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?
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.
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.
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.