Do I Need Sample Edits for my Book? Other Questions Answered by Orna Ross and Michael La Ronn in our Member Q&A Podcast

Do I need sample edits for my book? This is among the concerns responded to on our #AskALLi Members Q&A is hosted by Michael La Ronn, author of sci-fi and fantasy books in addition to author self-help books; and ALLi Director, author, and poet Orna Ross.

Our questions this month consist of:

Can I utilize someone elses hallmark in my book title?
When I commission art work, does the copyright come from me or the artist?
How can I create and format a book cover ready for printing? Or would a printer do that?
How do I submit a book to IngramSpark without having to pay any fees?

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Orna Ross released the Alliance of Independent Authors at the London Book Fair in 2012. Her work for ALLi has seen her named as one of The Booksellers “100 top people in publishing”. She also releases poetry, fiction and nonfiction, and is considerably excited by the democratising, empowering potential of author-publishing. For more details about Orna, visit her site:

Michael La Ronn is the author of over 30 books of sci-fi & & fantasy and authors self-help books. His books consist of the Galaxy Mavericks series and Modern Necromancy series. You can now find his new writing course on Teachable.

For those of you who are seeing this live session, I know great deals of individuals will be viewing in replay, but if you are here live, this session is likewise a chance to get your questions addressed here, live. Just enter them into the chat when you want to, and if you have any questions that are triggered by the answers to the arranged concerns, then yes feel complimentary to pop them into the chart area. And yeah, simply tell us whos here and where youve come from and so on, and well get on the concerns now.

Orna Ross: Hello everybody, and welcome to the Alliance of Independent Authors Member Q&A. Generally I say, with me Orna Ross and with Michael La Ronn, however Michael cant be with us today, so its simply me, Im afraid. It will not make a huge distinction to the Q&A, though its constantly terrific to have Michaels perspective, especially his legal brain, however we dont have any heavy legal concerns today.

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First question, Michael usually knows who theyre from and has the longer concern, so I just get the short concern here. Im going to work from that.

For those of you who havent tuned in before, this is our regular monthly Q&A, and our members have numerous ways in which they can get their self-publishing guidance questions responded to. We have, of course, a closed Facebook forum where you can put your concern and get reactions from our other members, and the hive mind is a source of excellent wisdom. Any person can listen in to this broadcast, but just our members can really submit concerns.

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Do I need sample edits for my book?

This question is, do I require sample edits for my book?

If you see an author thanking an editor in the back of their book, do not hesitate to inquire about their experiences. Most authors are very ready to share their experience with editors and, its a fit thing, not every editor matches every author, its about discovering the best one. In some cases it takes some time, theres experimentation process involved, before you discover the right individual, and when you do, its a bit like with a date or something, when you do find the ideal individual, you understand it. So thats it, and sample edits have their location because procedure, definitely.

You might discover an editor that youre interested in wont desire to do that, however it gives you a sense of where the editor is coming from, and it provides them a sense of the stage that your work is in fact in, since often as authors, we believe were further along than we in fact are. We might be looking for checking, however really be in need of copy modifying, or certainly even something more than that, developmental editing. Its an excellent idea to use samples, I think.

So, brief response to the concern is, you do not need to get them, however it is a good idea to get them. And while were on it, in regards to hiring editors, its constantly suggested to give a lot of time to the hire process. Dont simply take the first individual that comes along. Its good to have an editor who works in your genre. Not important, however always good. Its likewise great to see other feedback and comments from other authors who have actually utilized them. Do not just go by reviews on the site, likewise go straight; if you do see a testimonial on an editors site, feel complimentary to go directly to that author.

Im presuming this concern is from a member whos in the editorial phase of their publishing and they are questioning and looking for an editor whether they must get sample edits from the editor in order to see whether its a fit.

Can I use somebody elses trademark in my book?

I think the brief response to this one is no. The reason that people hallmark is so that individuals wont do things like that, however hallmark and copyright are different things, and books, normally speaking, are governed more by copyright than by trademark, though there are exceptions, especially with specific non-fiction books.

Okay, next question. Can I utilize somebody elses trademark in my book title?

