What I Hate About Being A Writer

Column by Ed Sikov
In which a LitReactor columnist spews out all the bile in his soul, a bit of self-contempt, and most of all, his well-known but still underappreciated misanthropy.

5 Tips on Researching Legal Jargon for Writers

Column by Repo Kempt July 7, 2016
Whether your protagonist is a hotshot attorney walking into a murder trial or a convicted criminal awaiting his appeal, it’s important that you maintain your authority by using the correct jargon.

Making A Murderer: How Good Storytelling Made It So Damn Compelling

Column by Peter Derk
'Making A Murderer' was a fascinating story, but good storytelling made it truly excellent.

How Not to Get Sued When Writing about Real People

Column by Ed Sikov July 27, 2015
A guide to avoiding law suits when writing about people you know, famous people, or any real people you want to turn into characters.
Ohio Couple’s Photo used on “A Gronking to Remember” Cover

Ohio Couple’s Photo used on “A Gronking to Remember” Cover

News by Raine Winters May 4, 2015
This is a “gronking” they’d like to forget.

Five of the Juiciest Literary Lawsuits

Column by Jessica Meddows
The literary world is anything but free from lawsuit drama... read on for the most outrageous legal battles in literature.

Breaking Down the Facebook Terms and Conditions Update — 2015

Column by Jessica Meddows
Facebook updated their privacy policies and terms and conditions in January this year. We explain what this means for users on a practical level.

What Are Trademarks and Do I Need Them?

Column by Jessica Meddows August 29, 2014
The publishing industry is a complicated legal beast. We've discussed copyright before, and this month, we look at what trademarks are and how you use them.
Jesse Ventura Wins $1.8 Million In Lawsuit

The Book That Brought Down The Body: Jesse Ventura Wins $1.8 Million In Lawsuit

News by Peter Derk July 30, 2014
Jesse Ventura was awarded $1.8 million in a defamation of character lawsuit against deceased U.S. military sniper and author Chris Kyle.

Lawyers: Pros or Cons? Part 2 — Why You Should Love Lawyers

Column by Jessica Meddows
Lawyers have a bad reputation. Ed talked about why you should hate them, now I explain why you should love them.

Lawyers: Pros or Cons? Part 1 — Why Lawyers Suck

Column by Ed Sikov July 16, 2014
Lawyers are supposed to protect writers from lawsuits, but really they just get in the way.
Free The Little Free Library!

Free The Little Free Library!

News by Peter Derk June 25, 2014
A boy in Leawood, Kansas was forced to take down his Little Free Library.
Dahmer, Satan, And Hitler: How One Woman Was Facebook Censored

Dahmer, Satan, And Hitler: How One Woman Was Facebook Censored

News by Peter Derk May 19, 2014
A New Jersey woman was banned from posting about her family on Facebook after a series of frightening rants and a kidnapping attempt.
Tess Gerritsen Wants Credit For 'Gravity'

Pay Up: Tess Gerritsen Wants Credit For 'Gravity'

News by Peter Derk May 2, 2014
Author Tess Gerritsen sues Warner Bros. over use of her novel as inspiration for "Gravity."

Writers: Do You Need A Lawyer?

Column by Jessica Meddows April 30, 2014
Published authors will receive a litany of contracts over their career. At what stage do you need a lawyer?

Writer's Conventions: A Hot-Bed of Legal Issues

Column by Jessica Meddows February 11, 2014
Conventions can be a hot-bed of legal issues no matter what industry you’re in. For all of the educated and erudite people in writing and publishing, our industry hasn’t escaped its share of scandals.

Blogging and the Law: Five Issues You Need To Know

Column by Jessica Meddows January 31, 2014
Most bloggers aren’t aware of the legal issues relevant to blogging, or how to protect themselves adequately from issues arising. This column aims to build awareness on this topic.

Analyzing a Short Fiction Publishing Contract

Column by Jessica Meddows November 18, 2013
Great news — you've had your story accepted for publication! This column outlines what you can expect to see in a short fiction contract and what it means.
New York Court Dismisses Author Lawsuit Against Google Books

New York Court Dismisses Author Lawsuit Against Google Books

News by Dean Fetzer November 15, 2013
The company has won the case brought “by authors who accused the internet giant of digitally copying millions of books for an online library without permission”.
Trademark Sought for ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Harper Lee Seeks Trademark for ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

News by Dean Fetzer September 23, 2013
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee is seeking rights to the title of her book when used on clothing – which is being contested by The Monroe County Heritage Museum in Monroeville, Alabama.

Five More Legal Issues All Writers Need To Be Aware Of: Rights, Royalties, Negotiating and more

Column by Jessica Meddows September 20, 2013
This month, we’re going to focus on legal issues you should be aware of from the publishing side – rights, royalties, editing, nasty clauses and negotiation for authors.

Five Legal Issues All Writers Need To Be Aware Of

Column by Jessica Meddows August 2, 2013
Have you wondered whether your work is protected by copyright? Or whether you can write a story based on people you know? This article delves into five legal issues frequently encountered by writers.
Borders Gift Cards Officially Worthless

Unused Borders Gift Cards Officially Worthless, Judge Rules

News by Christopher Shultz May 28, 2013
Despite the retail chain shuttering all 642 stores two years ago, some agitated customers had hopes of receiving compensation for their cards.
Amazon Workers Sue Over Wait Times at Security Checkpoints

Amazon Workers Sue Over Wait Times at Security Checkpoints

News by Dean Fetzer May 9, 2013
In an effort to prevent theft of pricey electronics or other goods, the retailer instituted security checks - on the way out - for its warehouse staff, but the lengthy lines are causing problems.
Harper Lee Sues to Reclaim Copyright to 'Mockingbird'

Harper Lee Sues to Reclaim Copyright to 'Mockingbird'

News by Christopher Shultz
The Pulitzer-winning author was allegedly duped by her former agent into signing her legal rights away.