Category Archives: Society

What happens to your books after you die?

FinishedReadingPile1000My reading pile will stop growing! (Extract from the Sunday artist blog entry)

More seriously, your copyright will live on for 50 years after your death in Canada, 70 years after death in the USA. If you are a writer, learn how to protect your books after you pass away. Even if you don’t think they have any value!

Did you know that the singer Prince, did not leave a will when he died?  An ordeal  for the bereaved family.

Elvis Presley left a debt-ridden property to his daughter Lisa Mary (who was only 9 at the time). Priscilla Presley did step in to save Lisa Mary from ruin.

The latter exemple comes from a small and practical book by M.L. Buchmann, who writes military romantic suspenses (yes, it is a genre). I had the pleasure of meeting him in Oregon. There are stunning occurences of what can happen when personnalities die without a will (intestate) or when the heirs mismanaged the deceased writer’s IP, or leave the management into other (greedy) hands.

Here is the podcast of his interview at Kobo Writing Life with Mark Leslie. Matt is a hyper-organized writer: even if some rules only apply to the USA, most advices are valid for Canadians. To taste his brand of fiction, visit his author page.

A worldwide map of copyright term length, from Wikipedia: in some countries, that post-mortem life of copyright can last quite long…

 

A few useful references:

The Copyright Handbook – What Every Writer Needs to Know: Nolo Press (448 p.). The latest edition just came out (fal 2017) Quite expensive even for the e-bookbut they do have some sales like the Halloween sale on their website. Price in USD. I have the e-verson of the precedent edition (I knew there was a reason for the lower pricing…) That kind of book, you don’t want to read it in one sitting.

Helen Sedwick, Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook, Ten Gallon Press (<200 p.). Helen is a business lawyer with 30+ years of practicing. “Stay out of court and at your desk” is her motto. Her book’s last chapter list typical clauses in contracts, with the simpler plain English version besides. The new 2017 edition is out.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch- Business Musings: Prince, Estates, and The Future  and  Business Musings: Agents and Estates.  Those are two articles from her blog, but she has reunited some chronicles in books. Kris is a Science fiction and manygenres author about my age but with lots more published titles and experience. She has gotten real savvy on the business plan! I do recommand to follow her very rich blog.

Now, getting back to apply what I have learned…

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Potential Patreon Partners

   To my fantastic fans,

    You’re invited to step aboard my Patreon galleon
     and sail to new uncharted territories!  

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I came to Patreon  at first to support my fellow artists friends. And I am still supporting them via this fantastic system.

But now a flurry of new projects are claiming for existence:

  1. Windmistress, YA SF, 43 finished pages on 50.
  2. Honor Road, manga, 200 pages, 22 finished
  3. Joys of the Signing Table, 100 gags published on my blog, meaning a 250-page album in manga format. I need at least thirty hours to convert the graphic files to the publication format.

I am currently working on two SF novels ( Azuras and Grasshoppers), and planning for more.

Your kind support on Patreon will make a difference for my writing and drawing fiction, especially as I write in both English and French. It will allow me to hire help for translation and design, and to get the formation I need to hone my craft. Because I am always learning.

It will make a difference for you, as your pledge will reap rewards: free reading, behind-the-scene sketches, ex-libris, ebooks…

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(Honor Road, sketch)

Some of my recent English titles (ebooks and comic books) can be found below.

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Ma Patreon page contains a short and funny video presentation. Enjoy its nice musical score and share it among potentials fans !

My first of July wish

Les premières framboises (c) Michèle Laframboise

Generosity.
The rest will come along!

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A new generation of raspberries

A promise of summer abundance

 

A Quick Sketch for the New year

Young Armelle holding a flower pot

 

A quick pencil sketch for the new year, as the three-page long installments of my comics took more time.

Hope and Creativity

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May the night and silence
create new paths for hope

 

Occupied October

This October is such a busy month that I am lagging behing my posts.

So here is a placeholder post while I organize the mailing of my SF novels overseas, make frenetic preparations for my  depart for the Utopiales festival, and put up new e-books, tinker with websites, recuperate from my Oakville half marathon­ race… and run to a scout camp this week-end!

More dealines piling on

So the next Signing table comics will have to wait a little!

Fog Bow

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Running at daybreak on August 11, I had the occasion to observe a strange meteorological phenomenon.

I was running on a small side road, making 3 km circuits. The morning mist floated above the hay fields, a large open space. Then the sun rose, and I had the wonderful surprise!  Continue reading

It’s Raining…

 

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Contracts!

That I am working on, hence the delay in getting new gags uploaded on this blog. A few writing and illustration contracts landed in the same week, a rare event.

Connecting in the Bushes

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the author trying to optimize her Wi-Fi signal!

The two events occurred… in separate instances.  Even on vacation, the author tries to optimize her WiFi signal!

 

I Should Be Writing…

I should be writing, but I can't resist the call of the garden

 

I can’t resist the call of the garden…

There’s a spring rivality between the two activities. So the next novel will wait a little!