When you create your own content, that material has intellectual property (IP) rights attached to it. You, as the creator and owner of these rights, can exploit them or license them as you see fit and earn income from that.
Therefore, if you’re an indie author or indie creator of any sort, you should become familiar with your IP rights and explore the various ways to generate income streams from them.
In the case of books, this can include creating various formats, such as print (hardcover, paperback, large print, etc.), digital (i.e., Kindle .mobi, everyone else .epub, PDF), audiobook, and different adaptations (film, podcast, radio, graphic novel, etc.).
I’ve blogged here about my own fitful ventures into the field of indie films. However, today on this blog, I’m featuring an awesome Q&A with talented indie filmmaker Cassiah Joski-Jethi. She’s currently crowdfunding a new short film, Kindling. You can check out the campaign here or click on the above photo. Cassiah recently completed another short film, Woman of the Night. And, for what it’s worth, I’ve previously mentioned Cassiah’s film, Polly, on yet another blog.
We live now in times of incredible distraction. Everywhere we look there are success stories. Along with that are stories of people who overcame incredible odds to succeed at something or other, despite an infirmity or life-changing event of some sort or other. And we want to be successful, too.
We see these stories and think, “Oh, I wish I could be them” or “Thank God I’m not them.”
Either way, we’re doing a form of comparison that’s unhealthy for us.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever bought a book based on the title. If you have, don’t be embarrassed. I can’t see you, anyway. 🙂
I’ll admit I’ve done it. I’ve bought books based on titles and blurbs. I’ll see a book entitled such that it holds the promise of a secret and think, “Oh, goody! A solution.”
Here’s the sobering truth. I’ve read these books, but I can’t remember what they said. In fact, I probably spent 90 percent of the time either skimming through extraneous verbiage or nodding along while reading information I already knew.
There are few exceptions to this phenomenon. So few, the titles have slipped my mind.
So, before you buy a book on anything else based on the title, sleep on it. Check out the sample chapters (which may or may not be representative) and, if you’re still interested, give it a shot.
Here’s a video tutorial that can also save you a little dough. 🙂
Plus, a copy of the planner I made in the video. Just click here to download the PDF! 🙂
As an indie author, I’m a long-time believer in publishing on more than one platform. I’m not only an indie author, but also a strong supporter of indie bookstores. And I own both a Kindle and Kobo ereader (see above).
I’ll explain further in this week’s vlog (below the virtual fold):