The Literary Law Guide for Authors provides essential information about copyright and trademark law. The text and illustrations teach authors how to protect their work and how to avoid common pitfalls associated with writing that may expose a writer to legal liability. This title breaks down complicated boilerplate language most commonly included in publishing contracts and analyzes the clauses from the author's perspective. The Literary Law Guide for Authors includes valuable forms commonly used by authors, including forms to register copyrighted materials and to engage the services of artists and other independent contractors on a work-for-hire basis. Also included is a sample publishing contract form with commentary and a list of references to obtain supplementary information. The Literary Law Guide for Authors is an indispensable writing tool for all writers. A successful writer is an informed writer who understands the legal advantages, disadvantages, and intricacies involved in the business of writing.