How Authors Sell Publishing Rights

How Authors Sell Publishing Rights by ALLiBy Helen Sedwick & Orna Ross

The writer’s path to publication has grown more complex, full of new choices. What once was a one-track pathway to print can now feel like a maze of formats, platforms, apps, territories and rights:  film, TV, broadcast, foreign, translation, audio and more.

All of these publishing rights represent potential readers and income but each market offers different opportunities and operates by different rules. How are writers to find their way without a team of experts and lawyers?

How Authors Sell Publishing Rights, from The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), helps authors navigate today’s complex rights marketplace. It shows writers the best ways to reach decision-makers in various industries, what these rights-buyers are looking for, and what to expect in negotiating a licence or sale of rights.

Read our Blog Post about How Authors Sell Publishing Rights

Our Guidebooks are always free to ALLi Members. Visit the Guidebooks page on the ALLi Members site to download your free copy. (login in required)



kobo newamazon




It covers how to pitch, negotiate and close a sale with producers, literary agents and global publishing houses, how to manage book fairs and other sales trips, and how to keep track of your rights business.

Covering financial, relationship and legal aspects, and focussing particularly on audiobooks, TV and film, and translation, How Authors Sell Publishing Rights shows how the publishing landscape for authors is transforming and yielding unprecedented opportunities.

This is the how-to book for authors who want to understand and confidently sell publishing rights.

Self-publishing guide for Authors
Publication: 10 February 2016
224pp; world rights available. Contact: Toby Mundy of TMA 

Buy here now


Note: The Alliance of Independent Authors has a number of rights services in place for its members, including a dedicated literary agent, representation at London and Frankfurt Bookfairs and Book Expo America, and one-to-one consultancy from digital rights platform, IPR Licence. All of these — like all our services — are free to members.

More details here.

Comments are closed.