After his untimely plumbing accident, 17 year old Zack dies, finding himself in the Land of the Dead. Thanks to a helpful Reaper named Melvin, he gets the opportunity to go back in time, to stop his death and reconnect with a girl he loves. However, she does not remember him. So now he must try to get her to fall in love with him again.
The tale of a zombie and a love story from beyond the grave.
Melvin………………………………..John DiMaggio (voice) I’d imagine Melvin would be animated in some way
Sara (the waitress)………………..Tania Raymonde
Jackie Lawson was born in 1988 in Huntsville, Alabama and has lived there the whole 25 years of her life. She started writing in high school, which is where her first book began, and continued on while she was studying Graphic Design at Calhoun Community College. She loves the spooky and the supernatural and has really developed a liking for director Tim Burton over the years. She shares the same idea with Tim Burton; the idea that making death (normally a very grim subject) into a more light-hearted and funny sentiment is good for all of us. If we can just look at the things that make us uncomfortable or scare us and change them into something lighter, it would make it easier to enjoy life.
Jackie has only just begun her journey as a writer, publishing her work with the international online writing community, BookRix.com, and hopes to continue writing and creating more stories as well.
A great book cover is essential to attracting readers. After all, first impressions are everything! But how do you find the perfect image? Many turn to Google by entering a variety of keywords, clicking the ‘Image’ tab, and sifting through endless options until the perfect selection is made. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Not so fast. When you factor in the consequences and fines associated with copyright infringement, you should think twice before you using an image that doesn’t belong to you.
How would one know if a photo is protected by copyright? Essentially, ALL photographs are protected by copyright. No matter how good or bad the image quality, someone either took that photo or digitally created it, therefore it is owned by that individual or business. Copyright laws protect the owner for the duration of their life, and up to 70 years after their death.
Here is some important information about copyright protected images and how you can avoid nasty fines or negative repercussions from using an image protected by these laws.
Can I use a photo if the owner isn’t listed or credited?
No. Even if an image isn’t imprinted with the standard copyright © symbol and the photographer or artist is unknown, you are not authorized to use the image without receiving the appropriate rights and/or permissions.
What should I do if I want to use an image from the internet?
There are various images available online for free or for purchase at reasonable prices that can be used commercially. Both http://www.istockphoto.com/ or http://www.shutterstock.com/ are credible sites that offer endless image options that can be purchased legally. But it is imperative that you adhere to the copyright laws of each website. Always stay informed regarding the copyright information necessary to use an image. When in doubt, ask the artist or photographer associated with the image you intend to use.
Can I use any image listed under a Creative Commons license?
Please note: the additional “license-free” associated with an image does not automatically mean that you can use it wherever and whenever you want. Images listed with “Creative Commons” may mean they are free, however that does not mean they are free of copyright. This also includes “public domain” images. To use these types of images, you should always look for the individual license agreements and follow them carefully. If these license agreements cannot be located, attempt to contact the rights holder directly.
What if I alter an image? Can I use it then?
The act of copying or adapting someone else’s work is a breach of copyright. Any adaptation will be legally regarded as a derived work; so if you simply adapt the work of others, it will still be their work, and they have every right to object, and are also entitled to any compensation you make from their work. The only safe option is to create something that is not copied or adapted from the work of others.
What if I’m unable to locate/contact the image owner?
Since you are unable to get permission or obtain the appropriate rights, you should not use the image. Claiming ignorance after the fact will not help you.
How do I get a quality image for my eBook cover?
There are various ways this can be done. You can create an image yourself by taking a nice photo or creating an image using your computer. But if you don’t feel you have the skill set to pull off a high quality book cover, we suggest purchasing images from stock photo sites or hiring someone to create a book cover for you. When choosing this option, remember to obtain the image license and verify what information is needed to legally use the image. Typically, websites will list the license rights of each image next to the picture itself.
I don’t even know where to begin. How can I obtain a nice cover?
Not all of us possess the creative streak necessary for creating a killer book cover. But not to worry. Our BookRix community is full of creativity. The members within our Art Writers group are always willing to help, provide tips and tricks and can assist you with your eBook cover design.
