Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 483. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2019-12-10 09:45:41+00:00 From: Jessica M Otis
Subject: [Humanist] 33.470: a question of contract Hi, It's impossible to know without reading the contract they signed with the publisher, but it's likely they have a contractual obligation to their original publisher. Questions the author needs to consider while looking at their contract: 1) how was the first book described in the contract? Is it vague enough that it could apply to the second book as well? 2) what deadlines were placed in the contract for the delivery of materials? If the author has already missed them, what were the contractual consequences for failing to meet those deadlines? 3) is there a non-compete clause, where the author promises not to publish any book that substantially competes with the one they promised to deliver to the press? (that is, arguably the new book) 4) did the contract give the press the right of first refusal on the author's next book? If the author no longer wants to work with the first press, I would recommend they contact the press and ask to be released from their contract (returning any royalty monies paid, if applicable) and get that sorted before talking to other presses about a new proposal. Cheers, Jessica --- Dr. Jessica Otis Assistant Professor of History Director of Public Projects Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media George Mason University _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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