To verify or not to verify; THAT is the question asked in an insightful and well-written article by Kate Newman titled “Book Publishing, Not Fact-Checking.”
Newman begins the article by stating “[r]eaders might think nonfiction books are the most reliable media sources there are. But accuracy scandals haven’t reformed an industry that faces no big repercussions for errors.”
Newman quoted me in the article to capture my perspective on why manuscripts should be vetted. I described the process I subjected client manuscripts to when I was in full-time practice.
Newman makes an important and keen observation in her article: “[r]eliance on books creates a weak link in the chain of media accuracy.” she went on to say:
Fact-checking dates back to the founding of Time in 1923, and has a strong tradition at places like Mother Jones and The New Yorker. (The Atlantic checks every article in print.) But it’s becoming less and less common even in the magazine world. Silverman suggests this is in part due to the Internet and the drive for quick content production. “Fact-checkers don’t increase content production,” he said. “Arguably, they slow it.”
What many readers don’t realize is that fact-checking has never been standard practice in the book-publishing world at all.
Read the full article “Book Publishing, Not Fact-Checking” by Kate Newman at TheAtlantic.com.
On Thursday, August 8th, Professor Evans will present the popular Legal Matters that Matter teleclass to over 2000 members of the “Write Your Book in 30 Days” Challenge, created by Andrew Morrison and co-facilitated by Joy Farrington.
About The Legal Matters that Matter to Writers Teleclass
It is an informative and engaging presentation tailored specifically for writers and independent publishers who want straightforward, clear, and concise answers to the most common and pressing legal issues in the publishing industry. After attending this workshop you will understand:
- how copyright is created and protected
- what is considered a fair use in print and on the Internet
- what can and cannot be copyrighted
- how legally to refer to real people, places, and events in one’s own work
- the real deal about the myth of the Poor Man’s copyright
- the critical timing of when to register your work with the Copyright Office
- the most common contracts involved in securing, licensing and transferring copyright and other rights
- things to consider when you are sealing the deal
The workshop is based on the award-winning Literary Entrepreneur Series of books Literary Law Guide for Authors, Copyright Companion for Writers and Contracts Companion for Writers.
About “Write Your Book in 30 Days”!
The Write Your Book in 30 Day! Challenge was created by Andrew Morrison and is co-facilitated, Joy Farrington.
During the challenge (which happens several times each year), participants are encouraged to write a 70-100 pages book that will help them brand their brilliance. Andrew and Joy believe that a book is the new business card and share with participants how to use their book to:
- Build their brand
- Gain New Customers
- Build Trust with Potential Customers
- Attract Media Attention
- Build an Author Platform
- Becoming known as an Expert in their Industry
- Creating a Stream of Passive Income
Click here to participate in the challenge & this EXCLUSIVE teleseminar