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Don’t Copy Us

May 27, 2021– This question comes up more often than you think! Authors want to know if they can re-write very old books using different words and settings and then publish it or submit it for publication. The answer is NO! 

NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. Do not do this. Copyright law explicitly states that the copyright on a work stays with the author/her successors until 70 years AFTER her death. Yeah, but what if the author has been dead for 100 years? I would urge you to be original and have some decency to not pass someone else’s work off as your own no matter how much you think you’ve changed it. How would you feel if someone ripped off your work that you spent your life crafting? Pretty crappy no doubt.

There’s a difference between retelling and stealing, a big one. Feel free to use books that you enjoy as inspiration to find a different take on a situation, plotline, or characters. A great example is our very own Tamara Botting’s retelling of the fairytale the frog price told as Unfrogged available here: Unfrogged – Pandamonium Publishing HouseIt’s a fresh take on the story with interesting characters, a dazzling setting,  and unique challenges.

Plagiarism and copyright infringement have no place anywhere to be honest, but especially in the creative arts. Artists spend their lives bringing art, stories, music, movies, and productions to the world, why would anyone want to destroy that or take credit for something they didn’t do?

Here’s an interesting article on five very famous copyright infringements and their outcomes: 5 famous copyright infringement cases (what you can learn) (

If you have even one iota of a feeling that what you’re doing could be considered stealing from an artist, stop and start over. Make your own art and give credit where credit is most certainly due.

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Scared? Good.

February 8, 2021-Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best, “What you are afraid to do is a clear indication of the next thing that you need to do.” If you’re scared to do something, good. Why? Because it means that you’re alive and still growing. You’re courageous and you may not have all the answers, but you’re willing to bet on yourself that you’ll figure it out. What are you afraid of in your writing life? That’s what you need to do next.

We’ve all been scared and being afraid comes with the territory of being an author. Writing things for the world to read, that you can never get back, is the epitome of being vulnerable. What if they don’t like it? What if I never sell a single book? What if I’m ridiculed by my peers? What if my dream of becoming an author doesn’t work out? Those are the risks that we take in this business. And I would rather risk it all than have a life half lived. Sometimes the worst place we can be is inside our own head with that little voice shouting, “Don’t do it, it’s too risky!” We don’t expand our inner or outer world when we stay inside of our comfort zones. The only way, is through. Through the fear, through the self-doubt, and through the uncertainty.

What are you afraid of as an author? Write about it. Put it on your characters. And then run toward it as fast as you can.

A baby bird and a mother bird were sitting in their nest one day. The mother bird said to it’s baby, “Today is the day that you leave the nest!” The baby bird turned to it’s mother and said, “I’m too afraid, it’s safe here and what if I fall?” The mother bird smiled and said, “Oh but, darling! What if you fly?” 

So, my dear baby birds, I know you’re not afraid of the branch breaking, because your trust is not in the branch, but in your own wings.