Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Hook us with ONE PAGE Wednesday (Episode Two)

DEADLY CAPTIVE: The complete trilogy ON SALE FOR A LIMITED TIME!

Quick post just to share the pretty! <g>


https://amzn.to/2L3XdTi


The box set is now available on Amazon and I'll be adding links as they become available. This set will also be going to print, which will make for a HUGE book, but fans of the trilogy have spoken and I will deliver! 

Buy box set on sale here:
https://amzn.to/2L3XdTi
 
Many more updates coming soon, so keep an eye on this space! I'm so excited for the next few months!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

CockyGate and Who Does it Hurt? Also...READERS AREN'T STUPID!

Sorry, I had to add that last because I still can't believe any author would insult their own readers intelligence like that.

But I should probably start from the beginning.

I've made two videos covering this, which I highly recommend you check out, but to summarize, there is an author few have heard of-which has been pointed out happens more with KU authors, nothing against them, but there is a bit of a divide-claimed that others were trying to copy her book titles to use her fame to sell books. And it was confusing her readers, so she registered a trademark.

For the word 'Cocky'.

Since then, she's been sending threatening emails to authors who have 'Cocky' in their title. Even authors who had the title before her books were published. Strangely enough, she's only going after authors who can't afford to bring this to court.

This situation if huge, and ugly, but it sets a dangerous precedent that any author could claim any single word and eliminate the competition. Rather than books doing well on merit, you will see books by whoever had the money to trademark a word.

Which may sound ridiculous, but having money is already a huge game-changer in regards to promotion, artwork, visibility. This would be another hurdle for authors without the financial backing to jump over.

And that's just the beginning.

Courtney Milan wrote a threat covering the whole situation here:




And here are three excellent blog posts that cover it as well:

Don’t Do This, Ever: Faleena Hopkins Cocks The Whole Entire Fuck Up



Legal Inspiration: Romance Author Gets Unduly Cocky Over Registered Trademark

and

Pajiba-Cocky Writer: Romance Author Faleena Hopkins Trademarks 'Cocky' and Tries to Shut Down Others Using the Word




And here are my videos:

Part One:

and Part Two:



For those just coming across this situation, I hope this helps. This community is much stronger when we stand together. This could harm the book world as a whole, which is why so many are taking a stand.

If you get a chance, please go show the authors hurt by this some support. Many have a long road ahead of them, but it's important that they know they're not alone. <3