How much rights does an author really have over their book?

When your story gets sent off to the publisher, what rights does the author then have? Can they choose the book cover? Font? type of paper used? What goes in the front pages, the last pages? Title of the book? Does anything in the novel get changed? After reading in some places that the author doesn't even get to pick the front cover and this is all done by the publisher, this really made me curious.

Asked By: βẳғғℓễđ - 11/12/2010
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In theory, everything is negotiable, because the publisher needs the author's permission to print copies of the book and sell them, and the author could withdraw (or not grant) that permission if he's not happy... More
Answered By: Steven J Pemberton - 11/12/2010
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Font, type of paper, etc, is standard. A publisher will only do one kind... More
Answered By: Squidmaster - 11/12/2010
It depends on your contract and your contract depends on your negotiating power. If a first time author wants to reserve the power to reject a font he will probably be invited to look for another publisher. Stephan King could get what he wants using the threat of finding another publisher.
Answered By: Geeb - 11/12/2010
It is generally best to go along with what the publishers suggests as they know the market they sell to and will make decisions to sell the maximum number of books... More
Answered By: Professor - 11/12/2010
The author owns full copy right of the book, and all its ideas and storylines in it and they cannot be copied or used eslewhere without his permission and a fee.....the items in your Q are all subject to negotiation but authors will usually go along with any suggestions simply to get the book published...i don'g agree... More
Answered By: garyindiana - 11/12/2010
All of them. You are at perfect liberty to demand to choose the font size, type, paper, front cover, that all your typos are left as-is...anything you like... More
Answered By: cathrl69 - 11/12/2010
The publisher basically gets to set any standards they like. They can use whatever cover they want, whatever printing style they want, and can even request changes to the text. That said, if the author refuses any of these demands, the worst that can happen is that the publisher terminates the deal, in which case the... More
Answered By: Meklar - 11/12/2010
A friend and I both wrote books about Brazil published by the same US publisher. I supplied camera ready copy, but was told to reduce the index by two thirds! I had the foresight to alter my contract to reserve the rights of publication in Portuguese. My friend did not. Years later we both got offers from Brazilian... More
Answered By: Laurence - 11/12/2010
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