If you have additional questions about copyright, feel free to contact us at Support-en@BookRix.com and we’ll be happy to help you.
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BookRix has updated our author contacts with some important revisions that make our services even better for our writers! In addition, we’ve added some cool new features to the site that everyone can enjoy. Check out what’s new!
- With our new contract, authors will receive at least 70% in royalties from each book sold.
- Previously royalties were paid out once every quarter. In our new contract, royalties will be paid out at the end of each calendar month.
- Royalty payments were previously dispensed when the net sales totals reached 25 Euros. Going forward, royalties will be dispensed when the net sales total reaches 10 Euros.
New BookRix Features
We continually strive to make improvements to our site and always work to improve our processes to ensure our members are given the tools they need to succeed. Here are some newly added features to enjoy!
- Getty images are now available for use as eBook covers! Upon purchase, these images will be yours to use and free from copyright infringement.
- Authors can now list their books for FREE by selecting $0.00 as their sale price
- Now leaving book reviews is easier than ever! With one click of a button, you’ll be directed to Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes & Noble to leave a review for your favorite authors and eBooks.
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James Altucher is many things. If you classified him as an entrepreneur or a programmer, you’d be right. But he’s also a bestselling author. His latest book Choose Yourself sold over 44,000 copies within the first month of its release. It reached #1 on Amazon’s nonfiction book list and notably marked the Wall Street Journal’s bestseller list. The best part? He self published it. You might think that his success came from knowing the right people or because some of his previous work was traditionally published. But according to James, that wasn’t the case. In an article published by TechCrunch, James Altucher outlines how writers can get their book to the top of the charts by self publishing the “professional” way. Below are some of the highlights, but please feel free to read his entire article by clicking here.
Get Social & Build an Audience
Most people believe that traditional publishers can guarantee their authors a window front spot in retail stores. According to James, that’s simply not true. Publishers have to pay for these types of placements, and it’s done infrequently. Instead of hoping to build fans, create your own audience by getting on social networking channels and reach out to potential readers.
Don’t Cut Corners: Proper Editing Is a Must
If you think editing your own work is sufficient, you’re wrong. Anyone who’s anyone will tell you that proper proofreading comes from a second set of eyes. And if you’re smart, the second set of eyes belong to someone who knows a thing or two about spelling, syntax, grammar and, well… writing. When talking about his experience with his editor, James says: “Nils [editor] and I went back and forth on more than 15 different rewrites for my book. The difference between the original version and the final version is like the difference between chicken sh*t and chicken salad.” James also admits that his previously published work through traditional publishers, were not high quality. When he opted to self publish Choose Yourself, he researched editing firms and hand selected his editor. This is one of the benefits of self publishing – you can do whatever you want!
Selecting the Right Title
We’ve talked about choosing a great title in our Publishing Tips & Tricks series and how important it is to pick a unique, straightforward title for your book. James took it a step further: “I picked 10 titles that I liked, combined them with the cover and created Facebook ads that I sent out to all my friends and friends of friends in the U.S. Then I sat back and watched the click-throughs. After a few days and thousands of click-throughs I had my title.” Very smart!
We understand that everyone has different goals. But if you’ve ever longed to see your book on a bestsellers list, New York Times, Wall Street Journal or wherever, then you should heed the advice from someone who’s been there and done it. James Altucher and his thoughts on 3.0 publishing are beneficial for the independent author seeking success:
“If your goal is to put out the best possible product, maximize the money you make, and get the most readers, then follow the next steps, what I call “Publishing 3.0.”
1.0 was publishing with a traditional publisher.
2.0 was when the stigma of self-publishing went away and an entire new artistic outlet was open to millions of people (15 million books published last year versus 300,000 10 years ago). It’s cheap, quick, and easy to get your book published.
3.0 is starting right now — where you can self-publish better, more successfully, better edited, better designed, better marketed, and make more money than if you go any other route. The reason this is possible only now is because for the first time, the best editors, designers, marketers are no longer working at the big publishing houses. Instead, they are striking out on their own and independently charging for their services. The demand is there. This route is more expensive than “publishing 2.0″ but is much more lucrative.”
And there you have it!
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