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How to negotiate a better book deal

Published 07.11.07 at 18:30

Having an income paid purely from your writing may seem like a pipe dream, but it can be possible with a little bit of knowledge and confidence. Whether you are a writer on the verge of a first book deal, moving to your second or looking at exploiting your books across other platforms, this podcast will outline the steps forward.

It covers:

  • What are your rights and what can you do as a writer to value them more?
  • Advances v royalties? How you can create a deal that is right for you?
  • Assignment of copyright or licence?
  • Electronic or subsidiary rights?
  • How can you create a strategic plan rather than going from one book idea to another?
  • What other avenues can you use to exploit your Intellectual property?
  • What are the right questions to ask an agent or publisher?
  • What are the common pitfalls of publishing contracts?
  • How can you exploit your rights across other platforms?

The event moderator was Scott Gronmark, managing partner of Zype, and speakers included Julian Friedmann, joint managing director of Blake Friedmann Literary Agency, Nicola Solomon, head of IP and Media at Finers Stephens Innocent LLP and Sally Kettle, author of Odd at Sea.

This podcast is downloadable in two parts.

Please note that these podcasts discuss the legal position in the UK at the time of publication. They provide general information only and are not to be regarded as legal advice. You must take advice from a specialist lawyer in relation to your specific circumstances. Further, you should seek additional legal advice when dealing with parties based in other parts of the world or works originating from other parts of the world as the legal position may vary.

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