What I learned about contracts, plagiarism, and gaming the system this week

Every once in a while, I look back and realize how far authors have come in relation to sharing our works with the world. Not just progress, but meaningful changes in the publishing industry. That’s the moment I am having this morning as I sip coffee – my second cup at 10 am.

If you’ve been reading my post, you might have noticed my focus on goals and developing a business plan that is sustainable and measurable. That’s no coincidence since I’ve made writing full time a goal for 2020.

Despite positive changes like indie publishing, control over price, whether to ditch the agent, or flexibility when negotiating contracts etc. that make reaching readers easier, I find myself bitching about obstacles writers continue to face.

Then there are intentional pits that set hard working authors back – rights grab from publishers – Publishing contract red flag: when a publisher claims copyright on edits, posted by Victoria Strauss on Writers Beware and the latest scandal of plagiarism- Cristiane Serruya is a copyright infringer, a plagiarist, and an idiot by Courtney Milan. Continue reading “What I learned about contracts, plagiarism, and gaming the system this week”

What Separates Achievers from Dreamers

As the year gets off to a running start, I’ve already noticed signs of resolution stress. I’ve heard from fellow creators who have a long list of lofty goals and plans for the new year. A couple of them have had some set-backs and are already complaining about missed progress.

I personally don’t think the problem lies with the resolution but being overwhelmed by the type of resolutions we set. My writing colleague, Christine and I were having this discussion a few days ago when writers we knew kept comparing their progress. That’s a danger zone. One writer’s success or progress may not be another’s. Continue reading “What Separates Achievers from Dreamers”