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mysterywriters.org — Mystery Writers of America (“MWA”). Come and explore our website. MWA is the premier organization for mystery and crime writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and folks who just love to read crime fiction. In these pages, you will learn about MWA, our programs, our authors and their books, including frequently updated calendars of events, announcements about our authors, their tour dates and their new releases. Founded in 1945, MWA is a storied organization with a golden past and an exciting present. Each Spring, we present the Edgar® Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre. We sponsor MWA Literacy where we help to rebuild libraries around the US and as well as numerous other symposiunms and events designed to enlighten and inform authors and fans alike. If you’re an author in the mystery or crime genre or an allied professional, you’ll find important services and benefits here. If you’re a reader, fan, librarian, journalist or anybody else interested in learning more about the genre, you’ve come to the right place. We hope you’ enjoy our site, learn a lot and keep coming back for more.
horror.org — Horror Writers Association - An organization to bring writers and others with a professional interest in horror together and to foster a greater appreciation of dark fiction in general.
rwa.org — Romance Writers of America is dedicated to advancing the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy. The association represents more than 10,250 members in 145 chapters offering local or special-interest networking and education. Learn more.   Romance Writers of America® (RWA) was chartered in 1981 to serve as a nonprofit trade association for romance writers. The mission of Romance Writers of America is to advance the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy. RWA works to support the efforts of its members to earn a living, to make a full-time career out of writing romance—or a part-time one that generously supplements his/her main income. More than 10,000 romance writers and related industry professionals are members of Romance Writers of America. Although the association is called Romance Writers of America, membership is not limited to individuals living in the United States. Approximately 900 RWA members live outside the U.S., and RWA fosters connections between its members through the RWA Web site, www.rwanational.org, and its 145 local, online, and special-interest chapters. RWA's chapters provide opportunities for members to come together to discuss the industry and build connections with fellow romance writers. Romance Writers of America hosts an annual conference that provides the perfect opportunity for authors to increase their knowledge of the business and network with industry professionals and fellow writers. The conference offers more than 100 workshops with topics ranging from beginning writing skills to the business side of writing. Romance fiction editors and literary agents search for new talent in scheduled one-on-one interviews, give workshops, and network with attendees. RWA also sponsors the romance publishing industry's prestigious awards for published and unpublished romance writers — the RITA Awards and the Golden Heart Awards. These awards recognize excellence in romance fiction. As one of the largest writers associations, Romance Writers of America leverages its influence and credibility to advocate for improving business conditions in the romance publishing industry. Also, RWA promotes the romance genre through outreach programs for librarians and booksellers. The outreach doesn't stop with librarians and booksellers, however. Romance Writers of America also sponsors an academic grant annually to develop and support academic research devoted to genre romance novels, writers, and readers, as well as romance reader surveys and statistics reports. If you are interested in becoming a part of this diverse and growing community, visit the Become a Member section for more information.
922 days ago 0 comments From: Writing-Admin Categories: Writers Union  Tags: authors guild copyright contracts professional organization writers authors 
authorsguild.org — The Authors Guild has been the nation's leading advocate for writers' interests in effective copyright protection, fair contracts and free expression since it was founded as the Authors League of America in 1912. It provides legal assistance and a broad range of web services to its members.
wgaeast.org —  What is the Writers Guild of America, East? The Writers Guild of America, East, (WGAE) is a labor union of thousands of professionals who are the primary creators of what is seen or heard on television and film in the U.S., as well as the writers of a growing portion of original digital media content. Our members write everything from big budget movies to independent films, late night comedy/variety shows to daytime serials, broadcast and radio news, web series, documentaries, and animation. The WGAE works on their behalf to promote and protect the professional and artistic interests of this diverse community. On joining the Guild, writers from an extraordinarily vast range of backgrounds and abilities unite to promote, protect, and maintain important artistic and professional principles. The Guild’s assistance is provided regardless of the writers’ degree of success. Who Runs the Guild? A union is the sum of its members; the leadership and participation of our members are the lifeblood of the Guild. The officers and council of the WGAE are elected from the membership, by the membership. The WGAE is a democracy and the votes of our members are central to the union’s direction. Each member operates under the one person, one vote system that has been a core operating tenet of the Guild since its formation.The current President of the Guild is writer Michael Winship and you can read about the members of the Guild’s Council here. Lowell Peterson is the Guild’s Executive Director. A full directory of staff can be found here.Members also serve on the committees and caucuses that help shape the Guild’s actions. The combination of diverse talents in the WGAE has helped maintain, uphold, and improve the professional and artistic pursuits of our members for more than half a century.   Writers Guild of America East
wga.org — Writers Guild of America, West - As the world leader in online screenplay registration, the WGAW represents  writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable and new media industries.
studios.amazon.com — What is Amazon Studios? Whether you're a filmmaker, screenwriter or movie fan, Amazon Studios has a role for you.   We believe 21st-century technology creates ways to make and share movies and scripts more easily than ever. We invite you to: Win money. Amazon Studios will award a combined $2.7 million in our first year's worth of monthly and annual contests for the best scripts and movies. There is no charge to participate. Learn more. Get noticed. Your work will be shared with a global community of filmmakers and fans, who can offer revisions and advice. Screenwriters can see their words come to life as full-length test movies made by directors vying for our $100,000 monthly awards. Get your movie made. The goal of Amazon Studios is to work with Hollywood to turn the best projects into major feature films. › Get started today What you can do Whether you're a filmmaker, screenwriter or movie fan, Amazon Studios has a role for you. Leave feedback. Your review of a test movie or script can have an impact on how directors and writers develop their projects. Browse popular test movies or scripts. Write a script. Upload your original screenplay, or revise one already on the site. Your version could make a good story great. Learn more. Make a mov ie. Your test movie can bring a great story one step closer to a theater. Learn more. Win money. Amazon Studios is offering a total of $140,000 for the best movie and scripts of the month and $1.1 million for the Annual Awards. Visit our contest headquarters to learn more. Visit our contest headquarters.
