2005, 06:49 PM
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*

04-26-2005, 07:56 PM
*snort* Lucky for you, 'twernt labeled as such yesterday, so you escape the wet noodle. This time. :whip: