Writers Collaborating: Sometimes It Gets Complicated
While writing is often described as a solitary and lonely endeavor, there have been many famous collaborations in literary history, from the Brothers Grimm to Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett to Stephen King and Peter Straub. As modes of communication become faster and easier, collaboration in writing has increased significantly. However, even the greatest teams can fall apart. Both personal and professional conflicts can arise, often unforeseen, and sometimes unsolvable. With that in mind, this webinar will discuss various co-writer arrangements and the salient terms to address contractually.
Jonathan Lyons is a founding partner of Lyons & Salky Law, LLP, a boutique law firm that provides counseling to clients in all areas of the entertainment industry, with an emphasis on publishing matters. Jonathan is also an adjunct professor at New York University’s Master of Science in Publishing Program, where he teaches a course on contract negotiation. Separately, Jonathan is also a literary agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd., where he represents writers in a variety of genres and oversees translation rights for the agency. He is admitted to the New York State Bar and is a member of the Authors Guild and the Association of Authors’ Representatives.