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Copyright & Publishing Agreements for Writers

  • Saturday, July 13, 2013
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401


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Copyright &
Publishing Agreements for Writers
With Paul S. Levine, Esq.

The nuts and bolts of the business of writing are as essential to a writer’s success as the writer’s work itself. How does a writer get an agent and an attorney? How does the writer’s work get sold and how is the writer compensated? What will the agent and the lawyer do for the writer? How are they compensated? How do writers work together?

This workshop will cover:

  • The principles of copyright law as the underpinnings of all writing;
  • What agents do and what lawyers do - how their functions sometimes overlap and how they differ, the process of obtaining an agent and a lawyer, when and why an agent is necessary and when and why an agent may not be necessary, and how agents and lawyers are compensated by their clients.
  • The content of a typical collaboration agreement and three reasons why they are an absolute necessity;
  • A review, in detail, of a typical publishing agreement--royalties, advances, rights granted and rights withheld, etc.;
  • The editing process: what happens if the publisher rejects the manuscript, the publisher’s ultimate acceptance of the manuscript, actual publication after acceptance, and promotion and publicity.
Paul S. Levine wears two hats–he is a lawyer and a literary agentMr. Levine has practiced entertainment law for over 30 years, specializing in the representation of writers, producers, actors, directors, composers, musicians, artists, authors, photographers, galleries, publishers, developers, production companies and theater companies in the fields of motion pictures, television, interactive multimedia, live stage, recorded music, concerts, the visual arts, publishing, and advertising. Since starting his literary agency, Mr. Levine has sold over 100 adult, young adult, and children’s fiction and non-fiction books to at least 50 different publishers and has had many books developed as movies-for-television and feature films.

These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; and the California Community Foundation.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council



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