Erik Sherman

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Text Box: Contracts for Writers

Learn how to read and understand publishing contracts from a working writer, not a lawyer, who is considered an expert on the subject.

Class Overview

 Learn contract basics.

 Understand copyright and what it means to you.

 Keep a watch for contract problems.

 Get a handle on rights, fair use, and how to protect yourself.

 Gain skills in methodically reading and decrypting contracts.

 Have a grasp on common contract terminology.

 Discover the common contract clauses and what they mean to you.

 Know helpful fixes for typical contract problems.

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Negotiating contracts may seem tedious, but your business is at stake. The more you know, the better you guard your own interests. Youíll learn to read contracts and† understand what youíre in for so you can make informed decisions. Youíll see future dangers, and even know if a contract will work against your long-term interests. This class isnít a substitute for a lawyer, but then a lawyer isnít a substitute for being informed.


The six-week class takes place online: you read a section each week and then do an assignment. But you donít need to be at the computer at any given time, so thereís flexibility.


Iím not a lawyer, but organizations including the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Science Writers, and the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, magazine publishers, and hundreds of professional writers have all sought my insight and advice.

Contracts are as important as assignments.

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