Denise Gibbon

At Above the Dotted Line, Denise Gibbon, Esq represents and educates writers and other creators as an attorney licensed in New York and California, and a publishing contract consultant throughout the US. The name for Denise’s business stems from her belief that one should always know what is above the dotted line before signing on it—something too many authors fail to do!

Above the Dotted Line offers help with publishing and writing contracts, copyright, licensing, permissions, defamation, and other publishing issues. Denise also reviews, revises, or prepares non-disclosure, joint author, and work for hire agreements (e.g., for illustrators and editors), publishing and agency contracts, licenses and permissions, and collaboration agreements (e.g., for ghostwriters and co-writers) of all kinds. In April, she plans on publishing Copyright to Contract, an audio-visual series for authors and self-publishers.

Denise was a volunteer-attorney for the Author’s Guild in New York where she reviewed and explained writing and publishing contracts for Guild members. She was also a reporter for a New York newspaper covering local news and interviewing artists such as Janis Ian, Richie Havens, and Cleo Laine for feature articles.

You can confer with Denise at no charge for fifteen minutes to describe a problem and see if she can help. Email her at

If you would like to know more about copyright and contract issues, please review some of Denise’s blog posts on her website at There, you can also sign onto her email list and, in exchange, receive a detailed report with information about copyright.

TopicThe Nature of Copyright





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