Editor’s Blog

You Need to Register Your Copyright

Every so often, I come across some blog post or a Facebook group message, or something, where a writer is asking about copyright certificate and the like. Amazon is becoming more insistent on obtaining those copyright certificates, and rightly so.

Too many times, I have encountered some horror story where some honest writer has had their precious work taken down from the Amazon sites because some BLEEP has chosen to claim that they own the copyright. If this happens to you, it falls on you to prove the other person is wrong.

To complicate matters, far too many writers choose not to register their copyright with a copyright authority because of the cost. However, these are the writers that run the risk of finding themselves being the victim of some copyright takeover.

All writers want to protect their writing as much as possible, and for the most part, people are honest. It’s the shady ones that you need to worry about. Here is where taking a few simple steps can save you.

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Helpful Tips

Tip of the Day: Pay the money to copyright your work.

Every so often, I come across another horror story where some honest writer has had their precious work taken down from the Amazon sites because some BLEEP has chosen to claim that they own the copyright. If this happens to you, it falls on you to prove the other person is wrong. Pay the money to the copyright office to get that official certificate. If you reside in a country that doesn’t have a formal registration for copyright, like New Zealand, then join a copyright registrar site.

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Tip of the Day: Play nice, kiddy-winks.

As writers seeking publication, either traditional or self-publication road, how we behave on public forums does play on our marketability. Let’s face it, published writers are public figures, maybe not as famous as some big-name movie star, but our fans still want to know more about us. If we behave badly on social media, that could be very bad for our careers. And don’t think that if you did something years ago that it’ll be buried forever. The ugly-nasty has a bad habit of turning up when you least expect it. Always play nice on social media.

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The Rush-The-Process Dish

Over a year ago, I jokingly reported about some of the flavours of the Rush-The-Process dish. I’m talking about those scenarios where writers are in such a hurry to submit their work for publications that they skip vital steps in the editing or publication process.

In that post, I spoke about the ones who only have family and friends looking at their work, not other writers or editors. I spoke about the ones who take editorial reports and stick to the most basic of rewrites. Then there are those who submit to agents and publishers unfinished works, only to go into full panic mode when they get the request for fulls. And my personal favourite: upload to Amazon without editing at all, because they supposedly can’t afford it.

But there are some other flavours to this Rush-The-Process dish that also requires some attention.

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Helpful Tips

Tip of the Day: Script your videos, even loosely.

With the introduction of Facebook and Twitter Live, it’s not surprising that many are now turning to vlogging (video blogging) in a rudimentary way. However, before you make any recording, it’s important to have an idea as to what you intend to record. Where possible, script your videos. Rambling can make you seem scatterbrained and unable to structure thoughts into a coherent form. For the sake of your reputation, make a few dummy recordings as practice, before you use the Live features.

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Tip of the Day: Don’t feed the trolls!

Common advice, but one that is so tempting to NOT follow. Let’s face it, the nasties on social media do, at times, go for the jugular and start making personal attacks. It’s natural to want to get in there and defend yourself, or your friends. But you can’t. No matter how much you want to lash back, you need to find a way to brush it off, even if that means ranting to a close friend somewhere off of public platforms. However, do keep in mind that there is a BIG difference between public debate and feeding trolls.

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The Dangers of Photos and GPS on Social Media

Put your hand up if you have found yourself becoming a shutter-bug. Be honest.

With the latest phones, many of us now have a high-resolution camera sitting in our back pockets (or in my case, the outside pocket of my purse). So, it’s not surprising that people have become trigger happy with their phone cameras. Add in the fact that smartphones have easy access to the internet, and those photos are now being showcased for the world to see.

Before you hit the share button, you might want to take a good look at that photo.

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Tip of the Day: NEVER share posts from private feeds

One of the ways to connect with others on Facebook, or any social media, is to share tidbits of information. However, it looks bad when you come across a post that says Attachment Unavailable. This happens when you share a post that was marked as private or restricted to Friends. This will likely be the case if the shared post is sourced from someone’s private feed. Always try to go to the original source of information — share the post from the website or public page it came from.

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