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Self-Publisher's Legal Handbook: Updated Guide to Protecting Your Rights and Wallet Paperback – June 8, 2017
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REVIEWS OF THE FIRST EDITION:
"Absolutely required reading for every author who wants to publish their own works. This book will give you expert guidance to safely controlyour work, avoid lawsuits and scams, while maximizing tax deductions. It should be on every self-publisher's desk--highly recommended." -JoelFriedlander, TheBookDesigner.com
"Should be on every author's shelf.... Sedwick simplifies the scary andpresents ways to avoid ending up in a costly legal battle. Her goal isto help you avoid wasting money and time on things that could have beenavoided in the first place.... Don't hesitate; get your copy now." -Self-Publishing Review
From the Author
For instance, many writers aresurprised to find out that they are starting a small business. They have questions about incorporation and crowd-funding, not to mention hiringfreelancers and deducting expenses.
Or they areconsidering purchasing a publishing package from a self-publishingservice company and wonder how to distinguish between an honest companyand an unscrupulous one. They worry about losing their copyrights.
Many suffer from what I call contract anxiety. When they try to read acontract, the page looks like 5,000 words run through a blender.
And what about author platforms? How do writers write blog posts that areprovocative but not defamatory? How do they find eye-catching imageswithout spending a fortune? They wonder if their websites need privacypolicies, and what do DMCA, COPPA, and DRM mean anyway?
Dozens of books and websites offer advice on designing covers, editingcontent, and tweeting effectively, but few will tell writers how toprotect 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 astage and television director. By temperament or choice, they did notunderstand business or money. When I was young, I saw them being takenadvantage of over and over again. I went to law school so I would havethe tools to navigate the business world myself and to help creativepeople 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-publishingservice company or getting sued for copyright infringement.
Many chapters in the book will also help a traditionally published writerwho is blogging, tweeting, and creating content for Internetdistribution.
Top customer reviews
The “Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook” is clear and easy to understand, uncluttered by “legalese”, and I would highly recommend it to any author who is interested in self-publishing. The Handbook provides you with all of the basic facts for every aspect of self-publishing as well as step-by-step instructions and additional important references. Ms. Sedwick is direct and honest about the risks and potential dangers of self-publishing without being “foreboding” or negative. She points out the pitfalls, but does not give you the impression that the whole process would be “too much” for an inexperienced person to handle. That was and is a big plus for me. It is much easier to absorb information and learn something new if you are presumed intelligent. And there is a lot to learn. I will continue to use the “Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook” in taking all of the steps necessary to finish setting up my business and reach my goal of becoming a self-published author.
If you are looking for a valuable self-publishing guide and legal reference tool, a resource to help you make informed decisions about how to set up your own self-publishing business, this book would make a great addition to your library.
S. E. Rector
Judith Briles, The Book Shepherd