What to Look for in Agency Contracts (part 1)

My Wednesday #Publishing legal posts spend a lot of time on publishing contracts, but publishers aren’t the only ones who sign contracts with authors. Agents do, too. Today, we look at some common provisions authors should expect to see in an author-agent (agency) contract. 1. Exclusivity. The contract will normally make the agent the author’s exclusive representative, either for a single Work, all Works, or all novel-length works the author writes. This exclusivity applies for the length of the contract, and sometimes longer for works the agent represented or sold during the contract period. Read carefully: you need to know whether the agent

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