Although there’s really no such thing as a ‘standard book contract,’ it is possible to establish a checklist of what may be in one. Chuck Sambuchino, an editor with Writer’s Digest Books and the editor / blogger at Guide To Literary Agents has a post called Leah’s “12 Points of Contracts.”
It’s an interesting post and has some information that’s new to me, including her statement that the royalty percentage is often based at least in part on the book’s format. She also includes a short list of questions authors might want to add.
If you’re writing a book for trade publication, book mark this article and use it as a guide when you get to the contract signing stage.
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