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Bennett Law Office, PC
132 West Main St
Lewisville, TX 75057
972-436-8141
tbennettlaw.com
createprotect.com (blog)
enterta...
Who Owns The
Copyright in My Book?
Author – unless there is a written agreement
saying something different.
How Do I Register The Copyright?
www.copyright.gov
Use the online “eCO” system
Options To Publish My Book
• Self Publish
• Social Media Publishing
• Vanity Press
• Major Publishing House
What Rights Will The Publisher Want?
• Primary Rights –
• Subsidiary Rights –
• Territory –
• Language –
A copyright is a ...
What Will I Get Paid?
• Advance –
• Royalty Rates -
When Will I Get Paid?
• Advance –
• Quarterly / Semi-Annual –
• Reserve for returns -
How Can I Cancel the Contract
and Get My Book Back?
• Yeah, not usually -
• Out of print clause -
• Publisher can terminat...
132 West Main St
Lewisville, TX 75057
972-436-8141
www.tbennettlaw.com
www.createprotect.com (blog)
www.entertainmentlawup...
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7 Questions for Authors to Ask Before Signing a Book Contract

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Texas media and entertainment lawyer Tamera Bennett provides insight into seven basic areas/questions every author needs to consider before signing a literary publishing contract.

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7 Questions for Authors to Ask Before Signing a Book Contract

  1. 1. Bennett Law Office, PC 132 West Main St Lewisville, TX 75057 972-436-8141 tbennettlaw.com createprotect.com (blog) entertainmentlawupdate.com (podcast) Tamera H. Bennett Attorney at Law 7 Questions For Authors To Ask
  2. 2. Who Owns The Copyright in My Book? Author – unless there is a written agreement saying something different.
  3. 3. How Do I Register The Copyright? www.copyright.gov Use the online “eCO” system
  4. 4. Options To Publish My Book • Self Publish • Social Media Publishing • Vanity Press • Major Publishing House
  5. 5. What Rights Will The Publisher Want? • Primary Rights – • Subsidiary Rights – • Territory – • Language – A copyright is a bundle of rights. You as the author and copyright owner control what rights you license or convey.
  6. 6. What Will I Get Paid? • Advance – • Royalty Rates -
  7. 7. When Will I Get Paid? • Advance – • Quarterly / Semi-Annual – • Reserve for returns -
  8. 8. How Can I Cancel the Contract and Get My Book Back? • Yeah, not usually - • Out of print clause - • Publisher can terminate -
  9. 9. 132 West Main St Lewisville, TX 75057 972-436-8141 www.tbennettlaw.com www.createprotect.com (blog) www.entertainmentlawupdate.com (podcast) Bennett Law Office PC -Tamera Bennett /in/tamerabennett tamerabennett

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