If I’m a literary agent representing 2 authors who have written a children’s book and they’ll split future royalties 50/50, do I have to structure 2 separate contracts?

Or just one contract for both authors? The authors are a mother and son team.

Asked on August 30, 2014 under Business Law, New Jersey


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Legally, it can be done either way. Practically, it would be better to structure it as one contract with two author signature lines (unless one author has certain payments, terms, or perks which the other would not be aware of--unlikely in this case), since that way, everything is in one place and there is no need for one contract to reference another or include it as an exhibit or attachment for completenesses sake.

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