Random House Blinks

The recent kerfuffle over the hideously one-sided contracts that Random House’s e-imprints were offering to writers seems to be moving to a happy ending, as Random has changed its terms, including advances, rights reversion provisions, and the elimination of setup costs to the author — no more vanity terms. While it would be pretty to think that this was a spontaneous act of generosity on the publisher’s part, I suspect it had considerably more to do with the light folks like John Scalzi and the rest of SFWA shone on the nasty business.

Either way, its a win, and a step toward making sure that (as the saying goes), the only place an author signs the check is on the back.

A tip of the Mondo Mortarboard to Chuck Wendig, via Facebook.


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