The Author’s Guild The Author’s Guild is a professional association for writers. The Author’s Guild provides a variety of services to help members negotiate contracts and understand their rights—such as complimentary review of contracts and copyright advice—and publishes The Writer’s Legal Guide: An Authors Guild Desk Reference, which includes information on contract negotiation.
Columbia Law School, Keep Your Copyrights This website contains information about copyright law and publishing contracts. It includes a glossary, sample contracts and clauses (good and bad), and examples of contracts before and after negotiations between authors and publishers.
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) SPARC “is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication.” SPARC’s website has several resources related to author’s rights, such as an addendum to add to a publication agreement in order to retain certain rights and information on copyright and alternative publishing options.
SHERPA/ROMEO SHERPA is an organization based out of the University of Nottingham dedicated to open access and developing institutional repositories. ROMEO is a database of publishers’ copyright and archiving policies. It currently includes information on approximately 1,800 publishers.
University of Illinois Library, Author Rights The University of Illinois Library website includes helpful information on factors to consider when choosing a publisher and what to consider when evaluating a publication agreement.
Books & Book Chapters
“Negotiating a Book Contract,” in Kay Murray & Tad Crawford, The Writer’s Legal Guide: An Author’s Guild Desk Reference (4th ed. 2013). Williams Law Library Reference, KF390.A96 C734 2013
What a Contract Means,” in William P. Germano, Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious About Serious Books (2nd ed. 2008). Lauinger Library, 5th Floor, PN161 .G46 2008 Williams Law Library, 3rd Floor, PN161 .G46 2001 (1st ed.)
Mark L. Levine, Negotiating a Book Contract: A Guide for Authors, Agents and Lawyers (2nd ed. 2009). Williams Law Library, 4th Floor, KF3084 .L48 2009
Tonya Marie Evans, Literary Law Guide for Authors: Copyright, Trademark, and Contracts in Plain English (2nd ed. 2005).
Jonathan Kirsch, Kirsch’s Guide to the Book Contract: For Authors, Publishers, Editors, and Agents (1998). Williams Law Library, 4th Floor, KF3084.Z9 K57 1999
Barbara A. Sigler, Signing on the Dotted Line, Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, May/June 2001 (Supp.), at 17.
Andrea A. Wirth & Faye A. Chadwell, Rights Well: An Authors’ Rights Workshop for Librarians, 10 Portal: Libraries and the Academy 337 (2010).
Compiled by Morgan Stoddard, Research Services Librarian, Georgetown University Law Library, for the Scholarly Communication Workshop, "Get It Right: Negotiating the Publishing Contract and Rights to Your Scholarship." (April 2015)