For those of you with agents, for those of you with IP lawyers for contracts, for those of you even hoping to sell a book into traditional publishing, the Passive Guy, a former attorney, on his blog, The Passive Voice, is giving us all some fantastic lessons and suggestions on how to deal with the changing contracts.
Why are contracts changing so much so quickly? Because the world is changing in publishing and publishers are going after rights grabs. It is one of the many, many reasons Kris and I and others are shouting to stay away from agents who don’t know law and use IP lawyers these days. Or even if you feel you need an agent, hire an IP lawyer to look over the contract that comes from your agent. If the agent is insulted, fire the agent. If they like the idea, you might have a great agent for these new times.
This week Passive Guy suggests that we all insert clauses to protect us from the nasty stuff publishers are putting in. They are called “Avoidance of Doubt” clauses.
This blog is so critical, everyone, that I believe every writer should read it, copy it, and put it in your contract file for you next contract.
Do not avoid this blog.
And Passive Guy, THANK YOU!!
From all of us.