Join Jessica Brody for an in-depth discussion in this video An overview of book contracts, part of Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher.
- [Instructor] Now that you're finished celebrating…and making a list of all the things…you're going to purchase with your first advance check,…let's get down to business…and talk about something extremely important, contracts,…or rather, a very specific contract,…your first book contract.…Once your offer has been accepted,…the next thing that will happen,…if it hasn't started already,…is your agent will get to work negotiating…your contract with the publisher.…Granted, some basic terms…should have already been decided in your offer,…like your advance, the payout structure of your advance,…maybe an estimate of when your book will release…and also which foreign territories,…if any, are included in the offer.…
But after the initial deal terms are agreed upon,…then the agent will focus on the specific details…of the contract.…Most publishing houses these days…have what are called boiler plate contracts,…which are pretty much a standard for all their book deals.…With boiler plates,…the agent can save a lot of time negotiating your contract.…
- Comparing traditional publishing and self-publishing
- Writing and revising your novel
- Finding an agent
- Perfecting your pitch
- Writing a query letter
- Researching agents
- Submitting to agents
- Reading your book contract
- Negotiating advances and royalties
- Understanding the publishing process
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Overview of the Publishing Process
Why I created this course2m 32s
2. Writing and Revising Your Novel
3. Introduction to Literary Agents
4. Creating and Perfecting Your Pitch
5. Writing Your Query Letter
6. Researching Agents
7. Submitting to Agents
8. Selling Your Novel
9. Navigating Your First Book Contract
10. The Publishing Process
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