Offering Legal Services to Non-Fiction Authors
Non-Fiction Authors Have Unique Legal Risks based on the Genre of the Non-Fiction
*Auto-Biographies *True Crime *Memoirs *Self-Help & Instruction *How-to's & Guidebooks *Health & Wellness
Legal Review of Manuscripts for Libel & Privacy and 14 Legal Risks + Vetting for Clearances & Permissions
Review & Negotiation of Publishing Contracts
Preparation of Co-Author or Illustrator Collaboration Agreements, Ghostwriter Agreements, & Disclaimers
Prepare and Negotiate Publishing Contracts
Although the digital printing and publishing industry has significantly changed the publishing process, publishing contracts from publishing houses have not changed to keep up with technology and create problems for the author. For instance:
Prepare & Negotiate other Important Agreements you may Overlook
Your project will likely require you to obtain agreements from others to keep you out of legal hot water. A few of these agreements may include:
Using Real People in your Manuscript -Legal and Practical Considerations
Memoirs and biographies are real stories about real people, places, and events. Using real people, places and events comes with heightened legal risks. An author needs to be particularly sensitive about the truthfulness and accuracy of the information. How will the person being written about feel if and when he or she reads your manuscript?
Many of the considerations I always analyze when vetting manuscripts with my clients are included in a BLOG POST (see my blog posts under the same title). I use these questions to assist in analyzing legal risks and to advise, as to each person and company mentioned in your manuscript, whether or not you must obtain written permission from each person (always the best practice), or take other action to avoid legal risks and to avoid ruining relationships. These considerations should also be applied when you write about a business or company.
Connie Mableson gave me an excellent and professional review of my publishing agreement. She showed an incredible understanding of literary legal knowledge and was able to expertly pick out the red flags in a predatory publishing agreement I received that had been manipulatively worded. She helped save my book, save my rights to my franchise, and save me a lot of heartache that could have resulted should I have signed without her counsel. I highly recommend her services.
Anthony C. Robinson, Prague
I worked with Connie at Dodge Anderson. I think what sets Connie apart-- along with her extraordinary level of expertise-- is her curious mind and genuine interest in her field. Not only is she is an expert in intellectual property law, but she thoroughly enjoys her practice. Consequently, she provides her clients with the type of enthusiastic and creative representation that we all seek in a lawyer. Connie is also a very honest and ethical attorney. It is my pleasure to recommend Connie Mableson.
Denise Quinterri, Esq., Texas
Connie provided me solid, top-notch advice on a music publishing deal I was offered. Couldn't have signed the dotted line without her sage advice and experience. Fantastic ideas and suggestions, and I felt she was on my team and truly cared about my affairs and concerns. I will definitely hire Connie again when the need arises.
David Moskowitz, California
"It was a pleasure to work with Connie. She was very knowledgable, came prepared and could answer all of my questions which have since helped me execute on our plans. I will definitely work with her again whenever I need guidance on anything related to intellectual property and I can't recommend her enough!"
Oscar J., Dubai
"Connie Mableson is helping me with setting up my new corporation and is thorough will her completion of all the steps and options that I need now and the future. She is excellent in both knowledge and service!"
Kathy Lucia, Arizona
"I've used Connie for looking over my contracts pertaining to publishing and media rights. She has always given me good advice and been fair in her costs. I would recommend her to any author looking for a lawyer who understands the entertainment industry."