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Business and Legal Forms for Authors and Self-Publishers (3rd Edition) – Tad Crawford


Business and Legal Forms for Authors and Self-Publishers (3rd Edition)

The third edition of this popular guide contains 24 essential business and legal forms for authors and self-publishers. Revised and expanded, this edition includes four new forms: e-book contract, e-article contract, translation contract, and reversion of rights agreement. Each form is accompanied by step-by-step instructions, advice on standard contractual provisions, and unique negotiation checklists for making the best deal. Other forms include: estimate form; confirmation of assignment; permission form; nondisclosure agreement; license agreements for rights and electronic rights; and copyright application. This book is available from the website listed below.


ORGANIZATION: Allworth Press – Tad Crawford


Address, City, State, Zip Code: 10 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010
Phone Number: 212-777-8395       Fax Number:
Email Address:

This company publishes business and self-help books for artists, designers, photographers, writers, and film and performing artists, as well as books about business, law, and personal finance for the general public. Founded in March 1989 by author, attorney, and artists’ rights advocate Tad Crawford, the press began as a one-man operation with the publication of a revised edition of Crawford’s classic Legal Guide for the Visual Artist in Fall 1989.  Currently, Allworth Press publishes 30-35 titles annually and has a staff of twelve.

Keys to Great Writing – Stephen Wilbers


Keys To Great Writing
In this book, Stephen Wilbers covers every aspect of the craft of writing and shows the aspiring author how to develop a writer’s “voice” that is unique, precise, and effective with their readership. Wilbers covers every aspect of writing from grammar to revision strategies, offering clear, effective information. Of special value to the novice writer are his: Four Mythos of Great Writing; The Elements of Style Checklist; The Elements of Composition Checklist; The Four-Step Writing Process; Glossary of Grammatical Terms; Proofreading Checklist; Four Common Errors in Word choice; Five Ways To Bring Music to Your Writing; and Fourteen Techniques to Eliminate Wordiness. Keys To Great Writing is a complete and highly recommended course in one volume and a valuable reference guide enabling writers to stand out with a distinctive style and literary presence all their own.  This book is available from Amazon.

Marketing Strategies for Writers – Michael H. Sedge

Marketing Strategies for Writers
This book reveals the aggressive tactics needed for winning in today’s highly competitive marketplace.  It details the skills and strategies writers must master to promote themselves and their work, from researching the marketplace, to becoming lecturers, teachers, and experts in a particular field, to networking with editors and publishers, pitching to radio and TV producers, and marketing on the Internet. This invaluable guide goes beyond selling and marketing books and articles to take writing careers to new levels with these top-of-the-line resources.

Shortest Distance Between You and a Published Book (The) – Susan Page


The Shortest Distance Between You and a Published Book

In this book, Susan will help you learn how to establish goals for your book, find and sign with the right agent, and get your book published successfully.  Other areas addressed are whether to self-publish or sell to a publisher, the formula for an irresistible book proposal, seven minimum requirements for a six-figure advance, and a step-by-step plan for finding your own blockbuster promotion.  This book is available through the website listed below and from Amazon.


Successful Syndication: A Guide for Writers and Cartoonists – Michael H. Sedge

Successful Syndication: A Guide for Writers and Cartoonists

Chock full of insiders’ information, this is the first book devoted to providing complete information about the syndication business, systematically detailing how writers and cartoonists can turn dreams of having work syndicated into reality. Tell-all text addresses every aspect of syndication: creating columns, comics, and features most likely to sell; finding a syndication agency; working with people at a syndicate­or setting up self-syndication; marketing through the Internet or direct mail; attracting international sales; pricing; and invoicing.

When Writing Becomes Gesture – Ann Daly


When Writing Becomes Gesture

Using the book as the site of her own performance, Daly explores the relationship between movement and words through the work of performance-makers Antonin Artaud, Deborah Hay, Bill T. Jones, Jackson Pollock, Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneemann, and Robert Wilson. Informed by the notion of gesture in the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Julia Kristeva, Daly demonstrates that movement and words are mutually inherent. What results is a form of performative criticism that Daly calls “gestural writing.”

Writer’s Legal Guide (The): An Authors Guild Desk Reference (3rd Edition) – Tad Crawford

Writer’s Legal Guide (The): An Authors Guild Desk Reference (3rd Edition)
Created by professionals with extensive experience in law and publishing, this desktop guide provides answers to virtually any question writers are likely to face concerning their rights and the law. Fully updated with the latest information on electronic rights and expanded coverage of fair use and permissions, this new Third Edition features the latest changes in copyright law, book contracts, agency contracts, collaboration agreements, limits of expression, the Freedom of Information Act, and tax laws. Plus, it includes numerous sample forms, such as a ready-to-use electronic rights clause, a model contract for licensing articles to magazines, a checklist for avoiding defamation and invasion of privacy, and much more.


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