Negotiating A Book Contract

$19.95

Pay a lawyer $400 an hour to negotiate your contract,
or pay $19.95 and do it yourself.

(Or, just to make sure your agent is doing it right.)

EXPANDED AND REVISED with chapters on Electronic Rights, Print-on-Demand, and Author-Agent Agreements

Negotiating a Book Contract is the complete step-by-step guide to negotiating your own book contract (or to making sure your agent hasn’t missed anything important to you!). Negotiating a Book Contract applies to books of fiction and nonfiction, textbooks and children’s books, whether in hardcover, paperback or as an e-book, and is for illustrators as well as writers.

Negotiating a Book Contract is organized according to the typical sequence of clauses in publishers’ book contracts. You can quickly and easily match your contract, clause by clause and section by section, with Levine’s analysis and comments. Immediately see what you need added, deleted or changed to protect your interests.

“A much-needed reference book.”

George Plimpton

2018-07-06T15:40:49+00:00

George Plimpton

“A much-needed reference book.”
“The shortcut to information every author needs -- and in plain English too!”

Dian Dincin Buchman
Author Past President, American Society of Journalists and Authors

2018-07-06T15:39:52+00:00

Dian Dincin Buchman
Author Past President, American Society of Journalists and Authors

“The shortcut to information every author needs -- and in plain English too!”
“Levine removes the mystique and the mask of legalese that many publishers use."

Jim Roginski
SCBWI Bulletin

2018-07-06T15:48:04+00:00

Jim Roginski
SCBWI Bulletin

“Levine removes the mystique and the mask of legalese that many publishers use."
“Attorney Mark Levine breaks the code on publishers’ contracts.”

Textbook Authors Association Report

2018-07-06T15:44:51+00:00

Textbook Authors Association Report

“Attorney Mark Levine breaks the code on publishers’ contracts.”
“A valuable addition to any writer’s professional library.”

Carl D. Brandt
Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents
Past President, Society of Authors’ Representatives

2018-07-06T16:06:34+00:00

Carl D. Brandt
Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents
Past President, Society of Authors’ Representatives

“A valuable addition to any writer’s professional library.”
“Your book is fabulous. Thank you for simplifying a task few writers like to tackle.”

Jane H. Mruczek
Regional Coordinator, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

2018-07-06T16:04:57+00:00

Jane H. Mruczek
Regional Coordinator, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

“Your book is fabulous. Thank you for simplifying a task few writers like to tackle.”
"An exceedingly clear and concise, yet detailed and knowing, guide to publishers’ contracts."

Gerald Howard
Book Editor in The Writer magazine

2018-07-06T15:27:42+00:00

Gerald Howard
Book Editor in The Writer magazine

An exceedingly clear and concise, yet detailed and knowing, guide to publishers’ contracts.
“An ideal guide to the process of book contract negotiation.”

American Medical Writers Association
Journal

2018-07-06T15:45:47+00:00

American Medical Writers Association
Journal

“An ideal guide to the process of book contract negotiation.”
"Even if you have an agent or a lawyer, buy this book and use it as you go through your contract."

Jenny Bent
Literary Agent, Trident Media Group

2018-07-06T15:28:42+00:00

Jenny Bent
Literary Agent, Trident Media Group

Even if you have an agent or a lawyer, buy this book and use it as you go through your contract.
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What’s in it for you?

Book contracts are written by publishers’ lawyers looking out for the publishers’ interests, not yours. Negotiating a Book Contract tells authors, and their agents and lawyers, about the many points omitted entirely from many publishers’ book contracts or — if there — are written mainly from the publishers’ perspective. End up with a contract that’s fair to you as well as your publisher. This book shows you how.

Negotiating a Book Contract contains a detailed sample Letter of Comments that shows you how to present your requested changes in a clear, professional way to ensure that your publisher will seriously consider all of them and make most of them!

Be sure that your agent is making all the changes needed to protect you. Contracts are legal documents and few agents are lawyers. It’s easy to just negotiate the advance and the royalty rate. Getting the rest of the contract right takes lots of time. Good agents appreciate someone other than themselves reviewing it carefully to make sure your interests are protected.

Remember, contracts are often looked at only when things go wrong. And that’s when you want to make sure that your contract contains what is needed to protect you. Don’t be sorry.

What’s Inside?

Negotiating a Book Contract is the complete step-by-step guide to negotiating your own book contract (or to making sure your agent hasn’t missed anything important to you!). Negotiating a Book Contract applies to books of fiction and nonfiction, textbooks and children’s books, whether in hardcover, paperback or as an e-book, and is for illustrators as well as writers.

Negotiating a Book Contract is organized according to the typical sequence of clauses in publishers’ book contracts. You can quickly and easily match your contract, clause by clause and section by section, with Levine’s analysis and comments. Immediately see what you need added, deleted or changed to protect your interests.
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About The Author

Mark L. Levine, one of the country’s leading authorities on book contracts, is a former partner of Boston’s Sullivan & Worcester LLP and has also been a publisher and book packager. He is the author of three books, with total sales of more than 200,000 copies. Mark also conducts seminars for non-lawyers on negotiating and on contract law.
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Delivery Format

The book you are purchasing will be delivered to you as a downloadable PDF. You will be able to download it two (2) times and the download link will be valid for 7 days from the time of purchase.

Number of Pages

96

First Edition

1988

Second Edition

2009

Supplemental Pages

2013 (pages 95-96)

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