Contracts Companion for Writers

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By thoroughly examining more than a dozen publishing industry contracts, this how-to guide answers the most common questions writers ask about publishing, agency, coauthoring, working-for-hire, and other agreements. This reference breaks down the complex legalese in each contract and provides a clause-by-clause explanation of their contents. Commentary on negotiation points and the consequences related to the absence or presence of critical verbiage will help those—from the most seasoned ...

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Overview

By thoroughly examining more than a dozen publishing industry contracts, this how-to guide answers the most common questions writers ask about publishing, agency, coauthoring, working-for-hire, and other agreements. This reference breaks down the complex legalese in each contract and provides a clause-by-clause explanation of their contents. Commentary on negotiation points and the consequences related to the absence or presence of critical verbiage will help those—from the most seasoned author signing with a major publishing firm to an author who aspires to publish or is thinking of working with a collaborator on a project—who seek to demystify the process of signing important agreements operate from a more knowledgeable position.  
 
 

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What People Are Saying

Bonnie Neubauer
"A must-have, 'read it before you think you need it' book for all writers."--(Bonnie Neubauer, author, Write-Brain Workbook)
Dan Poynter
"An amazingly comprehensive, easy-to-understand examination of the contracts most important to writers. . . . well written and indispensable for writers of every level."--(Dan Poynter, author, Self-Publishing Manual)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967457987
  • Publisher: Legal Write Publications
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Literary Entrepreneur Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Tonya Evans-Walls is the author of Literary Law Guide for Authors and is a literary and intellectual-property lawyer, a vice chair of the Sports, Entertainment, and Art Law Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. She lives in Philadelphia.

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Table of Contents


Symbol Key     ix
Preface     xi
Get It in Writing     1
Still Need Convincing?     2
The Dreaded Fear of Negotiation     4
Contracts Basics     5
Offer, Acceptance, and Consideration     5
When a Good Deal Goes Bad     9
Defenses to a Claim of Breach of Contract     10
Alternative Dispute Resolution     11
About the American Arbitration Association     12
Transferring Your Rights and Getting Them Back     13
Property Created with the Mind     13
A Crash Course in Copyright     14
Copyright Creation Versus Protection     15
How Copyrights Are Transferred     16
Reclaiming Your Copyright after Transfer     17
What Freelancers Need to Know     21
Clauses to Consider     22
CYA: Media Perils Insurance     25
One Size Does Not Fit All     25
Author as an Additional Insured     26
The Players and the Process     27
The Agent     27
The Literary Lawyer     28
The Editor     30
The Process of Acquisitions     31
The Collaboration Agreement     33
Clauses to Consider     33
Contract Checklist     36
The Work-Made-for-Hire Agreement     39
Contract Checklist     40
The Agency Agreement     43
Clauses to Consider     44
Contract Checklist     45
The Publishing Agreement     47
Key Clauses     48
Contract Checklist     60
Songwriting and Publishing Agreements     63
The Licensing Agreement     65
Clauses to Consider     65
Contract Checklist     66
Permissions and Releases     69
Permission Request     69
Release Form     69
Contract Checklist     70
Resources for Writers     71
Forms     73
Glossary     135
Index     139
About the Author     143
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