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"Absolutely required reading for every author who wants to publish their own works. This book will give you expert guidance to safely control your work, avoid lawsuits and scams, while maximizing tax deductions. It should be on every self-publisher's desk--highly recommended." -Joel Friedlander, TheBookDesigner.com
"Self-publishing writers already wear so many hats; who has time to be a lawyer in addition to social media expert and marketing pro? Sedwick's book answers all types of questions, including those writers wouldn't think to ask." -Arlene Miller, M.A., The Grammar Diva ™
When I self-published my historical novel, Coyote Winds, I discovered there was no legal guide to help self-publishing writers deal with the wide-ranging and complicated issues of publishing, including copyright, defamation, and taxes. At conferences, writers cornered me to ask important and worrisome questions. I wanted to answer those questions and more. I wrote the Self-Publisher Legal Handbook to help writers publish and promote their work while minimizing legal risks and errors.
For instance, many writers are surprised to find out that they are starting a small business. They have questions about incorporation and crowd-funding, not to mention hiring freelancers and deducting expenses.
Or they are considering purchasing a publishing package from a self-publishing service company and wonder how to distinguish between an honest company and an unscrupulous one. They worry about losing their copyrights.
Many suffer from what I call contract anxiety. When they try to read a contract, the page looks like 5,000 words run through a blender.
And what about author platforms? How do writers write blog posts that are provocative but not defamatory? How do they find eye-catching images without spending a fortune? They wonder if their websites need privacy policies, and what do DMCA, COPPA, and DRM mean anyway?
Dozens of books and websites offer advice on designing covers, editing content, and tweeting effectively, but few will tell writers how to protect their Social Security Numbers or spot a scam.
But there is also a personal reason I wrote the Handbook.
My parents were artistic people; my mother an actress and my father a stage and television director. By temperament or choice, they did not understand business or money. When I was young, I saw them being taken advantage of over and over again. I went to law school so I would have the tools to navigate the business world myself and to help creative people like my parents.
Writing and publishing a book is a significant investment in time, money and emotion. It is tough enough to make money in a business where fewer than five percent of books sell over 1,000 copies. Writers should not lose money (or sleep) by hiring the wrong self-publishing service company or getting sued for copyright infringement.
Many chapters in the book will also help a traditionally published writer who is blogging, tweeting, and creating content for Internet distribution.
I can tell from the contents of this book and my own 49 years as a lawyer, legislator, and judge that Helen Sedwick is a splendid lawyer. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Alabama Grilla
This book is priceless for someone just starting their self-publishing journey! Thank you, Helen Sedwick, for taking the time to put all this critical information in one place.Published 21 days ago by Hillary
Valuable insights from an authoritative person.Worth owning, even though it is important to remember laws are constantly changing.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Helen provides thoughtful advice and for that I say, thanks! An excellent read and worth the purchase price.
Dr Lionel Smalley.
Both essential and enjoyable for the indie publisher. Reading it is like sitting down to tea with a friend - one who happens to be a lawyer and an indie publisher herself. Read morePublished 2 months ago by F.E. Greene
Invaluable resource. Succinct, covers all the topics most relevant to freelance writers. Analysis of CreateSpace contract is especially useful.Published 2 months ago by Diana Schneidman
This book is clear, concise and full of vital information for staying in compliance with the law. I found it to be an important starting place for organizing how writers should set... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Middlemarch
Great book for basics and nonbasics of self publishing and establishing a self publishing business. Taxes, DBA, ISBN, copyright, all these and much more are covered, especially... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Donald E. Hardy