Originally Posted by HarryT
That's the job of the author's lawyer. Any author who signs a contract without having it looked over by a lawyer is acting very unwisely.
Well, yes. But that doesn't mean they "deserve" whatever the terms of the contract are, or that it's reasonable for companies to write contracts to take advantage of their ignorance.
The idea that aspiring authors should defer a chance to work professionally at their craft until they can afford a lawyer to check the terms of their employment is ridiculous. Would you prefer that we had no books written by authors who can't yet afford a lawyer?
I'm not sure I know any other jobs where the general public often thinks "they should've talked to a lawyer before they agreed to work for that company."