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IBPA's [Virtual] Frankfurt Book Fair 2020: Webinar Package Details
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Thank you for registering for IBPA's [Virtual] Frankfurt Book Fair 2020! Here is all you need to know about your set of custom webinars.

As part of your [Virtual] Frankfurt Book Fair package, you're invited to participate in a set of custom webinars explaining how to license foreign and translation rights from a U.S. publisher to a foreign publisher when the U.S. publisher controls foreign and translation rights to a work.

The webinars are open to [Virtual] Frankfurt Book Fair registrants only. There's no need to register for each webinar separately. If you've signed up for the [Virtual] Book Fair package, you will automatically be registered for all webinars below. Watch your email for unique login links for each session. Contact Terry Nathan at terry@ibpa-online.org if you haven't received them.

Can't attend live? No problem! Each webinar will be recorded. You're welcome to watch the recording at your leisure after-the-fact.


Selling Foreign Rights:
What You Need to Know to Get Started
LIVE ONLINE: Monday, September 21, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Pacific
PRESENTED BY: MJ Courchesne, Gryphon Publishing Consulting, LLC

Selling Foreign Rights: What Your Need to Know to Get Started will focus on the basics of foreign rights licensing. What does it mean to sell foreign rights? What materials do you need to get started? How do you make an informed decision about your foreign rights licensing plan? Answers to these questions...and yours!...will be provided in this introductory session.


Selling Foreign Rights:
Vetting Potential Foreign Rights Partners
LIVE ONLINE: Monday, September 28, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Pacific
PRESENTED BY: MJ Courchesne, Gryphon Publishing Consulting, LLC

A foreign publisher or agent has expressed interest in licensing the rights to your book(s). Great news! But now what? Selling Foreign Rights: Vetting Potential Foreign Rights Partners will explore what to expect from a foreign publisher or agent looking to license the rights to your book or books? What does a typical offer look like? How do you know if a potential partner will be reliable?


Selling Foreign Rights:
Anatomy of a Foreign Rights Agreement
LIVE ONLINE: Monday, October 5, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Pacific
PRESENTED BY: Jonathan Kirsch, The Law Offices of Jonathan Kirsch

Ready to make a deal? Selling Foreign Rights: Anatomy of a Foreign Rights Agreement will walk you through IBPA's sample translation rights agreement so you understand all the contractual options available to you. Although many of the terms and conditions in the sample agreement are fairly standard, various key issues (including advance, royalty rate, first printing, term, and territory) must be negotiated, agreed upon, and filled into the agreement before signing.


Selling Foreign Rights:
Participant Wrap-Up & Debrief
LIVE ONLINE: Monday, October 26, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Pacific
PRESENTED BY: Terry Nathan, IBPA & MJ Courchesne, Gryphon Publishing Consulting, LLC

Selling Foreign Rights: Participant Wrap-Up & Debrief will do exactly what it says: wrap everything up and debrief the program! Join IBPA COO Terry Nathan and foreign rights expert MJ Courchesne for a report on what happened during the virtual book fair and advice on what to expect next. You'll also be able to ask any final lingering questions.


Presenter Biographies

Mary Jo (“MJ”) Courchesne is the owner and principal rights consultant of Gryphon Publishing Consulting, LLC. A publishing veteran with more than 20 years of experience in trade, academic and direct-response publishing, she has spent nearly 2 decades years specializing in licensing, subsidiary rights, and permissions. She is a frequent and polished presenter on licensing and copyright.

MJ firmly believes that everyone from authors to publishers to corporations should “know their rights” when it comes to intellectual property. To that end, she instructed in The George Washington University's Masters in Publishing program for 13 years, first for 11 years as Adjunct Professor for a course entitled Editorial Content, Rights and Permissions, and subsequently as Lecturer in a course on copyright. She is a member of the Copyright Alliance, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), and the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She has also held memberships with other organizations such as the American Society of Picture Professionals and Washington Publishers. She currently serves on the Advocacy Committee for IBPA, as the copyright expert within the board of experts of the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE), and is Secretary and board member for The Big Easy in Buffalo.

Jonathan Kirsch is an attorney whose practice focuses on publishing law, copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property matters. Kirsch is rated “A-V” by Martindale-Hubbell, and his clients include book, magazine, newspaper, audio, video and electronic publishers, authors, agents, distributors, designers, artists and photographers, among other publishing industry businesses and professionals.

Among Jonathan's clients at The Law Offices of Jonathan Kirsch are enterprises and individuals outside the media whose business activities include intellectual property assets and issues, including health care professionals, educational and religious institutions, and manufacturers and distributors of food, apparel, and architectural and building products.

Terry Nathan has held many positions at the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and is now the chief operations officer. He began working in the world of book publishing, and with IBPA (then PMA), at Publishing University in 1992. At the time, the association had reached a plateau with 900 members and the world of indie publishing was just beginning to explode. Terry has played an integral part in helping the association grow to more than 3,600 members. Under Terry’s leadership, IBPA continues to offer cutting edge educational programs, cost-saving benefits, and marketing programs. Terry also advocates for the rights of independent publishers in an effort to level the playing field for small and mid-sized publishers. He has been attending the Frankfurt Book Fair since the early 90s, connecting IBPA’s members with publishers and agents all over the world.


About the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)

Founded in 1983 to support independent publishers nationwide, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) leads and serves the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With over 3,600 members, IBPA is the largest publishing association in the U.S. Its vision is a world where every independent publisher has the access, knowledge, and tools needed to professionally engage in all aspects of an inclusive publishing industryFor more information, visit ibpa-online.org.

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