The Business Rusch: The Agent Clause (Deal Breakers 2012)

For the past several weeks, this blog has focused on deal breakers in modern publishing contracts. Novelists Inc. asked me to update my article on deal breakers for their conference binder from last year, and wow, oh, wow have things changed in these short twelve months. I used that article as a jumping off point for these blogs. I turned the article in last week, […]

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The Business Rusch: The Future And Balance (Deal Breakers 2012)

I started this small series on deal breakers two weeks ago, in response to Novelists, Inc’s request for an update of an article that I gave them last August. I thought such an update would be easy until I read the article itself. Then I realized just how much had changed in the last year. Because of some of the responses I’ve gotten privately, and […]

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The Business Rusch: The End of Reversion Clauses (Deal Breakers 2012)

Dean Wesley Smith and I have spent a good part of this summer teaching, as well as talking to other professional writers. One thing we discuss is the history of the business because it helps us understand how we got to where we are. In the beginning, publishing was a handshake operation. Writers and publishers were often friends who lived and worked in the same […]

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The Business Rusch: Deal Breakers 2012

I have a sticky note on my computer marked “Deal Breakers—by July 30.” It’s a reminder to revise the deal breakers article I wrote last year for the binder that Novelists Inc. give out at their conference every year. I was scheduled to speak last year, but had to cancel because of problems with the estate we dealt with all fall.  As a result, my […]

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