Publishing Law Seminar

7 07 2010

Just a quick reminder about this Friday’s LNW publishing seminar:

Publishing Law – with Chris Benson and Hugh Jones
When : 9th July 2010 – 1pm-3pm.
Where : Madlab, Northern Qr, Manchester

Price : FreeWe’ll be joined by Chris Benson and Hugh Jones, experienced copyright lawyers and authors of the indispensable Publishing Law (Routledge).

The session will look at author-publisher contracts – what constitutes a contract, which items they need to cover, and how they’re changing in the face of eBook and other digital rights.

There’ll also be the opportunity to put your questions to Chris and Hugh.

About the speakers: Hugh Jones is Copyright Counsel to The Publishers Association, and to the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM). He also advises the Publishers Licensing Society on copyright issues.

Christopher Benson is a solicitor at City law firm Taylor Wessing. He has been practising for over ten years as an intellectual property lawyer.

The session is free to attend for all independent publishers in the region. Please email [at] to book your place, if you haven’t already.
This is Seminar 3 in the series of 12.


Literature Northwest’s new seminar series

30 04 2010

Literature Northwest’s new independent publishing CPD seminar series kicked off on Friday 30th April with a seminar on selling rights by Diane Spivey, Rights Director at Little, Brown.

The session provided some really useful insights into how publishers can exploit various volume and subsidiary rights, how to approach different markets, and tips on closing rights deals and organising contracts.

Notes from Diane’s session are available to all regional independent publishers who are part of the Literature Northwest network. To get your hands on a copy, please drop me an email at literaturenorthwest [at]

Literature Northwest CPD seminars are free to attend for all independent publishers in the region (and sometimes, for local writers, too!). Over the coming months, we’ll be hosting a range of seminars on topics including eBooks and Digital Asset Distribution; Imprint, Identity and Unity of Style; Web 2.0 – AV content for Literature Promotion; Trade Distribution, and Social Networking and Marketing. Keep your eyes on the events section of our website for more info:

The next 2 seminars are well worth putting in your diary:

1) John Goudie, Producer of BBC R4’s Front Row, on how independent publishers without the PR resources of London majors can make their publications newsworthy to arts programmes: Friday, 28th May, 1pm-3pm, @Madlab, 36-40 Edge St, Manchester, M4 1HN.

2) Chris Benson and Hugh Jones, authors of the indispensable textbook Publishing Law, guiding you through everything you need to know about author-publisher contracts. Friday, 9th July, 1pm-3pm, @Madlab, 36-40 Edge St, Manchester, M4 1HN.