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Negotiating a Book Contract: A Guide for Authors, Agents, and Lawyers

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Covers deadlines, satisfactory manuscripts, publication, copyright, advances, royalties, rights, and options.
Paperback, 90 pages
Published October 1st 1988 by Moyer Bell
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Elizabeth Sims
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book very helpful in negotiating my first book contract all by myself, as well as reviewing contracts later negotiated for my by an agent.
3-3.5 stars: This was a really great starter's - or refreshed's - guide to the basics when it comes to publishing contracts. For the most part, the main points are explained & hit upon, but there was a fair amount missing once payments, warranties, and basic terms were outlined. Clearly, the information re: electronic rights was pretty much all out of date at this point & I would have appreciated a much more in depth look at the types of subrights one can grant to the publisher or sub license & ...more
Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Oct 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very helpful book. Should be on the shelf of every writer serious about selling their work. Only downside is the price. It's expensive for a thin little book. But definitely informative and a key reference. ...more
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Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a grim, joyless slog of legalese, but the information is priceless. ...more
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Mark L. Levine, one of the country's leading authorities on book contracts, is a former partner of Boston's Sullivan & Worcester LLP and has also been a publisher and book packager. He writes the Contracts Q&A column for the Authors Guild Bulletin and is the founder of He also conducts seminars for non-lawyers on negotiating and on contract law.

Levine has spent virtually his

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