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Hi. When a new author is promoting a book do they have the right to refuse to do certain interviews if they feel uncomfortable with a certain media outlet? Or, are they obligated to just go and talk to whomever the publishing companies sends them to in order to promote the book? Thanks

That's usually outlined in the publishing contract between the publisher and author.

There are different sections and clauses.

One clause is promotions.

Contracts are usually rewritten 2-3 times before an author obtains what he or she wants. Never sign the first contract a publisher presents, and always have an agent who provides the literary attorney.

So, if the author is covered in the contract and has to agree first concerning interviews, the author has the sole right to refuse an interview, or interviews, with certain entities, and can say "no." This will be a clause.

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