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Saturday, April 18, 2015

CHECK THIS OUT FROM MY FRIENDS AT PUBLETARIAT!

 
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Hit the link above and read what my friends at Publetariat found in their online search engines.

I know what a lot of you are thinking: "Yeah, right. Some down and out self-pubbed author is trying to grab his five minutes of fame and some cash to go with it." Not necessarily.

I wrote an online novel the other year and received some notice from one of the larger movie studios. Long story short, I received an option for it and tucked my substantial bag of beans in a trust fund. There are two years left on the option. If the movie isn't made, I still get to keep that money. Great deal.

Now for a not so great deal. Another online novel. No movie deals, but my novel is done and a couple years later I'm watching a TV show. I was lucky actually. I don't watch much TV because I don't hear well. The show was familiar. A lot of what I wrote in my novel was staring me in the face. Was I pissed off? You bet I was.

I went the smooth route and got a hold of the producers of the show and told them about my suspicions. I said they could easily double check by reading my chapters which were still online. Nice little dates and everything. They were very apologetic and said they would immediately change the direction the show was taking. Could I have sued? Sure. However, they admitted that the script writer flat out stole it and he would no longer be employed by them. I merely asked that if the show became a huge hit that I would like some recognition. No problem they said. Legal papers were drawn. I absolved them of any wrong doing, will get recognition if the show becomes a hit, and I even got another un-asked for bag of beans which went into another trust fund. So it worked out.

The point of all of this? Be aware of what happens around you. Your books took work and sweat to get into readers hands. Don't be screwed over. Protect your rights.

Thank you for reading.


Blaze McRob



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