bit.ly — Spend $15 or more and get $5 OFF your order on Harlequin eBooks! Use Code SAVE5DOLLARS - Click To Claim Now Expires 12/31/11.   Harlequin is one of the world's leading publishers of books for women. The Toronto-based company publishes over 110 titles a month in 31 languages in 111 international markets on six continents. These books are written by over 1,200 talented authors worldwide, offering women a broad range of reading from romance to bestseller fiction, from young adult novels to erotic literature, from nonfiction to fantasy, from African-American novels to inspirational romance, and more. With half of its books sold overseas and a tremendous 95% outside Canada—it is both the country's most successful publisher and one of its most international businesses.   Harlequin promotes its global presence through principal offices in Toronto, New York, London, Tokyo, Milan, Sydney, Paris, Madrid, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Athens, Budapest, Granges-Paccot, Warsaw, Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai and Istanbul. The company also has licensing agreements with businesses in another 15 countries. Harlequin's worldwide level of recognition and appeal provides the publisher with the unique opportunity of promoting and selling its authors around the world, wherever and whenever women shop.   Harlequin's success in 2010 confirms that the company is moving toward its stated goal of being the world's leading publisher of books for women. Harlequin had 390 bestseller placements in 2010 that enjoyed a total of 1,048 weeks on bestseller lists. Since its inception, has sold approximately 6.05 billion books.   Harlequin is unique in the publishing industry, combining highly recognizable imprints— Harlequin, MIRA Books, LUNA Books, HQN Books, Love Inspired, Harlequin TEEN, Kimani Press, Spice, Harlequin Nonfiction, Gold Eagle; a global reach, a highly successful reader service and an innovative website Harlequin.com and forward-looking technology (eBooks, downloadable audio, mobile phone applications) that not only allows the company to move further and further into the forefront of women's fiction but continues to position Harlequin for growth.   Ultimately, however, it is the fact that Harlequin creates entertaining and enriching experiences for women to enjoy, to share and return to that drives the company's success and enables Harlequin to push the boundaries, launching new stories, reaching new readers, offering new formats.   Shop by Date New Releases Coming Soon PreviewShop by Series Harlequin American Romance Harlequin Blaze Harlequin Desire Harlequin Heartwarming Harlequin Historical Harlequin Intrigue Harlequin Medical Romance Harlequin NASCAR Harlequin Nocturne Harlequin Presents Harlequin Romance Harlequin Romantic Suspense Harlequin Special Edition Harlequin Special Releases Harlequin Superromance Kimani Press Kimani Romance Love Inspired Love Inspired Historical Love Inspired Suspense Silhouette Desire Silhouette Romantic Suspense Silhouette Special Edition Silhouette Special ReleasesShop by Imprint Carina Press Harlequin Teen HQN Kimani Press Arabesque Kimani Press Kimani TRU Kimani Press Special Releases LUNA MIRA Rogue Angel SPICE Worldwide MysteryShop by Category Fiction African-American Chick Lit Classic Romance Contemporary Romance Erotic Fiction Fantasy Heart & Home Historical Romance Inspirational Romance Mystery Paranormal Romance Passion Relationship Novel Spanish Suspense Teen Thriller Nonfiction Biography and Memoir Cooking, Food and Wine Crafts and Hobbies Family and Parenting Fun and Games Health, Fitness and Diet Pets Self-Help Relationships Fashion and Style All Nonfiction BooksShop by Format Audio [Audible.com] Ebook Larger Print Spanish/Español   Spend $15 or more and get $5 OFF your order on Harlequin eBooks! Use Code SAVE5DOLLARS - Click To Claim Now Expires 12/31/11.
publaw.com —  This site is devoted to providing quality information for the publishing community – publishers, authors, editors, web masters, and freelancers. Home Trademark Copyright Legal Articles Publishing Articles Links Blog About Lloyd L. Rich Resume Services Publishing, Media & Cyberspace Contracts Intellectual Property & Audits Copyrights, Trademarks & Licensing Corporate Acquisitions & Divestitures Clients Contact   Trademarks What is a trademark? A trademark includes any word, name, symbol, or device, or any combination, used, or intended to be used, in commerce to identify and distinguish the goods of one manufacturer or seller from goods manufactured or sold by others, and to indicate the source of the goods. In short, a trademark is a brand name. What is a service mark? A service mark is any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used, or intended to be used, in commerce, to identify and distinguish the services of… more » Copyright What does copyright protect? Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed. When is my work protected? Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form so that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine… more » Legal Articles Benefits of Copyright Registration Publication of Photographs: Is A Release Required? Copyright Ownership: The Joint Authorship Doctrine How Much of Someone Else’s Work May I Use Without Asking Permission?: The Fair Use Doctrine, Part I Nuts & Bolts of Federal Trademark Registration Publishing Articles More Checklists of Acquisitions Tips and Techniques Outline of A Basic Marketing Plan Checklists of Acquisitions Tips and Techniques Purpose of this Site This Web site and the information contained are provided by The Law Office of Lloyd L. Rich to help you with publishing, business and intellectual property issues that may affect you. The information contained in this Web page is not legal advice. This is because legal advice is dependent upon the specific circumstances of each situation and because publishing, business and intellectual property law may vary from state to state in the United States, so that some information in this Web page may not be correct for your jurisdiction. Therefore, the information contained in this Web page cannot replace the advice of competent legal counsel.
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