INSTG067 - Author Management

This module will introduce students to the processes involved in handling authors and their works. It will include an introduction to publishing law (contracts, IP and copyright, rights management), as well as looking at the role of the editor (commissioning) and the agent. Book events and social media management will also be included.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of the module, students will obtain knowledge and understanding of:

  • The role and function of the editor
  • The role and function of the literary agent
  • Contracts, copyright and rights management
  • Working with authors: marketing, negotiating, keeping schedule and quality control, project management


Assessment: An Author Toolkit (A curated and edited collection of advice and guidance for dealing with authors)  3000 words or equivalent

Core Module for: MA Publishing

Optional for:  no other programmes at present

Prerequisites:  No pre-requisites needed

Taught by: Dr Samantha Rayner

Timetable: Tuesday from 14.00-17.00 in term 1, commencing Tuesday 8th October

Core Reading:

Balkwill, Richard, and Davies, Gill. The Professional's Guide to Publishing (Kogan  Page, 2011)
Benson, Christopher, and Jones, Hugh. Publishing Law. 4thedition. (Routledge, 2011).
Davies, Gill. Book Commissioning and Acquisition. (Routledge, 2004).
Guthrie, Richard. Publishing: Principles and Practice. (Sage, 2011).
Owen, Lynette.Selling Rights. (Routledge, 6thedition, 2010.

Further information for students currrently talking this module

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