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Simon & Schuster Agrees that You Can Leave Them without Getting...

Two weeks ago I blogged about how Simon & Schuster was treating authors like abusive husbands: giving authors poor treatment but leaving them too broken to actually leave. Now it appears that S&S is going to kiss and makeup. The publishers are all grumbling at S&S for giving in so soon while bottles of champagne are being sprayed around the offices of the Author’s Guild like the locker room of a division champion. (Obviously this is my interpretation of what is happening and given that I am blogging at 12:10 am, you’ll have to forgive my departure from lucidity).

Calling the rights grab attempt as an “early miscommunication”, Simon & Schuster will now negotiate a “revenue-based” threshold to determine the book’s “in print” status. Somehow I still think that the midlist authors are going to get screwed here, but I guess if the author doesn’t have a lawyer or agent, it’s on them.

Via Publisher’s Weekly and Sandra Schwab for bringing it to my attention.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Karen Scott
    Jun 04, 2007 @ 23:58:44

    I read this yesterday, and wasn’t surprised at the turnaround. With the Author’s Guild’s firm opposition to the ridiculous contractual terms, I think they would have found it difficult to get their big named authors to sign up to the marriage from hell.

    Good news for authors.

    Isn’t if funny that whenever a big company comes up with a sucky idea, that meets with staunch opposition, they call it ‘miscommunication’, why can’t they just admit that they f*cked up, and be done with it?

  2. Emily
    Jun 05, 2007 @ 15:55:13

    Indeed, they accidentally said exactly what they meant… you don’t ‘whoopise’ a legal contract.

  3. Bill
    Mar 15, 2008 @ 02:12:00

  4. Arnie
    Mar 15, 2008 @ 05:08:10

  5. Diesel
    Mar 15, 2008 @ 06:34:37

  6. Joe
    Mar 15, 2008 @ 10:57:56

  7. jack3_al
    Apr 20, 2009 @ 23:12:22

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