Self-Published Author and Business Attorney Writes Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook
Helen Sedwick, a self-published author and business attorney, shares vital legal information for all writers whether self-published, traditionally published, or not-yet-published. Billed as “the step-by-step guide to protecting your copyright, avoiding scams and lawsuits, [and] maximizing tax deductions” Legal Handbook answers questions that most authors struggle with and corrects common misinformation.
Though the Self Publisher’s Legal Handbook is most helpful to authors who want to self-publish, it is a primer for writers in the earlier stages of their careers and offers practical advice to traditionally published authors as well. Each of the book’s eleven chapters shares critical counsel, moving a writer through the process of publishing a book. But don’t wait until you have a book ready to publish before you read this one. If you do you will miss essential recommendations that are relevant as you write and even as you prepare to write. Skipping these steps, or delaying them, will only put your work in jeopardy and slow down your progress.
Among the many indispensable insights included in the Legal Handbook are how to properly deal with images in your blog and book, what copyright means and how to protect your rights, book contract gotchas, avoiding defamation claims, handling taxes, avoiding publishing scams, social media pitfalls, and setting up your business. Yes, if we take our writing seriously or plan to self-publish our book, we need to treat writing as a business. This isn’t to constrain us but to free us from legal worries, tax issues, and lopsided publishing contracts.
Reading the Self Publisher’s Legal Handbook is an investment in your future, your future as a writer. Don’t put it off.
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