Monday, June 08, 2009

In Passing: Plagiarism and Your Stress Level




"In Passing" is a new mini column I decided to occasionally incorporate into this Sharing with Writers and Readers blog. These mini columns will touch on some aspect I cover in more detail in one of my HowToDoItFrugally books for writers. Thus, they are more like little reminders and those who want a longer discussion can go to the indexes in my books to learn more about specifics of coping with each of the "In Passing topics. (Note: I am rather proud of those indexes; I learned to do them myself because I figured I know better than anyone else what my treasured audience will need--especially the indexes in The Frugal Editor and A Retailer's Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotion.)

I believe that that relatively unknown authors worry too much about plagiarism and other theft. For good reason. I can safely say I never present or teach a class but someone doesn't tell me that they are afraid of even the basic essentials like sending their idea to an agent or publisher for fear of having their idea swiped.

First, there is not much money in pirating a newby's book and if one's material did get copied in some way and the author followed my ideas in The Frugal Book Promoter for turning lemons into publicity lemonade, she might find herself more famous and selling more books that she would have otherwise.

Still you will want to know more on the subject and this link on the digital piracy of books was submitted by poet, photographer and subscriber to my Sharing with Writers newsletter May Lattanzio: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/12/technology/internet/12digital.html?_r=2&emc=eta1

For my take on protecting your copyright, using discovered plagiarism to your benefit and relaxing a bit go back to your copy of The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't

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Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and two how to books for writers, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. Her FRUGAL book for retailers is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. She is also the author of the Amazon Short, "The Great First Impression Book Proposal". Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor blog.

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