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Publication Agreement Language

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

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  • Provides publisher with the right to either purchase or pass on the author's next work.

Consider the following:

  • Does it stipulate that future works are offered the same contract? Or does it allow for the terms on future works to be negotiated at the time of submission?
  • Does it require that the publisher decide whether to purchase future works within a set period of time following submission of the manuscript?
  • Does it allow the author to refuse the publisher's offers on future works?


"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.