We wanted to get to know MJ Courchesne (NAIWE’s Copyright & Permissions Expert) better, so last month we sat down with her. Here are some thoughts she shared with us.
What aspects of publishing can be turned into avenues for marketing?
Whenever you execute a license of your material to a third party by way of an excerpt, new edition (think audio), permission, or other adaptation, you can think of that as a sort of “ad” for your book and your publishing brand (you as an author or you as a publisher). Essentially, any new venue that you can reach beyond traditional sales is a good opportunity to call back to the original publication and generate more sales or at the least awareness of your product. Of course, you need to ensure that the license includes an appropriate credit line, thumbnail of your cover, or other callback to your original work so that people can read more!
Can protecting your intellectual property with a copyright be an advantage when it comes to advertising it?
Copyright vests with the creator from the moment of creation, but registering your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office is a useful (and recommended) way to protect your intellectual property from possible infringement that may occur online or in other venues. Although I’d still say it’s rare for someone to be infringed from an advertisement of their work, it’s good to have that protection in place. Registration is certainly not a requirement, but I usually recommend my clients take that extra step for the peace of mind it offers, especially once that title is out there in the world.
You belong to several associations. Do you find that being a member of associations leads to more advertising opportunities?
Membership in professional organizations and associations certainly helps me to network and find those people who might need my services, so I always look forward to joining associations where I might be of use to their members. Education is a big part of my business, and so webinars, talks, and simple networking are useful in educating authors and publishers about issues surrounding copyright and permissions. It’s all about finding people when they need you.
As a writer, you know the value in your work, and have a keen interest in protecting it. You also may know that your work is copyrighted to you as soon as you put thoughts into a fixed medium, so why should you bother registering your copyright with the US Copyright Office? Using case studies and scenarios, this webinar will review the basics of copyright law in the US, why you should register your work, how to go about registration, and some common misconceptions of copyright, permissions, and fair use.
You can join in this conversation on December 16, at 3 pm eastern, when NAIWE will host a discussion on copyright and your works.
The cost for NAIWE members is only $10! Non-members can join for $30. To register, send an email with your name and telephone number.