When you start writing, your only concern is getting to the end of your manuscript. Even publishing is a distant concept. But eventually, if you stick at this long enough, the world of rights, translations and selective licensing opens up. The Alliance of Independent Authors’ ran a six month rights program, its aim was to open up the rights industry to indie authors. This is a write up of everything learned during those six months. This is the ultimate guide to selling book rights for indie authors.
In this special edition ALLi Insights, Orna chats with Creative Management agent Toby Mundy to introduce an exciting opportunity for qualifying ALLi members to leverage their global rights through the Toby Mundy Agency.
Meet Toby Mundy of TMA
After Toby founded Atlantic Books Limited (where he served as chief executive and publisher from 2000 to 2014) he launched Toby Mundy Associates.
“It’s great to be working with writers again”
TMA’s New Partnership with ALLi
Toby represents suitable books by ALLi Members, placing them with foreign rights publishers and TV and film producers, in association with Ed Victor Ltd. Now ALLi and Toby are joining forces to create a twice-yearly rights catalogue to be circulated prior to London Book Fair and Frankfurt Book Fair each year.
This groundbreaking publication is designed to attract industry attention for ALLi’s successful self-publishing authors.
Qualifying professional ALLi members will be included in this catalogue, and Toby will represent their books to interested global rights buyers and scouts.
This new ALLi partnership is uniquely positioned to create a publication that can become a significant event in the global book rights arena, and will represent a six-monthly snapshot of self-publishing talent looking to capitalize on their global rights.
We can be confident about curiosity in this space, but pivotal for the success of this new venture is the ability to tell a story about an author and their work.
Find out more about this exciting ALLi partnership by watching our You Tube Video or listening to the Podcast here:
Watch the ALLi Insights Video with Orna Ross & Toby Mundy
Prefer Audio? Listen to the ALLi Insights Podcast with Orna Ross & Toby Mundy
FAQ about the Rights Catalogue from ALLi
When does the rights catalogue service commence?
- January 2016
Is the service available to all members?
- Just to our Professional Members for now. We hope to roll it out more widely in time.
Does an ALLi member get these sub-rights services free?
- Yes, all of ALLi’s services are always free to members.
Where can I find out more information?
More Insights about Publishing Rights from Toby
Rights are how authors take advantage of their intellectual property. In most traditional publishing agreements, creative rights are retained by the author but they license their rights to a publishing company (e.g. grant the right to produce a version of a book). e.g.
- e-Book Rights
- Audio book Rights
- Print book Rights
Over the lifetime of a book, more and more of the rights come into play.
- Translation Rights
- Video or TV Rights
- Radio Rights
- Comic Strip Rights
- Merchandizing Rights
- Territory Edition Rights (e.g. US vs UK version)
The rights space is changing and rights are different for self-publishing than with Trade publishing. Print books are the core of traditional publishing, but for the self-published author their rights journey usually starts off with an e-book, and then print as a subsidiary right.
It was heresy in the trade-publishing world … to call print a subsidiary right.
But everything is changing. Amazon and other platforms like Kobo, Apple iBooks and Ingram, with their digital delivery channels, have enabled an enormous number of authors to enter the self-publishing space, and Toby affirms that what he calls “micro-publishing” is one of the most dynamic and organic spaces in the whole book industry.
In a universe where industry giants are thinking about brand management, the indie space is focused on innovation and creativity.
Now’s the optimal time in the industry to launch this new rights partnership with Toby Mundy, and if you’re an ALLi member who wants to be considered for inclusion in this new rights catalogue, visit the SELL YOUR RIGHTS page in the ALLi Member’s Zone.
If You Haven’t (Yet) Sold That Many Books.
ALLi also has an arrangement, including a one-to-one consultancy for its members, with two of the largest, and most active, rights selling platforms: IPR License and Pubmatch. More details here
Other Exciting Rights News
How Authors Sell Publishing Rights helps authors navigate today’s complex rights marketplace and points up the best ways to reach decision-makers in various industries, what these rights-buyers are looking for, and what to expect in negotiating a license or sale of rights.
Covering both business and legal aspects, and focussing particularly on audiobooks, TV & film and translation, How Authors Sell Rights shows how the rights landscape for authors is transforming and yielding unprecedented opportunities.
This the how-to book for authors who want to confidently, and competently, license and sell their publishing rights.
Where can I watch or listen to more ALLi Insights?
- You can catch up on all of our videos on ALLi’s YouTube Channel
- You can listen to all of our podcasts at ALLi’s SoundCloud Channel
What are ALLi Insights?
Each month, Orna Ross hosts an different topic during the ALLi Insights Google Hangout. These Alliance of Independent Authors live events focus on topics that are important and relevant to all Indie Authors.
Look out for our next ALLi Insights in January 2016.
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