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Q –

I am writing an ebook. I have used the Internet to obtain some keywords and phrases. I have not copied any ideas verbatim. Do I need to worry about copyrights?

– R.C.


A –

I’m not an attorney and this isn’t legal advice. Please consult with an attorney for your specific legal needs.

That said…

It’s not unusual for authors, business owners, websites, etc. to review their competitors’
keywords/phrases and other metadata to see what might be working for them, and to incorporate those into their own marketing efforts. I don’t know of anyone who has attempted to copyrighted their own set of keywords/phrases and I doubt doing so would be successful.

I would avoid using any trademarked terms in your marketing. That could lead to legal problems.

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7.625 STRATEGIES IN EVERY BEST-SELLER - Revised and Expanded Edition


At this moment, thousands of would-be authors are slaving away on their keyboards, dreaming of literary success. But their efforts won’t count for much. Of all those manuscripts, trade book editors will sign up only a slim fraction.

And of those titles--ones that that editors paid thousands of dollars to contract, print and publicize--an unhealthy percentage never sell enough copies to earn back their advances. Two years later, most will be out of print!

Acquisition Editor Tam Mossman shares seven essentials every book needs to stay in print, and sell!



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Q –

“What sells better in stores? Paperbacks or hardcovers? And, do those sell better than ebooks?”

– Linda


A –

There have been numerous reports and studies over the past few years that have shown a decline in ebook sales, and a resurgence in print sales. And, of those print sales, paperbacks always outsell hardcovers as a whole. Why? Because they’re far cheaper. While traditional publishers of best selling authors always offer only a hardcover when a book first hits the market (for the profit margin), most books by their midlist and new/unknown authors are usually only released in paperback.

Most people don’t own a dedicated ebook reading device and many of the older devices are sitting in drawers gathering dust. While ebooks can be easily read on most cell phones, tablets, and laptops, most people still prefer print books. And, again, the majority of those prefer paperbacks because they’re cheaper than hardcovers (including myself).

On the flip side, people who prefer ebooks tend to buy LOTS of ebooks because they are so inexpensive. For this reason, at BookLocker.com, we recommend authors always offer a paperback AND ebook option for their readers. By meeting the wants and needs of both types of readers, you’ll increase your book sales AND fan base! 🙂

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Q –

I just read your response about the person who said a buyer bought an old copy of their book. You said to buy the remaining books from Amazon so future book buyers wouldn’t receive those old copies.

But, the writer said their book was print on demand. Why would Amazon have copies of a book no one ordered yet, and keep it on the shelf? I thought that’s not how print-on-demand works?

Sue


A –

This is actually a very common question I hear from new authors.

Print on Demand (P.O.D. or POD) is simply a term that describes a method for printing books. As is states, each book is printed on demand, when it is ordered by a publisher, author, distributor, retailer, or book buying customer, depending on where that purchase occurs.

Amazon can choose to stock a POD book for any reason, especially if it’s selling well, or getting significant press. They may even choose to list a book as “in stock” that they don’t have in stock at all. If someone clicks to buy the book on Amazon, they can quickly order a copy from Ingram, the largest book distributor, and have Ingram obtain the book, and ship it directly to Amazon’s customer, even using an Amazon.com return address label.

Another scenario is a returned book. Amazon allows returns by its customers. If a customer returns a POD book, Amazon will put that on their shelf, and resell it to another customer later rather than having a new copy printed. In these cases, the author only earns royalties for one sale, not both, because Amazon gave the first customer a refund.

Also, undelivered books are restocked by Amazon. A certain percentage of packages never reach their destination and you’d be surprised how many people never contact the seller after not receiving their product. Amazon automatically credits the customer’s account, and then puts that book back on their shelf, and resells it to the next person who orders a copy. Again, authors only earn a royalty on one of those sales.

So, yes, Amazon does stock “print on demand” books for a variety of reasons. And, this is why buyers attempting to purchase a “new edition” of a particular book might end up receiving an older edition. Amazon will always ship an existing copy of a book to a customer rather than ordering a new copy to be printed and shipped. And, they have every right to do so. They can’t be forced to discard old books simply because the author made updates? Why? Because Amazon already paid for those books.

