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 modifies for my book? This is among the concerns answered on our #AskALLi Members Q&A is hosted by Michael La Ronn, author of sci-fi and dream novels as well as author self-help books; and ALLi Director, author, and poet Orna Ross.

Our questions this month include:

Can I utilize somebody elses hallmark in my book title?
When I commission artwork, does the copyright come from me or the artist?
How can I develop and format a book cover ready for printing? Or would a printer do that?
How do I send a book to IngramSpark without needing to pay any charges?

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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, 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 great to have Michaels viewpoint, particularly his legal brain, however we dont have any heavy legal concerns today.

Orna Ross released 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”. She also releases poetry, nonfiction and fiction, and is significantly delighted by the democratising, empowering capacity of author-publishing. To learn more about Orna, visit her website:

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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 advice concerns 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 great knowledge. Anyone can listen in to this broadcast, however only our members can in fact send questions.

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For those of you who are watching this live session, I know lots of people will be watching in replay, but if you are here live, this session is likewise a chance to get your concerns answered here, live. Just enter them into the chat when you want to, and if you have any questions that are prompted by the responses to the scheduled 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 concerns now.

So, very first concern, Michael typically understands who theyre from and has the longer question, so I just get the short concern here. So, 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 find his new writing course on Teachable.

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Do I need sample edits for my book?

So this concern is, do I need sample edits for my book?

You might find an editor that youre interested in will not desire to do that, but it provides you a sense of where the editor is coming from, and it offers them a sense of the phase that your work is actually in, because sometimes as authors, we believe were further along than we in fact are. We may be looking for proofreading, however actually be in need of copy modifying, or certainly even something more than that, developmental editing. Its a good idea to utilize samples, I believe.

Short response to the concern is, you dont 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 offer plenty of time to the hire procedure. Do not just take the very first person that comes along. Its good to have an editor who operates in your genre. Not necessary, but constantly good. Its also excellent to see other feedback and comments from other authors who have actually utilized them. Dont just go by reviews on the website, likewise go straight; if you do see a review on an editors site, feel totally free to go straight to that author.

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

Feel complimentary to ask them about their experiences if you see an author thanking an editor in the back of their book. The majority of authors are very happy to share their experience with editors and, its an in shape thing, not every editor suits every author, its about finding the best one. Sometimes it spends some time, theres trial and mistake process involved, before you discover the best person, and when you do, its a bit like with a date or something, when you do discover the best individual, you understand it. Thats it, and sample edits have their location in that procedure, absolutely.

Can I use somebody elses trademark in my book?

While were on it, in the UK, US, and lots of nations that are governed by bare copyright, copyright is not a universal, international thing, its a regional thing, and different countries are ruled by various copyright laws, however in the English speaking world, commonly, there is no copyright in titles, so its a challenging and a complicated area, however we constantly provide the guidance to remain as safe as you can, remain on the best side of things, rather than putting yourself in a circumstance where you might find yourself in difficulty.

So with anything like this, I always think that the action is imagination. Rather than putting yourself in a scenario where youre stressed about something, and where you have a possible legal issue on your hands, its far better to alter it up and think of another method, another name, another term. Were not constrained in what we do, but often we constrain ourselves, and we can believe we actually need something for our book, however actually we do not require it as much as we require to keep ourselves on the best side of the law, and material, and not stressed over things like this. If something is trademarked, its definitely best to not put it into your title, I would state.

So, I think the brief answer to this one is no. The reason that individuals hallmark is so that people will not do things like that, but trademark and copyright are different things, and books, generally speaking, are governed more by copyright than by hallmark, though there are exceptions, particularly with particular non-fiction books.

Okay, next concern. Can I use somebody elses hallmark in my book title?

When commissioning art work, does the copyright belong to me or to the artist?

Next question, when I commission art work, does the copyright belong to me or to the artist?

There is a middle method, and the sample agreement points up that way, but basically, if youre believing of the principle of fairness and being reasonable to them and fair to you, you license 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 require, whatever it is you need from them, whatever utilizes you need in whatever formats youre actually publishing in. So print, hard print, big print, and so on. Specifying all of this in the contract makes it clear in the contract so that in the future, everybody knows what has been licensed 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 set up questions, if youve got anything pushing on your mind.

Another copyright question and again, like all copyright questions, the answer is seldom a simple black and white answer. However once again, you can take the white end of the spectrum here, the artist owns the copyright in their own work, similar to you own the copyright in your own words. You can have arrangements whereby they offer up that right, and you need to, in your agreements with an illustrator, or your cover designer, or any person who does visuals for you, you need to be really clear about what you are licensing and what youre not licensing. So, you need an actual contract for that.

