Monday, January 25, 2016

SinC Supports the Fair Contract Initiative

By Leslie Budewitz, President of Sisters in Crime

In the new year, Sisters in Crime is taking a stand, along with more than two dozen other organizations that also belong to the Authors' Coalition, in support of the Fair Contract Initiative sponsored by the Authors' Guild. On January 5, 2016, publishers were sent an open letter asking them to reconsider certain provisions in standard book contracts, and to make changes that are more fair to authors.

Those terms include royalty rates for e-books, non-compete and option clauses, clauses that drastically cut royalty rates on heavily discounted sales, and other terms. In the next phase of the initiative, Authors' Guild representatives will be meeting with various publishers, small and large, to discuss contract reform.

Read the letter, sent to members of the Association of American Publishers, and articles analyzing the standard book clauses of concern on the Authors' Guild FCI page,

Authors and agents have been advocating some of these changes for years; others have arisen more recently.

Sisters in Crime is pleased to be part of this important effort. The board will keep you informed of future developments.