Do I need sample edits for my book? This is among the concerns addressed on our #AskALLi Members Q&A is hosted by Michael La Ronn, author of science fiction and dream books along with author self-help books; and ALLi Director, author, and poet Orna Ross.
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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 design and format a book cover ready for printing? Or would a printer do that?
How do I send a book to IngramSpark without having to pay any fees?
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So, first question, Michael typically knows who theyre from and has the longer concern, so I just get the short question here. So, Im going to work from that.
Orna Ross: Hello everyone, and welcome to the Alliance of Independent Authors Member Q&A. Normally 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 wont make a huge distinction to the Q&A, though its always excellent to have Michaels perspective, particularly his legal brain, however we do not have any heavy legal questions today.
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Orna Ross launched the Alliance of Independent Authors at the London Book Fair in 2012. Her work for ALLi has actually seen her called as one of The Booksellers “100 leading people in publishing”.
So, for those of you who havent tuned in previously, this is our month-to-month Q&A, and our members have many methods in which they can get their self-publishing suggestions concerns responded to. We have, obviously, a closed Facebook online forum where you can put your concern and get responses 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 particular inquiry and have it addressed, however this session has to do with public queries that work to lots of authors. Our members have sent them in, and we answer them here publicly. Anyone can eavesdrop to this broadcast, however just our members can really submit concerns. We do not have a substantial variety of questions here today, and because Michael is not here, well most likely get through them a little faster than normal.
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Do I need sample modifies for my book?
This question is, do I need sample edits for my book?
Brief answer to the concern is, you do not require to get them, however it is suggested to get them. And while were on it, in regards to working with editors, its always suggested to give plenty of time to the hire procedure. Do not simply take the very first person that comes along. Its good to have an editor who works in your genre. Not important, however constantly good. Its also excellent to see other feedback and remarks from other authors who have utilized them. Do not simply go by reviews on the website, also go straight; if you do see a review on an editors website, feel totally free to go directly to that author.
Im presuming this concern is from a member whos in the editorial stage of their publishing and they are looking for an editor and questioning whether they must get sample edits from the editor in order to see whether its a fit.
If you see an author thanking an editor in the back of their book, do not hesitate to ask about their experiences. A lot of authors are very ready to share their experience with editors and, its a fit thing, not every editor fits every author, its about discovering the best one. Sometimes it spends some time, theres trial and error procedure 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 ideal person, you understand it. So thats it, and sample edits have their place in that process, certainly.
You might find an editor that youre interested in wont desire to do that, but it provides you a sense of where the editor is coming from, and it provides them a sense of the phase that your work is really in, because sometimes as authors, we think were further along than we actually are. We may be looking for checking, however actually be in requirement of copy editing, or certainly even something more than that, developmental modifying. Its a great concept to utilize samples, I think.
Can I utilize another persons hallmark in my book?
I think the brief response to this one is no. The reason that people trademark is so that people will not do things like that, but hallmark and copyright are different things, and books, normally speaking, are governed more by copyright than by hallmark, though there are exceptions, especially with particular non-fiction books.
So with anything like this, I constantly think that the response is creativity. Rather than putting yourself in a scenario where youre worried about something, and where you have a possible legal issue on your hands, its far much better to alter it up and think of another method, another name, another term. Were not constrained in what we do, but in some cases we constrain ourselves, and we can think we actually need something for our book, however really we dont require it as much as we need to keep ourselves on the right side of the law, and material, and not fretted about things like this. If something is trademarked, its certainly best to not put it into your title, I would say.
Okay, next question. Can I utilize another persons trademark in my book title?
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, worldwide thing, its a local thing, and various nations are ruled by different copyright laws, but in the English speaking world, widely, there is no copyright in titles, so its a difficult and an intricate location, but we constantly offer the guidance to stay as safe as you can, stay on the ideal side of things, rather than putting yourself in a circumstance where you may find yourself in difficulty.
When commissioning art work, does the copyright belong to me or to the artist?
Next concern, when I commission artwork, does the copyright come from me or to the artist?
So, if anyone has any other questions, do feel totally free to pop them into the chat, well get to them after we go through the set up questions, if youve got anything continuing your mind.
When you set that out, you ask for what you require and you dont ask for more than you require, in the same way that if a trade publisher or rights purchaser was coming along to ask to license 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 planning, that they would put energy behind.
We have a sample arrangement in the member zone, which you can discover if you log in and navigate to agreements, and youll see sample arrangements in the dropdown menu, and there is one there for dealing with designers and illustrators. And that provides you a concept of what youre looking at, but essentially what youre attempting to do when you hire another imaginative specialist is to be reasonable to you and to be reasonable to them, and it definitely isnt reasonable for you to get their copyright, particularly because the majority of us are not paying a big fee to the artist.
So, there is a middle method, and the sample agreement punctuates that method, but basically, if youre considering the concept of fairness and being reasonable to them and fair to you, you license it for the uses that you require it for, which generally is the cover of the book, or in the interior, or whatever you require, whatever it is you need 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 in the future, everyone knows what has been licensed and what hasnt.
Another copyright question and again, like all copyright concerns, the answer is seldom a simple black and white response. You can have agreements whereby they give up that right, and you need to, in your contracts with an illustrator, or your cover designer, or anyone who does visuals for you, you need to be extremely clear about what you are certifying and what youre not licensing.
