Contracts Self Help Package
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Contracts Self-Help Package
If you have been offered a contract by a publisher, or anticipate such an offer in the near future, help is available. This package helps writers evaluate and negotiate contracts offered by publishers.
The Model Trade Book Agreement is an example of an equitable publishing agreement between an author and publisher. This comprehensive model contract provides reasonable minimum terms for trade book contracts and is a useful comparative tool for evaluating your publisher's contract, complete with a model royalty statement.
Help Yourself to a Better Contract (written for the Union by legal-counsel Marian Hebb) is a guide to the negotiation process, including a checklist of favourable contract provisions. Checklist of favourable book contract provisions with advice on what to ask and what to watch for. Designed to aid writers in book contract negotiations with their publishers.
Please be aware of the following: The Union's Self-Help Package usually answers most writers' questions about publishing contracts, and the Union encourages writers to evaluate and negotiate their own contract; a publisher's contract (like other personal contracts) is not written in stone — it is a document to be negotiated; the publisher should provide sixty days in which you may consider the contract offer and seek advice; if you wish to use any of the Union's Contract Services, you should contact the Union as soon as possible after receiving a publishing offer.