Companion for Writers
timely, well-written, and authoritative layperson's guide to
understanding complicated legal concepts . . . and the fact that
lawyers wrote it adds a high level of legitimacy to the information
provided. . . . I highly recommend this book to those who want to
know more about the legal side of writing. You cannot be a successful
author and publisher without effectively traversing the law as it
relates to the publishing industry. The Literary Law Guide is your
indispensable road map. Happy travels!"
Poynter, Author of The Self-Publishing Manual
are extensive appendixes with sample application and registration
forms, model publishing and licensing agreements, a glossary, and an
accompanying CD ROM with printable forms. . . . This clear and
understandable overview includes practical advice and real-world
examples. Recommended for most public libraries."
--- Library Journal
authors fail to grasp the full business aspects of writing and
marketing a book. It is important to know all the details of a
contract and to seek professional representation before you sign on
the dotted line. "Literary Law Guide for Authors" offers
excellent information for the author to contemplate as they are
offered a contract with a publishing house or literary agent. This
book is a must for every author's reference library."
Bowen, President & Publisher, PubInsider.com
authors and publishers updated on the complicated, always-changing
aspects of literary law is a dirty job, but Tonya Evans manages to do
it -- and she does it well. Here is a wealth of valuable information
in a concise, well-organized package. Don't sign a contract without it!"
Barnes, Managing Editor
Independent Publisher Online/Jenkins Group
someone who knows that the business side of writing is as important
as the creative side, I know how vital it is for serious writers to
attend to the legalities of writing too. It does little good to spend
countless hours and dollars marketing your book if you leave yourself
vulnerable to legal attack because of infringement and contract
issues. The Literary Law Guide for Authors provides writers with a
user-friendly reference that clearly presents the facts they need to
know about fair use, public domain, and electronic rights, so that
writers can maximize the value of their work and protect themselves
from legal attack."
--- Brian L.
Jud, author of Publishers Weekly book Beyond the Bookstore
book covers every phase of the writing and publishing process.
Thankfully, it does so with clarity and reader-friendliness. For ease
in use, key symbols highlight interesting information such as myths,
questions, legal notes, checklists, etc. A great tool for every
Ross, cofounder of SPAN and coauthor of Complete Guide to
Self-Publishing and Jump Start Your Book Sales
most often asked questions that I receive from aspiring authors
involve the complicated language in a publishing contract. Now I
direct them to the Literary Law Guide for Authors."
Rodriguez, Publisher/Editor of QBR The Black Book Review
only does this book address our most fervent copyright questions, but
it eloquently covers privacy issues, right of publicity, trademark
law and it provides sample contracts and legal forms. This is an easy
read, but it is also a valuable reference book. I found the glossary
complete and helpful. There is an extremely informative Table of
Contents and the index is top notch."
Fry, President of SPAWN
well-crafted layout, complete with helpful keynotes, markers and
illustrations simplifies the often-intimidating paragraphs of
lawyer-speak. The detail given to the whys and wherefores of
contracts and agreements brings new insight to the potential for
liability and protracted entanglements when one ignores the fine
print. . . . This guide ushers the reader through the changing
landscape and legislation surrounding the written word. The enclosed
CD offers adaptable templates for most every situation. Keep this one
next to your dictionary!"