Event Information

Contracts, Rights, & Chaos: Practical Challenges Facing Publishers, Authors, Agents, and Freelancers

May 15, 2013 - 12:30 PM
Open Book (Target Performance Hall) 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis
Member price: $20
Non-member price: $25

Event Description

Contracts have never been simple in the book industry, but in the digital era, they're more complicated than ever. Manuscripts are only the beginning. Photos, fonts, freelancers, and fifteen flavors of ebook can and do make getting folks "to sign on the line which is dotted" a huge challenge.

This discussion will focus on some of the day-to-day challenges of managing and making use of contracted content and other IP. What does it take to get a contract done these days? And once it is done, how are publishers, authors, and agencies tracking the contracts grants and restrictions in a rapidly changing marketplace? Join us as we hear from professionals on the front line and from attendees who want to share their questions and experiences with contracts management.


Melissa Brodin, Contracts Manager at Lerner Publishing Group. Melissa oversees all contracts, rights, and permissions for LPG.

Tara Warren, Vice President and Director of Information Technology at Lerner Publishing Group. Tara oversees IT operations at LPG, including the implementation of various software solutions for managing rights and permission for content and other IP assets.

Dawn Frederick, Agent and Owner of Red Sofa Literary. Dawn brings a broad knowledge of the book business to the table-with multiple years of experience as a bookseller in the independent, chain, and specialty stores; an editor for a YA publisher; a published nonfiction author; and an agent associate literary agent at Sebastian Literary Agency in 2002 (before Red Sofa Literary was established).

Laurie Harper, Author Biz Consulting. Laurie has over 30 years of experience in publishing and is known to editors, agents, and authors alike. She is a published author, former small press publisher, literary agent for over 25 years, and now business consultant for writers. Her experience, perspective, and vast network are invaluable to authors, helping them achieve their individual publishing goals, save time and money, and stay sane in the process.

Where & When
Open Book (Target Performance Hall)
1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis. 
Wednesday, May 15; 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Parking Information
There is a small side lot next to the Open Book building (just past the building on the right as you are heading east on Washington; for those heading west, turn on 10th or 11th and go down the alley to access the lot). If the Open Book lot is full, other options are:
• Meters along 10th and 11th; most cost $1.00/hour.
• Guthrie ramp is a block away. Enter on 9th Avenue (between Washington and 2nd Street South). 
• Municipal parking ramp across from the Mill City Museum (this is a longer walk because it is a block farther away and the entrance is on 2nd Street South). 
• Bike racks are available near both entries to the Open Book building.

Event Day Information
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Fees, which include lunch, are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Reservations required. If space allows walk-ins, those without reservations will be charged $30 at the door. If you reserve a place, a lunch will be ordered for you and you'll be expected to pay for it whether or not you attend.

If you prefer to pay at the door by cash or check, please email with your reservation request. Please indicate whether you will be attending as an MBPR member or non-member. 

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