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The Blog of Anya Harker » 2012 » July

Okay — so as some/many/none of you know, I spent the last three years in law school. I have since graduated (yay!) but am not sitting for the bar at this time because I have my full-time job in publishing while I wait for some amazing agent to snatch me up out of the slush pile. ;^)

 

However, in my hanging out at various writer boards, I’ve seen a lot of questions about copyright come up. I am planning on posting my paper on copyright law for everyone to take a look at, but I thought I’d also open it up to questions from you guys as well. If you have a question about copyright law, post it here, and I’ll do my best to answer it in the upcoming posts on the subject.

 

And now the disclaimer: I am a non-practising attorney. Thus, anything I say on this blog in terms of copyright law is not supposed to constitute legal advice. It is merely my interpretation to help budding authors. If you’re really concerned about your rights as a creator, I suggest you get in contact with a lawyer.

 

Also, for your protection and my own, I will not answer questions that relate to a particular event that is going on right now. IE, if you think someone is infringing your work, I won’t look into it. That’s not my place. BUT if you’d like to ask me hypothetical situations? I’d be more than happy to answer to the best of my ability. I’d just like to be able to help other writers out and try and explain something that is very, very complicated to the untrained eye.

One Year Later

July 12th, 2012

 

So it’s about a year since I started this whole journey and it’s been one heck of a wild ride so far. In one year the following has happened:

  • I’ve graduated from law school (YAY omg)
  • I’ve gotten a job in the publishing industry
  • I’ve written a novel
  • I’ve sent out countless query letters
  • I’ve received countless rejections
  • I’ve received a nice smattering of requests, both from agents and small presses

Needless to say, it’s been one amazing ride so far. Of course, it hasn’t been without its up and downs (often more downs than ups) but I’ve also learned so much. A year ago I didn’t know what ARCs and galleys were. I had only the vaguest understanding of how the publishing industry works. All I knew was a person wrote a book, found an agent, and that was it. Now I’ve learned SO much more.

 

I’ve also cultivated amazing friendships after being down in the trenches for over a year. I have CPs who are amazing individuals and my writing is stronger because of them. I have contacts I never dreamed I’d make. Though this year has been one of the hardest in my life, I don’t think I’d change a thing. Now, as the next year rolls around, I’ll keep writing and keep querying. One year ends and the next begins with my fingers itching to start working on a new manuscript. Still a YA, but something with a paranormal bent. No, not vampires — but ghosts. I’m excited and I can’t wait to share this next book.

 

Hopefully it’ll happen this year. Hopefully one of those full requests that are still outstanding will come back to me and say they love it and they want to represent me as I go forward. And if not? I have a new book. Because one thing I’ve learned is the time you spend on one manuscript is never wasted. Every bit of reading and writing you do only makes you a better person and a better writer.

 

As the West Wing teaches us to say: Game On and What’s Next?

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