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Mary Rasenberger, January 2016
10 Tips for Crafting an Equitable and Secure Publishing Contract »

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2016 by Mary Rasenberger, Executive Director, Authors Guild On March 3, 2016, IBPA member Georgia McBride published a rebuttal to the article below. Georgia’s piece is entitled 10 Tips for Crafting an Equitable and Secure Publishing Contract: A Rebuttal for Publishers That Seeks to Inform Publishers Based on the Needs of Publishers. You …

Helen Sedwick, October 2015
Copyright Changes in the Works: Deciding Who Can Use What Without Permission »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2015 by Helen Sedwick, Writer and Lawyer For years, US and foreign legislatures have tried to find solutions to the copyright issues of orphan works and mass digitization. The challenge is balancing the interests of copyright owners in protecting their rights with the interest of the public in having access to materials that …

Rhonda Rees, July 2015
My Battle with Pirates »

PUBLISHED JULY 2015 by Rhonda Rees, Publicist Late one evening, shortly after I self-published Profit and Prosper with Public Relations®: Insider Secrets to Make You a Success, I decided to run a Google search for it—and there it was, staring me right in the face. My book, along with hundreds of others, was being given …

Helen Sedwick, October 2014
Avoiding Scams and Myths »

Wherever money is to be made, scammers are scheming to take it from you. They promise income, exposure, and freedom from your day job. They brag about off-the-charts successes. If your books are not selling well, you will be tempted to listen to them in hopes of finding the secret formula for success. In all …

Helen Sedwick, September 2014
Set-Up for Self-Publishing »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2014 by Helen Sedwick, Attorney & Self-Published Author Self publishing authors are sometimes surprised to discover they are starting businesses. For many, this is a new and scary experience. They don’t know where to begin. Recently, the process forced me to take my own advice and put it into practice. I’d been a …

Linda Carlson, March 2014
Bringing Books Back, Part 3: A Guide to the Learning Curve »

Bringing Books Back, Part 3: A Guide to the Learning Curve March 2014 by Linda Carlson Whether you wrote the book or someone else did, reissuing a title that another publisher has let go out of print may sound like a way to short-circuit much of the work of acquisition, editing, and design—and possibly even …

Linda Carlson, February 2014
Bringing Books Back, Part 2: When Authors Want to Republish »

February 2014 by Linda Carlson Authors Acquiring Rights As you know from Part 1 of this series (January), some IBPA members have created perennial bestsellers from titles that had languished with their original publishers, having met the challenges of acquiring rights from companies that are still active, acquiring rights held by companies that closed long …

Kay Murray and Tad Crawford, January 2014
Basic Moves for Movie and TV Deals »

Kay Murray, formerly general counsel and assistant director of the Authors Guild, is assistant general counsel at Tribune Publishing. Tad Crawford, the founder and publisher of Allworth Press, is an attorney and the author of several books, including Business and Legal Forms for Authors and Self-Publishers and a novel, The Floating Life. This article is derived from their …

Linda Carlson, January 2014
Bringing Books Back, Part 1: IBPA Members Report on Getting Rights to Previously Published Titles »

January 2014 by Linda Carlson Being able to get books ready for release without the expenses of editing, copy editing, and design—and sometimes without any investment in printing—is among the reasons that many authors and new publishers are reissuing out-of-print titles. The number of quality titles being abandoned by larger publishers, the creative and continuing …

Steve Gillen, December 2013
Paying Less for Small Copyright Cases »

There’s good news both for copyright owners and for people accused of copyright infringement. The Copyright Office recently issued a long-awaited report and recommendation for a streamlined, low-cost procedure for resolving small copyright infringement claims. Under current U.S. law, copyright owners have some very powerful advantages and remedies at their disposal when it comes to …

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