The Flying Nun, Oprah, and Me – by John Riddle

The Flying Nun, Oprah, and Me – by John Riddle

When I was 17 and a few months away from graduating HS in 1970, our family lived in public housing projects in Chester, PA. While watching an episode of “The Flying Nun” one night, I was intrigued by the closing credits that were dedicated to one of the writers who had passed away. Right then and there I prayed, and asked God if he wouldn’t mind making me a writer one day.

Moments later, I felt inspired to write my own episode. Using an old Royal Typewriter (with a few bent keys), I created eight pages of what I thought was “great material.” However, when I showed it to my English teacher at the Catholic HS I was attending, he told me it was “the worst piece of crap” (he used a different word) that he had ever read and that I should consider a career as a ditch digger.”

Right then and there I vowed that, one day, I would see my name on multiple covers of books and that I would travel the country, inspiring and teaching other people to follow their dream of writing. A few months later I enlisted in the Navy.

Fast forward through seven years of collecting rejection slips and I finally sold my first magazine article! I had arrived!!! With no college degree, but lots of clips, I could not get a job as a “real writer” so I drifted from being a payroll clerk at the Dupont Company (seven years) to a few part time jobs after I left there to pursue my writing dream.

A few years later, I found myself working as a Development Director in charge of fundraising and public relations at a local nonprofit agency. It was the best of both worlds, allowing me to use my gift of creative communication to write grant and fundraising letters, and to create special events. For example, I tried to set the Guinness Book of World Records by having the largest number of people dance the twist with Chubby Checker!

After seven years at one agency, I took another Development Director job at an agency closer to my home. I raised a boatload of money for them in the first 15 months or so and they rewarded me by laying me off.

As I sat home, licking my wounds, wondering where I was going to find another full-time job, etc., I remember watching the Oprah show one afternoon. She was going through the phase of the show where she would have self-help experts come on and tell people, “If you want it, make it happen, etc.”

I finally had my “light bulb moment!”

Why was I wasting my time looking for yet another full-time job when, by this time, I had tons of clips (The Washington Post, among others)? Thankfully, the Internet was still in the early stages and I started reaching out to editors online.

As of this date, I have written and sold 34 books to traditional publishers, and have worked as a ghostwriter on numerous projects. My byline has appeared in major publications all across the U.S., and I have written articles for over 200 Websites.

And I’m not done yet…

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John Riddle is a freelance writer, author, and ghostwriter from Bear, Delaware. His byline has appeared in major newspapers, magazines, websites and trade journals all across the country. He is the author of 34 books, including a few health and medical titles, and has worked as a ghostwriter on numerous projects. John is also the Founder of I Love To Write Day, a grassroots campaign he launched in 2002 to have people of all ages practice writing every November 15. Last year over 25,000 schools all across the United States held special I Love To Write Day events and activities. He is a frequent speaker at both Christian and secular writing conferences, and recently appeared at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. You can obtain a quote for John’s ghostwriting services here: https://marketplace.writersweekly.com/ghostwriters

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Angela,

I am in possession of a journal that was published in the 1940’s. Is something like this publishable?

I.


A –

I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice. Please consult with an attorney concerning this situation. That said…

Your first concern should be related to copyright. If you received that journal from someone, or even if you purchased it, you may not own the rights to it. This article has excellent information on this topic:

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Angela,

While writing my new book, I had to use Office 365 because I guess you can’t buy the software anymore to install on my hard drive. They’re charging me $6.99 per month! Why can’t I just buy the software at a higher price and use that without being charged every month? Do you have a work around?

-B.


A –

Why, yes! I do! 😉

In case you don’t know (and I am NOT recommending this), Microsoft also offers an annual subscription for $69.99. But, if you’re using your software for business, you are supposed to buy the business package, which is $12.50 to $20.00 per month. Ouch!!

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I plan on using this version for a few years. If I was paying $12.50 per month, in just 12 months, I’d have reached that $149.99 that I spent originally. I will be using this software for far longer than 12 months.

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I received an unsolicited phone call from a senior marketing consultant at a company that displays books at book fairs. She said her company was only taking 10 books to a book fair in Europe and they chose mine. But, she said I would have to pay a registration fee of  more than $2,000.

Her voice was soft but the sell was hard. I asked her to send me a written proposal. Which she has. It includes testimonials. Who knows what value these have?

I looked the company up online. I found several complaints about misrepresentation and failure to provide service, return calls, etc.

Bottom line… Are they they a scam?

Roger


A –

“Only taking 10 books” is a HUGE lie. They’ll work with anyone willing to fork over thousands of dollars. And, I seriously doubt that book fair will occur in 2021 because of Covid. So, they’re soliciting money from suckers for something they must know isn’t even going to happen.

Even if the event will be “virtual,” you will very likely earn zero return on your investment. Do NOT pay anyone to present your book at a “virtual book fair”…or any book fair for that matter.

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I have a memoir from a long deceased family member. I received it from my mother (living). And, she received it from her mother (deceased), who received it from her mother (deceased). I have not seen anything in writing about who owns the rights to the manuscript.

That said, the memoir was written in 1915 and the writer died in 1932.

What would I need to be able to publish the work as-is OR to create a new writing that I author using stories from the memoir?

