How to Become a Published Author or Represent One, Thursday, April 6

Everyone has a story to tell; everyone wants to write a book; everyone dreams of being published. But most aspiring authors have no idea how to do so, or attempt to publish without knowledge of the proper way to proceed. Without this knowledge, they give up, become disillusioned, or, if they are offered a publishing contract, find themselves without competent legal representation to protect them.

Attorneys aspiring to write and be published, or those who intend to represent clients with the same vision, will receive up-to-date practical advice regarding the publishing process through How To Become A Published Author or Represent One from Mark Shaw, a California attorney and author of 20+ books and counting.

What Past Attendees Are Saying About the Program:
“Excellent Topic…Great Insight Provided”
– Dennis, Indianapolis

“One of the Best Seminars Yet”
– Cheryl, Indianapolis

“Very Well Done…Interesting…Good Practical Advise”
– Dennis, Newburgh

“Excellent Program”
– Therese, Indianapolis

“Tied for the Best Seminar I’ve Ever Attended”

“Very Practical Approach with Good Detail”
– Brett, Indianapolis


* How to choose a book concept with publishing potential.

* Tips about writing skills necessary to be published.

* A Roadmap of the Publishing Industry including the difference Between Traditional Publishers, Subsidy Publishers, Print-On-Demand, Internet/Traditional Self-Publishing, and e-book publishing.

* How an Aspiring Author may locate legitimate Literary Agents and Publishers.

* Should an Author Submit a Manuscript or Query Letter/Book Proposal to Literary Agents and Publishers?

* What are the Components of a Professionally Written Query Letter and Book Proposal?

* What is the Outline of a Contract Between an Author and a Literary Agent or Publisher?

* How can the Author or the Attorney Representing an Author Protect Against Unfair Advances, Royalties, Restrictions on Future Publications, Promotion Clauses Requiring Author Contributions, and so forth?

* What Reference Sources should the Attorney consult so as to Properly Advise a Literary Client?

* Copyright Law – How to Protect Your Intellectual Property

Mark Shaw, a member of the California Bar and the American Society of Journalists and Authors, is a former criminal defense lawyer in Indiana, legal analyst for USA Today, ESPN, and CNN for the Mike Tyson, O.J. Simpson and Kobe Bryant trials and the author of 25 books including How To Become a Published Author: Idea to Publication and his latest, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen. More about Mr. Shaw, who has guided the publishing efforts of hundreds of aspiring authors around the globe, may be learned at and

Brian J. McGinnis is an attorney with Barnes & Thornburg LLP where he is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department and the Internet and Technology Law Group.

Megan M. Mulford is a partner with Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group and the Sports, Entertainment and Media Group, focusing her practice on copyright, trademark and right of publicity matters and intellectual property agreements.

Each attendee of the live seminar will receive a copy of Mark’s book:
“How to Become a Published Author: Idea to Publication”

A National Speaker Seminar
6 CLE – Thursday, April 6; 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN

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