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Take a moment to read what our clients say about us:


  • Willy - If you're considering hiring Joe, I can tell you from first-hand experience, just hire him - you won't regret it! There's a reason why he consistently has 5-star ratings. As a first--time author, I hired Joe to review a publishing contract offer I had just received. I found Joe immensely helpful. Not only was he extremely professional and knowledgeable, he was patient, cordial, and accommodating, explaining  the publishing industry and copyright laws, as well as the nuances of these laws, in ways that were easy to understand and grasp. From the level of effort and service he provided throughout our collaboration, it was clear to me that he prioritized customer service and satisfaction over fees. What I'm most grateful for is that Joe was able to tease out and decipher some really critical terms of the publishing contract offer that were not easily understood because of the legalese in which they were written. These terms were deal-breakers for me, and had I not hired Joe, I would have unknowingly agreed to them. His patience, eye for detail, critical analysis, combined with his deep expertise, guided the conversations I had with publisher, and ultimately clarified the terms of the contract that were in question. After Joe helped me understand all the terms of the contract, I ultimately decided to not move forward with the contract, but am incredibly thankful that I didn't. I would have certainly regretted signing the contract at some point when I realized the implications. After I decided to not sign the contract, Joe also drafted of an NDA release agreement that helped establish a mutually favorable path forward for me and the publisher. If I have any further publishing legal needs, Joe is going to be the first attorney I reach out to.

  • Landon - Joe was great to work with. He helped me negotiate a publishing contract and performed legal risk analysis on a current manuscript for my upcoming book. He is highly knowledgeable in the literary legal space and exuded the professional qualities necessary for a great business relationship. Highly recommend and I would use him again.

  • Kayna - Working with Joe on my trade book contract from a traditional publisher was great! He was responsive and helped me understand what each section of the contract meant, asked me questions about my hopes for the contract, and negotiated parts of the contract that were in my best interest. He even helped me understand why certain requests of the publisher was important so that I could ensure that I was covered long-term and getting a better deal. When I have more contracts, I would be thrilled to work with Joe again!

  • Samantha - Joe came highly recommended to me as a lawyer who specializes in reviewing literary agency agreements. I can see why! He's responsive, personable, caring, and as an agent himself, he brought tons of additional expertise to the process. Looking forward to working with him again soon!

  • Russ - Joe did an excellent job with my manuscript. He was quick, efficient, and responsive to last minute questions. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking legal advice on a manuscript.

  • Lindsay - Joe is responsive and kind and completely put my anxiety about negotiating contracts at ease! He recently reviewed over a term sheet for a publishing contract for me and helped negotiate the financial terms. I hope to also use him for the contract review and negotiation process. I would definitely recommend working with him.

  • Jenny - Joe Perry was super helpful when I contacted him recently about an urgent legal question related to a publishing project. He was patient, responsive, and encouraging. Highly recommend.

  • Lisa - Just had an excellent experience with Joe Perry. He was very responsive and knowledgeable and easy to work with. We got everything done quickly, easily and at a reasonable price. We will definitely use him again.

  • Carol - I contacted Joe Perry after searching for a literary attorney online. His response time and willingness to explain how he could help me was truly impressive, and I feel lucky that I found him without a personal referral. He drafted a collaborative agreement for my coauthor and me and was very patient with us during the process. He helped us get complete with a mutually supportive agreement in an amicable manner so we can proceed with the creative part of finishing our book. This was very valuable to me and I'm preparing to do more work with him. I appreciate his high level of skill as well as his personal demeanor. I highly recommend contacting him if you need a literary attorney or agent.

  • Paul - Joseph was an absolute pleasure! He is responsive, talented, insightful, and really feels like a member of your own team. he really listens to your needs and acts on them. His agreement creations and agreement reviews have already saved us a small fortune and what would have been a lot of lost time. Obviously we highly recommend working with him.

  • Emma - I contacted Joe because I had multiple questions about copyright when using historical figures and things they have said. He explained copyright law to me and how it would be applied to my novel. He was a great help and gave me a much better understanding of how to use information when writing historical fiction. He was also very quick to respond and to set up an appointment with me. I am so thankful for his help and highly recommend him for any literary needs.  

