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Copyright Tips and Tidbits: How and When to Register, How to Format Your Notice, and What Not to Do

Self-publishers, take note: While it’s true that you hold an inherent copyright to your work just for the fact that you wrote it, should anyone try to infringe on your copyright you will be best served by registering with the US Copyright Office (www.copyright.gov). That may sound intimidating, but it is actually a fairly straightforward process.   How to Register Start by going to the US Copyright Office website. The Copyright Office accepts both online and paper applications, and the applications come with easy-to-understand instructions. The filing fee (as of 2015) is $35 for online registration and $85 for hard copy.   In addition to the application and the filing fee, you will be asked to provide a copy of the “deposit” -- what the Copyright Office calls the work to be registered. If you...

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Book-Publishing Talk and Signing This Saturday!

Marylanders, take note: If you missed my book launch event earlier this month, you have another chance! And this time, there's a freebie involved.   This Saturday, September 27, I will be at Novel Books (23330 Frederick Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871)  speaking about Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro and the state of book publishing today.   Stop by and you could win a seat at my November workshop for you or a friend. The event starts at 10 a.m. All are welcome. I hope to see you there!   ...

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The Wrap-Up: Launching Perfect Bound

THANK YOU to everyone who made the launch of Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro such a success!  Although not everything went according to plan, we had little to complain about.   The big bang we were hoping to make on September 1 was more like the sound of a pop gun, but we made up for it on the 2nd. The publication of two meaty articles (on the websites Live Write Thrive and Publishing Perspectives) garnered us some much-appreciated attention, and at 11:30 on Wednesday night, we discovered we had hit the Amazon bestseller list for Editing Reference!   [caption id="attachment_1173" align="alignright" width="300"] Speaking at Kensington Row Bookshop, Sept 5, 2014[/caption] Two other articles that were expected to publish by then had not yet surfaced, and it turned...

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Launch Day Is Here! — Updated

Nothing goes as planned. Find out what changed and get the live links to all the happenings from last week and this one.   We Made It!   Today is the official launch of Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro and we couldn't be more excited! To celebrate, we have a blog tour and special events scheduled all week and throughout the month of September. Here's a roundup:   Monday (9/1): "Easy Tips to Help You Save Money on That Necessary Edit," guest blog post hosted by Susanne Lakin at Live Write Thrive   Tuesday (9/2): "5 Steps to Increasing Your Book’s Marketability with Research," article published by Publishing Perspectives (Tuesday's Featured Article)   Thursday (9/4): "How to Be a Good Client," article published by Walrus Publishing   Friday (9/5): "Author-Editor Workability: The Crucial Element for a...

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What You Can Expect from Your Designer, and What Your Designer Expects from You

For many writers, the design part of book publishing is mystifying. This excerpt from the chapter "Making It Look Good: Design and Layout" in Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro sheds some light on what to expect and what is expected of you when working with a designer.   What You Can Expect from Your Designer   Professional designers offer an expertise that most literary types don’t have: they know what it takes to make a book visually appeal­ing. That includes a wide range of aspects, from choosing appro­priate artwork (photo or illustration), colors, and fonts for your subject area or genre to knowing the best spacing to use on chapter- opening pages and where to place the page numbers and running heads. Further, your designer will be...

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Nearing the End of the Road to Publication

As of this past Monday, preorders for Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro have opened. That puts me a huge step closer to the end of the publishing journey.   We at Hop On Publishing are excited to have gotten this far. It's been nearly two years since I sat down to write my first draft, and in that time, the book has gone through some major restructuring. The final product is tight, clear, and dynamic -- something I can really be proud of.   Starting in February I began charting my progress through the publishing process with this blog. Living it was educational, and writing about it gave me perspective on what had happened, how far I had come, and just how far I had to go.   You...

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What You Can Expect from Your Copyeditor

In Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro, I take authors through the complete publishing process. Each chapter includes a section on what you can expect and what is expected of you. The following excerpt is from the chapter "Cleaning Up Your Manuscript: Copyediting and Query Resolution."   What You Can Expect from Your Copyeditor   Copyeditors tend to be practical, straightforward people, and that’s generally the approach they take to editing. Your CE will be reading the manuscript with the intent of cleaning up errors of punctuation, grammar, syntax, and word choice. That means cor­recting comma errors, fixing such problems as dangling or mis­placed modifiers, rewriting convoluted sentences, and replacing words that have been used incorrectly.   CEs also read for flow and style. Correcting flow means fix­ing or querying...

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Road to Publication: Page Proofs

What do you do when you get page proofs for your book from your designer? Quite a bit, actually. Here's the rundown on all that happens when you have page proofs in hand, as I experienced it:   I received first page proofs for Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro April 15 via e-mail. I immediately printed four sets. My husband and I each had a copy, and two copies  were sent out for advance reviews. I e-mailed the PDF to three more people, one of them being the proofreader and the other two being more reviewers.   The page proofs have arrived!   While the proofreader was working away, my husband and I were each reviewing our sets of the pages. I read the book from beginning to end,...

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Announcing the All-New Hop On Publishing Website!

Hop On Publishing LLC has just launched its website! A division of POP Editorial Services LLC,  Hop On will be publishing my first book, Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro, in September 2014. The book is intended for aspiring authors of fiction and nonfiction who want to create a high-quality, highly marketable book. Both self-publishing and traditionally published authors who feel overwhelmed by the publishing process will gain the confidence they need to be successful when they learn what to expect, and what's expected of them, on the road to publication. So, hop on over to www.hoponpublishing.com to read more about Perfect Bound, watch a video, and learn about upcoming events. You'll also find resources for writers and authors, plus a handy-dandy way to sign up for...

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Road to Publication: The Design Process

UPDATE--May 15, 2014   We have a final cover!   [caption id="attachment_1018" align="alignnone" width="275"] The final front cover with endorsement[/caption]   Originally published April 29, 2014 If you'll recall, I left off last time having successfully navigated the copyediting stage of book production. For four weeks the manuscript for Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro had been with the copyeditor, which was a welcome break from the revisions I had been doing. However, I wasn't completely off the hook. The book still demanded much of my attention.   The same day I sent the manuscript to the copyeditor, I sent another copy of it to the designer. I had hired a woman I have worked with in the past on other books (not my own).  From that experience, I knew she had done...

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