Small Publishers and Independent Authors


Small Publishers and Independent Authors

For writers focused on the entreprenuerial side of the writing industry to share innovations, pitfalls and business models.

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Discussion Forum

Why did you decide to work with a small or independent press?

Started by Stephanie Bird. Last reply by Birdie Newborn Dec 15. 6 Replies

In this conversation it would be interesting if you also answered any one of the following questions:Did you have an agent or did you represent your own work to these publishers?What is the most…Continue

Tags: literary, agents, publishing, presses, small

Twitter Roll Call! Please share your twitter handle with us!

Started by Jan Fischer Wade. Last reply by Janine M. Pickett Nov 10. 142 Replies

Please share your twitter handle as a comment so we can find each other!…Continue

Freelance Work

Started by Clene` S. Elder Aug 4. 0 Replies

Hi Ladies:I am interested in some freelance writing opportunities.  I think I would enjoy legal writing, business writing, press releases, etc.  Any suggestions?Thx.Continue

Tags: freelance

Book Clubs

Started by Kayann Short, Ph.D.. Last reply by Michael E. Henderson Jul 29. 7 Replies

Does anyone have suggestions for connecting with book club or library organizations that recommend books to their member clubs? Can anyone share book club contacts to whom an author or publisher…Continue

Tags: library, organizations, clubs, book

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Comment by Michael E. Henderson on Thursday

I read an article about selling indie books. One thing the author mentioned was covers. It got me to thinking, so I changed my cover:

Comment by Michael E. Henderson on December 16, 2014 at 7:15am

I put together a little trailer for my novel, A Beast in Venice (Redux)

Comment by Michael E. Henderson on December 16, 2014 at 7:05am

Hi, everyone. If you get a chance, kindly take a look at my newest novel, "Self-Portrait of a Dying Man." It follows a man after the Angel of Death has informed him that he will die in six months. He probably doesn't do what you expect.

Comment by Lucille Joyner on December 16, 2014 at 3:21am

Birdie, a book was published this year on the Schwartzeneggers that revealed secrets about Maria that the world didn't know. I would have a hard time believing that she gave the writer permission to expose personal indiscretions that put Maria in a bad light. As for my book, why would I need permission to write humorous experiences that belong to me, too?

I once took a  Paralegal  course and learned something that parallels this point. It's illegal to tape a conversation in which you are not a part. That's wiretapping, But it's not illegal to tape your own conversation. Knowing this, I once taped and transcribed a conversation that thwarted a lawsuit. A defense lawyer called me up and personally congratulated me on helping them getting the case thrown out.

You mention 'professional journalist' privilege, implying that if THEY say it, it's OK, but it YOU say it, it's slander? I don't get it, but that's off the subject. I'm talking about humor, not slander. And what if the subject of such experiences is deceased? There's a lot to think about here. There must be an attorney whose expertise is Publishing Laws, whose job it is to read a manuscript to clear for illegalities. 

Thank you so much for your feedback, Birdie. Sometimes just discussing a subject opens the way to the answer.  

Comment by Julia E. Antoine on December 15, 2014 at 9:38pm

hello ladies, I'd like to ask for some votes on my thunderclap campaign. Here's the link,  if you have the time. I truly appreciate it.

Comment by Birdie Newborn on December 15, 2014 at 9:02pm

Lucille -- My understanding is that professional journalists consider it their job to dig out hidden sides of issues or people. I believe they have some legal protection for doing so (Edward Snowden aside). You might look at the laws of libel (written material that might or might not be true). As far as I know, truth is not the deciding factor or good defense. Unauthorized biographers, such as Kitty Kelly, gain a reputation for unsubstantiated claims. It really puts the celebrity in an awkward no-win situation: denying or admitting are both embarrassing, unless they enjoy scandalous accusations as part of their own power trip. 

If it were me, and I knew something that nobody else knew but that might be revealing, I would ask the person involved how they felt about it. They might be ready to "come out. Or not. If their livelihood depends on their reputation, your action might affect that. 

Here's a thought: see if you can get an interview with them, and in the process at least get your facts straight. And possibly get a scoop. 

Comment by Lucille Joyner on December 15, 2014 at 6:54pm

Birdie, if you're writing a memoir and you've had many humorous experiences with someone who has become famous, say for example, someone like Einstein. We see him as a serious person whose mind is on earth-shattering formulas. But what if he had been a prankster as a young man. I would think that people would want to see a lighter side of such a serious person. If there's nothing that tarnishes a reputation, what are the restrictions? I just heard on the news that famous people's personal emails are being published, yet the newspaper refuses to stop publishing them. Where are the restrictions THERE? Are there any? That statement comes to mind that Truth is its own defense. If something is true, can it be incorporated into a publication? I just wonder if humorous experiences with a now-famous person needs legal scrutiny or does the truth make it publishable. 

Comment by Birdie Newborn on December 15, 2014 at 6:10pm
It depends on your circumstance. I have a customer who uses a pseudonym for fear of family lawsuits (whether justified or not). 
If you promote your story as fiction, you can simply change the names, places, identifying characteristics -- just as a lot of authors do. 
If you're worried about copyright, the legal test is "first use," that is, first in print or singing or whatever -- to prove that any later use is derivative from your work. 
What is your specific concern?
Comment by Lucille Joyner on December 15, 2014 at 5:14pm

Does anyone know what sort of manuscript would require legal advice?

I'm not talking about the contract, I'm talking about content?

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