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Your legal rights if your work has been taken

In continuation of our legal series, we’re discussing what your rights are if your work has been taken:

What if it’s your work that’s taken?

Without a big publisher behind you, policing your copyright adds to your post-publication duties. If you’ve taken the steps to register your work, enforcing your copyright through the court system is a little easier. Being able to identify that your work has been copied is what becomes more challenging and what do you do at that point?


The first step would be to contact the author (and/or publisher) and tell them they’re violating your copyright. Depending on how much of your work has been taken; you may want to speak to a lawyer to find out the best way to approach the author and/or publisher of the allegedly infringing work. If your work has not been registered yet, and the alleged infringement is significant, registering your work should be done immediately.




5 Ways To Be More Confident In Your Writing

Those who call themselves writers will probably tell you two things. The first? Writing is hard. It’s difficult to start and probably even more difficult to end. The second? Your inner critic will be your own worst enemy and try to stop you from writing more times than you can keep track of. Learning to silence that voice is a skill many writers need to have to finish their book. Here are five tips to help you become a more confident writer.

  1. Stop comparing yourself to others.

It’s time to stop comparing yourself to veteran writers who have years of experience under their belt. Only with time will you be able to see the remarkable difference that experience and practice makes in writing.

  1. Recognize that you have a different perspective.

The way you perceive the world is completely different from others and nobody can write and convey your thoughts in the same way that you do. There is no “perfect” style of writing. It’s all about finding your own unique voice.


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Legal Issues to be aware of as an Author or Self-Publisher

There are a few issues that pop up for Authors or Self-Publishers as they may not consider some of the legal issues that come up when writing their books, such as putting a contract in place with their publisher, designer or copy editor. The traditional book authorship has now become more complicated as the traditional publishing industry has changed with the internet and now more people are self-publishing. Which means that the authors who are not using publishing companies won’t have legions of experts to comb through their manuscript and may not have access to a legal department that can check their book before goes to print.

Not that authors are sued all the time, but when you take the route of self-publishing you also take on the liability that comes with the various legal issues. Navigating the legal hurdles of publishing is now something authors must be concerned.

Even if you do go the route of traditional publishing, you will most likely need to have a digital presence, which comes with a host of legal issues that you’ll want to know.

In the next few months we will share legal issues frequently encountered by Authors & Self-Publishers:



3 Things To Avoid When Writing

You’re working hard every day, pushing chapters out one after the other. The word count is breezing by, accumulating with every hour, and nothing seems to be stopping you. You’re absolutely determined on getting your book finished and having it published. But, don’t get too carried away. There are three things you watch out for when writing your next page.

1. Skimping on Research

If your book includes loads of details and facts, it is crucial to ensure that everything stated inside is correct and relevant. There is nothing more embarrassing than having readers complain about iffy figures or dates in your book after it’s been published. Double- and triple-check your work to ensure this never happens to you.

2. Lack of Depth

Your personal deadline might be coming head on and there are still a few chapters you have yet to start on. In hopes of completing everything on time, you might decide to take shortcuts, writing less than needed and leaving out details just to speed up the process. Choosing quantity over quality should never be done. Readers might require the information that you’re cutting out. Instead, take a step back and consider if what you’re leaving out is truly as unimportant as you think.