Publishing Message Of Importance

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 It is good to rub, and polish our brain against that of others. ~Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

This morning I’d like to send a shout out to two smart cookies –  Joyce Miller of Integrated Writers Services, LLC and to Jon R Tandler of Ryley Carlock and Applewhite for sharing their knowledge of copyright issues with the Colorado Independent Publishers Association members and guests. On Saturday, I came away feeling better informed. However, I am more convinced than ever that it is a good thing there are experts who can navigate the copyright laws for their publishing clients’ protection. Laws change, evolve, and are also constantly developing as we transition into world that is ever more reliant on digital media.  Here is a link to a very important resource for anyone in the creative field on copyright issues.


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Now to a different subject but still within the realm of publishing – this year, the Colorado Independent Publishers Association has begun “focused forums” as part of their commitment to educating authors and publishers. These are great opportunities to hone in on a specific topic and learn from experienced publishing experts. Until the first of the year, these sessions are free for CIPA Members and non-members alike. Beginning in January there will be a charge to non-members of $25. It is necessary to pre-register on-line at  because space is limited.  See more specifics on the CIPA website.

The next focused form will be November 5th and the subject will be publishing children’s books. CIPA members Benjamin Hummel, Nancy Mills and Julie Federico will be leading the discussion. Anyone who has ever dreamed of writing for children should sign-up – it is free education!

On November 11th, Karen Saunders of MacGraphics Services will be talking about branding. If you are an author who is planning on writing more than one book, brand development is very important and can help sell books. (Think Chicken Soup for the Soul Series).

That’s my message for today. Have a fulfilling week ahead. This blog brought to you by .

Check it and Protect it!

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All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” ~ Galileo Galilei 

Now that e-publishing (internet-based publishing) has arrived on the scene, an all new dimension has been added to the already confusing and complicated issues around copyright infringement and plagiarism. 

There is a company, Integrated Writer Services, LLC that is fulfilling the need for guidance, education and consulting services regarding  issues of copyright clearance. 

In June 2011, a detailed, hands-on guide will be available to help creative people take the necessary steps to protect their work to be published (both fiction and non-fiction) in digital formats and in print. The on-line guide will also address issues such as:

  • Finding good legal content
  • The process of copyright clearance including request forms & sample letters
  • Copyright lawsuits and how they apply to the creative industries
  • Resources for permission departments for art collections, publishing houses, government agencies and music administrators. 

If you pre-order the Copyright for Creatives e-Workbook, you will receive a 50% discount off the Integrated Writers Services, LLC Workshops that will be offered in May. For more information on this very valuable guide, keep your eye on details that will soon be available on

The issues that the professionals at Integrated Writers Services, LLC deal with are, indeed, complicated and are time consuming to research. Even given the self-help tools that Integrated Writers Services so generously offer, in the way of an on-line guide and workshops, many prefer to hand this part of the publishing process over to the professionals. If you an independent publisher looking for individual consultation on copyright regulations, contact today!

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