Can You Include Song Lyrics in Your Book?

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By Jason Boog on October 30, 2013 3:42 PM
Originally on GalleyCat!

recordplayerHave you ever quoted song lyrics in your book? Music can set the mood, evoke a certain setting or channel a particular emotion.

However, writers need to be aware of copyright issues surrounding music in books. We caught up withCopyright Clearance Center‘s author and creator relations director Christopher Kenneally, discovering the key questions authors should ask before including a song. Kenneally explained:

Consider not quoting the song. Lyrics, like all creative expression, are copyrighted. Copyright gives the author or creator the exclusive right to republication of the work. Any writer who wishes to quote lyrics, or for that matter, passages from another’s book, must obtain permission first. It’s probably worth asking how necessary or vital such quotation is to any particular creative work.

Kenneally added:

If it’s used to…

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Top Publishers Open to Direct Submissions #pubtip #getpublished


Trying to negotiate a book deal without an agent is like going to court without an attorney. If you’re going to go the traditional route, make sure you have an agent. You need someone to look out for YOUR best interest. An agent will help you negotiate the best deal for you.

Originally posted on Writer's Resource Blog:

HarperCollins, Jonathan Cape, Little, Brown, and Tinder Press are all opening up to submissions from authors who do not have agents. ~Gasp!~
Why on Earth would these leading companies suddenly change an age-old gatekeeping mechanism to allow anyone to submit?
Could be finances. Authors who aren’t represented usually receive offers that have lower advances, lower royalty percentages, less lucrative royalty breaks, and lower marketing budgets. Add all that up, and publishers could save quite a bundle.
Trust me. The 15% authors save by not paying an agent is not going to pay off under these circumstances.

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Little Known Black History Fact: 50th Anniversary of the Last Leg of Selma to Montgomery March

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Originally posted on Black America Web:

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In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march that concluded March 25, 1965, in Montgomery, Alabama, the final, 3-mile stretch of the march to the Capitol begin in West Montgomery, AL today March 25th, 2015.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led more than 3,000 marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and continued on a 54-mile, four-day march to the state capitol in Montgomery.

Today, people from throughout the United States will gather in Selma to commemorate the anniversary by recreating the last leg of the march, starting in the City of St. Jude and ending at the Alabama State Capitol.

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Ten Reasons for Writing Memoir

Originally posted on Diane Taylor:

In my book, the twenty reasons I give for writing memoir are culled from the forty-two I offer in my course. The more reasons there are, the more apt you are to finish your story. Not that all forty-two, or twenty, will be valid for everyone. Are there three or four that seem more relevant to you than the others? Those are the ones that will propel you forward into your story and keep you adding to it.

Here, in this post, I have harvested ten of the best from the list of twenty. I thought I had collected all possible reasons for writing memoir, but recently someone suggested another, and I will start with that one. It is an especially poignant and relevant one in our times because so many people are living alone—especially older people.

1. To dispel loneliness. When you write your stories, usually you have someone in…

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Because we need creative non-fiction

Originally posted on Kevin Holton:

Hello, Friends,

As my publication list suggests, I prefer fiction, but lately I’ve been dabbling in creative non-fiction as well. I never really thought I’d get into this genre, and always told myself the usual rationalizations–I’m not interesting enough, no one knows who I am so why should they read my memoir, I’m better at fiction, etc., etc..

Another reason is because the first time I tried writing about my life, I dredged up memories I really wasn’t ready to deal with. My mood swings worsened, I became irritable, withdrawn, depressed, and angry, and my work suffered tremendously. People were eager to comment on how I’d let them down, but had no apparent interest in why I was acting so strange. It took a while to pull myself together, mostly because I was doing it alone.

I’m stronger now, and able to talk about my past without issue, but the thought…

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Genre Lessons: Memoir

Originally posted on Thinking Outside the Books:

Camera, pen, and diary. I belong to a librarian book club that reads a different genre every month to improve our reader’s advisory skills. The idea is to get us better-acquainted with the types of books we may not normally read. In addition to improving my recommendations, I’m also studying these books from a writer’s perspective. Just because I don’t write a certain genre doesn’t mean I can’t learn from those who do. If you want to see other posts in this series, check out the “genre lessons” tag.

This month we’re reading memoirs. The biggest takeaway I have from the memoirs I read is to make sure you know the scope of your story. Some memoirs span much of a person’s life (Sonia Sotomayor’s My Beloved World); others focus on one’s childhood (Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming), or a single year (Rachel Bertsche’s MWF Seeking BFF), or a season…

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Publishers Don’t Give Social Media as Much Weight #getpublished #pubtip

Originally posted on Writer's Resource Blog:

For the last 10 years, publishers have really pushed authors to be active on social media. The importance they gave ranked so high on their lists they checked social media sites for an author when considering whether to offer a contract.
The reason was they thought social media would help authors connect with readers.
While that’s certainly true, publishers are realizing that social media isn’t the siren’s call they thought. Books aren’t sold on most social media accounts. There are ways to increase sales using social media but trust me, it isn’t really by using an author’s own accounts. (If you’d like help making sales for your books on social media, connect with me…I’ve helped authors achieve bestseller status on Amazon and rack up hundreds of reviews.)
What you need to know is that if you’re interested in querying agents or publishers, you don’t have to focus so much on…

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Welcome to My Breakdown by Benilde Little

Originally posted on The Write Life:


The nationally bestselling author of Good Hair and The Itch pens her first book of nonfiction, a “momoir” about her own journey caring for aging parents, raising children, being married, plunging to the depths of depression, and climbing her way out.

My mother was gone. I never thought I would survive her death.

A major bestselling novelist and former magazine editor, long married to a handsome and successful stockbroker with whom she has a beautiful daughter and son, Benilde Little once had every reason to feel on top of the world. But as illness, the aging of her parents, and other hurdles interrupted her seemingly perfect life, she took a tailspin into a pit of clinical depression.

Told in her own fearless and wise voice, Welcome to My Breakdown chronicles a cavern of depression so dark that Benilde didn’t know if she’d ever recover from what David Foster Wallace called…

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To Epilogue or Not to Epilogue?

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Originally posted on Amy Spahn's Writing:


Here’s an easy question to tell if your nonfiction book needs an epilogue or afterword:

1. Do you have anything left to say?

If the answer is yes, congratulations. You can write an epilogue.

If the answer is no, you should not write an epilogue.

An epilogue should be short. For nonfiction, keep it to one or two pages. You can use it to do the things we discussed last week for milking the ending, to provide additional resources, or just to restate the purpose of your book.

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He’s trying to see how long the epilogue is.

Do not use an epilogue to repeat everything from the last chapter of your book.

Do not use an epilogue to bloviate. About anything.

Do not use an epilogue to promote your next book. You can definitely do this kind of self-promotion, but label…

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How to Write a Novel in Ten Steps

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Originally posted on Monica Bruno:

Are you writing your first novel or have you always wanted to write one? If so, you probably already know there has never been a better time to do so. The publishing industry has changed a lot, and continues to change, making it easier than ever to publish your work. I self-published my debut novel, Rachel’s Folly, early last year and I just recently signed on with a publishing company that’s going to republish it in April.

Growing up, I never dreamed of being a writer, much less an author of a novel. But, when I was thirty-eight years old, I woke up one day with an idea for a story. And, perhaps because of the impending “four-oh” on the horizon, I decided to write a novel. Granted, it ended up taking four years to get it to a point where I thought it was ready for publication, but I did it.


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