Do I require sample modifies for my book? This is amongst the concerns answered on our #AskALLi Members Q&A is hosted by Michael La Ronn, author of sci-fi and dream books along with author self-help books; and ALLi Director, author, and poet Orna Ross.
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Can I utilize somebody elses trademark in my book title?
When I commission artwork, does the copyright belong to me or the artist?
How can I design and format a book cover all set for printing? Or would a printer do that?
How do I submit a book to IngramSpark without needing to pay any charges?
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For those of you who are enjoying this live session, I understand great deals of people will be enjoying in replay, however if you are here live, this session is likewise a chance to get your questions answered here, live. So, simply enter them into the chat when you wish to, and if you have any questions that are prompted by the responses to the set up concerns, then yes feel totally free to pop them into the chart area. And yeah, just tell us whos here and where youve come from and so on, and well get on the concerns now.
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Orna Ross: Hello everybody, and welcome to the Alliance of Independent Authors Member Q&A. Usually I state, with me Orna Ross and with Michael La Ronn, but Michael cant be with us today, so its simply me, Im scared. It wont make a big distinction to the Q&A, though its always terrific to have Michaels point of view, especially his legal brain, however we dont have any heavy legal questions today.
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First question, Michael typically understands who theyre from and has the longer question, so I just get the brief question here. Im going to work from that.
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Michael La Ronn is the author of over 30 books of sci-fi & & dream and authors self-help books. His books consist of the Galaxy Mavericks series and Modern Necromancy series. You can now discover his new writing course on Teachable.
Orna Ross introduced the Alliance of Independent Authors at the London Book Fair in 2012. Her work for ALLi has seen her called as one of The Booksellers “100 top individuals in publishing”.
For those of you who havent tuned in previously, this is our month-to-month Q&A, and our members have lots of methods in which they can get their self-publishing suggestions questions addressed. We have, obviously, a closed Facebook forum where you can put your question and get actions from our other members, and the hive mind is a source of excellent wisdom. We also, obviously, have the member desk where you can email your specific inquiry and have it answered, but this session has to do with public queries that work to lots of authors. Our members have actually sent them in, and we answer them here openly. Anybody can listen in to this broadcast, but only our members can actually submit concerns. We dont have a big range of questions here today, and due to the fact that Michael is not here, well most likely get through them a little faster than typical.
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Do I require sample edits for my book?
This question is, do I require sample edits for my book?
Im presuming this question is from a member whos in the editorial stage of their publishing and they are looking for an editor and questioning whether they need to get sample edits from the editor in order to see whether its a fit.
Brief answer to the question is, you do not need to get them, however it is recommended to get them. And while were on it, in regards to employing editors, its always recommended to provide plenty of time to the hire procedure. Do not simply take the very first person that occurs. Its great to have an editor who works in your genre. Not essential, however always great. Its likewise good to see other feedback and comments from other authors who have utilized them. Dont simply go by reviews on the website, likewise go directly; if you do see a review on an editors site, feel free to go straight to that author.
If you see an author thanking an editor in the back of their book, feel free to ask them about their experiences. The majority of authors are really willing to share their experience with editors and, its a fit thing, not every editor matches every author, its about discovering the right one.
I think its a really great idea to do this. Lots and great deals of editors are really happy to supply a sample edit. Not all. You might discover an editor that youre interested in will not desire to do that, however it gives you a sense of where the editor is coming from, and it gives them a sense of the phase that your work is in fact in, because in some cases as authors, we believe were even more along than we really are. We might be trying to find checking, however in fact require copy editing, or certainly even something more than that, developmental editing. Samples are an excellent idea before you really make a contract to work with someone. Its a good idea to utilize samples, I think. And if anybody is listening, who would like to share their experience of editing samples, again, please do feel free to pop that into the chat.
Can I utilize another persons hallmark in my book?
While were on it, in the UK, United States, and great deals of countries that are governed by bare copyright, copyright is not a universal, international thing, its a local thing, and different nations are ruled by different copyright laws, however in the English speaking world, extensively, there is no copyright in titles, so its a challenging and a complicated area, but we constantly offer the recommendations to stay as safe as you can, remain on the right side of things, rather than putting yourself in a situation where you might find yourself in difficulty.