Rather than putting yourself in a scenario where youre worried about something, and where you have a possible legal concern on your hands, its far much better to alter it up and believe of another method, another name, another term. Were not constrained in what we do, however often we constrain ourselves, and we can believe we truly require something for our book, but really we do not require it as much as we need to keep ourselves on the right side of the law, and content, and not worried about things like this.

While were on it, in the UK, United States, and lots of nations that are governed by bare copyright, copyright is not a universal, global thing, its a local thing, and various countries are ruled by different copyright laws, however in the English speaking world, widely, there is no copyright in titles, so its a difficult and an intricate location, but we constantly provide the suggestions to stay as safe as you can, stay on the ideal side of things, instead of putting yourself in a scenario where you may discover yourself in problem.

When commissioning artwork, does the copyright come from me or to the artist?

Next question, when I commission artwork, does the copyright come from me or to the artist?

We have a sample agreement in the member zone, which you can find if you visit and navigate to contracts, and youll see sample contracts in the dropdown menu, and there is one there for dealing with designers and illustrators. Which gives you an idea of what youre looking at, but essentially what youre trying to do when you work with another imaginative expert is to be fair to you and to be fair to them, and it definitely isnt reasonable for you to get their copyright, particularly because the majority of us are not paying a big charge to the artist.

So, there is a middle way, and the sample agreement points up that way, but essentially, if youre thinking about the principle of fairness and being fair to them and reasonable to you, you certify it for the uses that you require it for, which usually is the cover of the book, or in the interior, or whatever you need, whatever it is you require from them, whatever uses you need in whatever formats youre really releasing in. So print, difficult print, big print, and so on. Mentioning all of this in the agreement makes it clear in the contract so that later, everybody knows what has actually been licensed and what hasnt.

If anyone has any other concerns, do feel free to pop them into the chat, well get to them after we go through the arranged concerns, if youve got anything pressing on your mind.

So as soon as you set that out, you ask for what you need and you dont ask for more than you need, in the very same way that if a trade publisher or rights purchaser was occurring to ask to accredit your copyright for a trade publishing edition or a translation, or whatever, you would want them to only take the rights they require to do whatever job theyre preparing, that they would put energy behind.

So, another copyright question and again, like all copyright concerns, the response is hardly ever a basic black and white response. Once again, you can take the white end of the spectrum here, the artist owns the copyright in their own work, just like you own the copyright in your own words. You can have contracts whereby they offer up that right, and you need to, in your contracts with an illustrator, or your cover designer, or any person who does visuals for you, you need to be extremely clear about what you are licensing and what youre not licensing. So, you need an actual contract for that.

Unfortunately, in the rights arena, theres a big tendency to grab as lots of rights as possible, since you never rather know in publishing whats going to take off and whats not. Therefore, individuals safeguard themselves by trying to get all the rights when they do not have a strategy to exploit them. Do not be that person, be fair to our fellow imaginative experts.

Should I develop and format my own book cover?

Next scheduled concern is, how can I develop and format a book cover ready for printing? Or would a printer do that?

As I said, if youre asking that concern, then the answer is no, you should not go there. The publisher is the person who is looking after the editorial, the design, the circulation, the marketing, the promotion, and the production of the book and that, for us indie authors, thats very frequently us.

I have no idea who is asking these questions today, because as I said, Michael isnt here and he typically does that, however I would state that the extremely truth that youre asking this question in this method suggests that no, you absolutely need to not do your front cover.

It takes lots of experience to become a book cover designer. Even your regional competent designer or your household member, whos an amazing illustrator, theyre not necessarily qualified to do book cover art, at all.

So yeah, short response, its a specialist thing and definitely one to be left to the professionals.

Do I require to register my pen name, and does it affect copyright?

Just publishing your book in your pen name, putting it out there, thats it, you now are that individual for the functions of releasing and composing, and lots of our members have a number of pen names. Its extremely common in the author community to utilize a pen name, Orna Ross, is in reality a pen name.

We have a question coming in here from Facebook. Do I have to register my pen name and does utilizing a pen name result copyright?

