Archives for July 2015

Independent Contractor or Employee?: US Dept of Labor Stiffens Criteria

The U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL) is stiffening the criteria by which it determines whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee. The DOL’s rules control whether you qualify for a few things—minimum wage, overtime, hours worked, child labor, and time and payroll records. Employees do, contractors don’t.  Other agencies control other financial aspects […]

The New York Times Interviews Playwright and Author Calvin Ramsey

National Writers Union (NWU) member Calvin Alexander Ramsey, playwright and author, was interviewed by Michael T. Luongo of The New York Times about his work, “The Green Book.” Read the interview here- Calvin A. Ramsey on How Black Travel Has Changed Since Jim Crow. The Green Book,” Calvin’s first work, was produced as a two-act play in […]

SHE JUST KEPT WRITING: The Passing of Susan Carol Hauser

Our sister Susan Carol Hauser could use her pen to wage war, but the writing she most enjoyed nurtured, celebrated, and nudged the world towards change. She died suddenly on July 7 of a brain aneurism at the age of 72. A member since 1986, Susan served the NWU as a contract adviser, Twin Cities’ […]

Two Members are Finalists for the Harlem Book Fair/ Phyllis Wheatley Book Awards

NWU Authors Jo Anne Meekins and Malik Canty are among the finalist in the annual Harlem Book Fair/ Phyllis Wheatley Book Awards Program for their respective titles, “How To Uncover, Heal & Release Painful Life Experiences” (Nonfiction) and “Tears For My Ancestors” (Poetry).  The event will take place at Columbia University’s Miller Theater, Broadway at West […]

Problems with your book contract? You have options.

Many people have contacted us in the last few years about getting out of book contracts. Maybe they want to self-publish an e-book. Maybe the publisher isn’t promoting their book properly. Maybe their editor left and they’re unhappy with the new cast of characters. If you want out, the first step is to ask. If […]