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Without a law degree, navigating the world of content rights, copyright management, printing rights, and more can be overwhelming or even impossible. Authors, though, need to be aware of the contracts they’re signing and what all these documents entail. Lawrence Knorr, author and founder of Sunbury Press, talks about how to approach a contract. Part of Sunbury Press’s ethic is to deal fairly with authors, and they consult with the Authors Guild to make sure that contracts are mutually beneficial. Authors can also become members of the Authors Guild and use their contract guidelines to make decisions. In addition, Knorr talks about attorneys and when an author should consider using one. At Sunbury some authors use attorneys but many choose to forgo an attorney and work directly with the publishing house. Depending on an author’s familiarity with the business, though, they may want the security of hiring an attorney. Knorr talks about what kind of attorney may be helpful and which kind of attorney you want to avoid. Listen to the clip below to learn how to enter the world of book contracts.
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