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Book Contracts: Let’s Talk Surprises

In the final installment of her column, Kate McKean tells us about the things authors don’t expect to be in a book contract.

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I heard about this author who didn’t turn in their book for six years and they weren’t in trouble

Regarding Your Next Book

notIf we don’t buy your next book but another publisher wants to, you have to let us try to match that offer, and if we do, you have to give the book to us.


You Can’t Always Do What You Want

The Things That Aren’t There


But Kate,why am I reading all these articles about contracts if they’re all so different?whatyouyouryour

Kate McKean is a literary agent and writer in Brooklyn, NY.