Curated Content 17 March 2017

Content Curation star mapHi, SEers. It’s the culmination of another work week, and once again we’re taking a few moments to share web content we found over the last seven days that might be of interest to you. Also, if you missed them, don’t forget to check out Monday’s post, What is Scrivener by P. H. Solomon and Wednesday’s Branding by C. S. Boyack.

This Week’s List of Valuable Content




29 thoughts on “Curated Content 17 March 2017

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  2. Great list of sites, Mae. I haven’t used any lyrics in my books, but I always wondered how to go about getting permission if I did. Probably easier to do what others have done and just mention the song and reference something about the lyrics. What a great distraction (procrastination??) for a Friday 😀

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    • I’ve never used song lyrics either, but I think I would do as the others, too. What a headache of legal hoops to jump through otherwise!

      I’ve used a portion of poetry in one of my earlier books, but I made sure it was in public domain first. That’s probably the only way I would use lyrics too. They’d have to be very old and in PD.

      Glad you found the links useful, Julie. It’s a collaborative effort among the SE authors each week. There are a number here I still need to check out! 🙂

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  4. You guys are right; a lot of great content this week. James Scott Bell is always gold, and his opening post resonated with me. So did the exposition post. But these were all great links. (And the infographic about being in a relationship with a writer is not only funny, but kind of true!)

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  5. Me again. The one about song lyrics is very good and provides the appropriate contacts. I know from experience that Googling the contacts takes days. I used lyrics in Will O’ the Wisp. I was only able to get North American rights and that’s why I published two different versions of the book. It was a valuable exercise, but I probably wouldn’t do it again.

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    • I love music and would often like to use lyrics in my books. But somehow I don’t think it would be easy to obtain rights for someone like The Beatles or in the case of my current WIP, the Eagles. One of my main characters is a musician and using songs fits. But I can make it work by mentioning the song title and not using lyrics. That way I don’t have to obtain rights.

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    • When I worked for a publisher, we had a client who basically had lyrics throughout her entire book. It was a nightmare. Domestic rights, international rights, and some denied rights. It was impossible to keep straight. I knew I’d never write a novel with lyrics unless I write the song(s) myself.

      In Type and Cross, I refer to a Journey song and the MEANING of the lyrics, but I don’t use the specific lyrics themselves. In Mind Control, I mention Donnie Iris’s “Ah, Leah” but never even hint at the lyrics. Using music in this manner is the closest I’ll ever get to lyrics in novels. It’s just too much of a headache.

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      • I agree with you, Staci. Too much of a headache. In a scene I wrote yesterday, a character turned on the radio to hear the Chris Isaak song, Wicked Ways. I wrote something like this. “Why did he think of Rachel when listening to this song. She wasn’t wicked. Maybe it was the part about falling in love.”

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  6. Lots of good stuff this week. Loved the one about dating a writer. My husband and I discussed the topic of surviving a relationship with a writer this very week. He actually accused me of “zoning out” when I’m writing. Imagine that! 😉

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