In this month’s How-to for Authors, Orna chatted with Helen Sedwick to discuss self-publishing legal essentials. Helen uses simple terms and easy to follow language to empower authors and set them up for success. Mention “legal” and many authors run for the hills. But, if you’re an Indie Authors who self-publishes you need to know your […]
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This month we have a duo of fabulous events being hosted by the Alliance of Independent Authors. As well as our regular ALLi Insights with Helen Sedwick and Ask ALLi Author Advice Q&A with Joanna Penn and Orna Ross, we’re also hosting a Twitter Chat with Amy Edelman from IndieReader. Whether you’re a seasoned indie author […]
As an author, do you know what legal matters are important to be familiar with?
Writers should not be losing money and sleep by signing on with the publishing company or getting sued for copyright infringement. With the right information, writers can protect their rights and their wallets.
In this month’s How-to for Authors, Orna will with talking to Helen Sedwick to discuss copyright, to add some clarity around what a writer owns vs. what they don’t. Other topics being discussed are how authors can protect their work. How to keep others from taking more than their fair share, by understanding the nuances between licenses vs. assignments, exclusive vs. non-exclusives and termination clauses. We’ll also be covering scams.
Guest Speaker Helen Sedwick:
Writer and lawyer Helen Sedwick has thirty years of experience representing businesses and entrepreneurs. When she self-published the novel COYOTE WINDS, she could find no handbook to help writers deal with the legal issues of self-publishing. So she wrote that book: Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook. Her goal is to keep writers out of court and at their desks.
ForeWord Review gave her Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook Five Stars, calling it “one of the most valuable resources a self-publisher can own…well-written and authoritative yet unhampered by legalese.” Her blog coaches writers on everything from protecting copyrights to hiring freelancers to spotting scams. For more information about Helen and her work, check out her website at http://helensedwick.com
Alliance of Independent Authors:
Orna Ross launched the Alliance of Independent Authors at the London Book Fair in 2012. Her work for ALLi has seen her named as one of The Bookseller’s “100 top people in publishing”.
She also publishes poetry, fiction and nonfiction, and is greatly excited by the democratising, empowering potential of author-publishing.
Where can I watch or listen to more How-To for Authors?
You can catch up on all of our videos on ALLi’s YouTube Channel
You can listen to all of our podcast recordings at ALLi’s SoundCloud Channel
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When you begin to self-publish your own books, one of the many questions that you will be asked by whichever distribution platform you use (e.g. CreateSpace, KDP, Ingram Spark, Lightning Source) is the name of your publisher. Considering the following points will help you decide how to answer that question, to which there are no […]