  • Debby - I am a new author and reached out to Joe for help with a publishing contract. He was very patient, went over the contract with me and explained his suggestions, comments and changes so I understood all the details. He made me feel comfortable, was responsive and is very knowledgeable. What stood out most is that I knew he had my best interest in mind. He cares. I highly recommend him. If you are an author looking for an attorney, look no further, Joe is that person.

  • Amanda - As a first-time author who knew nothing about the publication process and was very anxious going into it, Joe Perry was the first person to put my mind at ease. He was incredibly qualified but, more importantly for ME, he was personable and patient. Seeing those qualities in someone who could explain every word of my contract to me made it such a pleasant and informative experience. He was also very adamant about making sure I got what I needed from said contract. I went into this as someone who was very stressed and confused about the rights I was signing away and, because of Joe, came out of it understanding the process and knowing my rights as an author were being protected. Endlessly thankful and will be a returning client.

  • Garry - Outstanding legal advice! Mr. Perry's thorough review of my manuscript helps ensure that I have greatly reduced my liability. He has earned my highest recommendation.

  • Shanelle - Speaking with Joe was a wonderful experience. I felt like he was able to answer my questions very well, and also gave me a heads up on some important stuff to be aware of (such as important legal information and insurance for authors — which I didn’t know existed!) as I move forward with my current book I’m working on. I felt very comfortable talking to him!

  • Brian  - I found Mr. Perry as he had written a helpful blog post on legal issues to avoid when writing a book. After sending him an email with some general questions I had about my specific book project, he responded within jus a few hours and we set up a time to chat. He took the time to listen to my concerns and outlined a game plan on how to best proceed with my book project, to ensure I cover my bases legally. He is very knowledgeable in the field and super friendly. Highly recommend seeking his services, no matter what part of the U.S. you reside in!

  • Blake - Highly recommend going to Joseph Perry for your literary legal needs. He is swift, sharp, accessible, and full of nuanced understanding of the publishing industry and its knots; a true delight to work with.

  • Ellen - I used Joseph Perry for guidance on literary contracts for my book Gut Driven. Joe was upfront with costs and went above and beyond to guide me to make the best possible decision. Very professional and would highly recommend his services.

  • Madison - Joe offered incredibly considerate and detailed counsel. I was faced with a complicated situation, and he guided me through various options and allowed me to make sense of what I needed to do.

  • Nicole - Joseph Perry reviewed my first book manuscript recently. He was thorough, responsive and good natured. He explained his feedback in clear terms and walked me through his risk assessment. I am grateful for Joseph Perry's keen eye and expert input.

  • Kathy - Joe has been so helpful in a angst-producing decision process between two good book contracts. He added wording and talked me through each point to protect my authorship; he charged me fairly, and went above and beyond duty into trusted advisor. I would recommend Mr. Perry to anyone for literary legal advice. Get him while you can.

  • Joanna - I contacted Joseph Perry for a copyright and right of privacy legal review of my nonfiction manuscript. He returned my inquiry and provided a free consultation to discuss the project almost immediately. Joe's professionalism, competency, and warm nature were evident immediately. It was a pleasure to work with him. He provided a fairly quick turnaround on my manuscript and offered sound advice. I'd recommend him again and again.

  • David - I needed an experienced attorney to do a legal review of my manuscript and had a hard time finding one locally. Joe was remote to my location but was recommended by my literary group, so I contacted him. He responded immediately and set up a free consultation appointment where I learned about him and his practice and was able to share what I needed. Joe quickly responded with a written agreement that was aligned with the pricing on his website. After, providing a copy of my manuscript, he read it within a couple of days and provided feedback via a phone call and in writing. I found Joe very knowledgeable of the law. He answered my questions and was able to reference precedent and examples from settled case law. After the review was complete, Joe continued to make himself available for questions. I found the entire experience, positive, professional, and reassuring. I highly recommend his services!

