The Times in Self-Publishing Are Changing

I hope these predictions are true. I’d love to see a publishing landscape where quality and love for writing trumps assembly-line books. There is nothing better than a well-written, carefully-crafted book. As a reader, I want the book I’m reading to feel like the writer took their good, sweet time in creating their story. As a writer, I can’t imagine being able to crank out a book a month. It’s a struggle for me to write a book a year, these days. I would love to see “quality over quantity” become the new trend going forward.

Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

There’s no doubt that some things are changing in the self-publishing landscape. This year has marked things I never thought I’d see when I started publishing on Amazon and Smashwords back in 2009. Back then the big thing was setting up free or cheap ebooks in order to gain a readership. Ebooks were new, and people buying e-reading devices were looking for content. This led to a boom in self-publishing I never thought I’d see. I honestly expected self-publishing to remain the redheaded step-child of the publishing world. Then somewhere around 2012-2014, it became popular and took off.

Around 2015, I started hearing about self-publishing becoming less lucrative than it used to be. Granted, there were some breaking out and making a lot of money. Some were making much more than I ever did at my peak. Some authors are still flourishing in this landscape. It seems to be mostly…

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The Resurgence of Sock Puppetry and How History Repeats itself.

Great post! The thing that bothers me is that so many of these issues are written off as “indie drama.” And, like Maegan says, some of the issues that, at first, get a ton of attention eventually fade away when people get bored with it. In the case of #cockygate, it’s something that concerns ALL writers.

I’ve followed some of Suzan Tisdale’s posts and she’s done a great job keeping everyone informed and keeping these important issue in the limelight. I hate to see her being targeted, but I’m not surprised by it and I don’t think she is either. It’s just a shame that most of the scammers and cheaters out there continue to get away with their schemes. Thank you to Maegan, Suzan, and all the other authors out there who aren’t afraid to speak out for the benefit of us all.

Maegan Provan, Author

I honestly didn’t realize how long I’d been in the world of self-publishing until recently. I hadn’t realized exactly how much craziness I’ve witnessed, or what I thought I’d missed during my absence the last few years. But, here we are again. The fight against sock puppets, book stuffing, and scams has come flooding back. It’s the same old game, just with better graphics.

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When I first joined the community towards the end of 2012, all of this craziness seemed so new and intense. I worked with authors and bloggers, and posted about everything from piracy, to bullying, and everything else that felt so immediate at the time.

In February of 2013, I have my first exposure to an author that took bad reviews as bullying and I blogged about it here. That author went on to create 2 sock puppet accounts using the exact same email username just…

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A Loving Mix

I'm so excited to be a part of this anthology! Eight stories by eight authors for the pre-order price of only $2.99. Here's what it's all about: In our world, outside forces find reasons to keep us apart. Wealth, religion, and race are dividing factors. All manmade barriers that have nothing to do with the … Continue reading A Loving Mix

Copyright vs. Trademark- Why this sh** matters

Here’s another take on #cockygate, this time from a legal standpoint. If you’re confused about the difference between “trademark” and “copyright,” this article will help.

Maegan Provan, Author

The internet and beyond is still in a flurry over #cockygate and the chaos that has come from it. Authors are scrambling to protect themselves in case their series titles get stolen out from under them. Faleena Hopkins has argued that she is doing this to pave the way for new authors to stand up for their work.

Image may contain: text– From a Facebook post by Faleena Hopkins to her fan group “Cocky Readers- Cocker Bros. of ATL.”

Authors are confused about how to protect themselves in the best way and for good reason. The words “copyright” and “trademark” are being thrown around and are being swapped for one another in the midst of this discussion. I want to be clear that copyright and trademark are two separate things.

According to legalzoom.com:

“[…] Copyrights protect creative or intellectual works, and trademarks apply to commercial names, phrases, and logos. Copyrights primarily protect…

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Beyond Cocky

UPDATED 06/01/18 I really hate to have to blog about #cockygate again. I really do. (You can read my previous post here.) Some of you might wonder why I'm continuing to harp on this topic. Others might think I'm giving Faleena Hopkins exactly what she wants - more publicity. The reason why I've decided to … Continue reading Beyond Cocky