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Writer to Writer - April 2010

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I've been very busy since the last issue, with both work tasks and children.  It's been school holidays here in Australia, and all I can say is thank goodness school started back last Monday!

I was very over it, and so were the children.

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As you may know, I own a spin-off website for writers. (

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From time to time I add exclusive reports.  I recently wrote a report that - in my opinion - would benefit the majority of writers.  I know not everyone wants to pay out regularly to be a member of such a site.  But I also know this report will help a lot of writers earn an online income using their writing skills, and because of that, I've decided to make this report available - but only to subscribers of this newsletter.

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I've also begun a series of articles about working from home.  These have been written specifically for writers, but will benefit anyone who is working from home. (i.e. WAHM's, writers, coders, webdesigners, etc)

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And last, but certainly not least, I want to tell you about a site I stumbled across.

As writers, we all know how important research is.  And we also know how time consuming it can be.  I came across a link recently that will likely save a bucket load of time.  This page has been compiled by Census (US) and provides background information about a wide variety of holidays and other celebrations.  It has been designed specifically for features writers.  It appears - from past entries - that they provide information about two months ahead.

Don't just sit there - go check it out

Okay, onto this week's article. 

We've all been there - received a contract and been totally overwhelmed.  Our article from Judy Bagshaw this month gets into the nitty-gritty's of contracts.  Whether you write romance or something else entirely, check this out.  It could save you quite a bit of grief down the track.

That's it from me [FIRSTNAME] - time to sit back and enjoy this issue.

Til next time…




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 Writing Contract Red Flags

ŠJudy Bagshaw - All Rights Reserved


Note: As I have stated before, my publishing experience is with small independent presses, predominantly romance e-publishers, so this article represents my experience in that arena only. You will have to do further research regarding contracts offered by the bigger houses. 



If you’re serious about your writing career and you submit your work regularly, there will come a time when you will receive a contract for one of your submissions. As thrilling as that moment is, it’s important for a writer to keep a cool head and examine the document carefully. Not all contracts are created equally, and it’s easy for an author to get into an unpleasant situation. 


Here are a few tips to get you on the right track. 


  • Consider the length of the contract term. As an author you probably don’t want to be tied into a contract for more than two or three years. It allows you enough time to market your book and see how sales are going, and how smoothly the publisher works. If it’s a happy experience, and your contract provides for renewals, you can simply renew at the end of the contract period. If it’s a bad situation, then you are not locked into something uncomfortable for an interminable amount of time. 


  • Be mindful of the rights the publisher is taking. You, as the author, do not want to relinquish your copyright, and will want to retain your intellectual rights to characters, premises etc. As well, you may wish to retain rights to certain formats, for example, audio book rights or large print rights, in order to pursue contracting these rights elsewhere. 


  • Check that there is a clear clause for reversal of rights if, for any reason, the publisher closes down. You need to have this reversal in writing or you will likely not be able to publish your orphaned book anywhere else. Publishers are very sensitive to the legal ramifications of reversal of rights, and so they should be. 


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