How to Negotiate a Book Deal – Episode #238

by Richard Wilson on September 27, 2011

Publishers are experts in setting up book deals and they tend to have the upper hand in negotiating book deals with their authors, especially if the authors lack a representative to negotiate on their behalf.   In the following video, Richard Wilson explains how to negotiate a book deal.  Richard draws from his experience negotiating multiple book deals to show you how you can get the best deal possible.

Video Transcript/SummaryThe strategies and tips provided within this video module include:

  1. Whoever writes the contract wins.
  2. Contracts are written almost exclusively with the writer’s interest in mind.
  3. All contracts are legal agreements, consider seeing an attorney before following any of the following tips.
  4. Watch out for the low percentages that the publisher offers you.
  5. Beware of next book rights because of the often lengthy review process.
  6. Try to get review copies.
  7. Non-compete clauses can tie your hands in future publishing.
  8. Look at the time constraints and deadlines to make sure it agrees with your schedule. 

I have written several books and worked with multiple publishers over my career.  I have found that people are very reasonable in negotiating a contract, you just have to go in with your eyes open.  I hope that this video helps you secure the best possible book deal you can get.

Thanks for joining us, and I will see you again soon,

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