Atlanta, GA asked in Contracts and Copyright for Georgia

Q: I am an author and I am looking to sell licensing rights to my book. Is the first step to register the copyright?

And then once it is registered as a copyright would the next step be to draw up a contractual agreement with the person who wants to buy the license? Or is there a premade license that the person can buy?

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A: It would be prudent for an author to register the copyright in the unpublished work before offering it for publication.

Established publishers have their own forms of agreement to acquire the rights to publish books, with a variety of terms regarding how and when the author is compensated. The author should be represented either by an experienced attorney or literary agent to negotiate the most favorable terms with the publisher.

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