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Before you sign that publishing or freelance contract, you’ll want to make sure you know the standards of the industry and what you can negotiate. These seminars, templates, and guides will help get you started.

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ARTICLES

The Guild’s Three-Step Approach to Negotiating Book Contracts

This knowledge can help keep harmful terms out of contracts in the first place and make sure they do not surreptitiously appear later in negotiations.


Things Every Writer Should Know Before Signing 
a Book Contract»

Under the publishing agreement you signed for your latest book, you are most likely responsible for any legal claims that might arise out of it. Among other things, you “represent and warrant” to the publisher that the book won’t defame anyone, won’t invade anyone’s right of privacy, and won’t tell readers to do things that are dangerous.


Fair Book Contracts: What Authors Need»

In 2015 we announced the Authors Guild Fair Contract Initiative. Its goal was to shine a bright light on the one-sided contract terms that publishers typically offer authors and to spur publishers to offer more equitable deals.


RESOURCES

Form Takedown Notice »

A form that can be sent to any internet service provider that hosts or links to content that infringes copyrights must take down the infringing content if it receives a takedown notice from the copyright owner or an authorized party.


members onlyContract Review & Assistance»

Our lawyers provide Authors Guild members with full written reviews of their U.S. publishing contracts.


members onlyThe Writer’s Legal Guide»

The Writer’s Legal Guide is an indispensable resource for all writers who want to protect their work and succeed in both traditional and digital markets.


members onlyModel Trade Book Contract»

The Model Contract examines publishing contracts clause by clause, empowering authors with knowledge and insight for their negotiations with their publishers.


THE CASE ACT: How It Will Work

A visual flow chart to illustrate how The CASE Act is designed to help creators protect their work and is designed to give everyone an easier way to resolve copyright disputes.


WEBINARS, PANELS, & WORKSHOPS

The CASE Act and Why It Matters to Authors (video)

Authors Guild Executive Director and copyright expert Mary Rasenberger will present a webinar explaining the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement Act, better known as the “CASE” Act. In addition to describing the provisions of the Bill, this webinar will explore the history and purpose of the CASE Act and its potential impact on authors. The CASE Act has already been passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee and is expected to come up for a vote by the full Congress this fall, so if you have questions about what the bill could mean to you.


Book Contracts 101 (video)

Authors Guild Director of Legal Services Michael Gross will guide you through the basics of a traditional publishing contract, focusing on critical provisions to include and perils to avoid.


Monetizing Your Content (video)

This webinar explores the importance of retaining rights, and provides practical guidance on what rights to retain and how to reclaim rights to out-of-print works. But owning the rights is only the first step. The webinar also surveys the options available to authors for maximizing rights exploitation, including new audio formats, direct-to-library lending options, back-in-print programs, self-publishing, print-on-demand options, and more.


Registering Your Copyright (video)

This webinar will provide authors with everything they need to know to register their works, whether in print or electronic form, with the U.S. Copyright Office.


Copyright 101 (video)

This webinar will explore the basics of how copyright works to benefit both individual authors and our society at large. It will then teach participants about the changes the law has undergone in the digital age, touching on issues such as fair use, remedies for online piracy, and more


Changing Tides: Novel Approaches to Combating Digital Piracy (video)»

Piracy has always been a cat-and-mouse game. But with the rapid pace of technological changes in the publishing ecosystem, such as the emergence of new digital formats and business models, it is becoming increasingly difficult for authors and publishers to respond quickly—and effectively—to stop the circulation of pirated books. In this webinar we will discuss some of the new methods that book pirates and counterfeiters are using to produce and disseminate pirated books. We will also look at the novel strategies used by some authors to curb piracy, and discuss ways that authors can limit the availability of pirated copies of their books on the internet. Presenters: Sarina Bowen, Umair, Kazi, and Cheryl Davis.


Writers Collaborating: Sometimes It Gets Complicated (video)»

Even the greatest teams can fall apart. Both personal and professional conflicts can arise, often unforeseen, and sometimes unsolvable. With that in mind, this webinar discusses various co-writer arrangements and the salient terms to address contractually.


Negotiating Rights: What to Know Before You Sign (video)»

This webinar will arm authors working with or without an agent with the knowledge and negotiating skills to get the most out of their book deals before, during, and after signing.


members onlyThe State of the Book Business in the U.S. and Abroad: A Trans-Atlantic View (audio)»

Panel discussion exploring the international movement for fair book contracts set in motion by the Authors Guild’s Fair Contract Initiative.


members onlyPublishing Contracts 101 (audio)

Authors Guild attorneys Michael Gross and Stevie Fitzgerald guide you through the basics of a traditional publishing contract, focusing on critical provisions and perils to avoid

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publishing contract - authors guild
Before you sign that publishing or freelance contract, you’ll want to make sure you know the standards of the industry and what you can negotiate. These seminars, templates, and guides will help get you started.


