Archives for August 2016

Polluted Flint Water Damaged Her Health

In 2014, Debra Ryan’s health faltered. Her speech began to slur, her hands shook, and her legs went out from under her at a moment’s notice. One day, she fell and broke her arm. After doctors ruled out a stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, and genetics, Ryan got an ataxia diagnoses—a  Greek term that means without order […]

NWU, Allies Educate Copyright Office on E-books

In our latest formal submission to the US Copyright Office on August 18th, the NWU and two other writers’ organizations provided an overview of the “new normal”  for writers seeking to earn a living in the digital age. We also discussed how copyright policies designed for publisher-centric  business models and old media serve to deprive […]

Writer Alert: Heart and Soul Magazine

Heart & Soul continues to cheat its former writers, some of whom remain unpaid for years. Since the Writer Alert posted in April 2013 reporting that H&S had yielded to pressure from the NWU and the UAW  and had started reimbursing writers in installments, three more NWU members have come to the union for help. Together […]

So Cal Chapter Celebrates Latinex

At the recent So Cal chapter meeting, about 25 people gathered in member David Trujillo’s lovely Los Angeles backyard with its fruitful orange tree and bubbling Buddha fountain. National Writers Union members present included Trujillo, Ismael Parra, September Williams (No Cal), Dan McCrory, Eric Gordon, Elle Febbo, Marilyn Grunwald and myself. Everyone was encouraged to […]

Meeting with the U.S. Copyright Office

On July 28, representatives from National Writers Union (NWU), the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and the Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) met with a six-person delegation from the US Copyright Office in their offices at their invitation. Our delegation consisted of Salley Shannon, past president of ASJA; Michael Capobianco, past […]

E-Books and E-Rights Webinar

The Grievance and Contract Division, in partnership with the Book Division, presented our “E-Books and E-Rights” webinar for a second time Wednesday, July 13. The session covered electronic rights in general; negotiating with publishers over e-book and other royalties; and choosing between allowing one’s print publisher to issue one’s e-book or placing it elsewhere. We […]

Self-Publishing? Think Self-Protection

Most of us, I hope, wouldn’t think of signing a contract with Random House or St. Martin’s Press without having the contract reviewed by either an NWU contract advisor or a lawyer. Yet authors who sign up for self-publishing often don’t even get a hard copy of their contracts. First, as we’ve discussed before, many […]