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Don't let simple mistakes ruin your book's chances! ~ Don McNair

Saturday, April 25, 2015

MORE PRIZES FOR SUMMER OF LOVE GIVEAWAY


cj Sez: Check it out . . .

Special giveaways just for entering the Summer of Love Contest!


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If you enter the Summer of Love print book giveaway by midnight April 30th, you’ll be entered into a special separate drawing for one of Jessica Lawler Kay’s glass creations! This lovely candleholder (called Raindrops) can also be used as a vase.

And don’t worry, if you’ve already entered the contest, you’ll be entered to win this prize, too!

Starting May 1, we’ll have two weeks of daily drawings that include Amazon gift cards, Kindle ebooks, and more, so check back!

Now, you-all guys keep on keeping on, and I'll try to do the same.

cj

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Summer of Love Contest and Literary Estates


There’s still time to enter the Summer of Love Books contest for a chance to win a summer-full of romance novels. Incentive: There will be more than one winner.  http://summeroflovebooks.com

Following is an excerpt of a recent blog at the site:


It seems everywhere you look, and in every sub-genre, romances that center around a second chance at love abound. A do-over, a chance to get things right this time. Why is that, I hear you wondering.

I have an answer.                  – Becky Lower (Author of BLAME IT ON THE BRONTES)

 

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cj Sez: A note concerning writers’ literary estates crossed my desk recently (for the second year, actually) so I think it’s time to re-post something I wrote in June of 2014.

I’ve always known that I’m happiest when I learn something new every day. It’s the reason I take another college class every now and then. And it’s the reason I attend writer’s conferences. Today, I learned that I should be thinking about my “literary estate.” Hmm. I’ve never thought about that concept: As a published writer, I have a literary estate. Wow.

I also learned that I was wrong when I thought that the estate lawyer who drew up my trust and will was all I needed.

Not so, Grasshopper. Copyright protection in an estate and will requires an attorney familiar with the subject. It’s a legal specialty, as in she/he needs to be a copyright, publishing, and media lawyer.

I discovered, however, that I am moving in the right direction. I keep files … physical paper documents in physical paper file folders in addition to digital copies I keep on a flash drive in a safe deposit box. I have a folder of contracts, correspondence, and any pertinent information about my publisher, agent (if I ever get one she/he will be added), and the literary works, such as are they still in print and who has the rights (I have requested some be returned).

I keep a list of works-in-progress and completed but unpublished manuscripts. I also keep a paper copy of all my passwords so that they’re accessible to my executor/trix. All of these things are included in a six-page list that keeps getting notated and updated in pencil until I can no longer read my scratch and have to retype the thing. It’s about to get longer because as I read this, I realize there are things I haven’t put on the list.

There’s a bit more I need to do . . . like find a literary attorney who knows what to do with copyrights in estates.  (Yep, I wrote this in 2014 and have yet to do that. Got to put that at the top of my to-do list.)

Okay, you-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

 cj
 
PS: I have my fingers crossed that you will be one of the winners for those romance books.