Why Do We Publish?

Written by Michael LaRocca

WHY DO WE DO THIS? Copyright 2004, Michael LaRocca

A major "character" in Mark Salzman's first autobiography is his father. Sometimes his father paints. But his father hates painting. He likes it when his painting is done. He likes having painted. Butrepparttar act of painting itself is, in his opinion, a big pain inrepparttar 148974 backside.

Nobody reading this approaches writing like that, do they? I know I don't. Of all my experiences as an author, whacking those words down ontorepparttar 148975 paper isrepparttar 148976 best ofrepparttar 148977 best. Always has been, always will be. Even though I cut most of them. I like creating.

I've quoted Hemingway before. Long periods of thinking, short periods of writing. These days, my thinking takes longer and my periods of writing are getting less frequent, but both still happen, and I still love creating something from nothing.

If it weren't for me, you would never readrepparttar 148978 words you're reading right now. Nobody else would ever write them. And they contain my thoughts. Through time and space, better than telepathy, you hear what I'm saying.

So, there's one reason to write, isn't it? The biggie, if you ask me. I write what I do because I can't NOT write it. I may be clarifying my thoughts in my own head. But, most certainly, I'm just so moved by those thoughts that I must put them on paper. They're in me and they have to get out, kinda like those critters inrepparttar 148979 ALIEN movies.

Is thisrepparttar 148980 only reason to write? Because I want to zap my thoughts into your heads? I don't know. But let me changerepparttar 148981 question. Is this a reason to publish? Why not write your books and stick them in a filing cabinet like Sean Connery did inrepparttar 148982 film FINDING FORRESTER? Write it, express it, file it away. Why publish it?

(It's okay if you haven't seen this obscure little gem. I will explain all.)

In fact, there are writers who do exactly that. Some fear rejection or criticism. We hear about them whenever we pop into a writing workshop. But, I don't think there are very many of them. I have trouble picturing someone who can spend months (years?) doing something as essentially egotistical as writing a novel, but who is fundamentally lacking in any sort of self-confidence. Naw, they're thinking posterity but lackrepparttar 148983 stones to admit it.

At times I've got an inferiority complex I wouldn't dream of whacking onto your shoulders, but it was absent when I wrote my books. Duringrepparttar 148984 act of writing itself, you think, "My words are better than your words." You do. You feel that you must record your thoughts because they're that much better than most. That's what writing is. So, I would say that by definitionrepparttar 148985 author isn't ALWAYS plagued by self-doubt.

In FINDING FORRESTER,repparttar 148986 Sean Connery character wonrepparttar 148987 Pulitzer with his first book, saw that every reviewer misunderstood him, and decided they could all get stuffed. This is a movie, a work of fiction, but I understandrepparttar 148988 attitude. I once wrote a true story, whererepparttar 148989 main character was Michael LaRocca, only to have a critic slamrepparttar 148990 main character as "unbelievable." Apparently I don't act like real people.

I could never shove all my writing in a filing cabinet, unpub- lished, and tellrepparttar 148991 establishment to get stuffed. But yep, there are stupid people inrepparttar 148992 world, and some of them review books.

So, we've identified two groups who won't be seeking publication. Hopelessly insecure and hopelessly arrogant. But, like Aristotle, I prefer moderation. You still may be wondering why I seek publi- cation. So do I. Let my exploration of this question continue.

I've hit best-seller status for two different e-publishers with three different books. Minor thrills atrepparttar 148993 time, but there's no way I could call them enough of a reward for what I put into writing.

You're an author. You know what I'm talking about. We all but kill ourselves to make our books. So, let's be blunt here. Unless you're going to throw Rowling/King/Clancy/Grisham money at me -- and you're NOT -- money isn't sufficient reason to publish.

Publishing isn't just a case of sending it to a publisher, signing a contract, and being done.

Next up is editing, which is a blast. Not atrepparttar 148994 time, perhaps. Any editor worth a damn will beat you overrepparttar 148995 head with every bad word choice you ever made. And you made hundreds! But atrepparttar 148996 end of that gauntlet, you know you are da bomb.