How can authors avoid this? If you are making significant changes to your book, I recommend:

1. Publishing the new edition with a new ISBN. It will cost more in the end to publish a brand new book but it’s unlikely your readers will get confused since you’ll be providing them with the book’s new links for purchasing. Amazon doesn’t remove old book pages but, if your new edition has a new ISBN, Amazon will assign it a unique page on their site.

2. Add “SECOND EDITION” after the title of the book everywhere – on the cover, on the title page, and in your marketing materials. That further prevents buyers from getting confused, and buying the old edition.

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About The Author

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Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, the author of 19 books, and the co-owner of BookLocker.com (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), PubPreppers.com (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).

Angela lives on a 52' Irwin Center Cockpit Ketch (sailboat) with her family and pets. Keep up with her family's adventurous liveaboard lifestyle at GotNoTanLines.com

WritersWeekly.com - the free marketing ezine for writers, which features new paying markets and freelance job listings every Wednesday.

BookLocker.com - According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is: "As close to perfection as you're going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I've ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can't go wrong here. Plus, they're selective and won't publish any manuscript just because it's accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors' books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know."

Abuzz Press offers FAST and FREE book publication, but only accepts a small percentage of submissions, and only works with U.S. authors.

PubPreppers.com - "We Prep, You Publish!" Print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish. Offers formatting and design services only, and then provides simple instructions for authors on where to sign up to have the print and ebook editions printed/listed/sold. Cut out the middle man. Keep 100% of what bookstores pay for your book!

Angela's POD Secrets Revealed Series can be found HERE.

Have a POD Book with another publisher? See if BookLocker can give you a better deal. (BookLocker offers "disgruntled author discounts" to those who want to move from other POD services.)


See BookLocker's publishing packages HERE.


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Q –

I am moving my book from CreateSpace to BookLocker. Silly question, but I imagine that you get asked this a lot?  How come BookLocker is so much less expensive than all other companies?

Marc


A –

Yes, we DO receive that question a lot and, unfortunately, some people look at our prices, and move on to a firm that costs far more because of “perceived value.” But, the value is NOT less and, in fact, since BookLocker’s inception 19 years ago, we have been known for our excellent customer service, quality, and advocacy activities for the rights of authors and freelance writers. We and almost all of our competitors use the same printer and distributor so quality and distribution are the same.

The reason our prices are so low is simple. At BookLocker.com, we break even on setup fees, and earn our profits on book sales. That way, we and the author have a vested interest in the success of their book. The “other guys” get as much as they can out of authors up-front, and then don’t seem to care if the books sell or not because they’ve already made plenty of money on the front end. Of course, that doesn’t stop them from upselling authors on worthless services even after the book has been published.

At BookLocker, we don’t do business that way. According to Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing:

BookLocker.com is “as close to perfection as you’re going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I’ve ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and has put together a package that is the best in the business. You can’t go wrong here. Plus, they’re selective and won’t publish any manuscript just because it’s accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors’ books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know.”

If you’d like to know more about BookLocker, or if you have any questions at all about publishing (even traditional publishing), I’m RIGHT HERE  to help. 🙂

– Angela

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Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, the author of 19 books, and the co-owner of BookLocker.com (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), PubPreppers.com (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).

Angela lives on a 52' Irwin Center Cockpit Ketch (sailboat) with her family and pets. Keep up with her family's adventurous liveaboard lifestyle at GotNoTanLines.com

WritersWeekly.com - the free marketing ezine for writers, which features new paying markets and freelance job listings every Wednesday.

BookLocker.com - According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is: "As close to perfection as you're going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I've ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can't go wrong here. Plus, they're selective and won't publish any manuscript just because it's accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors' books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know."

Abuzz Press offers FAST and FREE book publication, but only accepts a small percentage of submissions, and only works with U.S. authors.

PubPreppers.com - "We Prep, You Publish!" Print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish. Offers formatting and design services only, and then provides simple instructions for authors on where to sign up to have the print and ebook editions printed/listed/sold. Cut out the middle man. Keep 100% of what bookstores pay for your book!

