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!