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Deb Vanasse, March/April 2019
Collective Engagement: Authors and Publishers Marketing Together »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2019 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine – Marketing a book can be complicated, time-consuming, and expensive. Authors and publishers should join forces to implement a plan that works. If ever there was a time when authors could simply write books and cede all sales-related responsibilities to publishers, that era is no …

Juli Saitz & Steve Gillen, September 2016
Getting the Royalty Treatment »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2016 by Juli Saitz (Ankura Consulting Group) & Steve Gillen (Wood Herron & Evans) The relationship between publisher and author is an interdependent one. If the author doesn’t write well and on schedule, the publisher has nothing to develop, market, and sell. On the other hand, no matter how well an author writes, …

Deb Vanasse, September 2016
Legal Quandaries »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2016 by Deb Vanasse, IBPA Independent Staff Reporter Contracts, copyright, trademark, permissions—the legal challenges of publishing can seem overwhelming. But by taking a proactive stance and making the most of available resources, savvy publishers confront legal issues head-on. The Dotted Line At the heart of publishing is the author-publisher relationship. Clear, enforceable contracts …

Steve Gillen, March 2016
Who Do You Think You’re Dealing With? »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2016 by Steve Gillen, Lawyer & Partner, Wood Herron & Evans Most of your authors work independently—as individuals. Consequently, the form of publishing contract you have developed for your publishing business undoubtedly reflects that, calling for your author’s personal name and residence address in the preamble or recitals. But every once in a …

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 …

Eldonna Lewis Fernandez, June 2015
Seven Must-Ask Questions for Any Negotiation »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2015 by Eldonna Lewis Fernandez, author The word negotiation often calls up a mental picture of a big boardroom table with people on opposite sides arguing over a multimillion-dollar deal. But we negotiate every single day in every area of our lives, both personally and professionally. Think about negotiating salaries, services, deadlines, and …

Jen Donovan, February 2015
Getting E-books into Libraries: Terms and Trends »

With the ever-increasing importance of libraries as a way readers can discover new authors and books, and with the growing popularity of digital access, the time has come for a close look at libraries and e-book licensing. It’s important to recognize that most libraries license, rather than buy, their e-books because the first sale doctrine …

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 …

Nanci L. Danison, October 2012
Legal Pitfalls of Distribution and Fulfillment Contracts »

Whether you have used a distributor or fulfillment house for years, or are newly exploring the possibility, as a publisher you should be aware of legal and financial pitfalls lurking inside these contracts. The terms of a distribution or fulfillment agreement should be spelled out in detail in a written contract and signed by both …

Mary Embree, November 2003
About Collaboration Contracts »

If you will be collaborating with someone else on a book, the first issue to be resolved–as Tad Crawford points out in Business and Legal Forms for Authors and Self-Publishers–is how the copyright in the collaboration will be owned. In every case, all details of the agreement should be spelled out. For example, the names …

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