Rather than putting yourself in a situation where youre fretted about something, and where you have a possible legal problem on your hands, its far much better to alter it up and believe of another way, another name, another term. Were not constrained in what we do, however sometimes we constrain ourselves, and we can believe we actually need something for our book, however in fact we dont need it as much as we require to keep ourselves on the right side of the law, and material, and not worried about things like this.
I think the short response to this one is no. The factor that individuals hallmark is so that people will not do things like that, however hallmark and copyright are various things, and books, usually speaking, are governed more by copyright than by hallmark, though there are exceptions, especially with certain non-fiction books.
Okay, next concern. Can I utilize somebody elses trademark in my book title?
When commissioning art work, does the copyright come from me or to the artist?
Next question, when I commission art work, does the copyright belong to me or to the artist?
Sadly, in the rights arena, theres a big tendency to get as many rights as possible, since you never ever quite understand in releasing whats going to remove and whats not. And so, people protect themselves by trying to get all the rights when they dont have a strategy to exploit them. Do not be that person, be fair to our fellow imaginative experts.
So, another copyright question and once again, like all copyright concerns, the answer is seldom an easy black and white response. Again, you can take the white end of the spectrum here, the artist owns the copyright in their own work, simply like you own the copyright in your own words. You can have arrangements where they quit that right, and you need to, in your arrangements with an illustrator, or your cover designer, or any person who does visuals for you, you require to be extremely clear about what you are certifying and what youre not licensing. You require a real contract for that.
We have a sample arrangement in the member zone, which you can find if you log in and navigate to agreements, and youll see sample arrangements in the dropdown menu, and there is one there for working with illustrators and designers. Which provides you a concept of what youre looking at, but basically what youre attempting to do when you hire another innovative expert is to be reasonable to you and to be reasonable to them, and it certainly isnt fair for you to grab their copyright, especially since many of us are not paying a substantial fee to the artist.
There is a middle way, and the sample agreement points up that way, but essentially, if youre believing of the idea of fairness and being fair to them and fair to you, you certify it for the uses that you need it for, and that typically 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 in fact releasing in. So print, difficult print, big print, and so on. Stating all of this in the contract makes it clear in the contract so that later, everybody understands what has been certified and what hasnt.
If anybody has any other concerns, do feel complimentary to pop them into the chat, well get to them after we go through the scheduled concerns, if youve got anything pushing on your mind.
Once you set that out, you ask for what you require and you do not ask for more than you need, in the very same method that if a trade publisher or rights buyer was coming along to ask to certify your copyright for a trade publishing edition or a translation, or whatever, you would want them to only take the rights they need to do whatever task theyre preparing, that they would put energy behind.
Should I develop and format my own book cover?
Next arranged question is, how can I design and format a book cover ready for printing? Or would a printer do that?
Yeah, short answer, its a specialist thing and definitely one to be left to the specialists.
As I said, if youre asking that concern, then the response is no, you shouldnt go there. Its not the printer who does it, its the publisher. The publisher is the individual who is looking after the editorial, the style, the distribution, the marketing, the promotion, and the production of the book and that, for us indie authors, thats very often us. Often, we hand that job over to a paid service who does the lot, however more generally we work with individual services for individual parts of the publishing process, so thats what you would do here. You would employ a cover designer who is a professional because arena, and to discover such an individual, if youre an ALLi member, just log in to the member zone and navigate to the services location, and we have there all our authorized partner members, and youll be able to browse out a cover designer who works in your genre and on the type of books that you want to write.
Cover art is art, and it has service. It has conventions, it has tropes, its extremely genre-dependent, its complex. It takes lots of experience to end up being a book cover designer. Even your regional skilled designer or your family member, whos a wonderful illustrator, theyre not always certified to do book cover art, at all.
I have no idea who is asking these concerns today, since as I said, Michael isnt here and he typically does that, however I would say that the very fact that youre asking this concern in this way suggests that no, you definitely ought to not do your front cover.
Do I need to register my pen name, and does it impact copyright?
So, we have a concern being available in here from Facebook. Do I have to register my pen name and does utilizing a pen name result copyright?
No, you dont need to register a pen name. A pen name simply enters into usage by being utilized. So, simply releasing your book in your pen name, putting it out there, thats it, you now are that person for the functions of writing and releasing, and lots of our members have a variety of pen names. Its extremely typical in the author neighborhood to utilize a pen name, Orna Ross, is in reality a pen name.
