Licensing · Ip

Best approach to contacting well known authors about licensing their IP?

Jacob Johnson Artist and Creative Product Designer

April 3rd, 2015

I have an immersive storytelling framework that I've built, and I'm moving on to my next strategic goal in my vision.  There are a handful of authors that I have on my list to contact about licensing their stories for my product.  I've contact a few of them, but they all seem to lead to either dead ends or no response at all.  I must be doing a lot wrong here, but I'm not sure how to change my approach.

Can anyone recommend or advise me on a better way to approach these authors about IP licensing?  Maybe the authors aren't the most direct way to contact?

Scott McIntyre Director@University of Toledo; Chief Architect@Commonwealth; President@CfPA.org; Chair@Phabriq Development

April 3rd, 2015

Might want to check their names against some other databases for published works of art. Literary agents might be a good help. Contact Jeff Ross in Los Angeles is mine and he might know how. I am actually interested to learn more about your project as I might have some properties to add to your framework. Let's talk next week?

Lane Campbell Lifelong Entrepreneur

April 3rd, 2015

Jacob,

I know the owner of a company that helps tell the story for the top 1% of the world.  Mostly CEO's of successful companies.  If you want to message me I can see if they are open to speaking with you.  Going that route would put you directly in touch with an existing customer base.

Regards,
Lane


Daniel McEnnis Researcher Consultant

April 3rd, 2015

Look at the publishers of the author's books. Most authors do not separate book rights from electronic rights in book deals, so typically the publishers own copyrights. Their licensing departments would likely be a good place to start.

Daniel McEnnis
Research at Scale

Ben Sweat Director, Product at Idealab

April 3rd, 2015

Have you tried reaching out to publishers? I have a teeny bit of experience with this. I created two apps based on books. It was the publishers I dealt with. Sent from my iPhone

Jacob Johnson Artist and Creative Product Designer

April 6th, 2015

Thanks everyone for your great advice. I think I have a great direction to take now. My biggest problem was in contacting the authors directly, and I now know I need to establish a relationship with the publishers first.