Indie Author Platform: Begin Yours Now

Hello fellow readers and authors

Sridhar Shankarthis is a quick post to welcome the newest writer venturing into the independent publishing world. Please check out the new author page for Sridhar Shankar. Sri has been writing for years, honing his craft, and working with editors. I first met Sri at our local Memphis critique group a few years back. On Saturday afternoons we shared our work and gave each other feedback. Now, Sridhar Shankar is ready to begin the process of  building his platform and releasing some of his work. I was fortunate enough to have read some of his stories and readers are in for a treat. Stay tuned for his first release, coming soon.

Happy reading!

Building a platform:

A Definition of Author Platform by Jane Friedman

How to Build an Author Platform | Write To Done

Build Your Author Platform | The Write Life

 

Selfpublishers Need To Know About US Copyright

Do You Need To Copyright Your Work?

thCAU11803There have been a lot of discussions about this topic all over blogger web sites like Indies Unlimited and social channels like LinkedIn group discussions.

The most common advice out there in the Indie world is to mail yourself a copy of your work, because once you have that time stamp by the US post office, it’s official.

The only concern is – Would this stand up in court?

Ask yourself these questions –

  • Are you concerned about your work being stolen or plagiarized?
  • Will you be using multiple distribution channels including overseas?

To ensure your rights are protected here in the US, go to the website and apply. It’s that simple.

It is an easy process. The website is http://copyright.gov/

First you will have to register.

Second you will have to fill in the information about your work and send or attach copies.

Don’t be intimidated, just read the instructions and make sure you understand what they are asking.

The fee is low, your peace of mind for $35 – A deal for these days.My Library of Congress Copyright

Once you open the claim it will take a while for it to process. My experience was a long wait, but they had been going through a major site construction at the time. When they needed physical copies, I was contacted by an employee via email and she was very professional, courteous and helpful.

support

 

My Registration Number is TX7-809-694 effective (retro) date May 22, 2013 

Everything is up and running smoothly now. Here is the list for the new fees just announced yesterday.  http://www.copyright.gov/fls/sl04.pdf

 freeDo not confuse the copyright registered with the Library of Congress with DRM – that is an entire different matter we can discuss at another time. Also don’t assume that US laws mean anything anywhere else, some countries acknowledge US rights, some do not. So you see there is still more you can research before you make your decision – just learn about it and make an informed decision.

Here is a quick FUN video on US Copyright & Use

 

Another Video on copyright law history & facts