Copyright Protection for Books
I’m often asked if you sell first rights to a book like you do with an article. Actually, what you sell is book rights, plus any other subsidiary right outlined in the book contract. You don’t have to specify the rights offered when you submit a book as you do with a periodical piece. The various rights the publisher buys are covered in detail in your contract--and are all negotiable.The contract will indicate whether the book is copyrighted in your name (preferred) or in the name of the publisher, which will also be negotiable. Tomorrow's blog will include the listing of various rights you might sell when submitting articles for publication.