Why Copyright Matters

Born in Turlock, California in 1964, Richard Paolinelli began his writing career as a freelance writer in 1984 in Odessa, TX and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Comics sci-fi/fantasy series, Seadragon.

Ok, I think I’ve run off the last batch of trolls so let’s get back to talking about writing.

One aspect of being an Independent Publisher is what happens after the manuscript has been polished to a bright shine: The book cover. I’ve seen some great ones and some not so great ones.

Many authors attempt to make their own covers. I’ve done all but one of my covers because I enjoy putting them together just the way I want them to turn out. It helps that during my newspaper career I was trained in pagination, which included working with Photoshop, and being able to create graphics to place on the page was a must.

Here’s an example of one author’s book covers that I recently saw:



Jodi Fahey has done all of the covers for her Casey Blain Series (available on Amazon here). I particularly like the dragon wrapped around the sword on Dragon Lines as she created the dragon from scratch.

Aside from Escaping Infinity, which was done by a fantastic artist in Germany, Adrijus Guscia, all of my covers were done by my own hand and using elements and graphics that were either royalty-free and in public domain or directly purchased for use on a book cover.

I did the original full color covers for Reservations and Betrayals:




And when it came time to release the covers under a new publisher along with the final book of the series, I decided to go with a black & white theme that matched the main character’s worldview but I incorporated elements of the original covers into it at the same time:


Neither Jodi or I will ever have to worry about someone claiming we have improperly used an image that we had no right to use.