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Book Review 125: Estate Planning for Authors by M.L. Buchman

Estate Planning is a topic that many people dislike to talk (or even think) about.  That includes the writer of this blog post.  However, Estate Planning is an essential element for personal finances and especially for creative types (like yours truly).

I recently heard M.L. Buchman on the Creative Penn Podcast (highly recommended for authors) discussing his book, Estate Planning for Authors, and I bought a copy.   Glad I did.

Buchman has written an easy-to-follow guide on the basics of Estate Planning.  He provides examples from Elvis Presley, Patricia Cornwell, Jane Austen, and Octavia Butler how the misuse of estate planning can affect a creative person’s heirs and legacy.  Reading those examples was sobering and has given me a better understanding on how to protect a creative person’s intellectual property (IP).

The last section of the book shows how an author should write a Final Letter.  Buchman uses his Final Letter as a guide and gives a step-by-step process on what should that letter include.

Estate Planning For Authors is highly recommended and a must for authors (or other creative types) to have in their libraries.  It will be a book I read and re-read.  Intellectual Property (IP) is valuable (even if you have not made a lot of money as a writer) and having an Estate Plan is the most loving thing you can do for your heirs and legacy.

Book Review 95: The Successful Author Mindset by Joanna Penn

Digital Publishing has spawned the rise of the indie author movement over the past several years.  As a result, there is a lot of books these days about how to become a successful indie author and how to make a living with your writing. However, there are only a few of those books dealing with… Continue Reading

Book Review 70: For Love or Money by Susan Kaye Quinn

“Writing challenges me to discover who I am. Publishing challenges me to remember it.” “You have to work like crazy, be smart, somehow invest every particle of emotion into the book itself, but then fling it out in the world and be ruthlessly pragmatic about how to sell it.” Those two quotes (of many that… Continue Reading

Book Review 58: Discoverability by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

The Indie Publishing movement of the past half-dozen years has changed the course of the publishing industry. Publishing books have become a lot easier thanks to eBooks, Amazon, and other Print-on-Demand (POD) publishers.  Would-be-novelists (like myself) that have tried to break into Traditional publishing have finally found an avenue to get their works out to… Continue Reading

Wisdom of Kammbia 3.30: The Importance of the Writer-Reader Relationship

I believe this quote should make writers realize the importance of the writer-reader relationship and that we don’t disrespect that connection. “What disrespect we writers have for the people who read our work. Our readers don’t expect perfection every time we publish a book. They expect a good read, something to take them from their… Continue Reading