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 require sample edits for my book? This is amongst the questions addressed on our #AskALLi Members Q&A is hosted by Michael La Ronn, author of science fiction and fantasy books along with author self-help books; and ALLi Director, author, and poet Orna Ross.

Our concerns this month include:

Can I use someone elses trademark in my book title?
When I commission artwork, does the copyright come from me or the artist?
How can I create and format a book cover prepared for printing? Or would a printer do that?
How do I send a book to IngramSpark without needing to pay any costs?

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Michael La Ronn is the author of over 30 books of science fiction & & dream and authors self-help books. His books include the Galaxy Mavericks series and Modern Necromancy series. You can now discover his new writing course on Teachable.

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For those of you who are enjoying this live session, I understand great deals of people will be watching in replay, but if you are here live, this session is likewise an opportunity to get your questions answered here, live. So, simply enter them into the chat when you wish to, and if you have any concerns that are prompted by the responses to the set up questions, then yes do not hesitate to pop them into the chart area. And yeah, simply inform us whos here and where youve originated from and so on, and well get on the questions now.

Orna Ross introduced the Alliance of Independent Authors at the London Book Fair in 2012. Her work for ALLi has actually seen her named as one of The Booksellers “100 leading individuals in publishing”. She likewise publishes nonfiction, fiction and poetry, and is significantly delighted by the democratising, empowering potential of author-publishing. For more information about Orna, visit her site:

So, very first concern, Michael normally understands who theyre from and has the longer question, so I just get the brief concern here. So, Im going to work from that.

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So, for those of you who havent tuned in before, this is our month-to-month Q&A, and our members have lots of methods which they can get their self-publishing guidance concerns addressed. We have, obviously, a closed Facebook forum where you can put your question and get reactions from our other members, and the hive mind gives fantastic wisdom. We likewise, naturally, have the member desk where you can email your particular query and have it addressed, but this session has to do with public questions that are helpful to lots of authors. Our members have actually sent them in, and we address them here publicly. Any person can eavesdrop to this broadcast, but only our members can in fact send questions. So, we do not have a huge series of concerns here today, and because Michael is not here, well probably make it through them a little faster than typical.

Orna Ross: Hello everyone, and welcome to the Alliance of Independent Authors Member Q&A. Normally I state, with me Orna Ross and with Michael La Ronn, but Michael cant be with us today, so its just me, Im afraid. It will not make a huge difference to the Q&A, though its constantly excellent to have Michaels viewpoint, particularly his legal brain, but we dont have any heavy legal questions today.

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Do I require sample modifies for my book?

So this concern 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 ask them about their experiences. The majority of authors are very happy to share their experience with editors and, its a fit thing, not every editor fits every author, its about finding the ideal one. Often it spends some time, theres trial and mistake process included, prior to you discover the ideal individual, and when you do, its a bit like with a date or something, when you do find the right person, you know it. So thats it, and sample edits have their place because process, definitely.

Short response to the question is, you do not need to get them, but it is recommended to get them. Its likewise great to see other feedback and remarks from other authors who have used them. Dont just go by testimonials on the site, also go directly; if you do see a testimonial on an editors site, feel free to go straight to that author.

I think its an actually excellent idea to do this. Lots and lots of editors are very delighted to offer a sample edit. Not all. You might discover an editor that youre interested in wont want to do that, but it offers you a sense of where the editor is coming from, and it offers them a sense of the phase that your work is in fact in, due to the fact that often as authors, we think were further along than we in fact are. We may be looking for proofreading, however in fact require copy modifying, or certainly even something more than that, developmental modifying. So, samples are a great idea before you actually make an agreement to employ someone. Its a good idea to utilize samples, I believe. And if anyone is listening, who would like to share their experience of modifying samples, again, please do feel totally free to pop that into the chat.

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

Can I use somebody elses hallmark in my book?

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

Rather than putting yourself in a situation where youre worried about something, and where you have a possible legal issue on your hands, its far much better to change it up and think of another way, another name, another term. Were not constrained in what we do, however in some cases we constrain ourselves, and we can believe we truly require something for our book, but actually we dont require it as much as we require to keep ourselves on the right side of the law, and material, and not fretted about things like this.

Okay, next concern. Can I utilize someone elses hallmark in my book title?

While were on it, in the UK, US, and lots of countries that are governed by bare copyright, copyright is not a universal, international thing, its a regional thing, and various countries are ruled by various copyright laws, however in the English speaking world, commonly, there is no copyright in titles, so its a tricky and an intricate area, however we constantly offer the advice to stay as safe as you can, stay on the right side of things, instead of putting yourself in a circumstance where you may discover yourself in trouble.

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

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

Another copyright question and once again, like all copyright questions, the response is seldom a basic black and white response. You can have agreements where they give up that right, and you require to, in your agreements with an illustrator, or your cover designer, or anyone who does visuals for you, you need to be extremely clear about what you are accrediting and what youre not licensing.

There is a middle way, and the sample agreement points up that way, however essentially, if youre thinking of the idea of fairness and being fair to them and fair to you, you certify it for the usages that you require it for, and that generally is the cover of the book, or in the interior, or whatever you require, whatever it is you require from them, whatever uses you require in whatever formats youre actually releasing in. So print, tough print, big print, and so on. Mentioning all of this in the agreement makes it clear in the agreement so that later, everybody knows what has actually been licensed and what hasnt.

So, if any person has any other questions, do feel free to pop them into the chat, well get to them after we go through the set up concerns, if youve got anything continuing your mind.

Once you set that out, you ask for what you require and you dont ask for more than you require, in the very same method that if a trade publisher or rights purchaser was coming along to ask to accredit your copyright for a trade publishing edition or a translation, or whatever, you would desire them to only take the rights they need to do whatever task theyre planning, that they would put energy behind.

