Gearing up for Colorado Gold

I spent this morning finalizing my lecture notes for the master’s class I’m teaching in September at the 2011 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference.

(Can’t wait for another visit with the tribe.)

If you’re looking for a conference, I recommend RMFW highly – and did so long before I was scheduled to present. Denver is great in September and the RMFW organizers and attendees are absolutely fantastic. I’ve seldom encountered a more supportive crew. My experience last year (check the archives under “Conference Challenge”) left me both impressed and hoping to contribute something to the 2011 event.

Turns out I have a couple of useful skills.

I’m teaching a Friday Morning Master’s Class titled “Contracts & Copyrights: How to understand a publishing deal” and a Saturday afternoon regular session called “Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair: Copyright, Infringement and Fair Use.”

More on copyright Wednesday. Today let’s talk about Contracts. The master’s class will focus on contract terms and traps for the unwary, with special emphasis on grants of rights, derivative works, royalty fees (and statements) and termination/reversion of rights. I’ve cobbled together a delightfully franken-contract agreement loaded with traps and pitfalls, as well as some unexpected author-friendly terms. Do you think you can find them all? Come to RMFW and see!

The three-hour class will also include time for questions at the end – though I’ll take questions all the way through if people ask them. I’m hoping for a good turnout and really looking forward to an interesting – and entertaining – afternoon. Let the war stories begin! (And yes, I really am that big a contract geek, but the lecture is designed to appeal to the TL;DR crowd too.)

TL;DR: come to the Colorado Gold Conference in September – you’ll be glad you did!

4 thoughts on “Gearing up for Colorado Gold

  • June 27, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    So looking forward to your presentation, Susan, and to seeing you again!

    • June 27, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks Tammy! Can’t wait to see you again too – I think you’ll like the new WIP I have going – hopefully I can get it finished in time to pitch at the conference too. I have big hopes for this one. How’s your writing going?

  • June 28, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Can’t wait to hear about your new WIP! And I wish you tons of luck pitching it.

    I’ve been writing less due to more outside distractions ūüôĀ But will get back on track soon, I hope.

    • July 1, 2011 at 11:09 am

      Hang in there. I understand the outside distractions – having a few myself lately, but I’m trying to follow the “rear in the chair” rule for at least a couple of hours each day. The new WIP is helping, though. It’s a slightly new genre (historical mystery rather than straight historical) and I’m absolutely loving the challenge. I’ll tell all at RMFW!

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