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Before you sign that publishing or freelance contract, you’ll want to make sure you know the standards of the industry and what you can negotiate. These seminars, templates, and guides will help get you started.

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ARTICLES

members onlyThings Every Writer Should Know Before Signing 
a Book Contract»

Under the publishing agreement you signed for your latest book, you are most likely responsible for any legal claims that might arise out of it. Among other things, you “represent and warrant” to the publisher that the book won’t defame anyone, won’t invade anyone’s right of privacy, and won’t tell readers to do things that are dangerous.


Fair Book Contracts: What Authors Need»

In 2015 we announced the Authors Guild Fair Contract Initiative. Its goal was to shine a bright light on the one-sided contract terms that publishers typically offer authors and to spur publishers to offer more equitable deals.


RESOURCES

members onlyContract Review & Assistance»

The Authors Guild offers contract reviews for our members. Learn more about our approach to negotiating contracts here.


members onlyThe Writer’s Legal Guide»

The Writer’s Legal Guide is an indispensable resource for all writers who want to protect their work and succeed in both traditional and digital markets.


members onlyModel Trade Book Contract»

The Model Contract examines publishing contracts clause by clause, empowering authors with knowledge and insight for their negotiations with their publishers.


RECORDINGS

Changing Tides: Novel Approaches to Combating Digital Piracy (video)»

Piracy has always been a cat-and-mouse game. But with the rapid pace of technological changes in the publishing ecosystem, such as the emergence of new digital formats and business models, it is becoming increasingly difficult for authors and publishers to respond quickly—and effectively—to stop the circulation of pirated books. In this webinar we will discuss some of the new methods that book pirates and counterfeiters are using to produce and disseminate pirated books. We will also look at the novel strategies used by some authors to curb piracy, and discuss ways that authors can limit the availability of pirated copies of their books on the internet. Presenters: Sarina Bowen, Umair, Kazi, and Cheryl Davis.

Writers Collaborating: Sometimes It Gets Complicated (video)»

Even the greatest teams can fall apart. Both personal and professional conflicts can arise, often unforeseen, and sometimes unsolvable. With that in mind, this webinar discusses various co-writer arrangements and the salient terms to address contractually.


Negotiating Rights: What to Know Before You Sign (video)»

This webinar will arm authors working with or without an agent with the knowledge and negotiating skills to get the most out of their book deals before, during, and after signing.


members onlyThe State of the Book Business in the U.S. and Abroad: A Trans-Atlantic View (audio)»

Panel discussion exploring the international movement for fair book contracts set in motion by the Authors Guild’s Fair Contract Initiative.


members onlyPublishing Contracts 101 (audio)

Authors Guild attorneys Michael Gross and Stevie Fitzgerald guide you through the basics of a traditional publishing contract, focusing on critical provisions and perils to avoid

 

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publishing contract - authors guild
Before you sign that publishing or freelance contract, you’ll want to make sure you know the standards of the industry and what you can negotiate. These seminars, templates, and guides will help get you started.


ARTICLES

Things Every Writer Should Know Before Signing 
a Book Contract»

Under the publishing agreement you signed for your latest book, you are most likely responsible for any legal claims that might arise out of it. Among other things, you “represent and warrant” to the publisher that the book won’t defame anyone, won’t invade anyone’s right of privacy, and won’t tell readers to do things that are dangerous.


Fair Book Contracts: What Authors Need»

In 2015 we announced the Authors Guild Fair Contract Initiative. Its goal was to shine a bright light on the one-sided contract terms that publishers typically offer authors and to spur publishers to offer more equitable deals.


RESOURCES

Contract Review & Assistance»

The Authors Guild offers contract reviews for our members. Learn more about our approach to negotiating contracts here.


The Writer’s Legal Guide»

The Writer’s Legal Guide is an indispensable resource for all writers who want to protect their work and succeed in both traditional and digital markets.


Model Trade Book Contract»

The Model Contract examines publishing contracts clause by clause, empowering authors with knowledge and insight for their negotiations with their publishers.


RECORDINGS

Changing Tides: Novel Approaches to Combating Digital Piracy (video)»

Piracy has always been a cat-and-mouse game. But with the rapid pace of technological changes in the publishing ecosystem, such as the emergence of new digital formats and business models, it is becoming increasingly difficult for authors and publishers to respond quickly—and effectively—to stop the circulation of pirated books. In this webinar we will discuss some of the new methods that book pirates and counterfeiters are using to produce and disseminate pirated books. We will also look at the novel strategies used by some authors to curb piracy, and discuss ways that authors can limit the availability of pirated copies of their books on the internet. Presenters: Sarina Bowen, Umair, Kazi, and Cheryl Davis.

Writers Collaborating: Sometimes It Gets Complicated (video)»

Even the greatest teams can fall apart. Both personal and professional conflicts can arise, often unforeseen, and sometimes unsolvable. With that in mind, this webinar discusses various co-writer arrangements and the salient terms to address contractually.


Negotiating Rights: What to Know Before You Sign (video)»

This webinar will arm authors working with or without an agent with the knowledge and negotiating skills to get the most out of their book deals before, during, and after signing.


The State of the Book Business in the U.S. and Abroad: A Trans-Atlantic View (audio)»

Panel discussion exploring the international movement for fair book contracts set in motion by the Authors Guild’s Fair Contract Initiative.


Publishing Contracts 101 (audio)»

Authors Guild attorneys Michael Gross and Stevie Fitzgerald guide you through the basics of a traditional publishing contract, focusing on critical provisions and perils to avoid

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