AOI Masterclass: Understanding Contracts for Publishing

AOI’s Derek Brazell shares advice for illustrators on negotiating contracts with book publishers.

When, Where

The Association of Illustrators is back at House of Illustration for a comprehensive overview of book publishing agreements.

If you find contracts confusing and could do with a confidence-boosting session on negotiating with publishers, this session is for you.

AOI’s Derek Brazell will break down the daunting business of contracts in to manageable chunks, clearly explaining the main clauses you’ll come across, including:

  • Advances and royalties
  • Moral rights
  • Option and cancellation clauses
  • Subsidiary rights like USA and translation rights, merchandising and more

You’ll find out which ones are most important and, crucially, what to challenge to make an agreement more favourable to yourself as the creator.

As well as an essential contracts 101, this session will cover other vital aspects of a successful career in book illustration: self-promotion, licensing and understanding the commissioner’s journey.

Arrive early for an exclusive after-hours private view of Designed in Cuba: Cold War Graphics from 5-6pm.

About the tutors:

The Association of Illustrators is the professional body for illustration in the UK. Established in 1973, the AOI champions illustrators and the illustration industry with education, promotion and campaigning.

Testimonials from previous AOI masterclasses at House of Illustration:

I’ve never heard anyone give such comprehensive business advice – outstanding.

Full of invaluable information and constructive advice.

Fresh, spot-on, focused, serious advice with a sense of humour – the best way to learn.

I love how the AOI makes me feel part of something which is very empowering.

Important to know:

Please note that latecomers arriving after 6.15pm may not be admitted.

Please bring warm layers as the South Gallery is kept at a cool temperature to conserve the artwork on display.


Tickets Price Number Total price
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Adult ticket£25.00 £25.00
Concession/Friend/AOI member ticket with gift aid£22.00 £22.00
Concession/Friend/AOI member ticket£20.00 £20.00

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