Agents warn of publishers 'moving the goalposts' on author payments

Agents warn of publishers 'moving the goalposts' on author payments

Agents have warned of an “extremely disturbing trend” which has seen some publishers, mainly in the US, staggering more payments to authors later in the publishing schedule. 

The Bookseller spoke to several agents who had experienced this “moving of the goalposts” in the US, although many believe it is part of a wider issue with multi-book contracts. This involves some publishers asking authors to submit an outline for a novel as a contractual stage and reducing upfront payments.

One author was recently offered a third of their advance for a first book in a multi-book deal. Previously, ac...

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