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The Authors Guild Fair Contract Initiative

November 16, 2015

Tags: Authors Guild. writers' rights, book contracts

Updated 1-18-19. Book Authors: Study the contract alerts the Authors Guild has spelled out in its Fair Contract Initiative. The main contract issues are spelled out briefly below, with links to the full Authors Guild argument on each issue. Here are the main issues, once over lightly:
End the Discount Double-Cross,
Half of Net Proceeds Is the Fair Royalty Rate for E-Books,
A Manuscript’s Acceptability Should Not Be a Matter of Whim,
Publishers’ Payment and Accounting Practices Need to Keep Up with the Times,
Delete the Non-Compete,
Authors, Keep Your Copyrights--You Earned Them,
Option Clauses Shouldn't Hold Authors Hostage,
Advances Should Remain Advances,
A Publishing Contract Should Not Be Forever,
Eight Principles of Fair Contracts,
Claiming the Royalties You Deserve,
Stop Forcing Authors to Take Unlimited Financial Risks: Warranty and Indemnification Clauses,
Controlled Digital Lending Is Neither Controlled nor Legal. (Authors Guild, 6-17-15)

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Wiley's Deceptive Letter to Bloomberg Press Authors:

June 11, 2010

Tags: book contracts, royalties, book publishers, Wiley

""We are pleased to inform you" that we will be slicing your royalties up to 50%, is the essence of a letter from John Wiley & Sons to Bloomberg Press authors. "John Wiley & Sons acquired Bloomberg Press, the books division of Bloomberg, in March," says the June 2010 Authors Guild alert. "At the end of April, it began sending a letter to hundreds of Bloomberg Press authors purporting to inform them 'about a few differences in the accounting systems of Bloomberg and Wiley (more…)