Why Didn’t My Publisher List the Titles of My Other Books in My New Book?

Q. I notice that the listing in books of other books by the same author often includes only other books published by the same publisher. Is there a way to avoid that?

A. If you want to make sure that all your previous books are listed under “Other Books by the Author” in your new book, and not just those published by the publisher you are about to sign a contract with, insert a sentence like the following in your contract:

“Publisher will include in the Work a list of all books previously written by Author, whether published by Publisher or another publisher.”

(Originally published in the Winter 2007 issue of the Authors Guild Bulletin. © Mark L. Levine)

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