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Publication Agreement Language

This guide provides some questions and language to consider when reading through and negotiating a publication agreement.

The word "Acceptance" in yellow font on a blue background beside a graphic of a paper with a seal of approval


  • Outlines parameters for acceptance
  • Typically vague

Consider the following:

  • Does it include clear, objective terms to be met to guarantee acceptance?
  • Does it provide you the opportunity to revise according to publisher's comments?


"Understanding and Negotiating Book Publication Contracts" by Author's Alliance is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Evans-Walls, T. M. (2005). Literary law guide for authors : copyright, trademark, and contracts in plain language (2nd ed.). FYOS Entertainment.


Legal Disclaimer

The information provided throughout this guide does not constitute legal advice, and should not be interpreted as such. While your resident librarians would be happy to try and assist with any questions, we are unable to provide legal advice and may need to refer you to a lawyer or agent.