If you ever toured my workspace, you would find an abundant amount of art supplies, stacks of books, and an old vintage typewriter. My love of writing and art has followed me through school and into adulthood. Building up skills in both has helped me with titles, marketing, and graphics for posts. I’m also thinking about how I can combine the two loves into one.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Instead of having to choose one or the other, this week I decided to bring together my love of miniatures with my love of books. That’s right, I found miniature sized books that are 1 inch tall and 1/2 an inch wide. I’m turning some of them into earrings and others are being used as props for my miniature the miniature cafe and patisserie that I’m building.
I have to share one important thing with all of you while I was researching a way to create earrings out of miniature books – this has to do with copyrights. I came across some people selling mini books in their online stores but to my horror, they were copies of actually book covers. Someone else owns the copyright to the artwork and design of those book covers and reproducing them at any size is against the law. The titles are also owned by the publishing companies. I like fan art but the pieces that I saw, were exact copies.
It’s different if you’re trying to share or help promote the book in your social media but taking an exact copy of a book cover is copyright protected. Remember this as a writer, and help protect the people who design your book covers. If you change the title and the design, that’s different but copying something exactly – well writers should understand why this is important.
Back to my project for this week. The mini books I’m going to use don’t have a title or names on them but they’re still adorable and perfect for book lovers. This leads me to the next part of my plan. You may see more self plugging in future posts because I’m going to add my love of all things books to my online store at ThinkCutie.com. I’m my own customer who buys pens, apparel, journals, and notepads that are made for writers. Why not share the love?
This question leads me to my prompt for the day. Think about your interest – I’m guessing one of them is writing, and start to think about what else you could do with your writing. Open up your mind to the possibilities. How else can you get your writing out there? How else can you do what you love and get paid at the same time? These are important questions you should ask yourself if you’re serious about being a writer.
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