Readers’ Letters and Comments for 04/27/18

Readers’ Letters and Comments for 04/27/18


AUTHOR ALERT!! Is This HUGE Website Violating Your Book’s Copyright? YOU BETTER CHECK!!

Ugh – just like with the other site you alerted us about, this site also has my first book available to “borrow.” I sent a message per your instructions and haven’t seen it bounce back yet (I used both email addresses you provided). How do these folks sleep at night? Thank you Angela for all that you do to support authors – I’m so glad to be part of the Booklocker and WritersWeekly author community!

– Shannon Cutts


Writers BEWARE! Avoid these Marketplace Pit Holes – by Justine Klettke

Good advice (e.g., initial fee + commission on future sales). The latter isn’t always practical, unfortunately. Depending upon the situation you are presented with, you may be able to negotiate a retainer to write future materials. This has worked out in one situation. You can always ask, though.

– Wendy Jones
Highlander Imagine – Beyond Infinity
Duncan MacLeod must fight a South American Immortal at Teotihuacan.


“Can writers use photos from Wikipedia for free?”

I’ve used Wikipedia as a source for many years. They are much better on specifying crediting and use now, — click on each photo you seek details on copyright/use, and you’re taken to a page of rights for that photo. If there is something that I use, I keep a date/time copy of the Wiki page showing that on that particular date the photo was in public domain/attribution-free/etc… That being said, I never use one with a recognizable face as there is no signed model release on any I’ve come across on the site. I generally use only photos from Wiki that are in public domain (worldwide…and there are many differences in copyright conventions from country-to-country).

You may also find Wikimedia Commons another great source of public photos…especially writers who want to get a true feel of a country, its environs and people, foods, culture. Again, photos are available like Wikipedia. And again, caution should rule. In publishing, when all else fails and you just aren’t certain…like the great advice from the Expert here, buy a photo from a legit stock image seller (where your models sign releases) and just use the Wikis for your writing inspiration.

– Crassus Media

Depending on the type of photos you need, you can use any photo taken by NASA, the USGS, the US Dept. of the Interior and the US Forest Service. All of their photos are in the public domain because they are funded by the Federal Government with tax dollars. They do request that you give them a credit line, but it’s not required. On some of these government sites, individuals not working for the government will provide photographs. You will need permission to use those photographs.

Sign up at some stock photo agencies as they will put up weekly photos that you can use for free.

There are also the following sites that have free photographs:

– Jeff Colburn

I have gotten excellent free high quality photographs for my web projects at:

They use a great creative commons license you can read here:

– Ronny Richardson


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