AWP Panel: Wait! Wait! Don’t Sign That: A Writer’s Guide to Book Contract Basics

Publishing agreements are some of the most important documents authors ever encounter, but for many writers book contracts remain shrouded in mystery. In this panel, Authors Guild executive director Mary Rasenberger will moderate a discussion among publishing industry attorneys and agents professionals offering an author-friendly introduction to the various standard book contracts. Learn what every book agreement should contain, how best to approach a contract negotiation, and what provisions to avoid or add.

Scheduled Room: Room 23, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Moderator: Mary Rasenberger
Panelists: Ellis Levine, Nancy Wolff, Cheryl Davis

Mary Rasenberger is the Executive Director of the Authors Guild. Prior to joining the Guild, Mary practiced law for over 25 years, specializing in media and copyright law, and served as senior policy advisor for the U.S. Copyright Office and program manager at the Library of Congress.

Nancy E. Wolff is a partner of the law firm of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard. A frequent speaker on copyright, she is President of the Copyright Society of the USA, Chair of the ABA IP Section Committee and ranked by Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 female lawyers in New York City.

Cheryl Davis is the General Counsel of the Authors Guild. Prior to joining the Guild, she was a partner at the firm of Menaker & Herrmann LLP, where she specialized in intellectual property and wrote a number of articles and made presentations about how artists can protect their intellectual proper

Ellis B. Levine, a partner of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard, served as Vice President, Secretary, General Counsel and a member of the Board of Directors of Random House, Inc. from 1989 until 1998. He primarily represents book and audio publishers, authors and literary agents.

Date & Time

Thu, Mar 8, 2018
3:00PM – 4:30PM EST


Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside

Tampa, FL 33602


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