Copyright issues – Near and Dear to every author

I came across a blog post that I would like to share with fellow writers.  A near and dear topic to us the the issue of copyright.  While this is an American Blog, the point is that it contains some very key points about copyright issues and is very informative.  Here is the link, go see for yourself.  While you are at it check out their other posts.  Happy writing.

Author Profile – Sylvia M Dallas

Indie author Sylvia Dallas is a woman intent on fulfilling her divine purpose. Moving from the role of sensuous poet to new works, she is determined that all her works must glorify the God she serves.  See a part of her testimony in her blog post 39 years and counting

See our profile on author – Sylvia M Dallas here.

The Indie Author Manifesto

Indie Hero

Indie Authors.

Each and every one of us should post this on our websites, blogs, etc.

THE INDIE AUTHOR MANIFESTO by Mark Coker @ Smashwords:

Indie Author Manifesto


We indie authors believe all writers are created equal, that all writers are endowed with natural creative potential, and that writers have an unalienable right to exercise, explore and realize their potential through the freedom of publication. 

I hold these truths to be self-evident:

  1. I am an indie author
  2. I have experienced the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from self-publishing
  3. I have a right to publish
  4. My creative control is important to me.  I decide when, where and how my writing graduates to become a published book.
  5. Indie does not mean “alone.”  I choose my partners.
  6. I shall not bow beholden or subservient to any publisher. In my business relationships, I seek partnership, fairness, equity and mutually aligned interests.
  7. We indie…

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Not everything that is free…

From time to time we come out of the house to find a different atmosphere in which to write.  As a result we end up looking to see if there are any open wifi-connections that we can jump on. Or we might be at the local coffee shop using their network.  I came across this article by the website  it is a very good read.


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Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

The issue of copyright has long been at the forefront of any publishing issue.  In order for authors not to be accused of plagiarism (using someone’s work and calling it your own), the judicious use of bibliographies, endnotes and footnotes must be applied.

An endnote is an explanation at the end of a chapter of a particular point, whereas a footnote appears at the end of the book.  In addition, bibliographies list the source of your material used to create your book.  If you use a wordprocessor like Microsoft Word, these features are readily available, intuitive and easy to learn.

Other resources for writers

One of the blogs I like to read is The Book Designer by Joe Friedlander.  I find the site to be very informative and it is a good place to find other writer’s blogs.  They also have a Book Cover Design competition every month.  This provides a very good opportunity for your book as books that win awards sell.

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Copyright Matters presented by JAMCOPY


JAMCOPY – Jamaica’s copyright licensing agency will be hosting a one day seminar on April 25th starting at 9:00 am at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel at 17 Waterloo Road, Kingston 10.

Please email  for information on registration.

Please visit this link to see the benefits of joining this organization.  Membership is eligible to “Creators and publishers of literary, artistic, dramatic or musical works can join JAMCOPY if they have at least one original work published in printed form”.


Same direction but new focus


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The Publisher’s Notebook will be incorporated in the very near future.  While this blog will be focusing on issues relating to self-publishing, the focus of the business will be publishing for the Christian genre in Jamaica.  I have discovered many a writing talent in my church and other churches and will be focusing on not only publishing my works but the works of others.

This is in keeping with a mandate that I received during my time of prayer as I pondered new directions in my life, that I would not only be publishing my own works, but that I would be helping others to publish.  Therefore, as I work on the various publishing contracts and offers, I will be keeping independent authors notified via this blog of the developments.

Let us not be like the servant who hoarded his talent and never multiplied it.  We want to hear instead of a rebuke “Well done, good and faithful servant”

Helping each other out


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Wouldn’t it be a great idea if those of us who are published, would help each other out by giving honest reviews of new works.  That way, when we are ready to publish we have a quote by a published author that we can incorporate in our books?

Just saying.