|•||Your publisher insists that you revise your last book and doesn't seem to care that you're in the middle of your next one. Must you turn your life upside-down just because he says so? What will it cost you if you say it can't be done for six months?|
|•||Your friend at the library says it's legal to use five lines (or ten, or two) from someone's poem in your new book without getting the poet's consent. Are you a literary thief if you do?|
|•||Your royalty statement and check are five weeks late. So is your rent. Should you sue your publisher before your landlord sues you?|
It's wise to stand back and think through how the larger ecosystem works before you identify and deal with each legal tree in the publishing forest. You'll discover that you as a writer are a part of the whole. You share the terrain with all sorts of others, including agents, publish
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Publication information: Book title: The Writer's Legal Companion. Edition: 3rd. Contributors: Brad Bunnin - Author, Peter Beren - Author. Publisher: Perseus Publishing. Place of publication: Reading, MA. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 1.
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