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Q –

I just finished a series of novels about celebrities who are now deceased. All of the scenes and dialogue are fiction and they can’t sue me because I read that dead people can’t sue. Are you interested in publishing this series for me?


A –

I’m not an attorney and this is not legal advice. It is simply my opinion.  

When someone spends weeks, months, or years writing something before researching the legal issues that might be involved, that can lead to extreme disappointment.

If you want to go bankrupt from legal fees then, by all means, write about celebrities, and try to profit from their names. If you don’t, however, I strongly suggest contacting an attorney.

Celebrities’ names and likenesses are usually trademarked and, after death, the rights are owned by their estates. And, if somebody is making money from that name, the estate is going to want in on the action. While some estates won’t bother filing lawsuits, many will. One such famous case is highlighted HERE.

Before embarking on a long writing project that will profit from the famous names of others, please consult with an attorney who specializes in such matters because the laws vary by state. You will end up saving yourself a lot to writing time, and you just might keep yourself out of the poor house in the process.

Of course, you can always contact the estate’s attorney to ask permission first but, if you’re an unknown author, your request will probably be ignored.

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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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Ever wish you could have your favorite blog in book form? There's nothing like flipping through the pages and reading helpful snippets here and there.

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You won't need to repent from your next speech if you use these articles to guide both your preparation and delivery. As an avid reader of his blog said, "These articles are priceless! People need what you have to say."





Steve Boyd's articles on motivation and communication-related topics have appeared
in various publications. His books on public speaking have sold over 30,000 copies.
He is a popular after-dinner speaker and conducts workshops for businesses and associations
whose members want to speak and listen effectively to improve personally and professionally.




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Q –

A human resources manager hired me to create a benefits manual for his boss’ company. I already had one I’d written for another company so I had a good idea how much work would be involved, and time. When we were still in the negotiation phase, he told me that a woman he’d hired before me had ripped them off.

We came to an agreement and the company paid me up-front for the entire job. I had a four-week delivery time. That’s when the problems began. He emails me several times a day, demanding updates. He emails and texts me in the middle of the night asking why I haven’t responded to his previous messages (that were sent after-hours). He’s demanding I get it done faster than four weeks. He even cusses in his messages.

He seemed so nice when we were negotiating but now I’m starting to think this man is unhinged. There is definitely something wrong with him. I don’t mind doing the work but I don’t think I can survive another three weeks of his abuse. I wish I could just give him his money back but, truth to tell, I already spent it because my business has slowed down from Covid-19.

Can you tell me what I need to say to put this guy in his place, and to make him get out of my face?!


A –

Aaaaah, I know exactly what you’re experiencing. I have had tyrant clients before, too. My clients these days are all authors but I still try to screen them as thoroughly as possible before I offer them a contract. It’s usually not difficult (for me at least) but I still miss the mark sometimes. The content of their book can be telling, as well as their website.

Another telltale sign of potential future abuse is if the client comes out of the gate vehemently complaining about someone he or she has hired or worked with before. If they allege they were “scammed,” they just might accuse you of the same thing in the future, even if you’ve done nothing wrong. Narcissists frequently overuse and abuse the term “scam” to try to get their way, even when their victim hasn’t done anything wrong at all.

Since you can’t return his money and terminate the project, I recommend sending him something like this:

I have received your numerous emails and text messages since you hired me one week ago. Our contract (copy attached) specifically states a four-week delivery time. And, I fully intend to delivery on the due date.

Sending several emails and text messages each day, and in the middle of the night, that don’t contain any specific questions or comments about the project, only serves to delay my work, and may even result in late delivery of your manual, through no fault of my own.

If you have legitimate questions or comments about the content of the manual, I will be happy to answer or discuss those in writing. All future emails and texts of an abusive manner will be ignored. I am a professional and the funds you paid me to complete this project do not give you the privilege of demanding a faster delivery time, berating me when I have done nothing wrong, nor sending me profanity.

Please remain completely professional in your correspondence from now on or I will have no choice but to share all of your emails and text messages with the owner of your company.

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I was contacted by a writer seeking my advice, but who asked me not to publish her letter. I will not do so but I think you all need to know about this scam in the industry.

The writer was “hired” by what appeared to be a well known publisher. She was then offered a free computer on which to do the work.

The scammer:

1. Mailed her a check
2. Told her to deposit it into an ATM
3. And, told her exactly which vendor to use on Amazon to buy the computer

Of course, her alarm bells went off.

