Saturday, May 11, 2013

Legally...what every writer needs to know!

 

I want to introduce and give away a book for
:


 Kathryn Page Camp


Author of
Writers in Wonderland: Keeping Your Words Legal

1.         Kathryn, many people feel overwhelmed by the law, but your book, Writers in Wonderland, makes it less intimidating and even fun. Tell us a little about the book and why you decided to write it.
A.        Writers in Wonderland uses everyday language and shares cases with interesting facts to explain the basic legal principles of interest to writers. The issues include copyrights, defamation, book contracts, taxes, and business matters.
            As a lawyer who is also a writer, I have long been interested in these issues. Through the years other writers have asked me legal questions that I was happy to answer or, in many cases, to research and then answer. Encouragement from my fellow writers became the primary motivation for writing the book.
2.         What qualifies you to write the book?

A.        As I mentioned, I’m both a lawyer and a writer, so I’m both a legal expert and my own audience. I’m a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Committee and keep up with developments in copyright law. I’m also trained in legal research and believe in doing a thorough job, which means I’ve read a lot of cases involving writers. I also practiced as a regulatory attorney in the futures industry, where I learned a lot about the business world.

3.         How is Writers in Wonderland different from other books on the market?

A.        I’d be the first to admit that there are a number of other legal-themed books for writers, and I used many of them as a starting point for my own research. But they aren’t always easy for non-lawyers to understand, and those that manage to limit the legalese tend to be boring. I’d like to think that this book is unique among the competition because it entertains while teaching.

4.         Why should writers be concerned about keeping their words legal? What might happen if they don’t?
A.        Defamation lawsuits, copyright litigation, IRS proceedings, and more. Many of the high-profile copyright cases were filed by individuals claiming that famous writers stole their ideas. But ideas can’t be copyrighted, and all that the plaintiffs got was public scorn and bills for legal fees.
            Litigation is expensive, and the parties rarely recover their attorneys’ fees even when they win. So it is usually better to avoid a lawsuit in the first place. Victory isn’t sweet if your lawyer is the only one who benefits.
            Obviously, some writers choose to take a calculated risk. Authors risk defamation lawsuits when they write unauthorized biographies of living people, yet those biographies are easy to find on bookstore shelves. But you can’t take a calculated risk unless you know the factors that go into the calculation.

5.         Writers in Wonderland has a Lewis Carroll theme, and you even included some of his poems in the appendices. How did you come up with that idea?

A.        I’m not quite sure. I don’t remember why, but I used phrases from Alice in Wonderland for the chapter titles in one section. Someone from my writers’ critique group said they sounded out of place and I should either eliminate the references or expand them to the entire book. I had been looking for a way to make the book more interesting, so I chose the “expand” option. I’m glad I did, because finding passages that worked was half the fun of writing the book.

6.         You did a lot of research for the book. What part of the research did you enjoy most, and what was the most surprising thing you discovered?

A.        I love doing research, and I particularly enjoy human interest stories. My favorite cases are the ones that personalize the people involved. The IRS proceeding against Ralph Vitale is a good example. Vitale wrote novels about legal prostitution in Nevada, and he tried to write off payments to prostitutes as research expenses. The tax court judge found that writing was Vitale’s business and allowed him to deduct some of his costs. But the judge also said that certain expenditures are so inherently personal that they can never be business expenses for tax purposes, and he put Vitale’s “interview” payments in that category.

            The most surprising thing was the reasoning behind copyright protection, which is actually covered in the U.S. Constitution. The purpose of the copyright laws is to increase creativity and make works available to the public by providing an incentive for writers to keep writing, painters to keep painting, and composers to keep composing. The benefits authors receive are secondary to the benefits the public receives.

            At least that’s the theory. Today we seem to have turned it around, and copyright bullies intimidate us out of uses that are perfectly legal.

7.         Tell us about your favorite part of the writing process.

A.        The best—and hardest—part of the actual writing is looking for ways to be creative. I had the most fun rewriting the March Hare’s conversation with Alice at the beginning of Chapter 2.

8.         Although the book is called Writers in Wonderland, most of the information applies to other creative media as well. Why did you direct it to writers?

A.        You’re right. Almost everything except the chapters on book contracts apply to all creative works. But I’m a writer, so that was my primary focus. Also, there are so many relevant cases out there, that it would have taken me years to read them all. It was simply more practical to limit my research to the written word.

9.         Where can my readers get a copy of Writers in Wonderland?

A.        Writers in Wonderland is currently available on Amazon.com and is coming soon from other retailers.

10.  Is there anything else that you would like to share?

A.        I just want to thank you for the opportunity to tell yours readers about my book.

AND WE'RE GIVING AWAY A COPY OF THIS BOOK. LEAVE A COMMENT AND YOUR EMAIL ADDY BELOW. GOOD LUCK!
 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

In Honor of Nurses' Week!

