Not only are standard book contracts a bit of a mystery to many authors, they no longer reflect the reality of the business. The language of author contracts has not changed much in a century, while the business of publishing has seen a seismic shift. E-books, print-on-demand, online booksellers, and deep discounting have all altered the landscape. Time to update the terms and conditions under which we agree to a publishing deal. At the beginning of 2016, author groups from around the world announced the Fair Contract Initiative, a movement to bring publishers back to the negotiating table for talks around new, more equitable terms.
- John Degen, Executive Director, The Writers' Union of Canada (Moderator)
- Francis Farley-Chevrier, Executive Director, Union des Ecrivains Québecois
- María Fernanda Mendoza, International Consultant and former General Manager, Mexican Center for the Protection and Promotion of Authors' Rights (CeMPro)
- Mary Rasenberger, Executive Director, Authors Guild
- Nicola Solomon, Chief Executive, Society of Authors
- Katie Webb, Administrator, International Authors Forum
Venue: Harbourfront Centre Theatre