Angela's POD Secrets Revealed Series can be found HERE.

Have a POD Book with another publisher? See if BookLocker can give you a better deal. (BookLocker offers "disgruntled author discounts" to those who want to move from other POD services.)


See BookLocker's publishing packages HERE.


ANGELA ON TWITTER https://twitter.com/AngelaHoy


BOOKLOCKER ON FACEBOOK - Provides links to free excerpts!
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ANGELA ON FACEBOOK
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Angela is the creator of the Original 24-Hour Short Story Contest!
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Q – 

Dear Angela,

My cousin published our novel with (now defunct) PublishAmerica several years ago.

Up until now, I have not received any royalties and my cousin died a few weeks ago.

While I co-authored the book with her, she never put my name on the cover or inside and she didn’t include my name when she registered the copyright, nor when she submitted the book to the publisher.

How can I have the copyright transferred to my name and how can I get future royalties on the book?

– Name not published…for obvious reason


A –

I am not an attorney and this isn’t legal advice. Please consult with an attorney for your specific legal questions.

That said, if your cousin left your name off the cover, didn’t include it inside the book, didn’t include it on the
copyright application, and didn’t let the publisher know you were a co-author, you might be out of luck. From reading your entire email, it doesn’t appear you had a written contract with your cousin.

If your cousin didn’t have a will that specifically left the rights and future royalties to you, her legal heirs are
entitled to those. If those individuals don’t want to assign the copyrights and future royalties to you, you might
be in for quite a family fight over those. It might make more sense to simply write a book of your own. Family
fights over copyrights and royalties can cause permanent damage to relationships.

Regarding PublishAmerica, it was probably a mistake for your cousin to publish through them. See:

CONSUMER OR CRIMINAL?! Did the (Alleged) Victims of America Star Books / ASB Promotions / PublishAmerica File Complaints with the WRONG DIVISION at the Maryland Attorney General’s Office??

and

YOUR PUBLISHER WENT BELLY-UP? Six Ways to Get Your Book Back on the Market ASAP!

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So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter - How To Make Money Writing Without a Byline


Many freelance writers find it difficult to break into the publishing world. What they don't know, however, is that there's a faster and easier way to see their words in print. It's called ghostwriting, and it's an extremely lucrative, fun, and challenging career.

But how do you get started as a ghostwriter? How do you find new clients who will pay you to write their material? How do you charge? And what kind of contracts do you need to succeed? All these questions and more are answered in So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter...How to Make Money Writing Without a Byline.

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Q –

Hi Angela,

I need 50 pictures from an old yearbook scanned to include in my book and on my blog. I am new at this book-writing business. Is there anything I need to know?

-G.S.


A –

I’m not an attorney and this isn’t legal advice. Please consult with an attorney with  your specific legal questions.

That said…

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news but, unfortunately, you can’t use yearbook photos without the written permission of each person who took each photo. Even if the yearbook wasn’t copyrighted, the rights to the photos still belong to each photographer. Also, in some cases, you would need to obtain permission from the people in the photos.

Even if the yearbook was copyrighted, and if you obtained permission from the school district to use the yearbook, they only own the rights to the entire compilation of the book. They don’t own the rights to the individual photographs.

I know there are companies online now that are scanning and re-publishing entire yearbooks (both online and off) after receiving copies of old ones from former students. In all likelihood, they are violating numerous copyrights. Think about it. The yearbook staff had a photographer (or more than one). Absent a work-for-hire contract, those photographers own the rights to those photos. Even if the school provided a contract to the student, they couldn’t legally sign it if they were underage. The parents would have been required to do so. It’s doubtful if many, or any, schools went to such lengths years or even decades ago. Also, all the rights to photos not taken by yearbook staff
also belong to the photographers, including those professional photographers taking senior and other class photos.

Old yearbook photographers could seriously get into the litigation business with all of the copyright infringement occurring through republishing of yearbooks and yearbook photos now.

