Article Category - "Legal"


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Helen Sedwick, October 2014
Avoiding Scams and Myths »

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2014 by Helen Sedwick, Author and Attoney — 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 …

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 …

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 »

PUBLISHED JAN 2014 by Kate Murray, Assistant General Counsel, Tribune Publishing | Tad Crawford, Founder & Publisher, Allworth Press — No matter how thrilling it seems to have a film or television producer express interest in your book, you need to bear in mind that movie and TV deals are highly complex, with plenty of …

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 …

Steve Gillen, November 2013
Tools for Dealing with Piracy, Including a Brand New One »

It’s a ubiquitous complaint these days: One of your titles is being offered as a free download by a Website. Your author saw the offer during one of the Internet searches she does from time to time to see how her work is being received and reviewed. She wants to know what you are going …

Steve Gillen, October 2013
Use Source Works Safely »

Maybe it was something you saw in a magazine or at a bookstore. Maybe it was something you saw online. Maybe it was something that caught your eye in an unsolicited query letter or proposal—a good idea in poorly skilled hands. In any event, wherever you first saw it, it inspired you to develop and …

Steve Gillen, September 2013
The Legal Side of Endorsements and Testimonials »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2013 by Steve Gillen, Lawyer, Wood Herron & Evans Endorsements are good for business. We know this intuitively. And a 2012 article in the Journal of Advertising Research confirms it empirically in a report on a study of more than 300 endorsement deals over nearly two decades, which found that endorsements resulted in an average …

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