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Do authors have contracts with publishers or is it for every book?

What would contracts include? #writing #author #books #publishing

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Simeon’s Answer

It'll depend on the size of the publisher and if you have an established brand. You'd have to be a big time writer to get multi-book contracts. If you're looking to work up to getting published, find a good editor that you trust. Having professional eyes look over your work is worth every penny you can get. Be careful about posting your work online as you don't know who might try to repurpose it as their own work. Get the first edition of your work completed as quickly as possible and work on being a ruthless editor of your own work. If this is your first book, you might need to develop an online audience on YouTube, social media, or with a blog to prove to potential publishers that there is a market for your book. If you end up not being able to line up a publisher, you can use Amazon.com to self-publish. Amazon offers the service of being able to print off your book one copy at a time, so you don't have to worry about printing them off in batches.
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Vernon’s Answer

It depends. If it's your first book, it will be a single contract for that. If the publishers like your book because it made them rich, they may offer you a futures contract.


That said, once the publisher sees you as a cash cow, they will offer you advances and contracts on an agreed-upon number of follow up works. Good luck with that, because it only applies to the very best authors/sellers.


The thing you need to keep in mind is that the publishers really don't care what kind of writer you are, just so your stuff sells and makes them money. I'm sorry to say it, but that is the craven nature of our society and our literary industry. Don't misunderstand this jaded statement. You DO have to be able to write well to keep even the most primitive readers interested. Tom Clancy is a perfect example.


First, WRITE THE BOOK. Worry about contracts later.

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Susan E.’s Answer

It really depends on whether or not the author's work gets accepted or not. That's when the contracts up and you can negotiate them.

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