As authors, our wealth is in our intellectual property assets – our books. So it’s important to protect them and ensure they continue to earn us money for the life of copyright.
In today’s show, attorney Kathryn Goldman explains copyright and how you can protect your books for the long term.
In the introduction, I give a personal update from Auckland, New Zealand and how the indie author movement is spreading. I also mention my mega-blog-post on how I moved from indie author to a small press, which might help those authors wanting to do the same thing. Plus, I talk about the Embrace body-positive documentary that has empowered me this week.
In publishing news, the end of Samhain publishers, and the discussion of author earnings after one prize-winning literary author had to return to the day job because he only received 40 cents per book sold. The Guardian picked up the story and talked about how publishers chase famous people for existing platforms, while lesser known authors can’t get by. Plus Paul McCartney is going after the intellectual property rights to the songs he co-wrote with John Lennon. Beware of what contracts you sign, since you never know how big your work may become!
On futurist stuff, Amazon’s Alexa is introduced into cars: with full Alexa integration, users will get access to every one of the 8,000 Alexa skills, from audiobooks and shopping lists to smart home control and shopping. I’m still very excited about how this will expand the reach of audiobooks!
This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo ecosystem. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors.
Kathryn Goldman is an intellectual property attorney who protects writers, artists, filmmakers and businesses from having their work and art ripped off. She has a new course on Content Protection for Creative Professionals. Get her free Rip Off Protection ebook for Creative Professionals here.
- What intellectual property is and what rights authors have for their creative work
- Cautionary tales from other artistic avenues of artists’ rights being exploited
- How author pseudonyms affect copyright
- Specific instances of when authors need permission to use others’ copyrighted work
- On whether authors should have contracts with book cover designers
- How to monitor your copyright and what to do if there’s an infringement