Seeing my cover art is almost always awesome. Yes, I did say "almost." One bad experience among seven. It happens. But, if you've worked with a publisher, you know what I mean. You log ontorepparttar 148997 Internet one morning, not fully conscious, amazed that you poured that first cup of coffee without burning off your naughty bits. You pop open an email and see cover art that almost makes your head explode. You get this big rush, thinking, "Someone understands my writing!" What you don't realize, naive little author, is that some artists don't even readrepparttar 148998 books they dorepparttar 148999 art for. But still. The art rocks your world. Feel that. I always enjoy clicking those email attachments and seeing MY book covers.

Competition is Good, Copying is Bad

Written by S. Housley

I've always been ofrepparttar opinion that competition is a good thing. It encourages all of us to be better and make better products. While it might be true that imitation isrepparttar 148973 sincerest form of flattery, copying someone else's work is simply wrong.

We recently came across a competitor using our sales copy. The competitor was using a web graph showingrepparttar 148974 traffic on one of our sites, along with our sales copy to promote their competing application. Digging a little further, I realized that their competing application was, in both form and function, identical to our application. The competing program contained identical screenshots, custom program icons and our help documentation. Whilerepparttar 148975 code ofrepparttar 148976 program was, in fact, different, it was clear that our copyright had been violated.

We are notrepparttar 148977 first company to have our copyright violated and oncerepparttar 148978 initial emotional reaction passed, we took action.

Dealing With Copyright or Trademark Violations:

Who, What and Where Before reacting, it is important to do homework and researchrepparttar 148979 alleged content violator. Arm yourself with information. Determiningrepparttar 148980 who, what and where will guide you in takingrepparttar 148981 appropriate steps.

Determine WHO is violating your copyright Researchrepparttar 148982 website: do a Whois lookup to determinerepparttar 148983 site's owner. The domain owner can be found by enteringrepparttar 148984 domain into http://www.whois.com and clicking onrepparttar 148985 link that says "Whois Lookup". Ifrepparttar 148986 copyright on software has been violated, checkrepparttar 148987 PAD file forrepparttar 148988 author and release date.

Determine WHERErepparttar 148989 website hosting is located Determine whererepparttar 148990 website is hosted. Web hosts located in progressive countries will be more cooperative in addressing copyright violations. After determiningrepparttar 148991 webhost's location, checkrepparttar 148992 host's Terms of Service (TOS) and Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) to determinerepparttar 148993 level of cooperation you will likely receive. More often than not, a physical address and detailed information on how to report an abuse claim will be found inrepparttar 148994 webhost's terms of service.

Determine exactly WHAT violations have occurred. When determining if a copyright violation has occurred, it is important to go back torepparttar 148995 question of what constitutes a copyright violation.

Copyright is a form of protection provided byrepparttar 148996 laws ofrepparttar 148997 United States (title 17, U.S. Code) torepparttar 148998 authors of “original works of authorship." This work can be literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, or similar intellectual works. Copyright protection is available to both published and unpublished works. It is illegal for anyone to violate any ofrepparttar 148999 rights provided byrepparttar 149000 copyright law torepparttar 149001 owner of copyright. It is important to note that ideas can not be copywritten, and while it may be morally and ethically questionable, cloning a software application is not a copyright violation, yet copying a helpfile is a copyright violation.

Copyright protection exists fromrepparttar 149002 timerepparttar 149003 work is created in fixed form. The copyright inrepparttar 149004 work of authorship immediately becomesrepparttar 149005 property ofrepparttar 149006 author who createdrepparttar 149007 work. Onlyrepparttar 149008 author or those deriving their rights throughrepparttar 149009 author can rightfully claim copyright. Evaluaterepparttar 149010 violator's work to determine if text, graphics or any ofrepparttar 149011 program or website's artistic qualities arerepparttar 149012 same as your creative works. Print hard copies of any documents and save electronic versions of web pages and executables. Capture screenshots of offenses, save documentation orrepparttar 149013 Help file that contains any duplications of text. Enterrepparttar 149014 URL ofrepparttar 149015 offending website into http://www.archive.org to seerepparttar 149016 website's history and determine a timeline during which violations occurred. Look and feel can be subjective, try to focus on obvious or flagrant violations. Copied text or Help files is obvious when filing a complaint with web hosts or other third parties.

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