Author Archive | Kelly

Clause by Clause: Rights of Termination

Welcome back to Clause by Clause, a series that aims to demystify publishing contracts! Previously we’ve talked about Options, Non-Competes, and Force Majeure, and today we’re going to kick off the beginning of a new year by talking about endings. Here’s what you need to know about Rights of Termination. What is a Rights of Termination clause?  A rights of termination clause lists out all the ways in which your contract can be terminated, meaning […]

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Reading and Writing are Political Acts

So. Hi. We haven’t posted in a while. Pub Crawl is not a political website. We’re a website about reading, writing, and the publishing industry. But reading and writing are inherently political acts. Some people are urgently searching for something to do in the wake of the American presidential election, and one of the things I choose to do is embrace the political power of reading and writing. Reading I am committed to becoming a better listener. […]

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How to Survive a Book Hangover

Hi everyone! Today I’m taking a brief detour from my series on Contract Clauses to talk about a problem every reader will eventually face (especially, I’m told, readers who’ve recently finished Crooked Kingdom). Most of us have been there. You reach the end of a book that has wrecked you. You turn the final page, softly close the over, and stare out into the void, unmoving, unseeing, unable to rouse yourself to any purpose.  Your […]

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Clause By Clause: Non-Compete

Welcome back to Clause by Clause: a series that aims to demystify publishing contracts! Previously we’ve gone over Option Clauses and Force Majeure; today we’re going to talk about Non-Competes! What is a Non-Compete Clause? A Non-Compete Clause protects the Publisher’s investment by preventing the Author from putting a substantially similar book on the market that would directly compete with the contracted book and thus negatively impact sales. Risks A non-compete clause is not inherently a […]

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Clause by Clause: Force Majeure

Hi Pub Crawlers! This is the second installment in my series on contract clauses. Previously I talked about Options. Today, I’m going to talk about Force Majeure. What is a Force Majeure clause?  Force Majeure is Latin for “superior force.” A Force Majeure clause allows the Publisher to suspend (or in some cases terminate) its obligations under the contract in the event that circumstances beyond its control arise and prevent it from satisfying its contractual obligations for any […]

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