Self-Publisher's Legal Handbook, Second Edition: Updated Guide to Protecting Your Rights and Wallet

Self-Publisher's Legal Handbook, Second Edition: Updated Guide to Protecting Your Rights and Wallet

by Helen Sedwick

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988302198
Publisher: Ten Gallon Press
Publication date: 06/08/2017
Pages: 182
Sales rank: 298,419
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Author and University of Chicago Law School graduate, Helen Sedwick has represented small businesses and entrepreneurs for 30 years. Her self-published historical novel Coyote Winds has earned five-star reviews from ForeWord Reviews and is an IndieBRAG Medallion Honoree. Publisher's Weekly lists her Self-Publisher's Legal Handbook as one of the top five resource books for independent authors. Helen is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Alliance of Independent Authors and a Contributing Writer for TheBookDesigner.com and BookWorks.com. Helen's blog coaches writers on everything from saving on taxes to avoiding scams. For more information about Helen, check out her website at http://helensedwick.com

Table of Contents

Chapter One - Indie Authors to the Rescue

Chapter Two - Copyright Basics


  • What Every Writer Should Know
  • Licenses
  • Book Titles
  • Content Theft
  • Piracy and Knock-Offs
  • Protecting Ideas


Chapter Three - Using Work Created by Others



  • Is the Work Subject to Copyright?
  • Will Your Use Infringe?
  • Getting Permission
  • Orphan Works
  • Stock Images and Music
  • Creative Commons
  • Using Public Domain Works
  • Using Trademarks
  • Using Work by Others Checklist


Chapter Four - Using Real People in Your Writing



  • What Is Safe?
  • When to Start Worrying?
  • Defamation
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • Right of Publicity
  • Mixing Fact and Fiction
  • Writing Memoir
  • Getting Consent
  • The M.E. Factor
  • Insurance


Chapter Five - Pen Names



  • Why a Pen Name?
  • Choosing a Pen Name
  • What Not to Do
  • Licensed Professionals
  • Secrecy


Chapter Six - Making the Book



  • Self-Publishing Service Companies (SPSCs)
  • Doing It Yourself


Chapter Seven - Hiring Freelancers



  • Meet Your Team
  • Finding the Right People
  • Contract Basics
  • Tax Reporting


Chapter Eight - Business Setup



  • Why Operate as a Business?
  • Incorporation or LLC?
  • Setting Up Your Business
  • Naming Your Business
  • Federal Employer ID Number
  • State EIN
  • Resale Certificate or Seller’s Permit
  • Business Licenses
  • Domain Names
  • Purchasing ISBNs
  • Business Accounts
  • Recordkeeping


Chapter Nine - Financing Your Book



  • Business Plan vs. Budget
  • Financing Options


Chapter Ten - Disclaimers

Chapter Eleven - Tax Basics



  • Income Tax
  • Reporting Payments to Freelancers
  • Self-Employment Taxes
  • Estimated Taxes
  • Tax Reporting
  • Sales and Use Taxes


Chapter Twelve - Marketing and Distribution



  • Getting the Attention You Deserve
  • Reviews
  • Advertising
  • Emails and Newsletters
  • Distribution of Print Books
  • Discount Rates
  • Consignment Agreements
  • KDP Select


Chapter Thirteen - Avoiding Scams and Myths



  • Common Come-Ons
  • Contests
  • General Guidelines


Chapter Fourteen - Estate Planning for Writers



  • Why We Procrastinate
  • How Do Assets Transfer?
  • Copyright, Property with a Twist
  • Designating a Literary Trustee
  • Organizing Your Assets
  • Hiring an Expert


Chapter Fifteen - Collaborations

Chapter Sixteen - Business Beyond the Book



  • Audio Books
  • Selling Rights Internationally
  • Translations
  • Marketing Your Expertise
  • Develop a Business Mindset


Appendix



  • Understanding Key Contract Terms
  • Resources

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