iWriterly Video: How to Navigate Publishing Contracts & Writing on Deadline | Interview With Science Fiction Author Michael Mammay

Contracts in traditional book publishing are tricky.

Meg LaTorre is joined by traditionally published author Michael Mammay, who shares inside looks into how he’s navigated publishing contracts and writing on deadline.

Topics covered in the video:

  • Do authors who have published before have any more leeway in negotiating the contract?
  • How did the sales of your first book(s) impact the advance and royalties you earned for subsequent books?
  • What is the process like for selling multiple books at once?
  • What is an option?
  • What does it mean to sell-through?
  • How does a publisher define a “successful” book?
  • Should authors approach writing subsequent books they sold differently than the debut novel?
  • Creating an outline for an editor
  • Working on a book cover: Do authors have a say?






Michael Mammay is a science fiction writer. He is a retired army officer and a graduate of the United States Military Academy. He has a master’s degree in military history, and he currently teaches American literature. He is a veteran of Desert Storm, Somalia, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His debut novel, Planetside, came out in July 2018 and was selected as a Library Journal best book of 2018. The audiobook, narrated by RC Bray, was nominated for an Audie award. The sequel, Spaceside, is due out from Harper Voyager on August 27th, 2019. Michael lives with his wife in Georgia.