Subsidiary rights (aka “Subrights)

These are all rights under the sun that aren’t original print publication rights, such as excerpt, adaptation, film/tv, audio, translation, first serial, second serial, merchandising, etc., etc. and I mean it etc. Some of these are retained by the publisher, who may exercise the rights themselves or sell them to third parties, some of these rights are retained by the author. When they are sold by the publisher to third parties the revenue is called “subrights income,” which is subject to a certain percentage split between publisher and author as specified by the contract. Subrights income counts toward an author’s revenues, thus helping an advance “earn out.”

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