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Top Reasons to Outsource Your Editing

When it comes to publishing your work, there are some places where you may already be planning to outsource before you send your book to the presses. You may already know that your layout, graphic design and advertising would be best left to professionals, but what about editing? Many writers make the mistake of cutting costs on editing by having friends and family look over their book instead of hiring an actual editor take a swing at it. Here are some reasons why outsourcing an editor is one cost that you don’t want to skip out on.

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How To Cope With A Bad Review

If you’re a writer, you’re going to have to get used to getting bad reviews. You could be a multi-national bestseller with awards cluttering every shelf of your home, and you’d still receive a bad review every now and again; in fact, you may receive more bad reviews the more successful you become. If you’ve received a bad review, or you’re struggling to imagine how you’re going to handle it when you do, here are some things to consider.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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December Instagram #PhotoADayChallenge

We started our #PhotoADayChallenge last month with little participation. We hope that you will join us again this month and at the end of the month we will choose one random winner who will win a nice $5 Starbuck gift card for joining us. Have a great month!

Share a photo, add any/all of the following hashtags: #photoadaychallenge #ppscontest #amwriting #selfpublishing #december2015

For your chance to win the gift card, you HAVE to tag @publisher_ps and hastag #ppscontest #december2015. Winner will be chosen on January 1st, 2016 – so be sure to check if you’re the lucky winner, as you will need to email me at info@publisher-ps.com to claim your prize.

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PPS 2015 Gift Guide

This is my favourite time of the year. Not only for the gift giving, but I just love curling up with a good book in bed while it’s cold outside. Or sitting at my desk by the window writing my next chapter. Here are a few gift ideas for the creative writer in your life…

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7 Reasons Why Experts Should Write Books

You’re good at what you do; you’ve worked hard and you’re well on your way to establishing yourself as an expert in your field. Whether you’re a consultant, a public speaker or an entrepreneur, the things that you’ve learned on your journey to success are invaluable.

Now is the time to consider writing a book

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Why Are You Writing?

One of the most important questions that a writer can ask herself is why she is writing at all. Everyone who writes has a different answer to this question, and in fact the answer can quite often change depending on when it’s asked. When facing a deadline, we may say that we’re writing to make ends meet. Some days, we may feel that we’re writing to share knowledge, some days we may be writing to get something off our chest, some days we’ve crumpled up so many scrap pieces of paper that we can’t even remember why it is that we’re writing.

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