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 science fiction and dream books in addition to author self-help books; and ALLi Director, author, and poet Orna Ross.

Our concerns this month consist of:

Can I utilize another persons hallmark in my book title?
When I commission artwork, does the copyright come from me or the artist?
How can I design and format a book cover prepared for printing? Or would a printer do that?
How do I submit a book to IngramSpark without having to pay any costs?

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Michael La Ronn is the author of over 30 books of science fiction & & 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 enjoying this live session, I understand great deals of people will be enjoying in replay, but if you are here live, this session is likewise an opportunity to get your concerns responded to here, live. Just enter them into the chat when you want to, and if you have any concerns that are prompted by the answers to the set up concerns, then yes feel totally free to pop them into the chart area. And yeah, just inform us whos here and where youve originated from and so on, and well get on the questions now.

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

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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 called as one of The Booksellers “100 top individuals in publishing”.

Orna Ross: Hello everyone, and welcome to the Alliance of Independent Authors Member Q&A. Usually I state, with me Orna Ross and with Michael La Ronn, however Michael cant be with us today, so its simply me, Im afraid. It wont make a huge distinction to the Q&A, though its always fantastic to have Michaels viewpoint, especially his legal brain, but we do not have any heavy legal concerns today.

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Do I require sample modifies for my book?

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

Im assuming this concern is from a member whos in the editorial stage of their publishing and they are seeking an editor and wondering whether they ought to get sample edits from the editor in order to see whether its a fit.

Brief response to the concern is, you dont require to get them, but it is a good idea to get them. Its likewise good to see other feedback and remarks from other authors who have actually used them. Do not simply go by reviews on the site, likewise go straight; if you do see a review on an editors website, feel free to go straight to that author.

Feel complimentary to ask them about their experiences if you see an author thanking an editor in the back of their book. A lot of authors are really ready to share their experience with editors and, its a fit thing, not every editor matches every author, its about finding the right one. Sometimes it takes a while, theres trial and mistake process involved, before you discover the right person, and when you do, its a bit like with a date or something, when you do discover the best person, you know it. So thats it, and sample edits have their place because procedure, absolutely.

You may 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 gives them a sense of the stage that your work is actually in, because often as authors, we believe were even more along than we in fact are. We may be looking for proofreading, but in fact be in need of copy modifying, or undoubtedly even something more than that, developmental modifying. Its a great idea to utilize samples, I believe.

Can I utilize someone elses hallmark in my book?

Rather than putting yourself in a circumstance where youre stressed about something, and where you have a possible legal concern on your hands, its far much better to change it up and believe of another way, another name, another term. Were not constrained in what we do, but often we constrain ourselves, and we can believe we actually require something for our book, but in fact we do not require it as much as we need to keep ourselves on the ideal side of the law, and content, and not fretted about things like this.

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

So, I think the brief response to this one is no. The factor that individuals hallmark is so that people wont do things like that, but trademark and copyright are various things, and books, generally speaking, are governed more by copyright than by trademark, though there are exceptions, especially with particular non-fiction books.

While were on it, in the UK, US, and great deals of countries that are governed by bare copyright, copyright is not a universal, worldwide thing, its a regional thing, and different nations are ruled by various copyright laws, however in the English speaking world, extensively, there is no copyright in titles, so its a tricky and a complicated area, but we always give the guidance to remain as safe as you can, remain on the best side of things, rather than putting yourself in a situation where you may find 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 discover if you log in and navigate to contracts, and youll see sample contracts 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 hire another imaginative expert is to be fair to you and to be fair to them, and it certainly isnt fair for you to get their copyright, particularly due to the fact that many of us are not paying a huge fee to the artist.

Another copyright question and again, like all copyright questions, the answer is seldom a simple black and white answer. You can have contracts whereby 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 require to be very clear about what you are accrediting and what youre not licensing.

So, there is a middle way, and the sample agreement punctuates that way, however essentially, if youre believing of the concept of fairness and being fair to them and reasonable to you, you accredit it for the uses that you need it for, which usually 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 really publishing in. So print, tough print, large print, and so on. Stating all of this in the contract makes it clear in the contract so that in the future, everyone knows what has been licensed and what hasnt.

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

Unfortunately, in the rights arena, theres a huge tendency to grab as numerous rights as possible, since you never quite know in publishing whats going to take off and whats not. Therefore, individuals safeguard themselves by trying to get all the rights when they dont have a plan to exploit them. So, dont be that individual, be fair to our fellow creative professionals.

