A Bad Publishing Contract Deconstructed, Part 3 – The Uglier Facts

See other posts in this series: Part 1 | Part 2 We are going to finish deconstructing THIS contract. (If you haven’t read parts one and two, linked above, you’ll want to start there.) When last we left, my head was exploding. For those who need a quick reminder, this contract is publicly available on a … Read More

A Bad Publishing Contract Deconstructed, Part 2 – The Ugly Truth

See other posts in the series: Part 1 | Part 3 Okay, so we’re deconstructing THIS contract from a Maine university site. Apparently, several small start-up publishers have latched on to it and are using it as their “standard” contract for digital-first presses. Ugh. I’m using it as-is from the website. Some of the publishers made … Read More

A Bad Publishing Contract Deconstructed, Part 1

A Bad Publishing Contract Deconstructed, Part 1

Other parts in the series: Part 2 | Part 3 This is a follow-up to my post the other day, the pop quiz about red flags in publishing contracts. Apparently, several new start-up publishers have stumbled upon this contract and have actually decided to use it for their own. Since it’s readily available on the … Read More

Pop Quiz: Contracts

Pop Quiz: Which of these are HUGE red flags in a publishing contract? a) Charging for editing. b) “Life of copyright” contract length terms. c) Asking for rights other than ebook and print formats. d) “Net” not clearly specified. e) Taking ownership of copyright for length of contract. f) Nebulous “editing” clauses that allow the … Read More

WriteYourAssOff.com: Contract Red Flags

I’ve got another post up at the WriteYourAssOff.com blog about contract red flags. Enjoy! Publishing Contracts: Red Flags and Warnings

*dance dance dance!*

That little happy dance is me celebrating dropping the signed contract in the mail to Siren-BookStrand for my latest Tymber Dalton book, “Safe Harbor.” Woot!


It’s not often that dreams come true in life. Today, one of those dreams was dropping not one, but TWO signed publishing contracts into the mail, one for BookStrand, one for Lyrical Press. These two projects are dramatically different (one is a contemporary romance, the other a paranormal thriller) and are dear to my heart … Read More

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