I’ve read some terrific books written by Colorado lawyers—fiction, non-fiction, and history books. Lawyers are a talented, creative group and many love to write as a hobby, writing even when spare time is limited—finding time at night and on the weekend to fulfill a passion. If you decide to take the plunge to publish a book or even several, it’s time to get serious. Getting a traditional publishing contract can be difficult, however, and self-publishing has become very popular in the past several years.
Jon Tandler, an attorney with Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite, practices corporate, intellectual property, and publishing law. He works extensively in the publishing industry, representing publishers, distributors, agencies, trade associations, authors, and others as to content acquisition, contracts, licenses, and other legal matters. Jon says that there are many considerations to self-publishing, including one that many people fail to do—creating a business plan. A business plan includes researching the market for your publication, setting a publishing schedule, finding assets, and researching sales and distribution channels.
On March 18, Jon is speaking on self-publishing at a CBA-CLE presentation. The program will be a practical tutorial on several business and legal aspects of self-publishing books and other literary content. He’ll also touch on the issue of plagiarism, which seems to be an increasing problem in the industry.
So, if you’ve seriously thought about self-publishing or just want more information, this seminar will provide some critical, concrete steps to take—before you start.