I'm starting the process of publishing the first books of my kids book series.
The sooner you get an attorney, the less you may have to redo later. You have trademark and copyright issues that come into play. If the book is about a living person there may be privacy and publicity rights. Call a literary attorney as soon as you can afford one. Good luck!
As soon as possible. The sooner you speak with an experienced Entertainment Attorney, the less mistakes and do-overs you will have to suffer through.
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Sooner rather than later. It is always easier to guide than to try to fix problems already created.
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As soon as possible. Ideally before you begin interacting with publishers, to ensure that your book is in compliance with intellectual property laws. You will also probably want education on copyrights and the practical consequences of legal provisions in a publishing contract. I tell my clients that it's best to have an attorney look over any contract before you sign it. Artists tend to get taken advantage of.
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