Going To Phrase It A Little Differently Tonight…

Fact: You sold all rights to your book, signed them all away in some contract that seemed like a good idea at the time. Your book no longer exists in your magic bakery.

Now, a corporation owns your book, is doing nothing with it, and you can’t get it back. It is an accounting number on their financial bookkeeping. All your work is gone. Poof. Because you made a bad decision and signed over all rights for the life of the copyright.

(All the writers I saw in Barnes&Noble did that, sadly.)

Question: When can you or your heirs publish that book?

If you answer was never, you need to learn copyright. Desperately need to learn copyright.

The actual answer in the United States is in 35 years from the date of the contract, if you jump through some hoops that are not hard, but need to be followed. You or your heirs can get the copyright you signed away back if done right. Takes an IP attorney, of course. You can also clear out your agent or their heirs at that point.

Second time your heirs can once again publish the work is 70 years after your death. That’s right, the book will be in the public domain at that point and your heirs can publish it all they want, just like everyone else.

And that is enough for this topic because last night no one cared, as is typical of any copyright discussion.  Night…

Monthly Regular Workshops…

You can find them under Online Workshops to the right of this post. Sign up for July on Teachable.com. For credits or workshops beyond July, write me.

Each regular workshop is 6 weeks long.

Again, it will take you about three hours per week on your own pace to do each of these if you do the assignments. These are the starting dates of upcoming regular workshops.

All have openings at the moment.

Class #1… July 10th … Depth #3: Research
Class #2… July 10th … Author Voice
Class #3… July 10th … Dialog
Class #4… July 10th … Writing into the Dark
Class #5… July 10th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #6… July 10th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #7… July 11th … Depth in Writing
Class #8… July 11th … Business
Class #9… July 11th … Writing Fantasy
Class #10… July 11th … Information Flow
Class #11… July 11th … Magic Bakery
Class #12… July 11th … Advanced Depth

Again, if you don’t have credits, sign up direction at Teachable.