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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… Read the rest

Business Set-Up For Indie Authors Now Available

Yesterday, I did a live webinar with Joel Friedlander on how to set-up your self-publishing business. including information about business names and taxes. You can view it here.  Why Authors Who Want to Self-Publish Need a Business Hat For more… Read the rest

Free Webinar on Business Basics for Writers

What are you doing Thursday, Feb. 11 at 1 Pacific time/4 Eastern time?  I’ve teamed up with Joel Friedlander to present a webinar on business basics for writers, particularly the nuts and bolts of setting up your self-publishing business. And Read the rest

How to Hire an Attorney

Sooner or later, you may need an attorney. Perhaps your publishing business is expanding to the point where you are considering incorporating and bringing in investors. Maybe your collaboration agreement needs a legal touch. Or, the worst has happened and… Read the rest

Think Like a Publisher (and Release Your Inner Badass)

I see this all too often. A writer wants to self-publish without being a publisher. She hands off her manuscript to a company like AuthorHouse, IUniverse or WestBow Press without doing any homework. She doesn’t even research the company’s… Read the rest

Don’t Let Your Hollywood Dream Turn into a Nightmare

With the successful adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s WILD, many authors are imaging their books on the big screen. What writer hasn’t cast a movie star into their leading role or heard the perfect song for their opening credits? I… Read the rest

How to Tell Which Self-Publishing Company is Right for You

The following is an update of a post I wrote for Joel Friedlander’s ever-helpful blog at TheBookDesigner.com. On the path to self-publishing, your first decision will be whether to:Engage a self-publishing service company (SPSC) to do everything from… Read the rest

Welcome to the Hotel Author Solutions

UPDATE, OCTOBER 18, 2015:  Today, I checked the websites for IUniverse and AuthorHouse to see whether they had made any changes to their form of publishing agreement. Yes, they have. While their old form gave them the right to continue Read the rest

Questions About Copyright, Pen Names, and 1099s

Today, I am going to answer questions posted by readers through emails, my website, and even Amazon reviews. I appreciated when readers take the time to ask questions. It helps me know what’s on your minds. QUESTION: Oh no. I Read the rest

Kindle Unlimited — One Writer/Lawyer’s Perspective

You have to be impressed by Amazon’s ability to generate news. Not about books or business or world peace, but about AMAZON. A week doesn’t go by when Jeff Bezos isn’t portrayed in the headlines as a pariah, a genius,… Read the rest

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