Here’s my response:

I find it extremely weird that you were told to deposit money into an ATM (which means there might be a one- or two-day delay in processing it), and then you had to buy the computer from a specific vendor. Not only would you be paying money to that vendor (who is probably the actual scammer) but, by the time the bank got around to processing your ATM deposit, you’d have already spent the money on the computer. Of course, the check they sent to you would bounce. Worse, they might then have your bank account information.

This entire scenario is way too weird. I recommend NOT depositing that money!! Rather, contact their bank, and report the possible scam. The check might not even be from a real bank.

UPDATE

The writer was finally able to connect with the legal department at the publishing house that the scammer was using as a cover. It was absolutely a scam and they were already aware of it. The writer is going to send the fake check and all of the scammer’s correspondence to the publisher’s attorney. I congratulated her on not only being smart enough to see this scam for what it was, but also for going the extra mile in an attempt to stop the scammer.

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Q –

Hello.

Several years ago, I co-authored a book with someone. The copyright was in my name but I didn’t register it. I co-authored several other publications with this person as well.

Two years ago, my former co-author and someone else attempted to “re-write” the original book when I refused to give them permission to do a new edition of it because they wanted to copyright it, but not under my name. I had a massive falling out with this person, and long story short, I quit speaking to them after a court case (about something else) ended.

The new edition of the book still contains major swaths of my work. They pulled my name off of it, and put in someone else’s. They stole my work. What would be your advice on where to start with this issue?


A –

I recommend hiring an attorney well-versed in copyright law. Be sure to hire one near you, or in the state where your former co-author lives.

Whatever you do, don’t hire a general attorney. You don’t want to pay someone to learn copyright law as they go along.

It’s always important to have a contract between co-authors in the very beginning that spells out all the details in the future relationship so that these types of unfortunate events can potentially be avoided.

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TRAVEL WRITING 2.0: Earning Money from your Travels in the New Media Landscape - SECOND EDITION


Completely revised edition of the ground-breaking travel writing book that provides a road map to success in the digital age. It dives headlong into the entrepreneurial world of blogging and digital books, while still acknowledging the real money to be made in declining print forms.

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Q –

Angela,

I’ve been writing and publishing poetry books for years and I hate to admit it but they aren’t selling. While I love writing poetry, I want and need to earn money writing books. I know now that poetry was a very bad idea. What should I be writing that will give me the greatest chance of actually making money?

Thank you,

M.R.


A –

I agree with you that poetry is not a great genre if you’re wanting to earn a living writing books. Lots of people write poetry for therapy, and even to entertain, but it’s not something a lot of people buy.

If someone can spin a really good yarn, there’s no reason he or she can’t branch out to another genre. However, simply publishing a book in a best-selling genre isn’t going to guarantee sales. You will need to spend even more time promoting your books after they are released.

There are lots of statistics online about best-selling genres and some of them give conflicting information. I found a list on MasterClass.com that I agree with:

1. Romance
2. Mystery
3. Fantasy and Science Fiction
4. Thrillers and Horror
5. Young Adult
6. Children’s Fiction
7. Inspirations, Self-help, Religion
8. Biography, Autobiography, Memoir

There are, of course, sub-genres under those major ones. I encourage you to read the article at the link above, and to do some research into best selling books in those genres to learn what made them popular.

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The Art and Craft of Writing and Editing


Writing is a constant dialogue between author and reader.



The craft of writing involves an interchange of emotions between an author and a reader. An author creates a story line, conflict, and characters, gives his characters words to speak, and then hands off these materials to a reader. This process results in a constant dialogue between the mental imagery produced by a reader and that proposed by the author.





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Q – 

I paid an editor more than a thousand dollars to edit my book manuscript. Rather than just correcting errors, she rewrote several sections. That would be alright, I guess, as long as the message didn’t change. However, she replaced a lot of my writing with long, confusing words. And, to be honest, I had to look some of them up. I think this “level” of writing is going to confuse my readers. It’s a how-to book, not an academic text.

Now that I’ve seen what she did, I think I’ll have to re-write what she re-wrote. Once I do that, it will need to be edited all over again and she wants to charge me for that.

What can I do?

S.R.


A –

I can sympathize with your situation but I had the opposite problem. One of my books was published by a large traditional publisher. They insisted one of their editors edit my book. When the manuscript came back to me, it was FILLED with errors. I had to fix all of the mistakes, and send it back to them. The editor did another hack job after that, and then another. This went on for weeks. I finally insisted they not touch the final manuscript I sent to them. It was a NIGHTMARE.

