5 Tips for Authors When Negotiating their Author Agreements

SOURCE: Anne R. Allen (Joseph Perry)

“Most author agreements have authors represent and warrant, among other things, that their work doesn’t violate copyright law, trademark law, privacy laws. Also that it’s not libelous or obscene. If you think your work may violate the law or are unsure if it does, try to qualify your representations and warranties. Use language like ‘to the best of Author’s knowledge.’

Also try to eliminate any representations and warranties that ask that your work won’t violate any law or harm anyone whatsoever. That’s way too broad, and it’s almost impossible to guarantee that with such broad language.”