27 November 2011, Publication - Seller Connections, others' Rights
Introduction: I realized that I need to introduce this blog a little. I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. The working title was Daemon, and this was my 21st novel. Over the last year, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel.
I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way. At this moment, I'm showing you the marketing material I put together for a novel.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, go to my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.
I wrote yesterday about protecting your rights. Let's move over to protecting the rights of other artists. Just as you have a copyright and the rights to the works you create--other writers and artists also own the rights to their works. As artists, our job is to not infringing on their rights. The point here is that every artist has the right to control and make a profit on their own works. We all need to do everything in our power to protect those rights.
Therefore, unless you ask permission or have purchased the rights from an author, painter, photographer, etc., don't use their works on your websites, in your books, or anywhere else. You may take quotes from others books without permission. There is a legal limitation as to how much you can quote. Teachers can print up to a chapter from a book for their students. These are just some of the copyright laws I remember off the top of my head.
In every case, you must give attribution to the author and the work. In other words, don't just copy some one's writing without footnoting their name and the work that the quote came from. You can footnote in the text for a novel. If you don't footnote, you can be accused of plagiarism.
I just thought this was the right time to bring up this topic. I'll give you more about Author Central tomorrow.
I'll repeat my published novel websites so you can see more examples: http://www.ldalford.com/, and the individual novel websites: http://www.aegyptnovel.com/, http://www.centurionnovel.com/, http://www.thesecondmission.com/, http://www.theendofhonor.com/, http://www.thefoxshonor.com/, and http://www.aseasonofhonor.com/.