ARTICLES

The Guild’s Three-Step Approach to Negotiating Book Contracts

This knowledge can help keep harmful terms out of contracts in the first place and make sure they do not surreptitiously appear later in negotiations.


Things Every Writer Should Know Before Signing 
a Book Contract»

Under the publishing agreement you signed for your latest book, you are most likely responsible for any legal claims that might arise out of it. Among other things, you “represent and warrant” to the publisher that the book won’t defame anyone, won’t invade anyone’s right of privacy, and won’t tell readers to do things that are dangerous.


Fair Book Contracts: What Authors Need»

In 2015 we announced the Authors Guild Fair Contract Initiative. Its goal was to shine a bright light on the one-sided contract terms that publishers typically offer authors and to spur publishers to offer more equitable deals.


RESOURCES

Form Takedown Notice »

A form that can be sent to any internet service provider that hosts or links to content that infringes copyrights must take down the infringing content if it receives a takedown notice from the copyright owner or an authorized party.

Contract Review & Assistance»

The Authors Guild offers contract reviews for our members. Learn more about our approach to negotiating contracts here.


The Writer’s Legal Guide»

The Writer’s Legal Guide is an indispensable resource for all writers who want to protect their work and succeed in both traditional and digital markets.


Model Trade Book Contract»

The Model Contract examines publishing contracts clause by clause, empowering authors with knowledge and insight for their negotiations with their publishers.


THE CASE ACT: How It Will Work

A visual flow chart to illustrate how The CASE Act is designed to help creators protect their work and is designed to give everyone an easier way to resolve copyright disputes.


WEBINARS, PANELS, & WORKSHOPS

The CASE Act and Why It Matters to Authors (video)

Authors Guild Executive Director and copyright expert Mary Rasenberger will present a webinar explaining the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement Act, better known as the “CASE” Act. In addition to describing the provisions of the Bill, this webinar will explore the history and purpose of the CASE Act and its potential impact on authors. The CASE Act has already been passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee and is expected to come up for a vote by the full Congress this fall, so if you have questions about what the bill could mean to you.


Monetizing Your Content (video)

This webinar explores the importance of retaining rights, and provides practical guidance on what rights to retain and how to reclaim rights to out-of-print works. But owning the rights is only the first step. The webinar also surveys the options available to authors for maximizing rights exploitation, including new audio formats, direct-to-library lending options, back-in-print programs, self-publishing, print-on-demand options, and more.


Registering Your Copyright (video)

This webinar will provide authors with everything they need to know to register their works, whether in print or electronic form, with the U.S. Copyright Office.


Copyright 101 (video)

This webinar will explore the basics of how copyright works to benefit both individual authors and our society at large. It will then teach participants about the changes the law has undergone in the digital age, touching on issues such as fair use, remedies for online piracy, and more


Changing Tides: Novel Approaches to Combating Digital Piracy (video)»

Piracy has always been a cat-and-mouse game. But with the rapid pace of technological changes in the publishing ecosystem, such as the emergence of new digital formats and business models, it is becoming increasingly difficult for authors and publishers to respond quickly—and effectively—to stop the circulation of pirated books. In this webinar we will discuss some of the new methods that book pirates and counterfeiters are using to produce and disseminate pirated books. We will also look at the novel strategies used by some authors to curb piracy, and discuss ways that authors can limit the availability of pirated copies of their books on the internet. Presenters: Sarina Bowen, Umair, Kazi, and Cheryl Davis.

Writers Collaborating: Sometimes It Gets Complicated (video)»

Even the greatest teams can fall apart. Both personal and professional conflicts can arise, often unforeseen, and sometimes unsolvable. With that in mind, this webinar discusses various co-writer arrangements and the salient terms to address contractually.


Negotiating Rights: What to Know Before You Sign (video)»

This webinar will arm authors working with or without an agent with the knowledge and negotiating skills to get the most out of their book deals before, during, and after signing.


The State of the Book Business in the U.S. and Abroad: A Trans-Atlantic View (audio)»

Panel discussion exploring the international movement for fair book contracts set in motion by the Authors Guild’s Fair Contract Initiative.


Book Contracts 101 (video)

Authors Guild Director of Legal Services Michael Gross will guide you through the basics of a traditional publishing contract, focusing on critical provisions to include and perils to avoid.

 

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