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. Required for the Certificate in Literary Representation.
Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required.
This course is conducted through Canvas, a secure website that allows students to log in to access lectures, discussions, and other course materials on demand. There are no required class meetings. Each course is structured with weekly assignments and deadlines. Lectures and coursework are accessible throughout the week. Workshops are conducted in writing via discussion boards with your instructor and classmates.
No refunds after October 13, 2021
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.