D.N.


A –

If it was written in 1915, it’s in the public domain so you can go ahead and publish it.

In 2021, “unpublished works whose authors died in 1950 will enter the public domain.” You are well within that window.

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I am considering self-publishing my book but isn’t it true that all the industry insiders regard self-publishing as “cheating?”

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Q – 

Angela,

I’m giving thought to what happens to my writings after I enter heaven’s Stargate. I have a Living Trust but, inside that, I have minimal directives about my writings. The problem is: I want my books to last forever in print.

So, I’ll need a Literary Trustee who knows this publishing business after I pass on. Not only that, he or she will need to live forever. (Just kidding!) I’m sure this isn’t the first surfacing of such a noisome subject.

Trouble comes this way when I ask…who among my dull acquaintances, relatives, and friends are suitable? Frankly none of them knows publishing, and anyway, are swamped just making a living and supporting a family.

I’ve done lots of google search links on what a literary trustee does so I could write a book on the subject. But, there’s nothing on where to find a literary trustee who is in the business, other than having a literary agent who might do it.

Your comments and suggestions? Book-burning not an option!

R.


A –

I see your books are self-published. As you know, many publishing services firms charge an annual fee to keep a book in print. Also, your publisher could go out of business some day, or sell the assets to another. There are lots of unknowns so, yes, you need someone who is willing to work to keep your books in print, regardless what happens.

I, myself, would put a trusted relative in charge of your copyrights after you depart this world. I have done that. I have a living trust as well for my “big” assets, but my copyrights are all passing to my daughter in my will because I know she will keep the books in print after I leave (and, she’ll get the royalties for doing so).

I hope that she will some day put her daughter in charge of my copyrights, and so on. But, I’ll be long gone by then and, if a future heir wants to kill my books, there’s nothing I can do about that. And, other than setting up a fund to pay a firm to keep  your book in print for decades, neither can you. If you don’t have any relatives to do it for you, and if you’re flush with cash, and willing to set aside a few thousand dollars, I recommend hiring an attorney to handle your literary assets after you depart this world.

 

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  • Using the memory notebook as your outline, write your autobiography!
  • Also works for biographies and memoirs!

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Q –

I want to quote a poem from another author in my book. I contacted a publisher that has the piece in one of their books. They’re quoting me hundreds of dollars to reproduce the text in my book. But, there are countless websites that have already republished this exact poem. 

It’s not in the public domain. What should I do?


A –

First, please know that just because something is posted anywhere and everywhere online doesn’t mean most or all of those websites are NOT committing copyright infringement. In fact, they probably ARE violating copyright law.

However, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard of a publisher trying to earn a few bucks on something they may not actually own the rights to.

Here’s the problem:

If they don’t own the rights, and even if you pay them, republishing the text without permission of the actual copyright holder means you’ve committed copyright infringement.

I researched the poem you sent to me and there are indeed countless websites that have reproduced, both as text, and in graphics (memes). It’s a really nice poem and I can see why people like it so much. However, that doesn’t excuse what appears to be rampant copyright infringement. I doubt all of the websites I found paid hundreds to publish that poem.

Your best bet is to contact the author directly. If she is deceased, research online to find her family. THEY should be benefitting from this transaction; not a greedy publisher who is charging people for “reprints” even if that entity may not (and probably does not) own exclusive rights to the piece.

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I’m not sure if I want to invest the money needed to have my children’s picture book converted to an ebook. Do people really read picture books to their babies on computers, tablets, and smartphones?

M.G.


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However, children’s chapter books, and those for young adults, sell well as ebooks because older children and young adults often have their own electronic devices for reading ebooks. In other words, they’re not sitting on an adult’s lap while having a book read to them.

How many parents or grandparents want to buy their child or grandchild an ebook for Christmas, or as a birthday gift? Not me! Do you?

As a whole, print books continue to FAR outsell ebooks. The ebook industry has had more than two decades to try to get people to convert to that format but the vast majority of folks keep buying print books – despite the extra costs and shipping fees.

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Q –

Hello Angela,

Thank you for sharing the information about America Star Books.

I, too, had a bad experience with ASB. I was able to break the contract before they went out of business. However, my book is still advertised on Amazon Children’s Books, with all of the previous information, pricing, etc.

At this time, I would like to republish the book. However, Amazon stated that they cannot remove the old advertisement since it was posted by an outside source (even though they went out of business).

Would you have any suggestions of how I can proceed?

– AF


A –

Submit a copyright infringement notice to Amazon. Since that firm no longer has the right to sell your book, they are violating your copyright.

Don’t explain to Amazon that they were your previous publisher, etc. That will only make Amazon tell you to contact them, which is now impossible.

Simply tell Amazon the firm is violating your copyright, and does not have permission to sell your book.

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2 Responses to "The Flying Nun, Oprah, and Me – by John Riddle"

  1. Amy Bartlett  May 4, 2019 at 2:46 am

    Great piece and great encouragement as always to keep the writer’s nose to the grindstone. Consistent message from one of the best freelance-process “coach”es in the biz.

  2. Roy Stevenson  March 30, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Nice inspirational piece, John! Good for you, for keeping on. I’m wondering if the 200 websites you have written for all paid for your work, or if you wrote for some of them gratis?

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