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by Maureen Crisp • May 15, 2018
Published in Publishing Tips • One comment
This week is all about legalities in publishing.
Writers can trademark. But just how far can this trademarking really go? As a romance writer goes to court over trademarking a word this week, we will find out. This begs the question of how much can a writer trademark and when does it begin to mess with the art and freedom of writing?
What a week in the publishing blogosphere. Cockygate and the GDPR have filled my news feeds. They both have some important takeaways to consider.
Cockygate is the term writers and industry pundits have applied to a situation involving a romance writer who has trademarked the word ‘cocky’ in relation to her romances. Yes, a word can be trademarked. Will it stand up in a court… that’s the big question? The can of worms has got bigger because in addition to the trademark the author has been sending cease and desist notices to other authors who have the word cocky in their titles. It all gets very emotional with authors and lawyers and lawyers and authors and RWA and lawyers etc. Jami Gold boils it down to branding– The right way and the wrong way – This is a must read.
In The Craft Section,
In The Marketing Section,
Chris Fox is an Indie Publisher guru and so I was interested in his short video about shortcuts… and how sometimes they are a massive mistake for the writer. This is an excellent motivation video. Let’s be careful that we are dotting i’s and crossing t’s.
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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.