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Not all business divorces need be acrimonious. Simon Whaley explores the intricacies of getting your rights back in your work.

‘Be very careful what you sign,’ says Sherry Ficklin, author of over a dozen teen and young adult books, as well as several romantic novels written under the name of SJ Noble. ‘Be sure the contract, and specifically the release clause, is to your benefit.’

When it comes to the business of writing, checking the release clauses, the section of the contract explaining how you can escape from the relationship with your publisher and claim back your rights, is not always the highest priority when you’re caught up in the excitement of signing a brand new publishing deal. Unfortunately, it should be.

When we grant a publisher the right to publish our book, it’s for a fixed term. That could be for a few years or the duration of copyright (which is the rest of our lives, plus a further seventy years). A lot can happen in that time. Publishers can go bust, lose interest in us as an author, fail to reprint our book when stocks run low, or completely mess up a project. Being able to reclaim our rights can help us salvage a project and breathe new life into it. So the first step to getting our rights back begins with the contract negotiations at the start of our business relationship.

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