 
In honor of nurses week, I want to give away a copy of
Miss Fishfly, to someone willing to have a read and do a review!

Searching for love everywhere but in the right places, Christie Hayes is confounded when chocolate brown eyes wink at her at her best friend's wedding. A narrow miss of the bedpan, and she discovers old Mr. Hartway's grandson, Colton Keller, and brown eyes are one in the same. 
 
Miss Fishfly is the sequel to Polar Bear Plunge and will release in July, 2013.
 
For anyone who enjoys a light, happy read, Miss Fishfly just might be for you!
 
Send me your funniest nurse story in the comments
along with your email addy and I'll pick a winner tomorrow night. (Wed. 8th)
keep 'em clean, nurses!
 
And today...say a prayer for a nurse you know. Their jobs are thankless, and they are
our guardian angels in white!  
In honor of my beautiful daughter, 
Brandy Hayes, a nurse extraordinaire, who
is tireless when it comes to her patients.
(notice, I didn't say patience!)
 
THANKS TO ALL YOUR NURSES OUT THERE.
GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU HEALTHY AND STRONG!

PITCH AND PAGE CRIT WINNERS!

THERE WERE SO MANY AWESOME PITCHES AND IDEA, BUT I THINK I NARROWED IT DOWN TO THESE TEN, THERE WERE A COUPLE OTHERS, BUT THEY ARE FRIENDS AND/OR CLIENTS WHO I'LL BE LOOKING AT THEIR CHAPTER ANYWAY, SO...HERE YOU GO!

Looking at first chapter or first 5 pgs (no more, please) for:
Colleen Scott, Scott Jabel, Elaine Stock, Sara Ella, Tom Threadgill, Vanessa, Michele Morris, Yvonne Blake, Jackie, and Marion. THERE WERE AMAZING PITCHES HERE AND WONDERFUL STORY IDEAS, BUT I ALWAYS TRUST MY GUT WHAT TO LOOK AT! SO WELL DONE, EVERYONE AND THE REWRITTEN PITCHES WERE REALLY GOOD!!!

Also, giving away free books to:
WEDDING ON THE ROCKS TO: Christen Krumm
WITH EYES OF LOVE TO: Renee Blare and ALWAYS, ABBY TO: Terri Tiffany
CONGRATS, EVERYONE. KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN AND WE'LL DO THIS AGAIN. SHARPEN THOSE PITCHES AND GET THEM READY FOR CONFERENCES!

Will be contacting everyone by email. Send the pages as soon as you can and I will get to them as I receive them. Looking forward to the reads...

Saturday, May 4, 2013

FIRST CHAPTER CONTEST and GIVEAWAY! TODAY AND TOMORROW!

CONFERENCES GALORE!
Post your 25-30 word pitches right here, and I'll pick my top ten to crit more for you!

With conferences just on the horizon, thought you might like a chance to bounce ideas off this noggin. So today and tomorrow, send me your email addy with a short pitch, and I'll connect with ten of you whose pitches hooked me to have a look at first chapters or first 5 pages, (no fantasy, sorry. I just don't get it and wouldn't be helping you) to help get you ready to pitch at conference. I'll also do a quick critique of your elevator pitch. Anything to help you get your foot in that editor's/agent's door this summer or fall.

So? Any takers? I'll also pick three folks to receive free books. One by my client, Rose Zediker, Wedding on the Rocks, and two of my books that released this spring.

SO IT'S A TWOFER!
GOTTA LOVE A TWOFER!

BE SURE THAT FIRST PAGE WOWS ME! CAUSE IF IT DOESN'T WOW ME IT PROBABLY WOW THAT 15 MINUTE APPT!

Come on, don't be shy. Shoot me your email addy and if you're one of the ten, then make sure I get your best! Don't send 5 pages of description and backstory, won't cut it! Get me to story and get me there quick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

BTW, stop by Sharon Srock's site for a chance to win two of the books as well.

http://womenofvalleyview.blogspot.com/p/28-sep-terris-library-christmas-at.html

Friday, May 3, 2013

Let's Give Terri Away!!!

Not really, but let's give away a kindle copy of Sharon Srock's book, Terri. Just
look below and tell me why you'd want a copy. Sharon's series, The Woman of Valley
View highlight different ladies and their stories. I'd love to:
Give Terri Away!
A kindle version to one lucky blogger!!!

DON'T FORGET, BOOK GIVEAWAYS ALL WEEKEND!!!