Next Noble Pen Meeting
February 14th, 2013 at 7 pm
Scott’s Family Restaurant
1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
The Marion Public Library is having an “Author Fair” on Saturday Feb 16. The schedule includes two hour-long sessions (choice of two each hour) with panels of published authors, including such notables as Ed Gorman. A lunch can be reserved in advance. After lunch there are readings and opportunities to chat with the authors.
Nick has written through chapter 6 of his SciFi book.
Dylan sold a dinosaur horror story to an anthology. Flight is still in the running for the Harper Voyager contest. Two beta readers liked BAM.
Tyree researched tidal waves and found his story to be consistent with what might happen.
Janice likes the improvements she is able to make using some of the suggestions of the writing diagnostic tool.
Ciuin finished another book on her reading list and is editing again on Petty Theft.
Some time back the newsletter mentioned Pro Writing Aid as a free and useful means of identifying things you might consider revising. It will give you more suggestions than you want. Janice recently used it and reports that she finds some of its output useful. A free tool from Writer’s Diet may give another view. And Edit Minion claims to be a “robotic copy editor.”
Authors should have some knowledge of copyright law. You should know that anything you write is immediately copyrighted. Registration with the government office (with a fee) strengthens your ability to enforce your copyright. Rights cover several different types of use. Some uses can be made of your work without infringing on the copyright.
US copyright laws have changed from time to time, mostly to extend the coverage. Cynics have noted that the length of time a copyright provides protection (with registration and renewals) has usually been a little longer than the age of Mickey Mouse.
A search will turn up many explanations of copyright, and I’ll link a few of them. The Writers Write site has a nice summary written by a lawyer in more or less layman’s language. Here’s another. The US government Copyright Office gives definitions related to the subject. Wikipedia has a substantial article.
Of all the creative work produced by humans anywhere, a tiny fraction has continuing commercial value. For that tiny fraction, the copyright is a crucially important legal device. ~Lawrence Lessig
Shannon (double slot)
Tyree (if no one else)
Nick (double if no one else needs slot)