So, my answer is no. Definitely do not use yearbook photos in your book unless:

1. The yearbook is in the public domain. Don’t assume it is! You must research it first.

2. You have contacted each individual photographer, and have obtained written permission to use each and every photo.

Please see additional information on this topic HERE.

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So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter - How To Make Money Writing Without a Byline


Many freelance writers find it difficult to break into the publishing world. What they don't know, however, is that there's a faster and easier way to see their words in print. It's called ghostwriting, and it's an extremely lucrative, fun, and challenging career.

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Q –

Angela,

Hello! I’m very new to the writing business of things. I have written a few stories and I’m in the process of writing others. I would love to publish a book of my short stories but I have no idea what the proper steps are. I don’t want to make a mistake and lose my work. Can you please give me advice on how to get started? Thank you so very much for your time!

 -B.C.


A –

There’s an article I wrote that can help. Here ya go:

The Most Common Question I Hear: “I want to write and publish a book. Where do I start?” 

If you have a collection of short stories, the same advice would apply but it would be easier because you already have the content on hand. You would just need to figure out the order in which you want to feature the stories in your book.

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Hello Angela,

I have been subscribing to your newsletter for several years now, and have found it be to extremely helpful.

As a freelancer for the past 14 years, I recently came upon an issue for which I’d appreciate your input. One of the magazines that I write for (on a per-article basis) has since changed editors. Very recently, the new editor began holding meetings looking for editorial input. I attended the first, but now these have become more regular (once a month).

My question is: Should we expect compensation for attending these meetings? While some of the contributors are employed by the parent publishing company, many of us are not. We are freelance writers simply trying to make a living. It’s an awkward position to be in since the fear of not attending may translate to not being considered for future assignments. At the same time, these meetings take up at least three hours (in addition to travel to and from to the office) and that is not reflected in my payment scale.

So, it boils down to this: Speak up and run the risk or alienating the editor, or just keep my head down and try to attend when possible?

I’d welcome your thoughts.

Thank you,

-B.P.


A –

It’s clear from your email that on-site meetings were not part of your initial contract with them. And, this requirement is completely unfair and may even be illegal. More on that later.

Think about it this way. Let’s say your neighbor, Big-Headed Bernice, wants to hire an electrician to re-wire her entire house. He draws up the plans, and gives those to Bernice, along with an estimate. They both agree for him to do that project. And, Bernice just might have future work for him as well.

The following week, Bernice decides she wants his input on some other home improvement projects. She tells him she needs him to come to her house for a “meeting” at 1:00 p.m. on the third Monday of every month. Each meeting will take approximately three hours. He lives an hour away so that would require two hours of driving per month as well. Bernice offers him no compensation because it’s understood (wink wink) that he might continue to get ongoing work from her if he attends. Also attending will be her plumber, her pool gal, and her landscaper. (Yeah, Bernice is loaded!)

Bernice has big plans for the future of her home and she’ll need creative input from EVERYBODY who works for her…on an ongoing basis. And, of course, there’s no guarantee that any of them will get the assignment for each new project idea. Oh, and have I mentioned that Big-Headed Bernice like LOTS of attention from people that she occasionally pays to work for her?

Do you know of any electrician, plumber, pool or landscape professional who would agree to such a time-sucking requirement just in the hopes of getting possible future work? And, what if the pool gal comes up with a great new idea for a fountain during one of the meetings…but Bernice hires the plumber to install that instead?

This entire scenario is completely ridiculous and so is the on-site meeting attendance requirement of freelance writers!

With today’s technology, there is no reason whatsoever that any freelancer should be forced to attend an in-person meeting in order to keep getting assignments. Furthermore, they should be paying you at least an hourly rate plus mileage if you are required to attend meetings in order to keep writing for them. You should be paid to attend virtual meetings as well!

It’s been my experience that people requiring their freelancers or contractors to show up for meetings are usually full of themselves. They simply like having a live audience. When they’re surrounded by underlings, and in control of the meeting, it feeds their ego. In addition, their requirements are likely violating federal labor laws. If they are controlling when (scheduled meetings) and how (in-person attendance) you work, the federal government may very well consider you an employee. If that is the case, you may be entitled to back-pay by this firm.

