Sunday, August 17, 2014

Authors Pirating Endorsements

I am witnessing a trend on Twitter, which I must say, it rather disturbing to me.

Writers, be them traditionally or indie pubbed, are creating pictures to promote their books using photos of celebrities, TV shows, and movies.

Now, you might think, "This is marketing genius!" Post a pic of Brad Pitt (just an example!) next to a pic of your book and people's eyes will stop on Brad's picture, and then scan over to see your book cover, and WHAM! A possible book sale.

The problem with this philosophy?

IT'S ILLEGAL!

You cannot use the likeness of any celebrity or model, TV show or movie, without PAYING for the right to do so.
No, you cannot scroll through Google and pull pictures of hot guys and use them to promote your book.
No, you cannot steal photographs of celebrities and do the same.

By PIRATING these pictures (that's right, you stole the image) and not paying the photographer and the celebrity for the right to use their image for promotional purposes you CAN (and should) BE SUED.

Don't believe me?
IT'S HAPPENED!

Actress Katherine Heigl went to a drug store and got photographed coming out with a shopping bag in her hands.

The drug store Tweeted the photograph, basically saying, 'HEY LOOK! Katherine Heigl shops here.'
And she sued them for using her likeness without permission, AND SHE WON 6 MILLION DOLLARS.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2014/04/10/katherine-heigl-sues-drug-store-for-6m-for-using-her-image/

So, let me say this as clearly as possible: STOP IT

You can hashtag all day long, 'People who love #Buffythevampireslayer will love my book!' - but if you post a pic of Sarah Michelle Gellar next to a pic of your book - THAT'S ILLEGAL.

You could be sued.
And that's bad.
You don't want to be sued, right?

SO JUST STOP.

You're stealing.

And if authors are sensitive to anything, it's pirating.

Knock it off.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WALLED Pre-Order Giveaway

PRE-ORDER GIVEAWAY!

For the first 15 people who email me PROOF they pre-ordered WALLED, I will send a SIGNED CARRIER tee-shirt and bookmark.



Did you hear that?

THE FIRST FIFTEEN!


Email or Tweet me a picture of your e-receipt, a screen capture of your confirmation - WHATEVER - some proof you've pre-ordered WALLED and a signed CARRIER tee and bookmark is yours - FREE!

Email entries to AnneTibbetsAuthor@gmail.com or Tweet me @WriteforCoffee

First come, first serve!
The giveaway starts NOW

Monday, August 4, 2014

POSTCARD GLITCH

If you received one of my promotional postcards and attempted to use the noted link, either via the QR code or the printed link - for some reason - it WAS WORKING - but it's not working now.

What it was supposed to show you was THIS:


And show you these:







I am so very sorry for the confusion!
[insert Anne's bit.ly and blogger rage HERE]
xoxo,
--A.

Monday, June 30, 2014

CARRIER Blog Tour

YAY! The CARRIER blog tour starts today!

To follow the reviews, read the excerpts and sign up for the giveaway contest (on the participating blogs) - follow this link!

>>>>  HERE: http://xpressobooktours.com/2014/04/03/tour-sign-up-carrier-by-anne-tibbets/

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Guest Blog at Carina Press

Hiya!

I did a guest post for my publisher's blog where I talk about my inspiration for CARRIER - click the link if you'd like to check it out: http://carinapress.com/blog/tag/anne-tibbets/

XOXO,
Anne

Monday, June 16, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

What Next? Planning My Career as an Author

I am in that lovely in-between time. And by lovely, I mean, horrible and frightening and painful.

I have two books coming out this year. I have my next book ready for submission. Mind you, there are still editorial notes to be made on one of the books coming out this year, and the book ready for submission has some notes from my agent coming as well - so I am not FINISHED with them, per say.

IF, and it's a big IF, the book ready for submission sells, then I will be swallowed up by more editorial revisions, and that's as it should be. I welcome that.
HOWEVER, while my books release, and while the other one is out on submission, I am in that in-between zone, that not-so-lovely limbo land when I have nothing to write.

Some writers would embrace this break.
Watch movies. Read, read, and read some more. Take a vacation.
Me?
Yes, I'll watch the movies and gorge of many books, but I'm not going anywhere and I need to write something or I'm going to get cranky as shit.

I am one of those whackos that need to be writing something, even a blog post about how I am one of those whackos that always need to write something.

So, today I took the opportunity to sit, and really THINK about what I want to write next. And after re-reading an unfinished manuscript, then plotting two versions of the a totally different plot bunny (Definition of Plot Bunny: ideas for books that multiply in your head like rabbits), I came up with the conclusion that it's not as easy as just picking an idea for your next book and writing that.

I pride myself on being a Science Fiction and Horror writer.
CARRIER and WALLED are Speculative - a sub-genre of Sci-Fi.
Next to submission is SCREAMS FROM THE VOID - a straight up Sci-Fi Horror.

The unfinished manuscript I re-read was a YA thriller, and bored me to tears - which is too bad because the fifty pages I have written are actually quite good.

And the two versions of the new plot bunny were fun to breakdown, but I have no desire whatsoever, to actually write either version at the moment - although the story idea itself is fabulous.

This is a pickle.

What to do next?
I honestly don't know.
Whatever I write next has to somehow fit into the Anne Tibbets "brand" if you will, while simultaneously satisfy my ever-changing attention span.
This is going to be tricky.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Honorable Mention Worth Mentioning

It's not every day a little known science fiction writer gets included on a list as epic as this.
I want to thank AudioBookaneers for finding me.

Below is the link they posted of the Top 25 Most-Anticipated Books of June 2014.
Among them is listed Stephen King, JK Rowling and the book, Rogues, edited by George RR Martin. I didn't make the top 25, but if you look hard enough you can find me listed under Rogues in the 'Also' section. I'm counting that as an honorable mention. :)

SQUEE!

http://audiobookaneers.com/2014/06/05/top-25-most-anticipated-books-of-june-2014/

XOXO - thanks guys,
--A.

Thursday, June 5, 2014