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How long does copyright last?

April 24, 2011

Tags: copyright, public domain. copyright search

Someone asked, via the Association of Personal Historians listserv, if she could reprint a biography of her long-dead relative first published (probably self-published) in 1960. Among other things, the underlying question is, How long does copyright protection last? One person suggested "life plus fifty years," which used to be true but no longer is (more…)

The care and treatment of authors

April 21, 2011

Tags: editors, author's first book

An editor at Storey Books understands how special getting the first copy of her book is to an author. "Editor Gwen Steege made sure this copy got shipped to me as soon as possible, prepared like the treat that it is," writes Deb Robson's in her photo-essay 3 pounds 10 ounces (1.6 kg). Think of the book* as a (more…)

Whose Truth? The ethics of memoir writing

April 14, 2011

Tags: memoirs, writing, ethics, Talking Writing

Darn: These essays all seem to be offline now. Authors: If you want them posted again, let me know. Maybe I can post them here. Talking Writing: Why aren't they up anymore? Your back issues don't seem to reach back to April 2011.

How much is too much truth? And whose truth is it to reveal? Those are two of many questions addressed in a fascinating issue about the ethics of memoir writing in a wonderful online magazine, Talking Writing. Can we trust ourselves to tell our stories truthfully? asks the editor. How far can we carry the fine art of (more…)

Tutorials from the Self-Publishing Trenches

April 11, 2011

Tags: self-publishing, Carla King, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Joel Friedlander

Digging for experts to guide us in the new worlds of self- and indie publishing I belatedly discovered some excellent resources. First, you can listen online to podcasts of three excellent panels on self-publishing presented at the Commonwealth Club of California in 2010:

Tutorials from the Trenches: 1. Options, Directions and Resources. What does it take to publish a book, (more…)