Posted by: ralpham | December 1, 2011

Sign on the dotted line? Not a chance!!!

Sign on the dotted line? Not a chance!

By Ralph – Hi folks, I’ve been talking to an indie publisher for the last six weeks about the possibility of signing up with them. They only publish ebooks which I was not particularly keen on. But I guess it was because they were so enthusiastic about my work and also because they are only the second company in almost a year that had shown any kind of interest in my manuscript that I even considered it.

Anyway, after several meetings, the topic came around to the contract. What the guy wanted me to do was to sign over all rights to him, ebook, hard copy, film etc. And that was without an advance! There’s not been many times in my life I’ve been left speechless, but that was one.

Needless to say I blew him out. I can now see how writers can get taken in, especially if they’ve been trying for years to get published.

The upside of the last month is that I have now learned a lot about the copyright law and that the author has a lot of say in negotiations. I’ve also learned how to convert Indesign documents into ebooks.

Onwards and upwards!

Ciao for now!



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  2. All rights!!! Dear god, what a rip off. My publisher… indie and ebooks only has left me with all rights apart from e rights and they revert back to me in 5 years time. If they want to carry on with the book we sign a new contract then.
    Your guy was obviously a complete rip off merchant or incredibly stupid.

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