PODCAST: The 10 Worst Legal Mistakes a Textbook or Academic Author Can Make

Zick Rubin

Publishing lawyer Zick Rubin provides a countdown of the 10 worst legal mistakes that a textbook or academic author can make. Learn the legal traps that can be found in a range of areas, including provisions in publishing contracts, collaboration agreements, and copyright and permission issues.

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10 Tips for your next textbook deal

There is more to review than the spelling of your name, choice of title, and projected completion date, and more to negotiate than you might realize when negotiating a textbook contract. Here are 10 tips to help you understand what is (or ought to be) worthy of negotiation.

Textbook contract Q&A with attorney Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore

Earlier this fall, TAA hosted an audio conference titled “Contract Negotiation: E-books & E-rights” featuring attorney Lisa Moore, principal of The Moore Firm, LLC. Moore’s outstanding presentation culminated in a rich Q&A discussion that provided valuable insight into textbook publishing contract negotiations.

Following are abbreviated excerpts edited by TAA from the transcripts of that discussion.

Q: When e-rights are granted in a contract, what is the current norm for royalty rates? What are the best e-royalty terms you’ve negotiated for a client or know about in another context?

Lisa Moore: “I will say that 50 percent, whether it’s e-derivatives or verbatim e-reproductions, as I’ll call them, is the best that anyone can get for e-rights. And that’s becoming very, very difficult to achieve for clients — even clients with a proven track record, proven sales of X units, and an extremely wide target audience. [Read more…]