Unfortunately, in the rights arena, theres a big propensity to get as numerous rights as possible, because you never ever rather know in publishing whats going to take off and whats not. And so, people protect themselves by trying to get all the rights when they dont have a strategy to exploit them. So, do not be that person, be fair to our fellow imaginative professionals.
Should I develop and format my own book cover?
Next arranged concern is, how can I create and format a book cover all set for printing? Or would a printer do that?
So yeah, short response, its a professional thing and definitely one to be left to the professionals.
It takes lots of experience to end up being a book cover designer. Even your local proficient designer or your family member, whos a magnificent illustrator, theyre not necessarily certified to do book cover art, at all.
As I said, if youre asking that question, then the answer is no, you should not go there. The publisher is the person 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 extremely typically us.
I have no idea who is asking these questions today, because as I said, Michael isnt here and he usually does that, but I would say that the very truth that youre asking this question in this method suggests that no, you absolutely must refrain from doing your front cover.
Do I require to register my pen name, and does it impact copyright?
Yeah, you can definitely feel complimentary to simply use whatever names you want on your book covers. Its essential that your pen names, if you have more than one, correspond. The reason people break into various pen names is due to the fact that theyre writing in different category, and they do not want people to get confused about what they compose, it simply makes it easier to have a variety of pen names.
So, we have a concern coming in here from Facebook. Do I need to register my pen name and does using a pen name effect copyright?
Just releasing your book in your pen name, putting it out there, thats it, you now are that person for the purposes of composing and releasing, and lots of our members have a number of pen names. Its really common in the author neighborhood to utilize a pen name, Orna Ross, is in fact a pen name.
The other part of your question is, does utilizing a pen name impact copyright?
Ideally that was useful. Sorry, I dont have your name.
No, it does not. Again, its commonly recognized by copyright legislation that artists, particularly authors, utilize pseudonyms. So, it does not affect your legal rights in any way.
How do I get the IngramSpark discount rate?
How do I submit a book to IngramSpark without having to pay any charges?
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 find in the discounts and deals area of the ALLi website. If you simply log-on, youll require your password, log on with your typical e-mail and password, and if you just search there, youll discover the IngramSpark code and you go through your typical uploading, or whatever procedure that you usually go through, and then youll get the possibility to put the code in at the end. So, the expenses will come up, however then they will be waived when you put the code in.
If you are utilizing IngramSpark for your print editions, and we advise that you do, since they have the best reach in terms of getting your book to as lots of shops as possible around the world, and undoubtedly Amazon itself uses Ingram for satisfaction a lot. We advise though that you use amazon KDP for the Amazon system. So, the 2 operate in combination extremely well together.
That is a concern which relates to our discount rates and offers for IngramSpark. So, IngramSpark is a partner member of ALLI and a sponsor of a variety of our podcasts, and they likewise provide our members with a discount rate, a full discount rate, off the expenses of publishing.
Ideally that works for you. Its a fantastic advantage and were really grateful to IngramSpark for offering this service to our members.
Is there a sample contract to use with graphic designers?
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 complete the kind and we will take the questions here.
Sometimes, something like that, as to whether the illustrator has the correct licensing procedure in themselves, and I concur with you that this is an extremely crucial concern, a respectable designer will always have the appropriate licenses covered off. And its truly important that they have the appropriate licensing in location, but in some cases those questions are best covered off in the e-mail rather than in the contract. Its all part of the same thing, and its your choice as to whether you desire to put that in as a stipulation in the agreement or whether you want to simply have it as part of the conversation when youre working with the individual.
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 theme for next time. Till then, I hope you have an excellent writing and publishing week. Thank you for coming along. Bye-bye now.
So, that is it on this months member questions. Those of you who sent concerns that were not responded to here in the live show, you will have received an e-mail from us with a direct response, and the reason that not every question enters into the live stream is because we are passing by questions that we dealt with them last month or in recent programs, we tend to answer that privately, or if its a very specific question, specific to you, that doesnt truly have a great deal of importance for everyone else.
But once again, keep in mind that there are great deals of ways to get your concerns responded to at ALLi and one of the important things that we are here for is among our AskALLi project guarantees, that we can respond to any self-publishing question that you might have.
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 correct license themselves.
For those of you who havent tuned in previously, this is our month-to-month Q&A, and our members have lots of ways in which they can get their self-publishing recommendations questions answered. Simply enter them into the chat when you want to, and if you have any concerns that are prompted by the answers to the scheduled questions, then yes feel complimentary to pop them into the chart area. Short answer to the concern is, you dont require to get them, however it is a good idea to get them. Another copyright concern and again, like all copyright questions, the response is rarely a simple black and white answer. Again, youll find 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.
Our sample agreements are made to be changed. So, anything like this that you would wish to put in and make part of the contract that youre making with your designer, do not hesitate. The sample agreements are simply that, theyre not set in stone at all, theyre guidelines for you to utilize. They provide you language and things that is not weighed down with a great deal of legalese. No, we do not get that granular with the agreements, theyre kept really general deliberately, so that you can then bring in the specifics of what youre trying to get at.