SoAiS and Publishing Scotland announce voluntary code
The Society of Authors in Scotland (SoAiS) and Publishing Scotland have announced a joint venture in the shape of a voluntary code to improve the relationship between authors and publishers.
The Author Accord sets out to promote the “spirit of best practice”, outlining how the relationship between the two parties should operate when a book is embarked upon. The Accord has been created to complement the Publishers Association (PA) Code of Practice on Author Contracts and the Publishing Scotland Code of Conduct.
Adherence to the code is not legally binding, but represents “an act of faith at a time when lines are getting blurred and distinctions between self-publishing and traditional publishing are being challenged.”
The code states: “The business relationship, between author and publisher, often has a personal dimension and this is the area where misunderstandings and disagreements can arise.”
To find out more, see the SoAiS website.