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Before You Sign | Workshops and Writing Groups

Our Chief Executive Nicola Solomon jots down some things to keep in mind when you're sharing your work with writing groups.
 
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Before You Sign | Charity Begins at Home

We’re all asked to contribute to charitable causes–money, time, professional expertise. Nicola Solomon asks how you can balance the line between being charitable and being exploited?
 
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Before You Sign | Option Clauses

Option Clauses give a publisher the right to get a first look at your future work. This month we asked the advisors for a rundown.
 
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Before You Sign | Obtaining Permissions

Many contracts make the author responsible for obtaining permission for the use of any material from other sources, and for paying permission fees.
 
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Before You Sign | Over-Reaching Contracts

Keep in mind that some contracts can affect your writing life far beyond the confines of the work you're being contracted for. Our experts point out the terms to watch out for.
 
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Before You Sign | Getting your rights back

For February we went to the advisors for tips on how to get your rights back from publishers, and what to watch out for at the end of contracts.
 
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Before You Sign | Money from unexpected sources

This month we asked the advisors about collective licensing - a way for authors to quickly and easily boost their income.
 
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Before You Sign | Rights and Characters

Thinking about using someone else's character? Concerned someone's using yours? This month we got the advisors to explain how copyright applies to fictional characters, and what you need to...
 
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Before You Sign | Prizes and Competitions

This month we asked the advisors what you should look out for when entering prizes and competitions.
 
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Before You Sign | Accounting Terms for Authors

Our experts give a rundown of your contract’s fiddly financial bits.
 
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Before You Sign | Copyright Crash Course

Brush up your knowledge on copyright with this quick guide.
 
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Before You Sign | Special Sales

Our seven steps for publishers on highly-discounted 'special sales'.
 
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Before You Sign | Morality Clauses

Contract clauses that allow a publisher to drop an author who acts "immorally" are becoming more common in the UK. These clauses are far too wide in their remit and we recommend that...