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Jonathan Kirsch, July/August 2020
Publishing Law in the Time of COVID-19 »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Jonathan Kirsch, the Law Offices of Jonathan Kirsch — Below are the most demanding legal issues that have arisen during the pandemic. Each day of the global pandemic has presented the publishing industry with challenges. Many of them can be seen as opportunities to improve the way publishers do business as …

Lee Klancher, May/June 2020
The Curious Incident of the Red Tractor Rental in the Nighttime »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 by Lee Klancher, Founder & Publisher, Octane Press — As founder and publisher of Octane Press, I’d never seen a trade book offered for rent until I saw one of our own books on Amazon. Late on the last Sunday evening in January 2020, I was happily exploring the features of my …

Jonathan Kirsch, January/February 2020
What New California Labor Laws Might Mean for Publishers »

PUBLISHED JAN/FEB 2020 by Jonathan Kirsch, the Law Offices of Jonathan Kirsch — California has always been a trendsetter, not only in lifestyle and pop culture but also in law and regulation. And because California represents an important market for publishers across the country, California law has a long reach. That’s why two new developments …

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 …

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