Working with a Self-Publishing AuthorNEW

Important clauses for an agreement with an Author

Traditionally publishing commissions are managed by a publisher with limited contact with other parties such as the author. Increasingly authors are self-publishing on digital platforms or in print, and are turning to illustrators to produce artwork for their books.

As authors often have a limited understanding of the complexities of book publishing it is important to be clear about the process, time commitment (especially for children’s books), financial arrangements and written agreement (contract) before any artwork is started.

The author needs to understand that the artwork created by an illustrator is solely for reproduction in the author’s book, that the artwork is not ‘owned’ by the author for use how they wish, and that any physical artwork remains the property of the illustrator. This must be outlined in a written agreement.

We have produced this resource to advise on the key elements that should be included in any contract with a self-publishing Author (note this is not legal advice). It is recommended that you discuss the points included here with the author before finalising the agreement.


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