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Anatomy of a Book Contract at Howard County Arts Council

You, the writer, just spent 10 years, 10 months, 10 weeks writing that manuscript.  As Red Smith said, "Writing is easy; I just open a vein and bleed."  Goodness knows how many additional years, months, or weeks it took you to find an agent, and for that agent to find you a deal with a publisher.  Now it is time to sign the contract!

Eager to get published, and patiently enduring what can be an arduous process, many writers sign the dotted line without so much as a glance at the agreement.  Do you know what you've gotten yourself into, what rights you just conveyed to the publisher, your legal commitments to the process?

CityLit Project and Maryland Lawyers for the Arts Present
“Anatomy of a Book Contract”

Saturday, May 2, 2009
2-4pm, $15
Howard County Arts Council
8510 High Ridge Road
Ellicott City, MD
For information or to register, contact 410-274-5691 or

Or download registration form below.  Pre-registration preferred.  Day-of WALK-INs welcomed.

Cynthia Sanders is an intellectual property and entertainment lawyer with a practice spanning copyright, trademark, fair use, licensing, advertising, and technology transfer issues.

Laura Strachan has her own boutique literary agency, specializing in literary fiction and narrative nonfiction.  She is also a licensed attorney and is admitted to the Bars of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Download the registration form here.

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