  • Nan - After seeing Joe in a webinar about copyright laws, I called him to clarify copyright issues in my first book and decipher the publishing contract. These legal necessities were scary stumbling blocks for me, but he made me feel safe with his knowledge, calm demeanor, and patience. Joe is very approachable, and I felt I'd made the right choice in contacting him. I highly recommend his services. I'm keeping his number close by! 


  • Jay - Joseph was super helpful in figuring out what the contracts I was signing actually meant and learning the wording to advocate for in future contracts. Really glad I contacted him.

  • Lauren: I'm glad I chose Joseph Perry to conduct a legal review of my nonfiction book manuscript. Joe went above and beyond to complete the project in a timely manner, making suggestions and responding to my questions and concerns. His expert analysis has given me greater confidence to move forward with the publishing process. I highly recommend him and would not hesitate to use his services again.

  • Kelly: I contacted Joe through ASJA to review a contract for a writing assignment. He provided a prompt, clear, and thorough explanation of the contract language, answered all of my questions, and was pleasant to work with. I would recommend him to other writers navigating and negotiating contracts with publishers.

  • Jill: I was looking for an experienced literary attorney to handle drafting several contracts for my independent publishing press; I absolutely found one in Joseph Perry. He is knowledgeable, professional, meets deadlines, and most importantly, very responsive.​

  • Chris: Joseph Perry was hardworking and conscientious on my behalf, meticulously going over my manuscript to make certain my liability was at a minimum and protection from lawsuits at a maximum. He is also kind, capable and a pleasure to work with. I have already recommended him to one writer colleague and will continue to recommend him to more.

  • Grace: I reached out to Joseph Perry when I received my first traditional book offer. As a novice I did not know what to expect from a publishing contract. Joe immediately relieved the stress that comes along with negotiating and understanding a contract. He was a true professional, always available, thorough and responsive. He was enthusiastic to work with me and had my best interest in mind. Joe made several suggestions of language that could be added to the contract, which I then discussed with my publisher. Because of Joe's review and explanation of the contract language I was able to sign with confidence and move forward with my publishing deal. I was extremely satisfied with Joe's services. I would highly recommend him to any author looking for legal advice. I plan to stay in close contact with Joe and he will be the first person I reach out to if I am ever in need of legal advice as I delve into my career as an author. It is truly comforting to know that I have Joe as a reference if ever the need should arise. Reaching out to him was one of the best decisions I have made thus far.


  • Cynthia: "As an author negotiating my first publishing contract, Joseph Perry gave me incredible peace of mind as he helped me through the process. I’m grateful for his literary experience, his legal advice, and personal encouragement. I recommend having him on your team!"


  • Alyse: “Joe was a pleasure to work with. He helped me understand more about the book publishing process and explained concepts in the contract (both so I knew what I was signing and so I knew for the future too.) Joe was efficient and understanding of my budget which was so helpful as a first-time author. I really appreciate his expertise and support in this process and highly recommend working with him!"


  • Danielle: “I met Joe at a time when I was desperately needing someone who could help with simple things that were holding me back from self-publishing my book, such as what permissions were actually needed and how to get them.  Joe went above and beyond what I expected - helping me with careful consideration until each detail was complete.  I had been flailing around in the darkness of confusion where no-one seemed to know how to help me, but Joe knew just what to do.  I am very grateful for his understanding, his availability, and his sincere effort to meet my needs.”


  • Vincent: “I engaged Mr. Perry to review a technical book proposal contract. His high level of professionalism was efficient to both the publisher and me. His timely review of the contract language, followed by phone discussions, worked very well. He pointed where language should be accepted or provided alternative wording. It was a pleasure to work with Joe, and I would highly recommend him for similar services.”


  • Alyssa: "Joe was incredibly quick to respond to my initial email and review my contract, and he was very thorough in the contract review. He stayed on top of the process when the publisher was taking a bit of time, so I was never left wondering where things were. I also felt comfortable working with him - he was friendly and professional. I would not hesitate to recommend him to my colleagues who are writing books, and actually I already have recommended him to one."

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