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Q&A On Interview Releases

Question: One of our authors has submitted a book containing lengthy transcripts of previously unpublished interviews conducted in the 1960s.  The location and existence of the interviewees are unknown, and there are no written interview releases.   How can the book be registered for copyright? — submitted by the publisher of an independent press Answer: … Continue reading Q&A On Interview Releases

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Negotiating Without An Agent

Some small and independent publishers will refuse to negotiate an unagented publishing agreement, and first-time novelists often back down immediately, fearing the publishing offer will be withdrawn.  Other publishers may respond to a modification request by stating: “That’s a standard clause.”  The implication, of course, is that you’re too green to understand industry standards, and … Continue reading Negotiating Without An Agent

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