Publishing Contracts: Pros & Cons

This is a high-level overview of the benefits and challenges of publishing on your own vs. partnering with a traditional publisher.

This also includes a review of a selected portion of a sample contract to highlight clauses and language you should be on the lookout for when signing a publishing contract.

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About Nicole Sallie Franklin

Nicole Sallie Franklin graduated from Texas Wesleyan Law School (now Texas A&M Law School) with a Certificate in Intellectual Property.  Nicole serves as Website Officer of the IP Section of the State Bar of Texas.  She has also served as an IP mentor for Rampcorp and Avinde, both Austin-based start-up accelerators for women entrepreneurs.

Nicole co-authored “Protecting Your Ideas: An Overview of Intellectual Property Law,” an educational article for the State Bar of Texas, in collaboration with the Texas Young Lawyers Association. In 2013, Nicole was a featured presenter on copyright and trademark law for the Independent Fashion Bloggers Conference in New York and participated as a trademark mentor at the 2015  and 2016 SXSW Interactive Festival.  For over 5 years, Nicole has owned and authored Thread Conscious, a fashion and lifestyle blog.

About Elizabeth Rucki

Elizabeth Rucki practices in all areas of intellectual property law, including the clearance, prosecution, protection, enforcement and licensing of trademarks, trade dress, copyrights and design patents.  Ms. Rucki has represented and advised clients on these issues in various industries, including food and beverage, energy, telecommunications, oil and gas, semi-conductor, medical, real estate, home furnishings, dental, apparel, rail transport and personal care products. Ms. Rucki has also handled UDRP proceedings and internet domain name disputes, and advised clients on website terms of use and privacy policies. Ms. Rucki further manages the day-to-day global trademark portfolios for several major clients in a variety of industries and fields, and counsel clients with respect to foreign trademark clearance, prosecution and enforcement. She also has experience representing clients in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and in litigation proceedings in state and federal court.