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Juli Saitz & Steve Gillen, September 2016
Getting the Royalty Treatment »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2016 by Juli Saitz (Ankura Consulting Group) & Steve Gillen (Wood Herron & Evans) The relationship between publisher and author is an interdependent one. If the author doesn’t write well and on schedule, the publisher has nothing to develop, market, and sell. On the other hand, no matter how well an author writes, …

Mary Rasenberger, July 2016
Is a Flat Royalty Rate in Our Future? »

The publishing industry is in a state of flux. We all know that. The digital revolution has upended the book business in under 10 years. But, truth be told, we’re just at the beginning of the changes we’re going to see in the way books are distributed. We need to admit that, and we need …

Juli Saitz & Steve Gillen, May 2016
A Crash Course on Royalty Audits »

PUBLISHED MAY 2016 by Juli Saitz & Steve Gillen In the typical transaction between a book author and a publisher, the author grants to the publisher certain exclusive rights in a manuscript and, in exchange, gets from the publisher a right to receive a portion of the publisher’s proceeds from commercial exploitation of the rights …

Bill Boik, December 2013
From the Written Word to the Spoken Word: Our Audiobook Journey »

From the Written Word to the Spoken Word: Our Audiobook Journey December 2013 by Bill Boik As I started to write this article, we were preparing to release our first audiobook through Audible.com. We had not planned to release an audiobook this year, but then Lorraine Lotzof Abramson, the author of our bestseller—My Race: A Jewish …

Steve Gillen, July 2013
When Getting Rights Clearance Is Tough »

We’ve all been there. You’ve found the perfect photo . . . verse . . . song lyrics . . . vignette . . . you name it . . . to open your book or a chapter within it or to use within the text. Having labored long and hard to locate just the …

Serban Enache, April 2013
Tips on Using Stock Photos »

Now that businesses regularly use photos not only in print materials but also across the digital and mobile world, publishers must find images for everything from company Websites and author blogs to social media sites and beyond. Often, they turn to stock photo sites in hopes of discovering the best photo for the job while …

Steve Gillen, February 2013
What You Need to Know About Using Third-Party Photos »

According to the allegations in recent litigation, Pearson played fast and loose with the photography it procured for use in its books. The giant publisher would arrange to use selected photos from a photographer or stock agency and, by under reporting its usage needs, get access to high-resolution copies of the photos at a lower …

Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D, July 1996
Royalty Calculations in Book Contracts »

PUBLISHED JULY 1996 by Ivan Hoffman, Publishing Attorney — We often hear about book royalties in a fashion that is illusory. To discuss a royalty rate without at the same time discussing the basis for the rate’s calculation is like comparing apples to oranges. To banter about numbers like 8%, 9%, 17% or such is …

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