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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 […]


Clause by Clause: Options

Hi everyone! This is the first installment of a new series I’m going to be writing here at Pub Crawl: Clause by Clause. As our resident contracts expert, I’m going to do my best to demystify this part of the publishing process for you, one clause at a time. Today I’m talking about Option Clauses. What is an Option Clause? In publishing, an Option Clause gives the Publisher the first look–dibs, if you will–on the next […]


Ask PubCrawl: Short Stories, Novellas, and Write for Hire

Last time on Ask PubCrawl, I answered questions about how to land internships in publishing. This month, we got a few questions about writing in different forms (short story, script, novella, etc.). As always, you can listen to our podcast episodes, email us, or send us an ask through Tumblr if you have any publishing/writing related questions, and we may answer them in the future! From Triona: Hi, I’ve been following Pub Crawl for years and I’ve so much respect […]

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Writer Etiquette: Why Do You Need an Agent, and Why Should You Be Nice?

I was going to talk about Agency (No, not like a literary agency – like a character’s personal agency) today, but in light of recent events, I’ve changed my mind. Today I’d like to talk about Etiquette when you are looking for an agent. A writer wrote a blog recently that got the attention of most of publishing Twitter, and for good reason. I’m not going to talk about the offensive post, but wanted to […]