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 [...]

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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 [...]

Honest Reviewing

I am the type of person who believes in honest reviewing. Most people think that honest reviewing means you need to type up a long critique of a novel you've read but the truth is you don't. An honest review is one that shows the author whether you truly liked their book or didn't. It [...]

Creating characters with distinct voices

In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to create characters with distinct voices and behaviors. When it comes to writing your characters, you need to remember that your characters are all different. They have different dreams, goals, behaviors, and feelings. Now before I elaborate further, I want to make it clear that [...]

How to make your writing easier

"Writing is the hardest thing ever!" This quote from Lisa Simpson from the Simpsons is something all aspiring writers understand very well. There are times writing will frustrate you to the point of discouragement, but having a plan is a surefire way to help you on the right track. First, do not compare your writing [...]