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Can my publisher stop paying me royalties because its distributor went bankrupt?

Q: My publisher told me that I won’t be getting royalties for copies of my book that it sold lately because all its bookstore sales were made through its distributor and the distributor recently filed for bankruptcy. Is there language I can put in my next contract to make sure this won’t happen to me…

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Do the bankruptcy laws abuse authors’ rights?

Q. The bankruptcy of Triskelion Enterprises, LLC, to which I had sold a romance, has brought to light an outrageous abuse of authors’ rights by federal bankruptcy judges. Many publishing contracts—I’ve sold eighty novels, so I’m very familiar with these– include a clause stating that, in the event of the publisher’s bankruptcy, all rights in…

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How Helpful is the Bankruptcy Clause in Publishing Contracts?

A. Not very, but you would be ill-advised to remove it. When a publisher is in bankruptcy, both the company and people dealing with it are prohibited from taking many actions without court approval. Among these is enforcement of the typical clause in publishing and certain other contracts that says the contract terminates when the…

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