Guest Author Kelley Way on “What is Copyright?”

Last month, I featured a guest post by fellow copyright attorney Kelley Way, who has graciously agreed to guest post on legal topics the second Thursday of every month. Please enjoy Kelley’s most recent column: What is Copyright? by Kelley Way In my article on fair use and copyrights, I wrote briefly on what can be copyrighted, but it’s a big enough topic that I feel it deserves its own article. According to the 1976 Copyright Act, a copyright “subsists…in original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression.” Yeah, I know – that’s about as clear as

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The After-Party: Post-Release Phase Marketing

Welcome back to the continuing Wednesday series on author business plans and how to write them. As always, I link to previous installments at the end of the post. Today we’ll talk a little about marketing “when the party’s over” – continuing efforts after the book release and the surrounding publicity push. As I mentioned last week, “release phase” marketing lasts about 3-6 weeks, depending on the author’s stamina, planning and opportunities. About 4 weeks after release, however, the book shifts from being a “new release” to an “available title” and the initial buzz and related sales begin to decline.

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Watching the Water Go Under the Bridge

A lot of water goes under a bridge in a year. Twelve months ago today I flew home from the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold Conference with a hopeful heart and a dream. I had pitched my mystery novel, Shinobi, to an editor and an agent – both of whom requested the full manuscript. After seven years, five manuscripts, and enough rejections to bring down a mammoth (though none, so far, on SHINOBI), I knew better than to get my hopes up. But they were up anyway. Ignoring statistics, I let myself dream. This might be the one that

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An Interview With Linda Grimes

Please help me welcome Linda Grimes, author of IN A FIX (2012, Tor Books) and member of the Debutante Ball’s Class of 2012! I met Linda through The Debutante Ball blog, where she recently spent a year as the Friday blogging debutante, preparing for this week’s release of IN A FIX – which I’m looking forward to reading! I appreciate Linda taking the time to join us here at the blog during her launch week. And so, with no further ado … on with the questions! 1.  Where did you grow up? Will you share a favorite story from your

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My Debutante Debut!

As most of you already know, I was chosen to join The Debutante Ball as part of the blogging Class of 2013. The Debutante Ball is a group blog featuring five debut authors, who blog together for the year in which their releases occur. Each blogger has a specific day, and the topic changes weekly. I’m the Thursday deb, and since this is our opening dance (so to speak) the topic is “where we write.” My post is live at the Ball today, complete with photos of my writing spaces – both at home (with obligatory cat-on-the-keyboard goodness) and at

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Marketing for Release Week – Author Business Plans, Part 4

Welcome back to my continuing series on Author Business Plans! (If you missed a  previous installment, I’ve put links at the end of the post.) Today we continue our look at Part 3 of the author business plan: the Marketing Summary. I’ve divided the Marketing discussion into three posts (the previous one, today, and next week’s post on “after the party”) because the Marketing part of an author’s plan has three phases: the push leading up to release, Release Phase, and Post-Release. Successful authors plan for all three, because you won’t have the same publicity needs in all three phases.

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My Abalone Has a First Name….

it’s O-S-C-A-R…. And yes, if my abalone had a second name it would be M-A-Y-E-R. (As if you needed further proof that I operate on roughly a second-grade level.) Oscar is a baby abalone (Haliotis sp.). Based on his size (about 1.5″ in length) I’m guessing he’s just over one year old. Like most abalones, he’s largely nocturnal – which means good photos of Oscar will be few and far between. For scale, here’s a picture of Oscar during the acclimatization process. The snails around him range in size from 1/2″ to 3/4″ in size. (The coloring you see in

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Monthly Observances: September 2012

September’s upon us (I’m still not sure where this year has gone) and  for those in the know, this month is official: Prosper Where You’re Planted Month (Which begs the question … why are people mistaking you for a plant?) Preparedness Month (But they didn’t say “prepared for what” – so I’m taking that as choose-your-own-subject and picking “dessert.” Who’s with me?) Mold Awareness Month (Yes, those used to be hot dog buns. Quit staring.) Subliminal (buy more books!) Communications (buy more books!) month. Update Your Resume Month (H.R. would like to see you in October.) Backpack Safety Month (Please

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