Authors talk about their ‘book' in the singular, but actually that one manuscript can be split into many different kinds of intellectual property rights.
Most authors now understand that they can produce a number of different kinds of ebooks as well as a print book and an audiobook. But did you know that each can be further split into many other rights?
Back in October, I was at a business masterclass in Oregon and I discovered that I was wrong in thinking that “audiobook rights” were just one thing.
Actually, there are many different kinds of audio rights and by signing an exclusive contract with ACX, I had made an error. I'll be going non-exclusive with ACX in future, and if you read on, or listen to the audio, you'll understand why.
I put this conversation out on the podcast about my time in Oregon, but it's important in its own right, so I'm producing it here as an audio clip and also transcript below. Listen below or here on Soundcloud.
J Daniel Sawyer is a science-fiction, fantasy and mystery author as well as a podcaster, media producer, filmmaker and philosopher/polymath. He's also one of the smartest people I know in terms of intellectual property rights, specifically for audio. Dan will be coming back on the show in 2017 for a full interview on audio, so watch out for that if it's a topic you're interested in.
Here are the highlights of the conversation, and the full transcript is below. We cover:
- The different types of audio productions and rights authors can sell
- What it means when ACX is the fiduciary of your audiobook productions
- Recommendations for those wanting to do audio versions of their books
- Reflections on Author's Republic, and Overdrive
- On audio box sets
You can find Dan at www.JDSawyer.net and on twitter @dsawyer