So once you set that out, you request what you require and you do not request for more than you require, in the exact 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 just take the rights they require to do whatever project theyre preparing, that they would put energy behind.

Should I create and format my own book cover?

Next set up question is, how can I create and format a book cover all set for printing? Or would a printer do that?

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

I have no idea who is asking these concerns today, because as I stated, Michael isnt here and he usually does that, but I would state that the really truth that youre asking this concern in this way suggests that no, you definitely ought to refrain from doing your front cover.

As I said, if youre asking that concern, then the answer is no, you shouldnt go there. The publisher is the individual who is looking after the editorial, the design, the circulation, the marketing, the promo, and the production of the book and that, for us indie authors, thats extremely frequently us.

Yeah, brief response, its a specialist thing and absolutely one to be left to the experts.

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

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

So, yeah, you can definitely do not hesitate to simply use whatever names you desire on your book covers. Its crucial that your pen names, if you have more than one, correspond. The reason people break into various pen names is since theyre composing in different category, and they do not want people to get puzzled about what they compose, it simply makes it easier 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 using a pen name effect copyright?

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

So, hopefully that was practical. Sorry, I dont have your name.

No, it does not. Once again, its commonly acknowledged by copyright legislation that artists, especially writers, utilize pseudonyms. It doesnt affect your legal rights in any way.

How do I avail of the IngramSpark discount?

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

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

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 terms of getting your book to as numerous shops as possible all over the world, and undoubtedly Amazon itself uses Ingram for satisfaction a lot. We advise though that you use amazon KDP for the Amazon system. The 2 work in combination extremely well together.

Ideally that works for you. Its a great advantage and were very grateful to IngramSpark for offering this service to our members.

Yes, IngramSpark has fees, and you can get those fees for uploads and for changes and revisions waived by utilizing a code, which you will discover in the discounts and deals section of the ALLi site. So, if you just log-on, youll need your password, visit with your typical e-mail and password, and if you just search there, youll find the IngramSpark code and you go through your normal uploading, or whatever process that you normally go through, and after that youll get the possibility to put the code in at the end. The expenses will come up, but then they will be waived as soon as you put the code in.

Exists a sample agreement to utilize with graphic designers?

Again, keep in mind that there are lots of methods to get your questions answered 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 concern that you might have.

Often, something like that, regarding whether the illustrator has the correct licensing process in themselves, and I concur with you that this is a very important question, a credible designer will constantly have the appropriate licenses covered off. And they will charge you most likely, if they see something online or in a stock library, or whatever, you will be charged for that image as part of the total charge for the cover. And its actually important that they have the correct licensing in place, but sometimes those questions are best covered off in the email rather than in the agreement. So, its a matter of choosing what goes into the agreement, and weve kept the agreements brief and basic and as user-friendly as possible. It would be a decision, I would state, however that conversation is something that you might probably have in the e-mail, and e-mails supply a composed account of the agreement, 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 choice regarding whether you desire to put that in as a clause in the agreement or whether you desire to simply have it as part of the discussion when youre employing the person.

That is it on this months member concerns. Those of you who submitted questions that were not responded to here in the live program, you will have received an e-mail from us with a direct answer, and the reason that not every concern enters into the live stream is because we are not choosing concerns that we handled them last month or in recent programs, we tend to respond to that independently, or if its an extremely specific concern, particular to you, that does not actually have a lot of relevance for everybody else.

Our sample agreements are made to be altered. The sample contracts are simply that, theyre not set in stone at all, theyre standards for you to utilize.

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

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

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 discover the location to do that in the member zone, simply go to Member Q&A, and submit the kind and we will take the concerns here.

For those of you who have not tuned in before, this is our month-to-month Q&A, and our members have many methods in which they can get their self-publishing recommendations concerns responded to. Just enter them into the chat when you want to, and if you have any concerns that are triggered by the answers to the scheduled concerns, then yes feel complimentary to pop them into the chart location. Brief response to the question is, you dont need to get them, however it is suggested to get them. Another copyright question and once again, like all copyright questions, the answer is rarely a basic black and white answer. Once again, youll discover the place to do that in the member zone, simply go to Member Q&A, and fill out the kind and we will take the concerns here.

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