Writer's Legal Companion: The Complete Handbook for the Working Writer

Writer's Legal Companion: The Complete Handbook for the Working Writer

by Brad Bunnin, Peter Beren
     
 

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For most writers, negotiating the legal maze of publishing is as challenging as getting their words in print. This comprehensive guide offers writers solid advice on all aspects of publishing law. Candid and readable, it cover everything from copyrights and taxes to libel laws, subsidiary rights, and the obscure clauses in publisher’s contracts. As important…  See more details below

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For most writers, negotiating the legal maze of publishing is as challenging as getting their words in print. This comprehensive guide offers writers solid advice on all aspects of publishing law. Candid and readable, it cover everything from copyrights and taxes to libel laws, subsidiary rights, and the obscure clauses in publisher’s contracts. As important resource for editors, agents, or anyone in print or electronic publishing, this updated third edition of The Writer’s Legal Companion features essential, irreplacable information on: publishing contracts, good and bad clauses libel, slander, and invasion of privacy issues electronic rights conditions the business of publishing, including marketing and selling books magazine publishing collaboration and agents’ agreements federal income tax considerations for freelance writers copyright legalities Whether you write an occasional magazine article or publish a new book every year, The Writers Legal Companion will save you time, and reduce you anxiety over the business of publishing.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The aim of these two volumes is the sameto inform certain groups of their legal rights and responsibilities. Both are excellent resources, clearly written for lay users. The Artist's Friendly Legal Guide, by four members of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, covers copyright, the evolving area of moral rights, contracts for artwork, and tax concerns. Questions and answers are included after each section to cover minor points of law; sample legal forms are also given. Intended for professionals in the fine arts, this guide is recommended for legal and art collections. The Writer's Legal Companion covers some of the same areas but naturally focuses on writers' concerns and gives particular emphasis to copyright and defamation. Sample forms are included here as well. Because the intended audienceany persons in the writing or publishing fieldsis larger than those in art specifically, this book is recommended. Sally G. Waters, Stetson Law Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
Booknews
A guide for writers in dealing successfully with copyrights, contracts, libel, taxes, agents and publishers, legal relationships, and marketing strategies. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738200316
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
09/28/1988
Edition description:
3RD, REVISED
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
346,945
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1310L (what's this?)

Meet the Author


Brad Bunnin was a literary lawyer for two decades, and is now publishing consultant in Berkeley, California.

Peter Beren is an agent and publishing consultant in Oakland, and former publisher of Sierra Club Books.

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