Resources and tips for the self-published author.
by Maureen Crisp • February 15, 2016
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Plagiarism is a serious thing when it comes to book publishing.
Many big time authors experience charges against them sometime in their life, and sometimes they can become very serious cases with very serious allegations. In Cassandra Clare’s case, debate is expanding whether you can plagiarize an idea. With Plagiarism also comes issues with copyright, especially when dealing with international publishing laws. Read further below on these topics:
The Trials Of Growing Up
While authors digest that one- if you were thinking of translating into German you need to understand that titles are copyright protected in Germany. Joanna Penn talks to Rebecca Cantrell about this and other meaty
topics in the hybrid world of publishing.
A new Author Earnings survey is out. For the first time they included print books. The numbers make interesting reading. Traditional publishing still holds up Print… but the Indies are not far behind.
This week Nielson announced that they have decided to track ebooks. This is slightly after the fact as ebooks have been around for a few years now. However the data may be useful in the future.
Publishing will be rubbing their hands at the news that an 8th Harry Potter book is about to be launched on July 31st in print and ebook. This is the book of the script of the play which also opens in July. With over 70,000 fully illustrated books of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (retailing in NZ at $70) sold in the last three months, I’m going to predict that there will be a market for this book featuring a grown up Harry Potter. Add to that a new expanded version of Fantastic Beasts and all things Potter will be
the publishing saviour of 2016.
Jane Friedman has a guest post by Ursula Wong on writer groups and co ops. This is a comprehensive how to article on what types of groups are around, what they do and how they can be set up.
I have long been an advocate of writer groups… of all kinds. They can be a great support individually and can
morph into small publishing companies.
After all that’s how Bloomsbury started and look who they first published… J K Rowling
In the Craft Section,
In the Marketing Section,
If you are thinking about productivity apps- here is a full on one- Flowstate… keep typing or lose all the words you have written. No time for musing or looking at kitten pictures… I wonder if J K Rowling uses this.
About Maureen Crisp
Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.