Even though I've been published for over six years, every time I attend one of my local writers' meetings, I'm reminded how much I have to learn yet. Not just about the mechanics of writing but pacing, plotting, planning a series, selecting titles, and well, I don't think I need to go on. I'm so fortunate to have all those writer friends I can rely.
One of our members brought her father along to our most recent meeting. He's a lawyer. Besides being a wonderfully entertaining speaker, he answered all our questions in easily understandable terms. But one question led to another and time ran out before even a small portion of the legal issues involved in a writer's life was answered.
When I first started writing, I knew nothing about contracts, little about copyrights or how royalties might be paid. I didn't think I had to know. Fortunately, there were avenues to educate myself when I recognized the necessity of learning. Where and how? Well, check out today's post at IWSG, and find a number of places where you can at least start or hone your understanding of the legal tapestry of being a writer.
As some of you know from my last week's post, I'll be doing a lot of driving today so I'll be checking comments later today. I hope the forecast of a snowstorm in Colorado is just a vicious rumor.
Are you self-taught in the legal issues of writing? Do you have someone look over your contracts or do you understand them all by yourself? What is one legal thing you had to learn as you started your writing journey? Ever worry about infringing on someone else's copyright? Did you check out the post on IWSG?