Legal Handbook

The step-by-step legal guide to:
setting up your self-publishing business · hiring freelancers
understanding copyrights · reading POD contracts
navigating social media · collaborating with partners
avoiding defamation and infringement

Published by Ten Gallon Press.

Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook is absolutely required reading for authors who want to publish their own work…. It should be on every self-publisher’s desk—highly recommended.”
—Joel Friedlander, Barnes&Noble iBookstore Smashwords Kobo
Self-Publisher's Legal Handbook

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Join Me Today at the Non-Fiction Writers Online Conference

Today, at 5 PM Eastern Time (2 PM Pacific), I’ll be giving a presentation called Protecting Your Rights and Your Wallet. I’ll discuss copyrights and how to protect them from ‘theft by contract.’ My goal is help writers spot overreaching contract provisions. Below I have pasted some samples I will use in the presentation. Hope […]

About Helen Sedwick

Helen Sedwick

Helen Sedwick is a California attorney representing small businesses and entrepreneurs. Her historical novel, Coyote Winds, has earned five-star reviews from ForeWord Reviews and Compulsion Reads and is an IndieBRAG Medallion Honoree.


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  • Northwestern Law School, Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property Annual Symposium, Chicago, March 10-11, 2016,
  • High Sierra Writers Club
    Reno, NV; April 9, 2016
  • Redwood Writers' Conference
    Santa Rosa, CA; Saturday, April 23, 2016
  • Non-Fiction Writers Conference sponsored by the Non-Fiction Writers Association, May 4-6, 2016 (online)
  • Bay Area Book Festival, downtown Berkeley, June 4-5, 2016
  • Long Beach Branch of California Writers' Club
    Long Beach, CA; Saturday, July 9, 2016, Noon
  • Orange County Branch of California Writers' Club
    Long Beach, CA; Saturday, July 9, 2016, 3 PM