Co-Author Agreement

This blog hits the brand. I cannot overemphasize the importance of that. In these initial stages of agreement development, you can have a good view of the person you are working with. I made a co-author agreement to write a book to Geist for a (at the time) sensational person and it was a nightmare. Even with the agreement and a great agent, it was difficult to get my co-author to do what she promised (giving people access and drawing attention to the media). I did a lot of this work myself and I wondered why it was there. Like Linda Hall, I decided to bend and give up my rights. My instincts were probably rights when the co-author went through three other ghost authors and the book was not written/published until the end of the sensational period. In addition to the excellent points you raise, I would like to emphasize the need for writers to conclude these agreements carefully and to seek advice from a lawyer, their agent (hopefully) or an organization that offers contract reviews and/or recommendations, such as The Authors Guild or California Lawyers for the Arts (or their equivalent in other states). Many libraries also have written publishing manuals for authors, and these can serve as useful guides.

There are a lot of useful resources on the Internet, but there is also a lot of noise and misinformation. Not all cooperation or cooperation agreements are the same and variations can be useful, especially in the event of a problem. All co-authors must give their consent to the publication before submitting each version of the document. As a general rule, the contract of a publishing house will be either a 50-50 split between two authors, or it will be a contract between the publisher and a single author, so that the other author can only count on a co-author`s agreement (the latter is most likely with books). In other words, don`t wait for the publisher`s contract to say what you need to do when writing the book. Do you know, for example, what name is first in the book or under what name you will write? Do you know who is responsible for the delivery of what equipment? Do you know how soon you`re going to work? Example 1. Industry or government representatives are invited to co-author a document on a conservation issue in order to involve all stakeholders involved. However, as the document moves to the publication phase, industry or government scientists refuse to pursue the document because the results or conclusions are inconsistent with their organization`s policy or will cause political or commercial problems. Instead, these representatives (or their superiors) leave the paper no further only if the text is amended to repeat, weaken or omit important results, conclusions or recommendations. Instead of reaching consensus, the document may be blocked by publication at the request of a co-author. Example 3. Communication between co-authors collapses and stops because of personality conflicts, professional rivalries or jealousy.

In this case, a document cannot progress in the publication process. Team members may voluntarily walk away from the project and the co-author if they no longer have time for the project or if they do not agree with any aspect of the project or document. If a team member voluntarily leaves the project or is asked to leave the team because they object to the publication of the document, team members and the team leader should discuss with the dissident member whether their contributions can still be used and can be described in confirmations or should be removed from the document. Nevertheless, the agreement could stipulate that the surviving author assumes editorial responsibility, subject to accountability to the heir of the deceased collaborator. If the book is likely to be revised, the agreement could also include a provision allowing the surviving partner to reduce the compensation paid to the estate if substantial changes are made to the text, or it becomes necessary to recruit external authors to update the work