Category Archives: Contracts

Royalties

I have a non-fiction book in print, Lament for a First Nation. It was a revamping of my PhD thesis from my doctorate in law. Now, a doctorate in law is one of those completely useless degrees that not only retards your … Continue reading

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More encouraging news for debut authors…

I’ve blogged here before — all too frequently — about how hard it is to get published, how book sales are down, how advances are lower than they were, how much higher the slushpile is getting … well, you’ve heard it. … Continue reading

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When a contract isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

A friend of mine, Ottawa journalist, Mark Bourrie, had a contract to have his non-fiction book, The Fog of War,  published by Key Porter. Launch date was supposed to be January 25th. He’d approved the jacket covers, arranged reviews for blurbs … Continue reading

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Death and taxes, Part II

(Or why the murder victim in my next novel may be a bureaucrat.) If you’ve read my earlier post on Death and Taxes, you’ll know I have German tax forms that need to be completed by the Canada Revenue Agency … Continue reading

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Publishing Contracts

I haven’t yet received any of the book contracts my agents have negotiated (just a summary of the terms) but I thought I’d take a look at what should normally be in one. This stuff is not remotely sexy — it’s a … Continue reading

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Royalties

I thought you might find it interesting to know what royalties are likely to be for a debut book: For the hardback edition: 10% – 30,000 copies sold, 11% on all copies sold thereafter.  For the paperback edition: 5% – … Continue reading

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The Agent-Author Contract

Most people, I know, are intimidated by the ‘legalese’ in contracts, and will simply sign whatever is put in front of them. I’ve been a lawyer for thirty years and I do that sometimes myself. Not because I don’t understand … Continue reading

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