On Facebook and Other Places…

You know how really stupid writers are about copyright when some company can offer a way to make money off of the writers by sounding stupid and using terms wrong.

The scam I have seen numbers of times now is that a company will offer to “Copyright Your Work” for you for a measly $99.00 plus fees.

Not kidding. (I bet those of you who understand copyright just shook your heads.)

And I got a hunch the scam artists on this one have a lot of takers. All writers too stupid to realize that the moment they wrote their story in some form, it was automatically protected under copyright laws around the world.

In other words, it was already under copyright protection, (or for the idiots out there, it is copyrighted).

And if you want to register it for some reason or another for extra protection, simply go to Google on how to register a copyright and you will find for the United States

https://www.copyright.gov/registration/

You do not have to register a work to have it protected under the copyright laws.

But, of course, for this scam, the prime target is the writer who has spent years and years writing and rewriting that masterpiece and who is about to send said masterpiece off to a person with a business card who calls themselves an agent (also usually scams).

These sad souls will pay the $99 plus the government fee they could pay themselves if they knew how to use Google. And they will get on every sucker mailing list (because their information will be sold) and be prime for other scams.

It stuns me every time that in this new world of information how purposefully ignorant many writers want to be and work to remain.

Ahh, well… I suppose if it makes them happy to pay the money and feel “protected” by the certificate they get, I shouldn’t say anything. But I’ll bet not a one of them would even check to see if their work was actually registered or not by the scam artists who took money for the fee. Why would the writer check? They got the certificate saying their work was copyrighted. (snort)

Just had to say something about that scam that I have seen spring up in the last five years and get worse these last few years.

I will stop now.

Monthly Regular Workshops…

For those of you who want to keep learning in both business and craft, we have a great group of workshops in July. (And yes, the Magic Bakery deals a lot in copyright.)

You can find the workshops 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.