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How I sued my publisher, represented myself, and won.



By Debra Lynne KAtz


After 10 years of ongoing contract and payment issues, and 9 months of failed negotiations between myself and Llewellyn Worldwide, the publisher of my 3 books, my advocates at the National Writers Union agreed there was no other recourse but to proceed with arbitration.


Like many of its authors, Llewellyn was continuing to pay me only 10 percent for e books even though my contract clearly indicated that e books “licensed to third parties” shall pay 50%. Llewellyn’s owners argued that what they had with Amazon and B & N was not a license. Eventually they offered me 25 percent of my ebook sales (that's what they brought in, not list price), admitting t