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Category Archives: On the Books

More on Morality Clauses

by Jacqui Lipton


A recent NY Times Op-Ed by Judith Shulevitz raised the thorny issue of so-called “morality clauses” in recent publishing contracts, which allow publishers to terminate contracts with authors for engaging in conduct (outside their writing) deemed immoral/unprofessional/unethical. While morality clauses have been common in entertainment industry contracts generally for many years, they’re relatively new to […]



Securing Your Author Domain Name

by Jacqui Lipton


Many authors today maintain their own websites, although a number of us prefer to use social media to promote our work and engage in online conversation. If you do have a website, you’ve likely faced issues about which domain name to register and how to secure a domain name you want if someone else has […]


Writing About Historical Figures

by Jacqui Lipton


A number of authors have asked me recently about legal issues involved in writing about historical figures, whether the project be fiction or nonfiction, and whether there are any intellectual property or other rights that need to be cleared by an author to do so. The good news is that the answer to this question […]


How Much Will It Cost Me to . . .

by Jacqui Lipton


. . . register my copyright or trademark? . . . hire a lawyer to help me? As a legal issues columnist for authors, I’m often talking about what the law says and what it means, but I was reminded recently while speaking at a conference on these issues, that sometimes the most pressing questions […]



To PR or Not to PR?

by Jacqui Lipton


I’ve been chatting to a number of author friends lately about the pros and cons of using a PR firm to help market their work. While the usual disclaimer applies to this column (i.e. nothing written here is intended as formal legal advice and folks who need help with particular issues should consult an agent […]


Working with Illustrators and Artists

by Jacqui Lipton


I’m not 100% sure how many readers of this blog have asked themselves (or someone else) questions about writing with an illustrator, but a number of writing colleagues have been talking to me about it lately so I thought it was worth setting out some info here. Usual disclaimer: Nothing written here is intended as […]


Trademarks and Book Titles

by Jacqui Lipton


A number of readers may have seen the recent furor in the romance publishing sector after author Faleena Hopkins obtained a trademark registration for the word “Cocky” as applied to her book series involving the exploits of the Cocker brothers. Her titles include “Cocky Biker” and “Cocky Cowboy” to name a few. Once she obtained […]


So you want to make a book trailer …?

by Jacqui Lipton


I know that title probably makes you think I’m going to tell you all the techie secrets for how to actually MAKE a book trailer … PSYCH! Sorry about that. No, I’m going to talk about some of the legal pitfalls you might encounter (but hopefully not) in relation to clearing intellectual property rights you […]