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I want to talk about some people operating in the legal system who move around enough or who have enough information that they might be useful to your stories. I’m going to tell you about them every once in a while. My book The Writer’s Guide to the Courtroom: Let’s Quill All the Lawyers has...
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This Week’s Writing and Publishing News Where the law and literature meet:Author wins $55,000 in royalty dispute: http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/450895-Author_Collects_55_000_in_Royalty_Dispute_Lawsuit_Pending.php Have an opinion on what the government can do to stop infringement? They...
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This Week’s Writing and Publishing News Where the law and literature meet: Another suit against J.K. Rowling, poor thing: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gHaGkCU3OJsrW-JFtoA0gsfxwhMgD9DUBMGO0 An antitrust attorney talks about why we should hate the Google settlement: http://...
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This Week’s Writing and Publishing News Where the law and literature meet: Random House rejects agency model, sides with Amazon on e-book pricing: http://trueslant.com/rogertheriault/2010/02/08/random-house-sides-with-amazon-e-book-readers-on-pricing/ Google to offer major concessions to...
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This Week’s Writing and Publishing News I’ll be teaching a seminar in less than two weeks in St. Petersburg, FL.February 20, 2010: WordSmitten Writers "Pitch the Publisher" WorkshopThere will be lots of great seminars you can attend at this conference. Here's what I will be teaching....
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It doesn’t take much to give me a thrill when I’m watching a legal drama. Even the tiniest bit of law done right can make me happy. Yes, I’m probably easily amused. But when a screenwriter gets it right, I jump for joy because it’s so darned rare. HOSTILE WITNESSES When I was watching The Good...
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Where the law and literature meet: After pulling Macmillan’s books, Amazon appears to have capitulated in e-book price battle: http://www.amazon.com/tag/kindle/forum/ref=cm_cd_tfp_ef_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1D7SY3BVSESG&cdThread=Tx2MEGQWTNGIMHV&displayType=tagsDetail and http...
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White Collar is an enjoyable show about a con man (I’d say ex-con man, but he’s not really ex) who is conscripted by the FBI to uncover other con men and women. But their last show irked the heck out of me because it was about a judge gone bad.   The problem? Certainly not with the whole...
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I watched the latest new legal drama, The Deep End, with the same trepidation that always precedes watching any legal show. I expect liberties to be taken. I understand the need to speed up the action for dramatic purposes. So I didn't expect much. But they have the luscious Billy Zane, so I had to...
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