Noncompete Clauses in Publishing Contracts – What precisely is an author agreeing to?

Terrific author contract advice from Tina Gabrielle.

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The very first time I read a noncompete clause in a friend’s publishing contract, I had to reread it—not just twice like we all should—but a few times. What exactly do publishers want and what are authors agreeing to? How important is this clause to authors anyway?

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Noncompete clauses are also called competing works clauses or conflicting publication clauses. In simple terms, noncompete clauses restrict the right of an author to write or publish another book that is similar to and would unfairly compete with the sold book. Almost all publishing contracts include a version of this clause, and publishers are well within their rights to have the exclusive right to the book the author has entered into a contract with them. But the clause must be fair and authors should check that the clause is not overly restrictive.

For example, if an author writes romantic suspense and sells it…

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Golden Leaf Hall of Fame Spotlight on Romantic Suspense: Dee Davis (Deadly Dance)

Golden Leaf Hall of Fame Spotlight on Romantic Suspense: Dee Davis (Deadly Dance).

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Golden Leaf Hall of Fame Spotlight on Romantic Suspense: Dee Davis (Dark Deceptions)

Golden Leaf Hall of Fame Spotlight on Romantic Suspense: Dee Davis (Dark Deceptions).

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Golden Leaf Spotlight on Hall of Fame Recipient: Dee Davis

Golden Leaf Spotlight on Hall of Fame Recipient: Dee Davis.

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Dealing with the Walking Dead

Great article from Jaye Marie Rome on writing.

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I’m going to put this out there. I am not a nice person. I can be pretty ruthless. When I no longer have use for someone, I have no problem throwing him out.  

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If I don’t like something that happens, I can easily tuck it away so that I forget it ever occurred. And if somebody says something that doesn’t make sense, I readily say “That’s stupid!”

Such is the life of a writer.

Oh, you thought I was talking about real life? Did you forget this is a blog about writing? Silly!

Let me first say, I’m a Capricorn. We Capricorns are known for being loyal to a fault…until you cross us. Still, I’m inordinately proud of the progress I’ve made in being able to disassociate myself from something that is no longer working in my manuscript. It isn’t easy. Writers become attached to their words in…

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Published in: on August 25, 2014 at 11:37 am  Comments (1)  

In The Mind of Beth Ciotta – 30 Years of Happily Ever Afters

New Jersey Romance Writers Blog

This week we’re jumping over the hump with our featured workshop presenter and best-selling author, Beth Ciotta!

Beth will be giving a workshop at our conference in October. Derring-Do: The Passionate Writer’s Guide to Success is just one of many fabulous workshops we have scheduled.

For more information on our conference, how to register, and other popular questions, please visit our website at

Please welcome Beth!

How did you come up with the idea for HIS CLOCKWORK CANARY?

Although I’ve had a few other releases since HIS CLOCKWORK CANARY (2013), I’m highlighting this particular novel because it finaled in the paranormal category of this year’s RWA RITA contest—Such an honor! I’m still reeling!

HIS CLOCKWORK CANARY is the second book in the series: The Glorious Victorious Darcys. The concept was born of a love of fantastical treasure hunts and morphed into a steampunk adventure where two time periods meld—The Victorian Age meets…

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A Moment to Sit

TimelessKeepsakesFinalCoverThis has been a busy week with the release of Timeless Keepsakes. I want to give a quick shout out to The Violet Femmes for their wonderful post. Thank you so much.

The Scribes are still on a blog tour and I’m appearing at  Pembroke Sinclair today.

Published in: on November 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Yet Another Distraction

First came email, then instant messaging, chat rooms, FaceBook, and now I have discovered Twitter. I have always considered myself quite adept at learning and embracing new technology, however Twitter takes some getting used too.

I sit down to work on my manuscript and it glares back at me daring to type another word. My nightly supply of white tea warms the belly of the Raku pottery owl teapot resting on my desk. Dragon’s Blood candles illuminate the room as I transition to unleash my creativity and flesh out the next bestseller. This next novel  is going to be good–my best–really it is.


Um, okay the book, right back to it as soon as I check my tweets.

Published in: on October 28, 2010 at 8:12 pm  Comments (2)  


I attended the New Jersey Romance Writers conference yesterday–overwhelming is an understatement–but in a good way. With so many workshops to choose from, it was difficult to decide on which to attend. Being  new to the professional writing world, I chose workshops that provided building blocks to get me on the path to publication.

I was infused with a sense of, “yes I am right where I should be,” as soon as I sat down to listen to the first speaker. Newbies sat next to professionals who listened as intently as if it were their first introduction into the world of writing. Writers of all genres absorbed the lecture, smart enough to realize that one can always take away something new.

I worked my way through new introductions and “aha” moments but it was Claudia Dain’s workshop on theme that pulled it all together for me. She demystified theme and my aha moment was so huge that I immediately thought of calling my boss to resign so I can stay home and write my masterpiece that would surely produce film options. My enthusiam was quickly put in check as I realized I still needed my salary to pay for my Internet access that would be necessary to support the emails going back and forth with the Hollywood bigwigs.

Claudia doesn’t know this but I was scheduled for an agent appointment without a pitch. It was because of Claudia’s workshop that I was able to put together a pitch minutes before my appointment and I secured a request for my work.

Maybe I still need to keep my day job for now but I walked away from the conference with a new found sense of my ability, confidence, and desire to write. I cannot stress enough how important it is for a writer to find a support group because only another writer understands the world you live in.

Thanks to Leanne Banks I now get through my day with affirmations that will carry me through my journey. And a special thanks to Annette Blair who wrote such a wonderful message in one of her books that I purchased. I keep reading the message and it makes me realize that I can get a seat at the author table one day.

Published in: on October 24, 2010 at 3:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

A New Season

Apparently my posts seem to coincide with the change of seasons. I am not too thrilled with the choice of blog templates and I cannot get my old template back.

This has been a busy year with writers conferences and two new writing groups where I have learned so much. It’s too bad I didn’t find these support systems earlier in my writing life, if I had I’m sure I would be a lot further along in the process.

Another writing conference is taking place this month. I’m not sure that I am confident enough to sell my work but I get the day off from work. Nice trade off.

P.S. I see that blogger has added the spell check feature since my last post. Cool.

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