Saturday, January 20, 2024

2023 Year in Review - Hunter’s Rose

Welcome everyone!

I finally had a chance to look back over the previous year and assess how it went. It was a year filled with several major events. For instance, I’ve gone back to college to get another degree. My last remaining grandparent passed away, and my daughter entered high school. The biggest event with regards to this website was the release of my third book: The Huntsman and the Heretic! I’m so proud of how that book turned out. It’s the most personal one for me. Although, it amazes me how many people think it’s a rhino on the front cover and not a bull. To me, it’s obvious, but I’ll just have to be more mindful of stuff like that in the future.

2023 also represented my best year of sales since my first book launched back in 2019. Altogether, I sold 252 copies of my books across all formats (ebook, audio, paperback, hardback) including 112 of my newest book. That’s amazing! Consider that a quote “successful” self-published author is someone that sells 250 copies in two years. So this year, I did fantastic.

So let’s look ahead to 2024. Project X is still on the horizon; however, my time as an author is incredibly limited right now. Getting a degree is consuming all my time even though I’m only taking six credit hours at the moment. I started classes last summer, so I will finish my new degree this year. I’m very excited about that. It will open a lot of doors for me. Sadly, though, it means I won’t be able to work on The Hunter’s Rose series until I’m finished.

I have appreciated everyone’s wonderful support this year. I’ll resume writing the fourth book in my series late fall, 2024. It takes about 12 to 20 months to finish a Hunter’s Rose book, and then about 6-12 to go through all the editing, cover art, and publishing processes. So Book 4 is probably two years away at least, maybe three. 

In the meantime, I’ll keep you up to date on my activities. I hope 2024 is a prosperous and joyful year for you. I love and value each and every one of you. Be well and take care of each other.



Wednesday, January 10, 2024

2024 Public Domain Update & Celebration

Welcome Everyone!

Every year I try to celebrate the major new entries into the public domain. If you don’t know what he public domain is, I’ll attempt an explanation. Ages ago, it was decided the the creators of art (that is, any type of media) should only get exclusive rights to that art for so long. Then, after a time, that art is given over to the culture. It belongs to everyone. Our predecessors realized that a culture cannot grow if it cannot use its art and experiences freely. So now, every January 1st, new works of literature, film, music, painting, and so on lose their copyrights. They belong to the people.

Normally, works become public domain 70 years after the author’s death. If it’s a work-for-hire type thing, the copyright lasts 95 years after it is published. There are weird exceptions and caveats, but they aren’t worth going into in this blog post. You can read more HERE.

Anyhow, today is a BIG day for the public domain. It wouldn’t surprise me if you hadn’t already seen some news stories about how Mickey and Minnie Mouse are no longer the exclusive property of the Walt Disney Corporation. They below to everyone. Now, that is limited to the Steamboat Willie version of Mickey Mouse, but it also means that people are free to develop their own derivative works. So you can create your own, original version of Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse so long as it does not infringe on later incarnations of those characters. It’s complicated, but Mickey Mouse now belongs to you!

In addition, Peter Pan, Tigger, and Tarzan enter the public domain this year. That’s five major characters that belong to the people, not the corporations. It’s been a long time since this many important literary figures entered the public domain at the same time. So you are now free to create your own stories about Neverland and Tarzan of the jungle. 

Keep in mind, though, that the Disney animations for Peter Pan, Tigger, and Tarzan are still under copyright protection. It’s just the characters themselves we now have access to since the original works of literature that produced them have aged out of copyright.

Additionally, we aren’t too far from some other major works entering the public domain. This year marks the 10 year countdown until The Chronicles of Narnia become public domain. The same goes for Superman. Batman hits public domain in 11 years. It’s only 20 years before the works of J.R.R. Tolkien become public domain. And in the short term, the works of Laura Ingles Wilder, Dorothy Sayers, and Thomas Mann all go public domain before the end of this decade. 

So rejoice everyone! You now own some of the biggest cultural icons in history. You can add Mickey Mouse and Peter Pan to Jay Gatsby, Sherlock Holmes, Chtullu, and Pinocchio to your list of potential famous characters to write about. If that is a goal of yours, then I wish you all the best in your creative endeavors!