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Know Your (Copy) Rights An Introduction to Copyright for Authors

Author copyright is a common and often intimidating subject. We don’t intend this to be a comprehensive overview, but we do want to set the record straight on a few important points.

What is copyright?

In the United States, copyright is a form of legal protection granted to “authors of ‘original works of authorship,’ including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works.” (US Copyright Office). This covers both published and unpublished works. In a nutshell, the Copyright Act of 1976 […]

By |2019-07-27T15:19:01+00:00|Miscellaneous|Comments Off on Know Your (Copy) Rights An Introduction to Copyright for Authors

Plot vs. Plot Event An editor's thoughts inspired by Robert Ludlum, Matt Damon, and Jason Bourne

by Ross Browne

It wasn’t all that long ago that the news hit Hollywood that Matt Damon was considering bowing out of his leading role as Jason Bourne. The untitled film he considered passing on would have been the fifth in a series based on a trilogy that we have Robert Ludlum to thank for. (Or blame for, depending on your perspective.) Ludlum stopped writing the series after book number 3, and it wasn’t until his […]

By |2019-06-17T17:06:38+00:00|RSB, The Writer’s Craft|Comments Off on Plot vs. Plot Event An editor's thoughts inspired by Robert Ludlum, Matt Damon, and Jason Bourne

Part III: Showing vs. Telling Rue the day you tell what's been shown

Almost every aspect of fiction writing can be analyzed by the degree to which you the author allow your reader to formulate his own pictures, thoughts, opinions and versions of your story. This is a delicate matter, certainly, because leaving too much out is just as much a travesty as directly telling the reader exactly what his five senses should be sensing at all times. And it really is a more complex question than simply what details you choose to […]

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The Evolution of a Book Cover A guided tour of the cover design process for self publishing authors

Writing is a lonely business. Authors spend the majority of the life of a manuscript in their own heads, fiction authors playing God to a cast of characters in situations of their own devising, and nonfiction authors gathering information they distill into a form that fits their own purpose and vision. As anyone who’s ever written or tried to write a book can attest, it’s a massive undertaking that can easily dominate one’s life. 

So it’s not surprising […]

By |2019-06-19T19:35:47+00:00|Self Publishing|Comments Off on The Evolution of a Book Cover A guided tour of the cover design process for self publishing authors

Make Time for Writing Thoughts on writing a novel without quitting the day job

Like most writers, we all have day jobs here at The Editorial Department. We’re fortunate that our everyday activities are centered around writing and helping other writers get their books into print but we know how hard it can be to make the time to write. We also know how important it is  make time for writing and make the most of the time you set aside.

Find your groove

Everyone has their own ingredients for creativity. Think about the times […]

By |2019-06-17T20:25:12+00:00|Miscellaneous|Comments Off on Make Time for Writing Thoughts on writing a novel without quitting the day job

Write what you know One author's take on an old adage

By J.S. Anderson

“Write what you know.”

For years I struggled with this common little sliver of advice.

What did I know? I was not a detective or former prosecutor. I was not a physician or politician or Olympian or scholar of history. What I knew well was health care administration for the elderly. But despite its many trials and tribulations, that subject matter just did not seem to be fertile ground for scintillating (let alone marketable) fiction.

I’ve recently published a novel, […]

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