Provides clear, concise answers to any questions faced by writers such as organizing a business, finding a publisher, dealing with agents, censorship, defamation, understanding contracts, copyright and libel laws. Special appendices on organizations which offer help plus commonly used legal and publishing terms make this a ``must-have'' for any writer.
As independent entrepreneurs, writers need to be aware of a wide variety of legal matters, including contracts with publishers and agents, copyright, obscenity, defamation, and invasion of privacy. DuBoff covers all these bases and then some, even including chapters on taxation, forms of business organization, and estate planning. His discussion incorporates many basic principles of law, as well as their applications to writers. This thorough and well-organized book will probably be best utilized as a reference handbook, since ``plain English'' in this case means serviceable textbook prose with barely a hint of verve or wit. Recommended for appropriate libraries. Jack Ray, Loyola/Notre Dame Lib., Baltimore
Organizing as a Business.
Keeping Taxes Low.
What You Should Know About Contracts.
Contracts with Book Publishers and Magazines.
Finding a Publisher and Dealing with Agents.
Alternatives to Large Book-Publishing Houses.
Censorship and Obscenity.
Defamation and Libel.
The Right of Privacy.
The Writer's Estate.
How to Find a Lawyer.
Organizations That Offer Help.
Commonly Used Legal and Publishing Terms.