Recently I met with a potential author to discuss the possibilities available to her. When we sat down, with one of my authors who was introducing us, I fully expected to be able to assist her in some way. But as the conversation developed, it was clear that she already had a substantial product line and really needed to focus on getting that out there instead.
It took a bit of convincing, and she was a bit put-off when I handed her back her sample manuscript and told her to table this for a later discussion. That’s when I had a ‘light bulb’ moment!
What I saw is that with the Adult Coloring Book (ACB) phenomena in full swing, she needed to take her products and turn them into ACBs. At that time, I was unaware that others in the industry were thinking along those same lines.
Norman Rockwell Adult Coloring Book page
For example, did you know that Norman Rockwell images are available for you to purchase and color to your liking? Yes, even Rockwell’s images have joined in on the ACB craze.
If you have products that fit this market, I highly suggest you open your mind to the possibility of this addition income stream. And, do it now, before it passes you by entirely.
There’s a lot of question around Amazon reviews. As a publisher/author this is a subject near and dear to my heart. So, I went searching and found the answers. Now, to set the record straight, it seems going to the source directly, instead of reading other ‘take’ on the issue makes the most sense.
Amazon Customer Review Help Page
When I first arrived at the Official Help Page for Customer Reviews it was a bit confusing as I found that when I click each link in the body of the page it came up blank. Nevertheless, my tenacity paid off when I discovered that on the left sidebar is a list of subtopics that actually hold the information I was on my Amazon Quest to find. Oh, I like that!
So, here we go …
Recently, on one of my FaceBook groups a question was posed by one of the authors that I hear time-and-time again, “What are the rules for using quotes in books/journals?” So today, I thought I would answer that question here for you as a handy reference.*
To start out, any meaningful, significant, copyrighted phrase, and music lyrics can not be used without the expressed permission from the source. Sometimes that means months, and even years if ever, of waiting and/or payment to do so. If you are wondering what ‘significant’ means it is more than 30% or the ‘meat’ of the work.
Here’s how it is officially stated.
“In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:
- the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
- the nature of the copyrighted work;
- the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
- the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.”
Finally after a too long hiatus it’s time to get back in the swing of things. I am going to share with you at least once per week beginning today!
Over the years I have been building my business of publishing and design and keeping up with the annual Weird & Wacky Holiday Marketing Guide. Last year I started offering one free bonus marketing idea on the HolidayMarketingGuide.com website. I am continuing that tradition this year. I hope you will visit me over there as well.
I am also now on the board of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association FAPA www.myFAPA.org where I help with the designing and have been a feature speaker and panelist at their annual conference. I indeed have been keeping busy.
This week’s piece of advice is something that I have recently come to embrace.
Word is not a formatting or drawing program. I have seen it used for those purposes over the years and the results are always tentative at best. Get yourself acquainted with the right software for the right job.
Even creatives get caught in this snare. As an example, Adobe has a host of programs that professionals use incorrectly. Illustrator is not a photo manipulation or layout program, and is Photoshop is not a drawing or formatting program. To use InDesign for photo manipulation or drawing does you and your clients a disservice. Therefore, if you have not been using your software as it was intended I highly recommend that this year you change that bad habit!
That’s all for now. See you on the web. To an awesome 2017!