Publishing contracts

Clark’s publishing agreement is the bible for putting together an author contract. Contracts protect both the publisher and the author. Publisher issues and determines the terms of contract because they take financial  risk (unless you’re Stephen King and have more say). The author provides expertise, an index (in academic publishing), and the material. There is a…

SYP North and Midlands Comeback Event in Leeds

Where: The Adelphi, Leeds, LS10 When: from 7 pm to 11 pm, Wednesday 28 October, 2015 What a night! Stephanie Cox, blogger and interviewer at the Bookmachine, organised a great comeback event for the Society of Young Publishers North & Midlands. As an event organiser for the SYP, she got two wonderful speakers on board:…

Guest speaker: author Matthew Connolly

Matthew Connolly, a self-published author, came to speak to us. He told us about his background as a freelance journalist and his journey to self-publishing with his first book Dances with the Daffodils.   Matthew had his manuscript accepted by a mainstream agent but ultimately rejected by publishers. He then decided to go the self-publishing…

Emailing authors in class (cont.) – A JN4403 module task

In commissioning editing, the author–editor relationship is what it’s all about. Which is why sending out the right email, with the right tone, is important. Last week, the class emailed two authors. Now we’re going to look at the authors’ responses, what are good ways to go about it, and examples of what not to do. Remember…

Emailing authors in class – a JN4403 module task

The class had great fun with this one! We had the choice of emailing two different authors, one informing him that his book wouldn’t be published in paperback despite his wishes and the other one replying as to why a copy of his book wasn’t available in his local Waterstones. Tom Mason wanted a range…