Category Archives: Rights

Authors Guild Announces Fair Contract Initiative

On May 28, 2015, at Book Expo America in New York City, the Author’s Guild announced an ambitious new program — a must-read for every writer — named The “Fair Contract Initiative.” This initiative is a series of commentaries that will take “a fresh look at the standard book publishing contract.” According to the announcement, … Continue reading Authors Guild Announces Fair Contract Initiative

Q&A: Foreign Rights

Q.  I’m self-publishing my out-of-print novel, in both digital and print.  Please tell me about “foreign rights” and “foreign licensing deals.” A. Foreign rights are typically part of the “subsidiary rights” of your copyright, and can take different forms (also called “translation rights”).  Foreign rights, as a whole, are the granting, (or “licensing”) of your … Continue reading Q&A: Foreign Rights

Merchandising Rights

Merchandising rights are a frequently misunderstood (and often overlooked) part of publishing agreements. They are the right to market, sell, and license physical and tangible articles related to your copyright ownership, such as t-shirts, posters, action figures, games, etc. – even your book’s cover art.  They are part of the cluster of  “derivative” rights inherent … Continue reading Merchandising Rights