LCA symposium covers vital online publishing issues

Indie filmmaker, screenwriter and New York Times best-selling author of 14 books, Jay Bonansinga is the keynote speaker at the Feb. 11 all-day symposium, “Pen to Digital Press:DIY Publishing in the Digital Age.” 

Mark Levine, president of Hillcrest Media Group and author of The Fine Print in Self-Publishing, is a guest presenter. 

Non-profit Lawyers for the Creative Arts (LCA) has assembled some of the city’s most knowledgable lawyers, authors and publishing professionals to address the myriad and complex issues arising from sharing literary content in the online age.

LCA urges writers and their advisors, and anyone who seeks to retain ownership and monitor the transfer of digital work, to attend.

More than a dozen presenters to share knowledge

Some of the topics being addressed by more than a dozen experts are: legal and business aspects of print and electronic publishing, covering such issues as copyright implications of blogging, understanding online submission licensing terms, writing for television, work-for-hire, and the state of the industry as it adapts to licensing electronic usage rights in literary work. 

Published authors, agents, and private publishers will inform on the latest E-book publishing trends; market sales and interest traditional publishers, how to approach literary agents, and how to deal directly with publishers.

The presenters are:

Joanne Cleaver, author of The Career Lattice (2012); Mary Hutchings Reed, author of Courting Kathleen Hannigan (2007) and Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP; Danielle Egan-Miller, president, Brown & Miller Literary Associates LLC; member of Association of Authors’ Representatives, Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, the Authors Guild, and the Midwest Writers’ Association; Suzie Isaacs, founder and president of Ampersand, Inc.; Mark Levine, president Hillcrest Media Group, Inc. and author of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing (2011); Anne Elizabeth Moore, faculty, School of the Art Institute; columnist at Truthout; cultural critic at Independent, author of several books including Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity (2007), The Manifesti of Radical Literature (2006), and more.

Thomas R. Leavens, partner at Leavens, Strand, Glover & Adler LLC; Adjunct Faculty at Northwestern University Law School and the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah; member, Authors Guild; Maureen Collins, Assistant Professor, John Marshall Law School, member of the Legal Writing Institute; Robert L. Margolis, partner at Robinson, Curley & Clayton P.C.; Daliah Saper, principal at Saper Law Offices LLC and adjunct faculty at Loyola University School of Law; Joseph Siprut, managing partner at Siprut P.C. and adjunct faculty at Northwestern University Law School.

Multi-award-winning writer Bonansinga has been called “one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers.”

The first of his three films (one is currently in development) was the award-winning, Stash. It was shot in 2008 in Evanston (where Bonansinga resides) and stars Tim Kazurinsky and the late X-rated star Marilyn Chambers. 

He is currently cowriting a trilogy of original novels, based on the universe of Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel, The

Walking Dead (the inspiration for the mega-hit AMC series of the same name).

(Sidebar: Bonansinga’s wife, Jeanne, was the former owner/editor of Editing Suite, which Optimus purchased several years ago.)

The symposium will be held at the John Marshall Law School, 315 W. Plymouth Court.

For complete information, including registration ($85, including lunch and written materials), call LCA’s Marci Rolnik or Rose Ann Vargas 312/649-4111.