Our goal is to equip and encourage you, no matter where you are on your writing journey.
Do you have a dream to write, but don’t know where to start?
Would you like to learn how to put your words on paper and reach other people?
Do you know something about writing for publication, but would like to improve your skills and sell more of your work?
Or perhaps you’re looking for a group of people who understand what it’s like to be a writer.
Heart of America Christian Writers’ Network could be the organization for you!
HACWN is designed to help beginning, intermediate and advanced writers grow in their skills, networking, and professionalism.
We do that through monthly meetings with experienced editors and writers, various HACWN writing conferences and seminars, weekly critique groups in different areas of the city, e-mail communication, market leads, and more.
All About Rights
Facilitator: Janet Stapleton
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. (Click here for meeting location and details)
Rights can be a big area of concern for both new and advanced authors. What is a copyright? How do you get it? What kinds of rights do publishers buy? What do all the different rights mean
At our next HACWN meeting, Janet Stapleton will not only give us the basics on rights, but answer the questions we have. Through her years working with all the brands at Nazarene Publishing House (including Beacon Hill) she’s had experience in working with all kinds of rights—including international ones.
Bring your questions and be ready to learn!
About the speaker:
Janet Stapleton is the Rights & Licensing Manager for Nazarene Publishing House in Kansas City, Missouri. In her role as the rights and licensing manager for the past 17 years she is responsible for the protection of intellectual property as it relates to the publishing industry as well as contract management and the sale of domestic and international rights. She serves on the steering committee of the Licensing and Subsidiary Rights Association for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).
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by Teresa Shields Parker on August 18, 2017 at 1:38 am
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by Sally Jadlow on August 15, 2017 at 8:00 am
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