Contracts, Rights, and Signing Authors
WRITING X 455.1
Learn how literary agents take author manuscripts from query to signed contracts in this introductory course.
Starting at $695.00
As few as 10 weeks
What you can learn.
- Review 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
About this course: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.
Spring 2020 Schedule
These courses are fully online, and there are no in-person classroom meetings.
Instructor: Linda Camacho
46 days left. Enroll by Apr 8, 2020
Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required.
No refunds after April 13, 2020
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Book: A Feather on the Breath of God: A Novel by Sigrid Nunez