I wanted to share the lawsuit piece. While browsing through the Writing category folder, I just noticed it was getting way too clogged up, so here we are!
Why lawsuit? It was just in my psyche.
I monitor the activity of a number of indie author communities on Facebook, helps me keep a finger on the indie author zeitgeist: what’s happening, what currently interests and concerns them, blah blah.
Well, something blew up over the weekend, something that was all the talk in all those separate groups. Seems that some dingleberry author of Erotic Romance books decided to formally trademark the word Cocky in titles and series names and has started going after other authors. Here’s a post on The Digital Reader if you want more info on what they now call Cockygate.
Now I don’t normally do current events in Wordpreneur Reader — more often than not just a lot of work and noise over something silly and useless that will blow over when folks quickly lose interest — but there’s a possible beneficial angle to this one I think wordpreneurs would want to keep in mind.
See, anyone who can read and reason clearly (which, regardless of what lawyers may claim, are really the only prerequisite to figuring out laws) can’t possibly miss the high likelihood — pretty much a surety, actually — that Ms. Cocky Dingleberry is going to lose any legal challenge.
So I’m bouncing around the notion that it’s a PR stunt. Because if it’s that, it’s brilliant. Generate a LOT of attention, and quickly? CHECK! The proof’s right there. I don’t think she even hit the press or media at all to get the word out.
Brilliant I tell you. And that’s what I wanted you wordpreneurs to think about. Want PR and publicity? Think clever and outside the box. Do it right and boy, enjoy the flood of attention, and seemingly effortlessly too comparatively. All it takes is a bit of imagination.
Of course, that angle assumes that that was her intent all along. Neither here nor there for our purposes. But between you and me, judging from the quality of her product line, I wouldn’t be surprised if Cockygate is based on nothing more than stupidity, greed and some nudging from a law firm that really couldn’t care less since their fees will rack up whether she wins or not. Not my problem, so I don’t give a rat’s derriere.
What does matter is we get some good quick reading and learning in while we have the chance. So let’s get to it!
5 Tips from Hemingway that Will Make You a Better Writer
“In the spring of 1934, an aspiring writer named Arnold Samuelson hitchhiked from Minnesota to Florida to see if he could land a meeting with his favorite author… [He] believed he needed a mentor to help him improve his craft… Ernest Hemingway.”
Brainstorming Isn’t Cheating, It’s an Author’s Secret Weapon
“I was intrigued by the idea of getting together with a group of friends and throwing ideas around, but I was afraid it might be cheating. How could it still be *my* story…”
Don’t Beat Yourself: 3 Tips to Win the Writing Game
“We all make plans for our writing. We’re going to submit a proposal to that editor who requested it at a conference. Or we’re going to plot our next novel. Fast draft it. And then we make decisions, day in and day out, that hinder our progress.”
Don’t Invite a Lawsuit with Your Memoir
“We recently received an angry email from a woman who claimed her father’s book, which we published, constituted a violation of her privacy. She said she was going to have an attorney contact us…”
How To Fast Draft Your Memoir
“I know that I can craft this narrative to suit what I want, the emotions I want to elicit from a reader, whereas my life if I told you in order of what happened it’s incredibly boring.”
How to handle an offer of representation
“The day an agent offers you representation is one of the most incredible moments in your publishing journey… Don’t immediately yell, ‘YES, DEAR LORD YES’ even if you really want to.”
The Art of Seduction: How to Entice and Captivate Your Reader
“A novel is similar to sex, in fact. Most of a novel is essentially foreplay, and after the climax you’re left wanting more, sad that it has all ended (at least, if it was a good book).”
Build Your Own Wicked WordPress Themes
This valuable free ebook is perfect for front-end Web designers looking to branch out from building static sites or simple PHP-based projects into the world of WordPress theme development.Download
35 Marketing Plan Tools for a Winning Growth Strategy
“Use these tools to put together a strong strategy, present your plans, coordinate with your team members, and effectively execute a powerful plan of action.”
Don’t Put Your Graphic Design Budget on the Back Burner
“[I]f you present a poor-quality image to the outside world, it can impact everything from the way customers see your brand to how much they’re willing to pay for your product or services.”
And Even More Writing
The One Big Thing That Most Manuscripts Lack
“This is the glue that holds the story together; everything else is secondary.”
The rising tide of “cli-fi,” or climate fiction
“Authors are becoming increasingly concerned about the state of our planet – and what we can do about it. Enter cli-fi, a new genre that deals with climate change and global warming on both a modern and future scale.”
Top 10 Lessons from the TV Writers’ Room
“‘It’s not about talent,’ Sherry said. ‘It’s about whether or not a showrunner wants to be in the room with you at three in the morning.'”