#NewRelease “Getting Published is Just The Beginning: A Guide to Intellectual Property (IP) Rights for Traditionally Published Authors and Creative Writing Students” by Rhoda S Baxter


Read this book before you sign your next contract.” 
Dr Kirsty Bunting, Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Manchester Writing School

This enjoyable and informative book is essential reading. It will help you  decide which publishing model works for you, and will explain how to get the most value out of the writing that you spent so much time and effort on.” Emma Byrne – Author of Swearing is Good for You and How to Build a Human

Are you an un-agented novelist at the start of your career?

Do you find contracts bewildering?

Have you written a book and don’t know what to do with it? 

I have worked in the Intellectual Property (IP) and licensing sector for over a decade. I’m also a novelist and creative writing mentor. Over the years I’ve answered a lot of questions from traditionally published writers who are at the start of their careers. 

A lot of writers find the business of licensing IP confusing and contracts impenetrable. Often, even when they seek legal advice, they aren’t given a context in which to interpret this advice. 

This easy-to-read guide will give you the tools you need to take charge of your author career.

Getting Published is Just the Beginning is available on Amazon, Kobo, Apple, B&N, Google books and a bunch of other places. It is also available in print, so you can get it from your local book shop (but you’ll have to ask them to order it in). 

You could also request a copy from your local library and  read it for free. 

It’d make an ideal Christmas present for a writer in your life… hint, hint.

These are the sorts of things you’ll find inside:

Becoming a professional Writer

  • Balancing craft and money
  • Think of your writing as a business

Intellectual Property

  • Copyright 
  • What does this actually mean for your author business?
  • What is NOT covered by copyright?
  • Fair use
  • Other people’s copyright
  • Works in the public domain
  • Trademarks

Slicing up IP – Your work is more than the one thing you wrote


  • Reading contracts – notes for the bewildered
  • Common sections you’d expect to see in a publisher contract
  • How do authors get paid?
  • Tax

Traditional publishers

  • What does a publisher do for you?
  • Who is involved
  • Things to consider when you’re talking to a publisher
  • So, should you sign that publishing contract that you’ve been offered?
  • Red flags
  • Manage your expectations

Vanity publishers

  • Paying for production services
  • Book Production companies
  • Red flags

Self publishing aka Independent (‘indie’) publishing

  • Manage your expectations
  • Red Flags

Working with an agent

  • What does an agent do for you?
  • Do you need an agent?
  • Manage your expectations
  • Red flags
  • The very basics of submitting to agents

Branding and Pen names

  • What is a brand?
  • Pen name(s) are part of your brand
  • Advantages of having a pen name
  • Disadvantages of having a pen name
  • Pen names on social media
  • When do you not use your pen name?

Self promotion

  • Websites
  • Social Media
  • Useful skills to learn for a professional author

Alternative sources of income (until you have your big hit)

  • Talks and seminars
  • Bonus money from your existing books 

Scroll back up and grab your copy today!

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