Do You Judge a Book by its Title?

As writers, we ensure that we use a great opening, that the content is spectacular, and each scene (in fiction) ends with a cliff-hanger. In short, we spend the majority of time tweaking our story. And of course, that's the way it should be. … [Read more...]

How to Investigate the Public Domain Status of a Work

This is a simplified explanation of how to determine if a work is in the public domain and not covered by copyright. It is intended to be a useful guide to copyright and public domain under U.S. law, but not to substitute for legal advice. In countries outside the U.S., consult with the copyright authority in your country. … [Read more...]

How Books Enter the Public Domain

There are many books and other works that are no longer covered by copyright, or were never subject to copyright. Under current U.S. Copyright Law, most new books and other works are protected by copyright for the duration of the author's life plus 70 years. However, it is possible to find many previously published works that may be freely used because they are in the public … [Read more...]

The New Face of Author Book Promotion

Book promotion and book marketing used to consist of the lonely book tour. As the author, you were required to visit a ton of cities in a relatively short time, exausting you to the frustrating end, often with few book sales to show for your troubles. Author book promotion can be tiring, frustrating, and often financially draining. That's why the most successful authors will … [Read more...]

Credible Writing through Self-editing: 7 Tips for Improving the Quality of the Work you Send Out

How do most of your potential clients (or customers or agents) find out about you? If you are like most of us, most people first meet you through your writing-your brochures, your newsletter articles, your website, even your emails. Most of the time, you make your first impression through your writing. Because there are some clients or customers you might never meet, your … [Read more...]

Freelance Writers – Finding the Right Publication for You

I recently answered a call for submissions to write articles for a newsletter. This was to be an ongoing position, but the advertisement didn't mention remuneration, article length, or turnaround time. I contacted the person who posted the article and asked questions about these issues. What I got back was an open email … [Read more...]