For your situation, I recommend you first, check the contract you signed with the editor, as well as emails she sent when you were both discussing this project. If the service you purchased was simple proofreading, that’s what she should have done. If you purchased a substantive edit, which is more expensive, she may have thought that gave her license to rewrite parts of your manuscript. If you purchased “rewriting” services, that’s an even higher level but I’m sure you would have seen that word, and balked if you didn’t want that done.

If you feel she went overboard, and did more than you hired her to do, I would demand she start over, and proofread your manuscript only.

If, on the other hand, you didn’t understand how detailed the edit would be, yet that was part of the agreement, you’re likely stuck rewriting, and then having it edited all over again.

Some editors, even those who offer simple copyediting/proofreading, can’t help themselves when they see something that they believe they can make better. And, sometimes that changes the tone of the author’s book.

All authors hiring an editor should have a very detailed contract that lays out exactly what’s expected, and exactly what will and won’t be done.

I also agree with you that a non-academic audience is not going to appreciate complex words in a how-to book. Nothing interrupts a leisurely read faster than needing to open up a dictionary in the process.

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Q –

Hi Angela,

Since you’ve been doing this for a long time, maybe you can give me some advice. I work for a magazine and, like many others now, I’m working from home. That would be okay but the kids are here, too, and I have to supervise their online school lessons.

I really don’t know how you do it! I am constantly interrupted and I can’t seem to get anything done, or finished. Do you have any tips?

MKB


A –

I have been working from home for 23 years, running BookLocker and WritersWeekly, virtually supervising employees, working with authors, contractors and vendors, doing all the accounting for the business, and homeschooling our children.

The secret is: Flexibility

When you are accustomed to getting ready in the morning, dropping off the kids at school, and having eight full hours to work, with limited interruptions, being thrown into a home office with kids underfoot can be a bit stressful. However, there IS a way to make it work.

The first piece of advice I have is this. Don’t expect to work 9-5. Ain’t gonna happen.

If you have very young children, work when they are napping, and after you put them to bed at night. When our children were very young, I’d work half the night, and nap when they did to try to get my full eight hours in. I also mastered the art of typing while nursing using a Boppy pillow. I think my back might still be bowed from that.

If you are supervising schoolwork, don’t plan for any work activities that require a lot of concentration during those hours. Put your laptop on the kitchen table, and work alongside the kids when they don’t need your help. Homeschooling lessons actually take less time than conventional school because the kids aren’t experiencing their own interruptions (teacher on her cell phone, Johnny Bad Boy interrupting a lesson, announcements, fire drills, walking from class to class, etc.). Our children were able to do their schoolwork in only three hours per day and they were ahead of their traditionally-schooled peers. Plan your work around their school time if you need to constantly supervise and assist with their lessons.

Enlist older children to help with younger ones. Explain the situation in detail and they won’t grumble about helping out the family so mommy and daddy can work to pay the bills. I disagree with parents who are shielding their children from the current state of our world. Here on No Tan Lines, it’s literally all hands on deck. Everybody has new responsibilities and nobody is complaining.

“Hey, Mason. You like air conditioning, right? Great! I need to work to pay for that cool air so please make dinner tonight. I trust you. You can do it. Let me know if you have any questions.”

“Hey, Max. It’s gonna be really hot today. Can you hang up the shades? And, while you’re at it, can you fill the water tank, and tidy up the cockpit? I’m super busy. Thanks!!”

When children know that finances could be a problem if mom and dad can’t work, they are always happy to help! In addition, this makes them feel important…because they ARE! Let them know every day how imperative their help is. You will see your children quickly mature during this period of stress, and they will thrive. Even better, they will feel much closer to family members, and know they are an extremely important part of the “team” (the family unit).

Finally (and this should really go without saying…), don’t play Netflix in the background when you’re working. And, do NOT surf the news or social media sites. When it’s time to work, WORK. Get as much out of every uninterrupted hour that you can.

Your sleep hours will be weird. Your productivity will be in bits and pieces. And, your sanity might be on the brink for awhile. However, it is possible to be productive with children under foot. In the case of many work-at-home parents, working at home is preferable to the rat race of working in a “real” office.

I wouldn’t trade our lifestyle for anything.

IF ANYONE ELSE HAS ADVICE ON WORKING AT HOME WITH KIDS, PLEASE POST A NOTE IN THE COMMENTS BOX BELOW! 🙂

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You won't need to repent from your next speech if you use these articles to guide both your preparation and delivery. As an avid reader of his blog said, "These articles are priceless! People need what you have to say."





