The Media Services Group

Managing Contracts, Permissions and Royalties
September 1, 2005

Moving toward the utopian paperless operation, book publishers benefit from streamlining front-office operations. Digital workflow technologies have changed the way books are created, produced and printed. Now, digital tools are beginning to spark some interest in other areas of the publishing organization—specifically, to better manage the wealth of information surrounding rights, royalties and contracts a publishing company amasses. Nick Allen, vice president of marketing and sales of Quality Solutions Inc., an integrated publishing software and business solutions provider, recalls recent conversations with a woman who manages contracts for a medium-sized publisher. "She lives with this problem every single day," he says. "I can