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The Legal and Business Aspects of Writing Fiction and Non-Fiction Books

An intensive workshop
with Literary Agent and Book Publishing Attorney
Paul S. Levine

November 09, 2019, 4:30 pm – 6:30+ pm

The nuts and bolts of the business of writing are as essential to a writer’s success as the writer’s work itself. How does a writer get an agent and an attorney? How does the writer’s work get sold and how is the writer compensated? What will the agent and the lawyer do for the writer? How are they compensated? How do writers work together?

This comprehensive seminar will cover:

     I will describe what agents do and what lawyers do, how their functions sometimes overlap and how they differ. I will talk about the process of obtaining an agent and a lawyer, when and why an agent is necessary and when and why an agent may not be necessary, and how agents and lawyers are compensated by their clients.

     I will describe the content of a typical collaboration agreement, and give three reasons why they are an absolute necessity.

     I will describe what is needed to present a non-fiction and a fiction book project to a publisher for consideration.

     We will review, in detail, a typical publishing agreement--royalties, advances, rights granted and rights withheld, etc.

HANDOUT -- Sample Publishing Agreement


     I will describe the editing process, what happens if the publisher rejects the manuscript, the publisher’s ultimate acceptance of the manuscript, actual publication after acceptance, and promotion and publicity. Any remaining questions not previously answered will be addressed.

This interactive Master Class is limited in size, so you receive a maximum amount of individual attention in a workshop environment. Get personal attention on your manuscript -- insight you will not receive anywhere else! Bring all your questions concerning the business of being or becoming a successful book author--they will all be answered.

Paul S. Levine
Instructor/Literary Agent/Publishing Attorney

“Nothing makes me happier than having a thousand people show up at a book signing.” -- Mr. Paul S. Levine

The vast majority of Paul S. Levine’s clients come to him as new, previously unpublished, or self-published authors. Levine has a keen understanding of industry strategy and has the editorial contacts required to ensure his success as both a literary agent and entertainment law attorney, and is thus able to offer his clients a comprehensive range of publishing or literary attorney services.

His unique combination of publishing industry savvy and entertainment legal services makes Levine a dynamic choice for both new and published authors alike. Leaning toward socially and politically important literature, he will consider fiction, Nonfiction, children’s, and young adult manuscripts and proposals for Nonfiction books. Highly aware of market trends and editors’ preferences, Levine limits himself to projects which he believes in and feels certain he can sell. As an entertainment lawyer, Levine has written the legal contracts for several books adapted as movies-for-television. With over a quarter of a century of experience in the entertainment and book industries, Levine is one of the few lawyers on the West coast who also understands the world of book publishing; as such, he is able to act as both literary agent and publishing attorney for his clients.

Early bird Registration:

$79 per workshop    
$149 both workshops*   

Walk up Registration:     
$199 both segements

*A second workshop on "Selling a Literary Work or True Life-Story Project to Hollywood" will be held immediately following.

DoubleTree by Hilton
Los Angeles - Westside
6161 West Centinela Avenue,
Culver City, CA 90230 [ map »
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