Yeah, you can definitely feel totally free to just utilize whatever names you desire 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 composing in various category, and they do not want people to get puzzled about what they write, it simply makes it easier to have a number of pen names.
The other part of your question is, does utilizing a pen name impact copyright?
No, it does not. Once again, its commonly recognized by copyright legislation that artists, particularly writers, use pseudonyms. So, it doesnt affect your legal rights in any way.
So, hopefully that was valuable. Sorry, I dont have your name.
How do I avail of the IngramSpark discount rate?
How do I send a book to IngramSpark without needing to pay any fees?
So, if you are using IngramSpark for your print editions, and we advise that you do, due to the fact that they have the largest reach in terms of getting your book to as numerous shops as possible worldwide, and indeed 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 combination effectively together.
So ideally that works for you. Its a fantastic benefit and were extremely grateful to IngramSpark for offering this service to our members.
That is a question which associates with our discount rates and offers for IngramSpark. IngramSpark is a partner member of ALLI and a sponsor of a number of our podcasts, and they also offer our members with a discount rate, a full discount rate, off the expenses of publishing.
Yes, IngramSpark has charges, and you can get those charges for uploads and for modifications and modifications waived by utilizing a code, which you will find in the discounts and deals area of the ALLi website. So, if you just log-on, youll require your password, go to with your normal e-mail and password, and if you simply search there, youll discover the IngramSpark code and you go through your regular uploading, or whatever procedure that you generally go through, and then youll get the possibility to put the code in at the end. So, the costs will come up, however then they will be waived when you put the code in.
Exists a sample contract to use with graphic designers?
Our sample agreements are made to be changed. Anything like this that you would want to put in and make part of the agreement that youre making with your designer, feel complimentary. The sample agreements are simply 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 lot of legalese. No, we dont get that granular with the agreements, theyre kept very basic intentionally, so that you can then bring in the specifics of what youre trying to get at.
For those of you who have not tuned in before, this is our month-to-month Q&A, and our members have lots of ways in which they can get their self-publishing guidance concerns addressed. Just enter them into the chat when you wish to, and if you have any questions that are prompted by the answers to the scheduled concerns, then yes feel free to pop them into the chart location. Brief response to the question is, you dont need to get them, however it is a good idea to get them. Another copyright concern and again, like all copyright concerns, the response is rarely an easy black and white response. Again, youll find the place to do that in the member zone, simply go to Member Q&A, and fill out the form and we will take the questions here.
Another question being available in here online, do you have a sample agreement specifically for a graphic designer using stock art to produce a cover? Something that would make it clear they have the proper license themselves.
Often, something like that, as to whether the illustrator has the right licensing procedure in themselves, and I concur with you that this is a really important question, a reputable designer will always have the appropriate licenses covered off. And they will charge you probably, if they see something online or in a stock library, or whatever, you will be charged for that image as part of the overall charge for the cover. And its truly essential that they have the correct licensing in location, however sometimes those questions are best covered off in the e-mail rather than in the contract. So, its a matter of deciding what enters into the contract, and weve kept the arrangements simple and short and as user-friendly as possible. It would be a decision, I would state, but that conversation is something that you could probably have in the e-mail, and e-mails offer a composed account of the contract, which are as legally binding as the signed contract that goes along with them. So, its all part of the exact same thing, and its your decision regarding whether you wish to put that in as a provision in the contract or whether you wish to simply have it as part of the discussion when youre working with the person.
So, that is it on this months member questions. Those of you who sent questions that were not responded to here in the live program, you will have received an e-mail from us with a direct response, and the factor that not every question goes into the live stream is because we are not choosing concerns that we dealt with them last month or in current programs, we tend to address that privately, or if its a very particular concern, particular to you, that doesnt truly have a lot of importance for everybody else.
So, if we dont have any other concerns here in the actual 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, simply go to Member Q&A, and complete the kind and we will take the concerns here.
However once again, keep in mind that there are great deals of methods to get your concerns addressed at ALLi and one of the things that we are here for is one of our AskALLi project guarantees, that we can address any self-publishing question that you might have.
Up until next week when we will be back with the Foundational Podcast, Sacha Black and I will both be here together, looking at our theme for next time. Till then, I hope you have an excellent writing and publishing week. Thank you for coming along. Bye-bye now.