September 8th, 2017

The Law (and Ethics) of Conference Blogging

Susan Spann

This week, I’m preparing my lecture notes for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold Conference, which takes place this weekend (September 9-11) in Denver. Since conferences are on my mind, let’s take a minute to review some important do’s and don’ts about workshop and conference-related blogging and social media shares:

1. Presentations, […]

August 11th, 2017

What to Look for in “Out of Print” Termination Clauses

Susan Spann

The “out of print” clause is often one of an author’s only ways to terminate a publishing contract unilaterally (a legal term that means “one-sided”—and, in this case, means the author’s right to terminate without the publisher’s consent).

 Out of print clauses are not relevant to self-publishing, and should never appear in self-publishing […]

June 9th, 2017

The Legal Side of Writing for Anthologies

Susan Spann

Anthologies are a popular way for authors to gain publishing credits, build an audience, and cross-pollinate readership with other writers in a genre. Anthologies may be traditionally-published, author-published (i.e., self-published, either by the entire group or by the author who edits the larger work), or organized by a charity or writers’ group (like […]

May 12th, 2017

Knowing When to Walk Away from a Publishing Deal

Susan Spann

In the immortal words of Don Schlitz (made famous by Kenny Rogers): “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away … know when to run.”

Smart words for any gambler, but equally valid for authors. Unfortunately, too many authors don’t have the […]

April 14th, 2017

How to Request A Reversion of Publishing Rights

Susan Spann

As a publishing lawyer, I often hear from authors hoping to terminate old (or unfortunate) publishing contracts and obtain a reversion of rights to their works.

Rights reversion is tricky, especially when the contract doesn’t give the author the right to terminate without the publisher’s agreement or approval. However, it’s important for authors […]