Lynn Johnston


Nonfiction lit agent repping journalists, thought leaders, change makers, fire breathers, artists, teachers, moms, dads & more. They're good people. She/Her

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Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · 1d

#Pubtip If you need more time (life happens), ask for an extension asap so the publisher can adjust the schedule. If you don't get more time, aim to turn in even a rough draft. You likely will have another pass after the editor reviews it.

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · 6d

Authors have options beyond the traditional or self publishing:
-Indie publishing
-Hybrid publishing
-E-book only
-Original audiobook

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · Feb 3

Once you agree on the main points, commit it in writing so both parties are clear about what to expect. Include termination terms in case the collaboration doesn't work out (future thread). #pubtip

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · Feb 3

3) Cash: how you split income. The author can guarantee the writer a set fee no matter how much (or little) money the book makes. The parties can split the advance and/or royalties. Decide if there's a cap to the writer's earnings. I've seen many variations.

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · Feb 3

If it's truly a 50-50 collaboration, the copyright can be in both names. Keep in mind, both parties will need to agree on any decision, which gets tricky if the book has a long life since 2 separate sets of heirs may need to agree in the future.

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · Feb 3

2) Copyright: Regardless of the credit, who owns the material? Often the writer is a "work for hire" & the copyright is in the author's name only. This is the person making decisions about what happens to the property (foreign rights, tv/film).

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · Feb 3

1) Credit: the name(s) on the cover of the book. If it's ghost writing, only the author's name is credited. If a co-writer will get credit, decide on the order & how the names are to be separated. E.g."and" or "with." Let your publisher know the credit line.

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · Feb 3

If you're thinking of working with someone to help write your book, agree on the terms BEFORE you get a publishing deal. Can't stress this enough. Here are the main deal points, what I call the 3 Cs of Collaboration.

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · Jan 29

Most books won’t get the scrutiny that Bolton’s is getting but here’s what you can expect if you’re writing a book about a controversial topic. #pubtip

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · Jan 26

Ethan Nosowsky @Nosowsky

@sarahw @mattkeeley @lyzl @likaluca Just FYI, Graywolf sold the Canadian rights and Janklow sold the UK rights in this case. (We acquired North American rights.) Graywolf distributed The Argonauts in Canada.

In case you’re wondering:
“Distributed in Canada” means the US publisher shipped the US edition to Canadian outlets. “Sold Canadian rights” means the US publisher made a deal with a Canadien publisher to produce and sell a Canadian edition. #pubtip

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · Jan 25

Brandon @blgtylr

The truly chaotic people in this world are the ones who ask for page counts instead of word count like a civilized person.

Get used to thinking of your manuscript in terms of words not pages. (Publishing contracts specify # of words.)To estimate: 1 double spaced typed page = 250 words. #pubtip

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · Jan 22

You could be stuck with a fatigued publisher for your next book & new editor who doesn't appreciate it. If given a choice, I would opt for single book deals unless the advance & terms being offered are outrageously good.

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · Jan 22

But what if my first book didn't sell well? Isn't it great to have a guarantee for the next book? Yes & no. Many publishers put the same level of enthusiasm with the 2nd book even if the 1st didn't sell well. But some don't, not to mention editors leave.

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · Jan 22

If your book sells a ton of copies, theoretically you should get a nice bump in the advance for your next book. Except in a multiple book deal, the level was already set. You're leaving money on the table.

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · Jan 22

A client asked if we could get a 3 book deal and I said even if we did, I would advise against taking it. Here's why. The sales of your book dictate the level of advance you will get for your next book. #pubtip