Start charging them to attend the meetings. Even if you CAN get them to let you attend virtually, you should still charge by the hour because that’s  time you’re working for them and not somebody else! If they hem and haw, you might want to let them know that they may be violating federal labor laws. They might then quickly change their minds. Or, they might “fire” you. If they do, you might want to consider contacting the Internal Revenue Service.

According to the I.R.S. –

Need for on-site services. Requiring someone to work on company premises—particularly if the work can be performed elsewhere—indicates a possible employment relationship.

Flexibility of schedule. People whose hours or days of work are dictated by a company are apt to qualify as its employees

If they “fire” you for refusing to attend the meetings, this might also come into play:

Control over discharge. A company’s unilateral right to discharge a worker suggests an employment relationship. In contrast, a company’s ability to terminate independent contractor relationships generally depends on contract terms.

I know having a long-term client when freelancing is a plus but don’t let your clients take advantage of you in this manner. If you add up the number of hours you’re writing for them per month, plus your travel expenses, AND your time spent sitting through meetings, you might just find that you’re earning less than minimum wage. Even if you aren’t, you’re still earning far less than you deserve, and far less than what you budgeted when you first agreed to write for them.

READERS: Please chime in using the comments box below! 🙂

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A systematic approach to writing that generates better quality quickly!


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7.625 STRATEGIES IN EVERY BEST-SELLER - Revised and Expanded Edition


At this moment, thousands of would-be authors are slaving away on their keyboards, dreaming of literary success. But their efforts won’t count for much. Of all those manuscripts, trade book editors will sign up only a slim fraction.

And of those titles--ones that that editors paid thousands of dollars to contract, print and publicize--an unhealthy percentage never sell enough copies to earn back their advances. Two years later, most will be out of print!

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We have received the following inquiries about Stonewall Press:

I got another call today about publishing my books. The name of the company that keeps calling me is Stonewall Press.

E.H.


Angela,

Thank you for the warning about Solo Press. Another company approached me – Stonewall Press. A guy with a heavy Filipino accent from Maryland offered to market my book, including interviews, radio appearances and more. He sent me promotional materials. Do you know them?

Val


Hi Angela,

I have been contacted by a company named Stonewall Press. They want to publish and market my book. Is this company legit?

Rande


We call these types of companies bottom feeders. They find authors of previously published books, call them (or spam them), and offer to republish and/or promote their book….for a fee, of course. Why in the world would you pay someone all over again to publish your book when it’s already on the market?

If you’re considering doing business with Stonewall Press, you’ll want to read this:
https://stonewall-press.pissedconsumer.com/review.html

And, be sure to read the numerous comments under the third complaint!

Once your book is published, expect the bottom feeders to come out of the woodwork. They’ll use flashy sales blurbage and, in the end, it’ll cost ya. Big time! Again, why in the world would anyone pay a company to republish a perfectly good book? Here’s a hint. In one of the complaints at the link above, the authors claims that Stonewall wanted to “redesign” her book cover – for $700!! Geez!!

If someone approaches you, criticizes your book or cover,and then wants you to pay them to make it better, RUN!

If you truly want to pay a firm to promote your book, don’t pay a company that also wants you to republish your book. Pay a professional book promotion company that isn’t going to try to convince you to buy services you’ve paid for previously – that you really don’t need.

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Q –

Angela,

Someone from the UK publishing and printing company “Solopress” left me a message. They invited me and my book to participate in some international book trade show. Is this a scheme?

Val


A –

Solopress prints brochures and other marketing materials. Their site even states they can print your novel using their “perfect bound brochures” (whatever that means).

Before you (or any author) does business with Solopress, you might want to read the 26 one-star reviews about them on SiteJabber.

Also see ComplaintsBoard.

In addition, there are a couple of “reviews” about them from their employees at Glassdoor.com.

I always caution authors about spam and telemarketing calls they receive after they’ve published a book.

Rest assured that BookLocker.com never, ever shares their authors’ names, email addresses, or other contact info. with these types of firms, nor anyone else.

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