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The Nuts & Bolts of Self-Publishing

This article outlines the main contractual differences between traditional and self-publishing.

These contracts contain terms about similar issues to those you would find in traditional publishing contracts: who bears legal liability in the case of a copyright or defamation claim (typically the author does); and who owns the copyright in the work (again, typically the author). As author, you also represent that nothing in the book infringes anyone else’s legal rights, and agree to indemnify the platform if they get sued over something you wrote.

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Self-publishing takes a lot of work, but also gives an author greater control over the creative and production process. The laws around it are fairly straightforward, but generally not particularly negotiable, so be sure you know what you’re getting into before you click on “I agree.”