Author Representation & Book Publishing

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Authors from various walks of life have used our firm in their dealings with book publishers and in securing book deals. We have been involved in non-fiction, fiction, biographies and children’s books, and we understand the various rights that authors need to focus on and protect. We helped to place and negotiate the book deal for the Tim McGraw song “Live Like You Were Dying,” which was released in conjunction with the single in 2004. While the song was an 11-week #1, the inspirational book by the same title, with an accompanying CD Single, was a New York Times best-seller. The authors of the song, Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, were represented by Derek Crownover in their book deal negotiations with Thomas Nelson publishers. Since then, Craig Wiseman has gone on to develop a church-based ministry program with Doug Slaybaugh, who was instrumental in assisting with the success of the wildly popular book, Purpose Driven Life.  

Here are some examples of the work that our firm has done for author and book publishing clients:

  • Negotiation of single book deals 
  • Negotiation of series book deals 
  • Renegotiation of book deals 
  • Negotiation of ghost writer deals 
  • Negotiation of book agent deals 
  • Licensing of content, pictures, and art for authors and book publishers 
  • Legal readings for biographies 
  • Movie option deals 
  • Screen writing option negotiations
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