Thursday, May 19, 2016

Kris Rusch on Non-Compete Clauses

Anyone who's ever considered tradpubbing a book really needs to read Kris's Business post this week on non-compete clauses.

Some choice quotes:

If you sign any version of a non-compete clause, you will never be a full-time professional writer. Writing will not be your career. Something else will, and you will write on the side for the rest of your life.

I know of at least two mystery writers who need their publisher’s permission to put up a blog post. I know of several more who have had to get a document granting them blanket permission from their fiction publisher to write nonfiction.

Your current publisher might not enforce that clause; the publisher/business your current publisher sells out to might enforce the clause, and make you pay damages for anything you’ve previously published after you signed the contract (and ignored the clause).

Interested yet? Good. Go read it. Seriously, this is important. :/



Charles Gramlich said...


Angie said...

Charles -- seriously, right? :/


Suzan Harden said...

Yeah, trad pub contracts are getting pretty atrocious. They're scary enough to make me thankful for my law school education.

Angie said...

Suzan -- that definitely gives you an advantage. [nod] The rest of us just have to hire someone, if we end up looking at a contract more than a page or three long. Everyone I've published with so far has been short and simple on the legalese. But then, I've only published shorts so far, on the mainstream side; my understanding is that the worst of it is in novel contracts.