Sadly, in the rights arena, theres a big tendency to get as many rights as possible, due to the fact that you never quite understand in publishing whats going to remove and whats not. Therefore, people safeguard themselves by trying to get all the rights when they do not have a strategy to exploit them. Dont be that person, be fair to our fellow creative professionals.

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 arrangements in the dropdown menu, and there is one there for dealing with illustrators and designers. And that gives you an idea of what youre taking a look at, but basically what youre trying to do when you hire another innovative expert is to be reasonable to you and to be fair to them, and it certainly isnt reasonable for you to get their copyright, particularly due to the fact that the majority of us are not paying a substantial cost to the artist.

As soon as you set that out, you ask for what you need and you do not ask for more than you need, in the exact 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.

Should I design and format my own book cover?

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

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

So, cover art is art, and it has organization also. It has conventions, it has tropes, its really genre-dependent, its complex. It takes great deals of experience to become a book cover designer. So, even your local knowledgeable designer or your family member, whos a magnificent illustrator, theyre not always qualified to do book cover art, at all.

I have no concept who is asking these questions today, since as I stated, Michael isnt here and he normally does that, but I would state that the really reality that youre asking this question in this method shows that no, you certainly need to not do your front cover.

As I stated, if youre asking that question, then the response is no, you shouldnt go there. The publisher is the individual who is looking after the editorial, the style, the circulation, the marketing, the promotion, and the production of the book and that, for us indie authors, thats very frequently us.

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

We have a concern coming in here from Facebook. Do I need to register my pen name and does using a pen name impact copyright?

No, you do not need to register a pen name. A pen name simply comes into usage by being utilized. So, simply 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 variety of pen names. Its very common in the author neighborhood to use a pen name, Orna Ross, remains in truth a pen name.

Yeah, you can definitely feel totally free to simply utilize whatever names you desire on your book covers. Its crucial that your pen names, if you have more than one, correspond. The factor people burglarize various pen names is because theyre writing in various category, and they dont 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 utilizing a pen name impact copyright?

No, it doesnt. Again, its widely recognized by copyright legislation that artists, especially authors, utilize pseudonyms. So, it doesnt affect your legal rights in any method.

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

How do I get the IngramSpark discount?

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

That is a concern which connects to our discount rates and offers for IngramSpark. So, 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 rate, a full discount rate, off the costs 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 find in the discount rates and offers area of the ALLi site. So, if you simply log-on, youll require your password, go to with your regular e-mail and password, and if you simply browse there, youll find the IngramSpark code and you go through your typical uploading, or whatever process that you normally 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.

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

If you are using IngramSpark for your print editions, and we advise that you do, since they have the largest reach in terms of getting your book to as lots of shops as possible around the world, and undoubtedly Amazon itself utilizes Ingram for satisfaction a lot. We suggest though that you use amazon KDP for the Amazon system. The two work in combination very well together.

Is there a sample contract to utilize with graphic designers?

So, 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. Until then, I hope you have a good writing and publishing week. Thank you for coming along. Bye-bye now.

So, that is it on this months member concerns. Those of you who submitted questions that were not responded to here in the live show, you will have received an email 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 passing by questions that we handled them last month or in current programs, we tend to address that privately, or if its a very specific concern, specific to you, that does not really have a lot of relevance for everybody else.

So, if we dont have any other questions here in the actual live stream, then that is it for today. Do keep your concerns coming. Once again, youll find the location to do that in the member zone, just go to Member Q&A, and submit the form and we will take the questions here.

For those of you who have not tuned in before, this is our regular monthly Q&A, and our members have many methods in which they can get their self-publishing advice concerns responded to. Just enter them into the chat when you wish to, and if you have any questions that are triggered by the responses to the scheduled questions, then yes feel complimentary to pop them into the chart location. Short answer to the concern is, you dont require to get them, but it is advisable to get them. Another copyright question and again, like all copyright concerns, the response is rarely a basic black and white response. Again, youll discover the location to do that in the member zone, simply go to Member Q&A, and fill out the type and we will take the questions here.

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

In some cases, something like that, as to whether the illustrator has the appropriate licensing procedure in themselves, and I agree with you that this is a really essential concern, a reputable designer will always have the correct licenses covered off. And its truly important that they have the appropriate licensing in place, but in some cases those questions are best covered off in the e-mail rather than in the contract. Its all part of the exact same thing, and its your choice as to whether you want to put that in as a stipulation in the contract or whether you desire to simply have it as part of the discussion when youre working with the person.

Once again, remember that there are lots of methods to get your questions responded to at ALLi and one of the things that we are here for is one of our AskALLi project assures, that we can answer any self-publishing question that you may have.

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

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