Professional development for independent publishers

13 07 2010

Our new programme of CPD seminars continued on Friday with a session on author-publisher contracts, hosted by copyright lawyers Hugh Jones and Chris Benson, authors of the seminal textbook Publishing Law (Routledge). Chris and Hugh took us through the basics of what actually constitutes a contract, which key items every contract should include, and how to incorporate current and future digital rights exploitation into new author-publisher contracts.

Chris and Hugh

There was also a chance for participants to raise their own questions, which took in a wide variety of topics including creative commons licensing, permissions, negotiating licenses with other publishers, and dispute resolution.

If anyone would like Chris and Hugh’s powerpoint notes, drop me an email at literaturenorthwest [@] and I’ll be happy to send them along to you.

Please keep an eye on the Literature Northwest website (and this blog) for news about our future CPD seminars, which are free to attend for all independent publishers based in the region. Over the coming months we’ll be hosting sessions on eBook development and distribution, blogging as a promotional tool, typography, web 2.0 marketing strategies, and much more.

In the meantime, if you’d like me to post any links about the work of independent publishers in the North West of England, or indeed anything that will be of interest to our members, please feel free to message me!



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