Option Clauses in Publishing Deals

Most publishing contracts include an “option clause” giving the publisher rights of first refusal to consider the author’s next work(s) of fiction. However, many option clauses overreach or attempt to bind the author inappropriately. Look for these important features in any publishing option clause: 1.  The option should governs the author’s next book length work in the same series or next book-length work in the same genre only. By contrast, overreaching clauses may give the publisher an option on all future works the author writes – of any length, and in any genre. Don’t agree to open-ended option clauses. 2. Properly drafted options give the publisher a right to

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