I was recently offered a contract for a novella I wrote. The publisher is not very big (in fact, just starting out) and there are some things that don't sit well with me. First, there is a right of first refusal clause in here: "Publisher will have rights of first refusal on all works by the Author to expire three years after first release of the latest work." I find these ROFR clauses distasteful. They protect the publisher and limit the author. Aside from that...three years? Isn't that excessive? If I see a perfect fit for any other work I write, I have to give it to this publisher first for three years after! Next, this book will (at least thus far) only see e-print. There are hard copy clauses in the contract, but AFAIK there are no plans to go that route yet. This doesn't bother me so much. Last, I'm getting 20%-35% of the sales from price point, depending on what that price point is. Is that a normal division of sales? The publisher gets 65%-80%, whiel I get only 20%-35% for my own work? To be fair, the contract isn't so one-sided in the publisher's favour. There are things protecting me against the publisher. But these things stick out. I'm not in it for the money, but I'd hate to think I'm getting swindled here. And I want that ROFR clause gone. How do I go about suggesting modifications to the contract or negotiating these details? E-mail the publisher? Just cross out the unwanted parts and notify the publisher? Send a signed copy with the modification and tell the publisher what I've removed? What's the protocol here? Or are these at all reasonable things?