Writing Books/Author's Contract
I have written a book and, beyond reason, a publisher has expressed an interest in it. We've opened negotiations and they have sent me a rough idea of what the author's contract will be. Since this is my first time venturing into this paid-to-write arena, what should I know? What constitutes a good or bad contract?
For the record, I have checked out the publishers and they have a very good reputation with their signed authors. From what I've seen, it would be an excellent company to sign up with, I just want to make sure it's not the "someone wants to publish me!" blinders being put on.
Firstly, congratulations! Finding a publisher is always very hard and to have done that says a lot about you writing.
Now, the hard stuff! All the major publishers have standard contracts. You can trust that. However, it would still be a good idea to get an agent. Sure, they charge a commission, but they will protect your interests, check contracts and push for a greater slice of the cake for you ( and them).
To not have an agent would be foolish, especially if you intend to keep writing. Getting one is usually a problem, but as you already have a publisher, it should be simple.
Find an agent who works with authors on the type of books you are writing and make contact.
I wish you and your book all the best.