Authors can be assholes

Before I became proactive on Twitter I was ignorant of how authors could truly be. In these last few months, I had a rude awakening to that fact and it left me in a state of shock, disbelief, and anger. Mostly it opened my eyes to the author's world in that it is truly not [...]


Trademarking common words is on the rise

It seems ever since #cockygate flooded the author community there have been more and more unknown authors rushing to trademark commonly used words to secure their "safety nets" for their work. Often, these authors claim to have a reader's best interests at heart but to many, it boils down deeper than that. Recently, an author [...]

Cocky War: It’s on now

  These past several I've been in a heated moment with authors against another unknown author who trademarked the word "cocky" and who then threatened other authors for using it in their titles. Well, now she's suing the IP attorney Kevin Kneupper for filing to cancel her trademark and her lawyer has filed a restraining [...]

Trademarking: Please Stop It

Every day it seems authors wake up to a new trademark that has been filed. The questions come out and the panic sets in. Who can blame us? After what Faleena Hopkins (See #Cockygate) did to many authors, we are certainly on edge. The trademark filings just keep rolling in. Our questions deserve an adequate [...]

Reader Beware: Don’t Pirate Books

#amwriting #books #piracy #indieauthors #writerslife #authors Authors pour a lot of sweat, blood, and tears into their novels. This includes the research on subjects and topics, character sheets, structuring paragraphs, inputting the words, and making a plot that won't bounce around and come back empty. Point blank, writing is a major bitch when you consider [...]

Cocky is fast becoming a popular word

Up until the past few days, I never much thought of the word "cocky." Sure, it's a word used to describe the behavior of a person and it's been a written word for many many years. I mean we were saying this word back when I was little. I'm 38 now. It's been around a [...]