There are so many things that mean ‘forever;’ eternity, perpetuity, from here on out, always…
So, I know that this title sounds poignant. I am only meaning to talk about publishing rights and not relationships, although that is a good topic, too.
Alright. I’m in. We can talk about forever and relationships for just a bit. I’ll even give you a few insights I’ve gleaned.
- Who you marry is the single, most important decision you will EVER make. This single decision can affect your sadness and happiness like no other decision. College? You can go back to that. That horrible job? You can quit it. Marriage is a decision that will have repercussions that will last a lifetime. Your spoken words of promise will imprint themselves on you…forever. You won’t forget them.
- If you love your partner, NEVER finish their sentences. People change their opinions. It’s called growth. If you want to grow with them, you listen to what they have to say.
- Learn to apologize and mean it. If your objective is to clear the air with your partner and get on a good page again, try apologizing first – even if he/she should do that instead. If your partner is a fair one, they will apologize, too.
- If you can laugh about an argument, then it is not worth arguing over. Laugh, make peace, and move on.
- If you are in a crabby mood, give your partner a head’s-up by letting them know of that. He/she might try to make things easier for you, or take everything you say (after that) with a grain of salt.
Okay. Seguing back to publishing. I hate giving away rights. I do. I’ve passed on publishing opportunities for that very reason. Why? Because of money. And because I hate the thought that someone else can hold my words captive…forever. Perpetuity! Sure, I know that one day, my works will become part of the public domain. (Copyright protections last for the life of an author plus 70 years. But if you don’t put a copyright notice on your work, they become public domain within five years of publication.)
So, after doing my research, I’ve learned about protecting rights to my own work on my blog! Apparently, I need to work on registering my copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office. (I’ve since added Jargon to my intro to let folks know that they cannot re-use my stuff without permission). For more on blog copyright protection, read this.
For now, I’ll keep writing, and keep searching for publishers who can respect my right to my works…for my life plus seventy years. You should do the same!