What to Look For in Traditional Publishing Contracts
Here at Apex Authors, we focus on self-publishing our books and even treating our writing as a publishing business that just happens to work with 1 author.
However, there may come a time when you are considering with a traditional publisher, whether it's one of the Big 5 or a smaller independent publisher. That could be because you want to start selling some of your back catalog that's never been available as an ebook, or it might be because you have a book that's selling really well and a publisher wants to purchase the rights to it, or you may just be shopping your next novel around to see if you can get any bites.
In order to get a deal with a traditional publisher, you are going to have to sign a contract, and while we'd certainly advise talking with a local literary attorney, it can be very helpful to start with an understanding of the different parts of the contract and what they mean, and how you can best negotiate for the best terms for your situation.
In this training, we go over the basic parts of the contract, and compare some different terms you may come across and recommend some more up to date language that acknowledges the current landscape of print on demand and electronic publishing.