Steve Boyd's articles on motivation and communication-related topics have appeared
in various publications. His books on public speaking have sold over 30,000 copies.
He is a popular after-dinner speaker and conducts workshops for businesses and associations
whose members want to speak and listen effectively to improve personally and professionally.




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Q – 

Angela,

I recently self-published my book and now my phone is ringing off the hook. It seems almost every day I’m getting phone calls from companies who want to “feature” my book at a book fair, in a magazine, on a radio show, and other places, too.

Did my publisher sell my information to these companies? Did someone else?

G.W.


A –

It is highly doubtful that your publisher provided your information to marketing companies after your book was published. Rather, it was probably you who inadvertently did it.

I looked up your book on Amazon, and found your full name. I then Googled that, and instantly found your website. Once there, I saw your marketing materials for your book (which look great, by the way!) and I clicked on your Contact link. Your address and phone number are listed there.

I also found several public information websites that have your address and phone number listed on there as well. It was easy because you have a very unique name. If your name was John Smith, it would have been far more difficult.

This is the same process that salespeople use to find new authors. They go to Amazon, click on “books,” click on Advanced Search, and then sort those by publication date. They then start Googling author names and their book titles. If they can’t find your phone number that way, they’ll use public information sites but, when they do that, sometimes they grab the wrong phone number. Or, they know it’s the wrong number but that it’s one of the author’s family members. That’s why so many authors report that their mother or some other family member received a phone call from a salesperson, acting desperate to contact the author because they have such a “great deal,” and can make that author’s book a “best seller!”

I recommend removing your phone number from your website. Instead, usE a contact form so people can email you directly from your website without spam filters intercepting their messages to you. That should cut down on the telemarketing calls.

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Q –

Angela,

Is it appropriate for a publication to ask a writer to sign up for a corporate payment platform in order to get paid for a single article? I recently did an article with a very quick turnaround. In order to get paid, I am expected to sign up for a corporate payment platform that asks me to identify myself as a company owner and not an individual/independent contractor. I do not want to misrepresent myself, especially where my SSN is involved, and feel uncomfortable about the amount of information I am being asked to provide. I asked if there is any other way to be paid, and received a brusque reply that I was “required” to sign up.

This was NEVER disclosed to me before writing the article and I’ve never been expected to sign up for a corporate account to be paid. I’m not an employee. I just wrote one article. 

At this point, I am willing to walk away from this payment and publication because it is setting off every red flag. Am I right?

– D


A –

It’s possible the publication knows how troublesome signing up for such a service is (especially if you must provide them with your social security number). They may be using that as a way to discourage people they’ve hired from seeking payment (yes, I’m cynical).

If the payment platform was not mentioned when they assigned the article to you, demand immediate payment in another form. If they refuse, let us know and we’ll publicize their ridiculous behavior on WritersWeekly.

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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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90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan by Angela Hoy and Richard Hoy



Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!

Make Sure Your Marketing is Targeted at the Right Audience



 

Q –

I’ve been asked to give a talk about my book by a local organization. HELP!

Public speaking does not faze me but I’ve never done it about a book. Do you have any ideas, advice, dos and don’ts? Am I supposed to read sections of the book as I’ve seen people do in movies?

As you can see, I haven’t got a clue.

– N.


A –

I recommend doing a reading of a portion of your book – the most tantalizing section of your book and/or one that you feel will most directly and personally connect with that particular audience. Then, do a Q&A with the audience about that section/chapter. When you’re doing the reading, be sure to look up often at your audience so they will feel connected to you. If they are, they will be much more likely to want to engage with you by asking questions or making comments.

Be sure to interject plenty of personal info. into your answers! People LOVE hearing personal stories from authors. Storytelling is a VERY effective marketing technique.

If the audience starts to get quiet, and stops asking questions, have a list of questions for yourself…but don’t ask yourself the questions out loud, of course. Rather, say “Some of you might be wondering how I discovered…” or “You might be asking yourself why I chose to….” That way, you can fill in any dead time between potential readers’ questions.

If things are really quiet, read another tantalizing portion, and then begin the Q&A step all over again.

During the entire process, remember that the more engaged and excited you are about your topic, the more engaged and excited your audience will be as well. Be animated, talk with your hands, walk around while answering questions (don’t stand in just one spot), smile a lot (unless it’s a depressing topic), and don’t be shy about sharing not just your writing with your audience, but sharing the real YOU with them as well.

Be sure to have plenty of copies to sell to that excited, engaged audience when you’re finished! The most connected they feel with you, the more likely they will want to support you by buying your book. And, remember to have a way to collect money – cash, checks, AND credit cards. For the latter, I recommend Square.

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Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!

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