2012 in Review

This is the final Wednesday post of 2012.


In 2013, I’m starting an exciting new series on contracts and negotiation – be sure to tune in on Wednesdays for more publishing legal advice!


But now, let’s take a look back at 2012.


From my perspective, this year saw an increase in author self-education about the publishing business – a very positive trend that I anticipate will continue in 2013.


The more publishing changes, the more authors need to be informed about the industry, their rights and the best way to interact with the increasingly in-touch and attentive audience.


On the publishing front, I’ve seen increased willingness by publishers to negotiate clarifying language into contracts and remove ambiguities. For authors, this means don’t be afraid to ask the publisher to clarify confusing terms in your contract.


The emergence of more POD and hybrid presses continues to increase opportunities for authors – but also makes contract review even more important. It’s the fine print that distinguishes a good publisher from a bad one. Don’t sign without solid, qualified review!

I’ve seen a reduction in “difficult cases” – authors who sign a contract first and only later discover they’ve made a mistake. I’m hoping that’s a trend that continues in 2013 and beyond.

I’m taking a break until the first of the year, but tune in January 2 for the start of my new series on  contract negotiation for authors!

Do you have questions about publishing law or business? Please feel free to ask me in the comments or on Twitter (@SusanSpann)!