Yeah, you can absolutely feel complimentary to just utilize whatever names you desire on your book covers. Its essential that your pen names, if you have more than one, are constant. The factor individuals get into various pen names is due to the fact that theyre composing in different genre, and they do not desire individuals to get puzzled about what they write, it just makes it simpler to have a variety of pen names.

The other part of your concern is, does using a pen name impact copyright?

So, ideally that was helpful. Sorry, I do not have your name.

No, it doesnt. Once again, its commonly recognized by copyright legislation that artists, especially authors, use pseudonyms. So, it doesnt impact your legal rights in any way.

How do I get the IngramSpark discount?

How do I submit a book to IngramSpark without needing to pay any costs?

Yes, IngramSpark has costs, and you can get those costs for uploads and for modifications and changes waived by utilizing a code, which you will find in the discounts and deals section of the ALLi site. If you just log-on, youll require your password, log on with your typical e-mail and password, and if you simply search there, youll find the IngramSpark code and you go through your regular uploading, or whatever process that you normally go through, and then youll get the chance to put the code in at the end. The costs will come up, but then they will be waived when you put the code in.

So, if you are utilizing IngramSpark for your print editions, and we suggest that you do, due to the fact that they have the widest reach in regards to getting your book to as numerous stores as possible all over the world, and certainly Amazon itself uses Ingram for satisfaction a lot. We advise though that you utilize amazon KDP for the Amazon system. So, the 2 operate in combination effectively together.

That is a question which associates with our discount rates and deals for IngramSpark. IngramSpark is a partner member of ALLI and a sponsor of a number of our podcasts, and they likewise provide our members with a discount, a complete discount rate, off the costs of publishing.

Ideally that works for you. Its a fantastic benefit and were extremely grateful to IngramSpark for offering this service to our members.

Exists a sample contract to use with graphic designers?

Often, something like that, as to whether the illustrator has the correct licensing procedure in themselves, and I agree with you that this is a really essential question, a credible designer will constantly have the correct licenses covered off. And its truly essential that they have the proper licensing in location, but in some cases those questions are best covered off in the email rather than in the contract. Its all part of the same thing, and its your decision as to whether you want to put that in as a clause in the contract or whether you want to just have it as part of the conversation when youre employing the individual.

Our sample contracts are made to be changed. So, anything like this that you would desire to put in and make part of the contract that youre making with your designer, do not hesitate. The sample agreements are just that, theyre not set in stone at all, theyre standards for you to utilize. They give you language and things that is not weighed down with a great deal of legalese. So, no, we do not get that granular with the agreements, theyre kept very basic deliberately, so that you can then bring in the specifics of what youre trying to get at.

For those of you who havent tuned in before, this is our month-to-month Q&A, and our members have lots of methods in which they can get their self-publishing guidance questions answered. Just enter them into the chat when you wish to, and if you have any concerns that are triggered by the responses to the scheduled concerns, then yes feel totally free to pop them into the chart location. Brief answer to the concern is, you do not require to get them, but it is recommended to get them. Another copyright question and again, like all copyright concerns, the response is hardly ever a simple black and white response. Once again, youll discover the place to do that in the member zone, just go to Member Q&A, and fill out the type and we will take the questions here.

So, that is it on this months member questions. Those of you who submitted questions that were not answered here in the live show, you will have received an e-mail from us with a direct answer, and the reason that not every question enters into the live stream is due to the fact that we are not selecting concerns that we handled them last month or in current shows, we tend to respond to that independently, or if its a very specific concern, particular to you, that doesnt actually have a lot of relevance for everybody else.

If we do not have any other questions here in the real live stream, then that is it for today. Do keep your questions coming. Again, youll find the location to do that in the member zone, just go to Member Q&A, and submit the type and we will take the concerns here.

But again, keep in mind that there are great deals of ways to get your concerns responded to at ALLi and one of the things that we are here for is among our AskALLi campaign guarantees, that we can address any self-publishing concern that you might have.

Until then, I hope you have an excellent writing and publishing week. Thank you for coming along.

Another concern being available in here online, do you have a sample agreement particularly for a graphic designer using stock art to produce a cover? Something that would make it clear they have the right license themselves.

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