My Interview at Mysteries & Margaritas About Contract Negotiations

My sincere thanks to Liz Lipperman at Mysteries & Margaritas for interviewing me yesterday, and to everyone who commented and/or asked questions. I will be answering the comments and questions throughout the weekend.

Liz asked very insightful questions about publishing contracts generally, as well as about specific provisions that authors need to pay attention to.

I’ll repeat here when I said in answer to several — if not most — of Liz’s questions, which is that as an author, you should have an agent or an attorney represent you in negotiations. If you are unrepresented, you will be trying to negotiate a contract drafted by the publisher, and you will be dealing with an editor (or even a lawyer) who likely has negotiated many contracts and therefore is far more familiar than you with the process. And if you are unrepresented, you have no leverage to speak of in dealing with the publisher. And the publisher knows it and will take advantage of it — and you.

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