Writing

#Cockygate

My opinion of #CockyGate, and why it should scare budding authors… 

It’s currently trending on Twitter and it has the literary world in a spin.

Faleena Hopkins has copyrighted the word ‘Cocky’ for romance fiction.

Hopkins has stated  “applied for the trademark to protect the future of my series because it helps people. It’s filled with love, hope, and respect to all human beings.” Apparently, readers were purchasing other romance books, thinking they were hers.

Some independent (indie) authors have received cease and desist letters, requesting they change the title of their novels. This has forced the authors to change the name of their novels because they do not have the financial means to pursue.

Isn’t she perfectly well within her rights? 

 

Unfortunately. Yes.

But seriously.

These authors are trying to make their bread and butter. They see very little of the money that is made, and they have been advised by AMAZON & AUDIBLE to pull their books from their sites, costing these authors, time and sales.

The Romance writing community is incredible. Romance readers and their writers get a lot of stick from the world. People have dubbed it ‘not real writing’.

Even my national writing magazine call them ‘mommy porn’

BUT when there is a problem, they rally behind.

39 authors have written an anthology, with 100 % of the funds, going to both the authors that it has harmed and to RWA (Romance Writers of America)

RWA is taking up legal action against Hopkins. Their hope is to squash this cocky author before it gets out of hand.51uahqfpyol

This post isn’t about bullying the author. I wanted to put out there the facts. I want to be an author one day, and I may decide to take the Indie route. There are some amazing authors out there who have made lifelong friends, and I want that. To be part of a great community. BUT this scares me.

What’s next? 

Will someone trademark another entire word? Will the word ‘series’ been trademarked, so no one can name there book as part of a series…

It’s overwhelming enough of a dream to write… legal crap. not so glamorous.

At the moment, I am watching this story eyes peeled for updates. I will post regular updates when they appear because it is important for ALL authors, not just the Romance world.

BTW  – Cock Tales is available until the 26 August.

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#LitWitchJune & Updates…

I do love Sunday afternoon..

Mostly, its the time I get to cook dinner, bath then read till I’m too tired. Today is no exception, but before I do I would like to send out a few updates about what I am up to with Literary Witchery.

Bookstagram: 

I solidifying my Purple, Black and White Brand with the purchase of new artificial flowers. img_20180602_123555_897

and if you didn’t notice, everything I bought is purple…

My Spooky theme for June is up, and here is my Challenge for June:

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Writing:

I recently discovered a podcast and website called The Worried Writer. Author Sarah Painter helps people to smash through blocks, and cope with self-doubt, two things I struggle with.

http://www.worriedwriter.com

I’ve also created business cards. I haven’t got a business, per se but I’ve been to enough writing/literary festivals to know I always feel inadequate without them. They should be delivered soon, and I am super excited.

On the actual writing front, I have been in a huge slump. Once I feel like I am beginning to crawl out from. I so now realize that that other stresses such as workplace troubles, cause me to ‘block’ I need to be able to look past this and I am working on it.

Tarot: 

I’ve been working on creating some spreads for Character building for Tarot. once I’ve sorted these I will be creating the initial journey from Fool to World. Plus, I’ll be looking at creating some worksheets.

Maker:S,Date:2017-9-27,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Y

Reading: 

I almost forgot. I am currently reading Blood Rose by Danielle Rose. Its a gorgeous YA trilogy about Vampires and Witches. It’s Intense, but a great read.

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