"I enjoy having written,” Mark Twain said.
Some credit the line to literary critic Dorothy Parker instead -- but whatever the source, the thought rings true with me. I wrote my first article for a Forum publication, the Franchise Law Journal, more than a decade ago, with another lawyer who was then a client and is now my law partner. Just as our deadline approached, I was beset with a perfect storm of work, of the billable kind. In those low-tech days, as I stood at a phone booth during a break in an out-of-town deposition trying to phone in the last edits to our article, I vowed never again to take on another project like that. But after the article was published, “birth amnesia” set in almost immediately. I forgot the worst of it, basked in the best of it, and was ready to write again.
What was the best of it? First of all, I cemented wonderful friendships with my co-author and my editor – friendships I enjoy to this day. Secondly, I started building a “brand” in the franchise bar by showing that I wanted to be an active participant in the Forum and was willing to work hard at it. Third, I learned a lot. No matter how much you think you know about a topic, the process of putting pen to paper (or fingertips to keyboard) quickly teaches you what you still need to learn. And beyond what I learned about my topic, I learned that members of the Forum are generous and encouraging to those who want to take an active role. People I had never met before our article was published went out of their way to show me that. So, did I enjoy having written? Without a doubt, I did.
What Topic Beckons You?
I invite you to find out for yourself what Mark (or Dorothy) meant, by writing an article for The Franchise Lawyer. Our current issue shows the wide range of topics that we cover: from minimum advertised price policies to uses of surveys in business and in litigation; from post-term non-competes in the European Union to brand re-imaging, remodeling, and refurbishment programs; from compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act to franchise business succession techniques.
What topic beckons you? If you are not certain, that is not a problem. Many prospective authors approach us with a topic in mind, but others come with simply a desire to write. We keep an open topics list and can work with you to develop a topic based on your interests and experience. The Franchise Lawyer serves both franchisor and franchisee audiences, and our articles reflect the breadth of our readership. If you write about a topic or matter in which you or your clients are personally involved, you must disclose that in your article.
Meet Our Deadlines
The Franchise Lawyer is published quarterly, in both print and electronic editions. Deadlines for submitting articles are:
- December 15, for the Winter Issue;
- March 15, for the Spring Issue;
- June 15, for the Summer Issue; and
- September 1, for the Fall Issue.
Articles typically are 800 to 1,600 words long, although some, including “pointers and pitfalls,” may be 300 to 400 words long. Personal analysis and “lessons learned” are welcome in our articles. Footnotes, on the other hand, are not.
Author guidelines are posted on the Forum website, at http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publications/franchise_lawyer/franchise_lawyer_author_guidelines.authcheckdam.pdf. An online Index of past articles is posted at http://www.americanbar.org/publications/franchise_lawyer_home.html.
Meet Our Editors
Authors work closely with an editor of The Franchise Lawyer from the beginning to the end of the process. In addition to the Editor-in-Chief, we have three talented Associate Editors:
- Kevin M. Shelley, of Kaufmann Gildin Robbins, in New York. Kevin may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Himanshu Patel of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, in Miami. Himanshu may be reached at email@example.com.
- Karen Marchiano of Dentons,US, in Palo Alto. Karen may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please look for us at the Forum in Orlando and talk with us about writing opportunities, topics you would like to see covered in the publication, or anything else on your mind. If we miss you there, contact any one of us by email or by phone. I may be reached at email@example.com or by phone in Charlotte at 704.338.5331.
Finally, this message would not be complete without a huge thanks to Max J. Schott, II, of Gray Plant Mooty in Minneapolis, who served for the past three years as Editor-in-Chief of The Franchise Lawyer. Max’s talent and smarts are exceeded only by his patience and generosity as he passed the baton to me. Many thanks also to Beata Krakus of Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale in Chicago for her terrific work as Associate Editor until she recently stepped down from that position.
As Max has been known to say, “The Franchise Lawyer is only as good as the articles we receive from Forum members like you.” So write an article for us! You will enjoy having written. We guarantee it.