Expert Interview: Helen Sedwick, author of Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook

Helen Sedwick

Helen Sedwick

Name: Helen Sedwick

Book Title(s): Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook; How Authors Sell Publishing Rights; Coyote Winds (a novel)

Website URL:   http://helensedwick.com/

Social Media Links:
Blog http://helensedwick.com/blog
Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/+HelenSedwick
Twitter  
https://twitter.com/HelenSedwick

You’ll be speaking at this year’s Nonfiction Writers Conference—May 4-6—can you give us a sneak peek of what you’ll be presenting?  Protecting Your Rights and Your Wallet: Copyright, Trademarks and Other Legal Details for Authors 

What is your latest book about? How Authors Sell Publishing Rights was co-written with Orna Ross of Alliance of Independent Authors and is a how-to book for authors who want to understand and confidently sell publishing rights.

What inspired you to write your book? When I self-published my novel Coyote Winds, I discovered no legal handbook to help writers with the legal aspect of independent publishing. As a business lawyer, I wanted to share key information to help writers set up their businesses and avoid costly mistakes.

Can you describe your writing process? For my non-fiction books, I spend a lot of time outlining and organizing information to make it easy to follow and use.  For my fiction book, I can’t seem to outline. I wander until I finally figure out what I want to say. 

How did you come to do what you’re doing today? See above about what inspired me.

Writing about the legal aspects of writing is a rewarding way to bridge the legal and creative sides of my life.

What do you most enjoy about what you do? I enjoy seeing a writer’s eyes light up when I’ve given her the information she needs to help her achieve her goals, whether it’s writing about real people without taking unnecessary risks or dealing with tax issues.

Are there any people and/or books that have inspired you along your journey? I am constantly inspired by the ideas and insights of writers. 

Can you share something that people may be surprised to learn about you?

I am the mother of identical twin girls.

What’s next for you? I am hoping to finish two fiction projects that have been languishing on my desk for too long!

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