How to understand a publishing contract

Points of vigilance and traps to avoid for authors

Tools for Authors: How to understand a publishing contract

  • You just finished writing your novel, your essay, your memoirs. Or anything good.
  • You are so euphoric because a publishing house wants your text?
  • It vows to « take care of all » 🙂
  • You will be able to – AT LAST – take a rest and harvest the fruits of your hard work.
  • Champagne! You deserve to celebrate…
  • You only have to sign the papers, below, on the right hand. Easy!
  • …But STOP!!!

ATTENTION. A publishing or editing contract is a very special literature that binds you in time and space… and your author’s dream can quickly turn into nightmare if you do not detect in due time possible traps!

  • Do you think that a contract is unreadable for the man in the street?
  • Do you run to the next lawyer to « digest » it and « translate » it in common english?

Think again, it is perfectly possible to understand a contract, to reduce costs and potential risks during the execution of a contract, by understanding the points of vigilance of a publishing contract.

Who are we?

We are authors and have published dozens of ebooks. Having both a higher education in law school, our experience has led us to deal with many contractual documents. Olivier had to draft, negotiate, review and implement many contracts: drug trials, cultural institutions abroad, commercial companies. Professor in higher education, he practices daily « legal education ». Cristina was director of a publishing house and knows the constraints of this often difficult world and also did a lot of legal work.

So we know the problem « from both sides of the fence » and would like you to understand that it is quite possible and realistic to hold together an effective partnership with your publishing house.

So, for a cordial and profitable cooperation with the publishing house, we want to share this useful information, from our experience, with you 🙂

What will you find in this practical eguide « How to understand a publishing contract »?

  • 23 sections organized in 6 parts
  • What is a contract?
  • Publishing contracts
  • Others points of vigilance
  • Negotiations or talks
  • Execution of a publishing contract
  • Ending a publishing contract
  • 120+ pages of useful info
  • advice and examples to understand

Do not be afraid of publishing contracts anymore, decrypt them and develop a cordial and profitable collaboration with your publishing house!
Are you ready?

Kind regards,

Cristina & Olivier Rebiere