We live in a world where we can access each other’s ideas, information and research extremely easily.
We are blessed as so many people share their knowledge with one another in the hopes that they may perhaps save you time, show you a different way to do something more effectively, share their passions, etc. Just this week, I bought a disc bound planner in order to create my own binder system for my writing process and I benefited from tutorials on how to create your own dividers and covers, what size to buy for letter sized sheets, etc. I was very grateful that it simplified the process for me.
Three years ago, I decided to try self-publishing and I had brainstormed several concepts until I finally found the one which just seemed to sit right with me. The name of my company meant something to me on a personal level but it was also catchy on a professional level. I had a timeline of the different ideas I had and I was enthusiastic to start the process. For personal reasons, I had to wait to wait to register the company because I was a bit overwhelmed with other things going on in my life but I told myself one step at a time.
I happened on several articles on the net which basically said that even if you had not yet registered your company, you could start branding your content, etc. because nobody would bother to steal the branding or name of an unknown brand. It made perfect sense to me at the time. There would be no reason for anyone to take my ideas as I was just building it up slowly. I was a nobody really. I didn’t have anything to worry about. My good friend Ceta told me this was my first mistake. Thinking I was nobody.
I had been active with my branding for a few months when one day, I wanted to quickly search for my site in Google rather than via WordPress and I googled it. Interestingly, I found another site with the same name although a different .com address. The name of their company was unavailable as a .com as I had purchased it the year before and I will continue renewing it until it no longer irritates me.
At the beginning, I thought that it was just a coincidence. I went on the website for additional information. I am situated in Quebec and the newly founded publishing house was situated in Ontario. I was taken aback when I saw it was registered in March of 2021 and even more shocked when I saw the names of the owners and realized one was following me. I obviously blocked him as I was so upset and felt ridiculous for having given the whole situation the benefit of the doubt.
All I have to say to the group of four men in question is if you aren’t creative or original enough to come up with your own concepts, you are going to have a really hard time creating interesting content for your publishing house.
I am not really writing this to bash them. I am writing this so anyone in my position can benefit from my experience. Even if you think you are “nobody”, you are – as my friend Ceta would remind you “somebody”.
Be careful with your ideas and concepts and don’t start branding before your company is registered. Learn from my experience and my mistake.
I will undoubtedly make many more mistakes in this process but I am a steadfast believer that “if you want to grow, you need to get over any fear you have of making mistakes” (John Maxwell).
I had been anticipating the release of The Night Country for months before I had it in hand. Essentially within the first moments, I had closed the cover of of the Hazel Wood. I remember immediately looking for the next one. I realize I had happened on the book too early and could not find another from the same author. The Hazel Wood had left me completely inspired. Loved the characters, the concept, the way it was written.
Acquiring The Night Country was a bit of a series of unfortunate events, I ordered a physical copy from Amazon and it just did not arrive. There were mail delays. It was lockdown. One night, I was just completely tired of waiting and hit purchase on my Kobo and bought a second Ebook copy. Back to the Hinterland I went, I thought in anticipation.
I started reading it and had such a tough time getting into it. The protagonist Alice was as feisty and engaging as I had left her. Plenty of intrigue, mysterious murders, descriptions of a world reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, unique characters…
I think my difficulty lies in the romance with Finch who has disappeared into the Hinterland while Alice remains in New York. The two divergent storylines didn’t connect with me. I loved Alice’s storyline in New York but forced myself through the passages with Finch. I was a little bit disappointed as it didn’t enrapture me as much as my initial impression. Some sections felt as if the plot line was stretched out and as if the novel itself was written in a rush.
Regardless I absolutely loved the first novel. Enough for it to be certain that I will buy the next despite having struggled a little to finish sections of this one. I am a diehard fan of Melissa Albert and her writing style.
Melissa Albert subsequently published Tales from the Hinterland. A collection of the fairy tales written by Althea Proserpine. I couldn’t help buying it in hardcover. It is an absolutely gorgeous book. It still have high hopes for the next book in this series.
If you have read this book, I hope you enjoyed it more than I did and if you haven’t read any books by this author, you must absolutely buy The Hazel Wood. You won’t ever want to leave it.