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We are a group of writers and editors dedicated to improving our skills and helping others do the same since 1979.  Please join us at our regular meetings on the fourth Monday of each month.  Guests are welcome to attend. A $5 donation is requested.

Mark Reichenthal Presents in March

Are you about to sign a publishing contract, a subsidiary rights agreement, an agency agreement or any other agreement related to book publishing? Do you know how to read/analyze the agreement? Can you figure out what the agreement is actually saying? What about the potholes and pitfalls? Do you know enough to review the fine print and negotiate terms that are fair to you as an Author? Which rights and formats are you granting to the publisher – electronic and audiobook? Film and TV?  Which specific territories and languages can your work be published in? This presentation will show writers what to look for–and look out for–in the “fine print” of the various contracts that book, magazine, and newspaper writers will encounter in author-publisher, author-agent, and writer collaboration agreements.

Presenter: Mark Reichenthal, Esq. Mark practices in the areas of intellectual property, licensing, new media, entertainment law, book publishing, and general business contracts. Prior to joining Branfman Law Group, P.C., Mark was a Senior Counsel at Wiley Publishing, Inc., publisher of the wildly successful and famous “For Dummies” series where Mark was responsible for managing the day-to- day legal affairs of the company including the negotiation of book contracts, supervising the enforcement of the “For Dummies” trademark, and all company trademark and copyright licensing.

Mark is a frequent speaker to various author and publishing groups. Mark earned his Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law in 1995 and a Master of Science Degree in Book and Magazine publishing at Pace University in 1992. After joining the Bar, he was the Contracts Manager for Vivendi Universal’s software division. Mark was a member of the Board of Directors of the North County Bar Association (“NCBA”) in San Diego and was also Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property and Business Law Sections of the NCBA. Mark currently teaches Principles of Copyright and Computer & Software Law as part of University of California San Diego’s Extension Program. Mark is admitted to practice law in California.

We meet at the San Diego County Health Services Center, 3851 Rosecrans, San Diego, CA 92110.

A Marketing Support Group meets at 5:30 p.m., before the regular meeting. Anyone interested in sharing or learning about marketing tips is welcome to attend.

Guild’s Mission

. . . to promote, support, and encourage the writing art for adults and youth. The anthology is a fund-raising project with all proceeds helping the Guild continue in that effort. A collaborative partner in the larger San Diego writing community since 1979.

Some of our outreach projects include:

* Speakers Bureau – professionals are available for presentations to groups in San Diego County. Topics include creative and non-fiction writing and marketing published work.
* Manuscript Review – members may submit up to 30 pages of a novel, short fiction or memoir for evaluation/critique by the Guild’s Recommendation Committee. An SDWEG rating is assigned which can be used when contacting agents, editors, and publishers.
* Marketing Support Group – members are invited to come an hour early on each meeting day in order to join the discussion on marketing tips that work, don’t work, or to get advice from other writers.
* Online references and resources for writers on our website.
* Monthly meetings with guest speakers addressing timely topics on writing/publishing.
* Monthly newsletter, The Writer’s Life.
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