Literary agents are uniquely positioned in the publishing world to have their hands in many facets of the book process, from a book's inception through to finished copies and publicity. This course begins with an overview of the Agency Agreement, the contract that binds an author with an agent. Students analyze the contract in order to gain a general understanding of the role and responsibilities of an agent and how they go about shepherding authors and their work. This course also unravels the mysteries of book Publishing Agreements and provides a step-by-step guide to understanding the legal language; recognizing which subsidiary rights can (and should) be negotiated; and the differences between a good deal and bad deal—it isn't always money. Students leave the course with a general knowledge of what it takes to foster a book project from query to signed contracts.
Course OutlineLearn how literary agents take author manuscripts from query to signed contracts in this introductory course
Course OutlineReview and understand the content and role of agency agreements
Analyze publishing agreements and learn to understand legal language
Explore various publishing rights and what they mean
Identify the difference between a good deal and a bad deal for authors
Course may be taken to satisfy an elective in either the Fiction or Creative Nonfiction Certificate.
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Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Study Abroad at UCLA Program : Required