If you are rejected, write down your calendar and ask them again. Next time, there will probably be someone else on the publishing house. After several attempts, I finally recovered the digital rights for the first book in my Myrtle Clover series (I had already obtained print and audio rights for this). « Before you can decide how to get your rights back and what`s cancelled, you have to know what`s being granted, » Ulrich said. To do this, pay attention to the « Grant or Transfer of Rights » clause in your contract, which usually appears directly at the beginning of the contract on the first page or in the first paragraph. It recommends two important ways to improve the retroversion of the language of rights: with the above reversion clause, inversion is basically a two-step process, she said: Typically, each party to a publication contract has the right to terminate the contract if the other party does not meet certain obligations or if certain conditions occur. For the publishing house, termination tends to be triggered if the author does not deliver the manuscript until a specified due date, if the manuscript is not acceptable to the publisher in terms of content and form, or if changes to the manuscript are requested by legal advisors to avoid possible litigation and the author does not make such changes. For the author, termination tends to be triggered if the publisher does not publish the book on time, if the book is exhausted or if the term of the contract has expired. The language on « and all revised editions » refers to the fact that the reissue rights apply to all editions of the book, not just the first edition, Ulrich said. An important aspect of reversion rights is also to determine what is « exhausted, » she said, so if you have an older contract that does not relate to this « all media » language, at least the question arises as to whether the publishing house can claim rights to your book in all media. As you can see from this particular clause, the fee return procedure is a bit confusing, Ulrich said, « This is not an automatic process, but a conversation that needs to take place between the publisher and the author. » Language that is « exhausted » is also problematic, she said: « Rarely is the publishing house that hastens to explain an exhausted work. It is more likely that the publishing house does not pay attention to it.