Category Archives: Agency Agreements

Agency Clauses in Publishing Agreements

An agency clause is a paragraph of legalese in your publishing agreement.  It gives your agent the right to collect all royalties (including advances) directly from the publisher.  The agent then deducts her commission from that amount, and sends the remainder to you.  The agency clause isn’t required by your publisher  —  it has no … Continue reading Agency Clauses in Publishing Agreements

Legal Issues In Agency Agreements

Many authors are unaware of legal issues in agency agreements that can be traps for the unwary unless their implications are fully understood.  They come under three broad headings, what I call the Exclusive Agency, the Forever Agency. and the Powerful Agency:            1.  The “Exclusive” Agency.  Typically in an agency agreement, the author makes … Continue reading Legal Issues In Agency Agreements

The Agency Agreement

For many writers the first milestone to publication is the holy Finding of The Agent.   Agents have become the screeners and gatekeepers for major publishing houses, and receiving an offer of representation from an agent is certainly cause for celebration.  At that magical time, you will be presented with your agent’s “standard” agreement for signature.  The first … Continue reading The Agency Agreement

Q&A: Exclusive Agency Agreement

Q. I have an “exclusive” agreement with my agent.  What does this mean? A.  Typically in an agency agreement, the author makes the agent his “sole and exclusive representative” or grants an “exclusive agency.”  This terminology often is misunderstood by agents and authors (and even some so-called publishing attorneys whose web sites I have visited!).  … Continue reading Q&A: Exclusive Agency Agreement