Unfortunately, in the rights arena, theres a big tendency to grab as many rights as possible, because you never quite know in releasing whats going to remove and whats not. And so, people secure themselves by trying to get all the rights when they dont have a plan to exploit them. So, dont be that individual, be reasonable to our fellow innovative specialists.

We have a sample agreement in the member zone, which you can discover if you log in and navigate to agreements, and youll see sample agreements in the dropdown menu, and there is one there for dealing with designers and illustrators. And that gives you an idea of what youre looking at, but basically what youre trying to do when you work with another innovative professional is to be fair to you and to be fair to them, and it definitely isnt fair for you to grab their copyright, particularly since most of us are not paying a big charge to the artist.

Should I create and format my own book cover?

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

So, as I stated, if youre asking that concern, then the answer is no, you shouldnt go there. Its not the printer who does it, its the publisher. The publisher is the person who is looking after the editorial, the style, the circulation, the marketing, the promo, and the production of the book and that, for us indie authors, thats extremely often us. In some cases, we hand that job over to a paid service who does the lot, however more generally we hire individual services for private parts of the publishing procedure, so thats what you would do here. You would work with a cover designer who is a specialist in that arena, and to discover such an individual, if youre an ALLi member, simply log in to the member zone and navigate to the services location, and we have there all our authorized partner members, and youll have the ability to search out a cover designer who works in your genre and on the type of books that you desire to compose.

So yeah, short answer, its an expert thing and definitely one to be delegated the specialists.

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

I have no idea who is asking these concerns today, due to the fact that as I said, Michael isnt here and he typically does that, however I would say that the really truth that youre asking this concern in this method indicates that no, you definitely must refrain from doing your front cover.

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

Yeah, you can definitely feel totally free to just utilize whatever names you want on your book covers. Its crucial that your pen names, if you have more than one, correspond. The factor individuals get into various pen names is since theyre writing in different genre, and they dont want people to get confused about what they compose, it simply makes it simpler to have a number of pen names.

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

No, you do not require to register a pen name. A pen name simply enters usage by being utilized. Just releasing your book in your pen name, putting it out there, thats it, you now are that person for the functions of writing and publishing, and lots of our members have a number of pen names. Its extremely typical in the author community to use a pen name, Orna Ross, is in reality a pen name.

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

No, it does not. Again, its widely recognized by copyright legislation that artists, particularly writers, utilize pseudonyms. So, it does not affect your legal rights in any method.

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

How do I get the IngramSpark discount?

How do I send a book to IngramSpark without having to pay any charges?

That is a question which relates to 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, off the expenses of publishing.

Yes, IngramSpark has charges, and you can get those charges for uploads and for revisions and modifications waived by utilizing a code, which you will discover in the discounts and offers area of the ALLi site. So, if you simply log-on, youll require your password, visit with your regular e-mail and password, and if you simply search there, youll find the IngramSpark code and you go through your typical uploading, or whatever process that you typically go through, and after that youll get the chance to put the code in at the end. The costs will come up, but then they will be waived as soon as you put the code in.

So, if you are using IngramSpark for your print editions, and we advise that you do, since they have the widest reach in terms of getting your book to as numerous stores as possible around the globe, and undoubtedly Amazon itself utilizes Ingram for fulfillment a lot. We advise though that you use amazon KDP for the Amazon system. So, the two work in conjunction really well together.

Hopefully that works for you. Its a wonderful benefit and were really grateful to IngramSpark for offering this service to our members.

Exists a sample agreement to use with graphic designers?

Sometimes, something like that, as to whether the illustrator has the proper licensing procedure in themselves, and I concur with you that this is a very important question, a reputable designer will constantly have the correct licenses covered off. And its really crucial that they have the right licensing in location, however in some cases those concerns are best covered off in the email rather than in the agreement. Its all part of the exact same thing, and its your choice as to whether you want to put that in as a clause in the agreement or whether you desire to just have it as part of the conversation when youre working with the person.

Another concern can be found in here online, do you have a sample contract specifically for a graphic designer utilizing stock art to produce a cover? Something that would make it clear they have the right license themselves.

So, till next week when we will be back with the Foundational Podcast, Sacha Black and I will both be here together, taking a look at our style for next time. Till then, I hope you have a good writing and publishing week. Thank you for occurring. Bye-bye now.

That is it on this months member questions. Those of you who sent questions that were not answered here in the live show, you will have received an e-mail from us with a direct response, and the factor that not every concern enters into the live stream is due to the fact that we are not choosing questions that we dealt with them last month or in recent programs, we tend to respond to that independently, or if its an extremely specific concern, specific to you, that does not truly have a lot of significance for everyone else.

For those of you who have not tuned in previously, this is our regular monthly Q&A, and our members have lots of methods in which they can get their self-publishing suggestions concerns addressed. Simply enter them into the chat when you wish to, and if you have any questions that are triggered by the answers to the set up questions, then yes feel free to pop them into the chart area. Brief answer to the question is, you do not require to get them, but it is advisable to get them. Another copyright question and once again, like all copyright questions, the answer is hardly ever a basic black and white response. Once again, youll find the location to do that in the member zone, just go to Member Q&A, and fill out the kind and we will take the questions here.

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

However once again, bear in mind that there are lots of ways to get your questions answered at ALLi and one of the important things that we are here for is among our AskALLi campaign guarantees, that we can answer any self-publishing concern that you might have.

Our sample contracts are made to be altered. The sample contracts are just that, theyre not set in stone at all, theyre guidelines for you to use.

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