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The-Benefits-of-Public-Speaking-for-Authorpreneurs

The Benefits of Public Speaking for Authorpreneurs

As an authorpreneur it is easy to get caught up in the digital web of social media and technology platforms.  They are, of course, great marketing tools and can bring about huge benefits. But remember that, no matter what your genre, the best marketing tool is yourself. And that means that you have to be prepared to speak publicly about yourself and your work.READ MORE

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The best workspaces for authors to write

The best workspaces for authors to write

Just as a house depends on solid foundations, establishing a good writing environment forms an important base for your development as an authorpreneur. Although literary circles abound with accounts of people writing best selling works in libraries, coffee shops and cafes, it is preferable to set yourself up in a more permanent, less nomadic environment. READ MORE

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the rise of the authorpreneur

The Rise of the Authorpreneur

The Urban Dictionary defines an authorpreneur as being “an author who creates a written product, participates in creating their own brand, and actively promotes that brand through a variety of outlets.”

There has never been a better time to be an authorpreneur. Digitization has changed the publishing industry immensely. With change comes opportunity. Social media offers excellent platforms for promotion and self-promotion.  But more opportunity means greater competition so before embarking on this exciting authorpreneurial journey, hone your skills, learn to be savvy, and embrace social media. Experts are out there to help and guide you through the process if you need them. Take full advantage of that. It is likely to pay dividends.READ MORE

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Why Having Your Author Image Is Important for Your Book

Why Having Your Author Image Is Important for Your Book

You know the saying don’t judge a book by its cover? Oh but we do! We all do! And is this right? It doesn’t matter but it is important, especially when it comes to your book. Every book needs an image of the author — an author headshot. By having the right author headshot will not only enhance your book message but will add extra value to your brand. In other words, your author image is your business card before they even read your book.READ MORE

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WHAT'S INVOLVED IN SECOND EDITION PRINT RUNS

Self-Publishing: What’s Involved in Second Edition Print Runs?

It’s nearing the time to update your book. Why would you have another edition instead of a reprint? That’s when you have information in your book that might be out of date. Or information that is no longer accurate as the last edition. Also you, in essence, still have a few copies of your last edition available and still selling, so your next edition would in essence be “competing” with the last edition until it’s sold out.READ MORE

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YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS WHEN WRITING ABOUT OTHERS

What are your legal rights when writing about other people?

In continuation of our legal series, we’re discussing what your rights are when writing about other people

Respecting Other People: Writing about famous people, famous brands, and people you know

When it comes to using a brand name in a negative light, tread with care. Brand “tarnishment” is akin to defamation, and disparaging use of a brand name is often easier to find as publishing moves to the ebook and audiobook formats. Sure, you can use famous people as the basis for characters in your stories, or write about their crazy antics on your blog, but they also have unlimited funds to sue you if they take a disliking to what you say about them. Unless there is a compelling artistic reason to disparage a brand, creating a fictional brand would be prudent. If, however, you feel your story would be compromised without using the actual brand name, seek counsel to evaluate the risks and determine how best to minimize them.

Protect yourself with legal counsel. For more info visit: http://bit.ly/1S7weVt.

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Your rights

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.

 

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legal issues

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:

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do's and don'ts of self publishing

The Do’s and Don’ts of Self-publishing

There are so many Do’s and Don’ts, here are just a few…

Do your homework – Don’t assume that everything that you find on the internet (in terms of publishing services) are the same. Personally, as I have done my research of what is being offered out there, no two are alike, but all offer similar services. Not only that, but always check again when you’re just about to hire them. Services and prices can change over time. If you’re researching now for 6 months to 1 year from now, definitely pricing can change (for the better or worse).

 

Do schedule time – if publishing is one of your goals, you need to schedule the time to work on your publication. Be it writing, editing or working with your publishing service. The most successful people are those that complete their task. And for them to complete their tasks, they schedule them.

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PR for Authors: Is YOUR Website Ready for the Media?

It’s no secret that if you want to be found online, then you should probably have a website. If you are trying to build your profile as an author, it is the best place to act as a hub for all of your information.

You want to make a great first impression on your potential readers so you can start building a community of loyal fans who are genuinely interested in your writing. But, what about the media? Yes, they are people too, and they do read for pleasure, but how do you make your book enticing enough to make them want to cover it so you can generate some buzz about your book?

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