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  • 13 Feb 2021 12:41 PM | Leon Lazarus (Administrator)


    Hindsight is a collection of stories about 2020, written by people just like you. The publication seeks nonfiction stories from around the world that capture what it was like to wake up every day to a new normal — whether that means navigating emergencies as a first responder or tying the knot over Zoom. They are particularly interested in material that gets up close and personal with the struggles of 2020, rather than headlines or commentary on current events.

    Hindsight is an independent, one-time publication. Content will be made available in two forms: Some stories will be shared on our website; the very best submissions will be compiled into a print anthology, which will be published in 2021.

    Submission fee: None

    Length: Up to 2,000 words

    Deadline: Rolling

    Compensation: Writers whose work is selected for the print anthology will receive a complimentary hard copy of the book, as well as a digital file.

    To learn more, please visit: www.hindsightbook2020.com

  • 11 Jan 2021 10:46 PM | Anonymous


    There’s a saying among writers that there is nothing new, all writing is just a spinoff from an earlier story, or idea, or writing, and there is some truth to that. Writers often incorporate not only a feel of previously created work, but specific reference to them. The characters in a book may perform a Shakespearean play, some hit song may be playing on the radio, a well-known poem may be hanging on a protaganist’s wall. There are unending varieties of these references.

    How much can you reference someone else’s work, however, before it become plagiarism or copyright infringement? There are legal guidelines that can help you navigate this quandary.

    What is a copyright?

    Copyright is the exclusive right to print, publish, perform, and otherwise use literary, artistic, or musical material. Certain rights automatically exist as soon as the material is created. For example, if you are an artist, as soon as you are finished with the painting, you own a copyright to that painting.

    The material must be fixed in a tangible form before it has any copyright protection. For example, humming a tune doesn’t provide any copyright protection. However, if you write the tune down on paper, then you have a copyright on it.

    Copyright protections do not apply to ideas, and do not protect names or short phrases.

    Default copyright protections exist whether or not you mark them on the work. Placing the notation “Copyright” and the date and owner is a good idea, it puts people on notice that you are claiming copyright protection of something, but that marking in and of itself does not create the rights.

    Copyright protection lasts for the life of the author or creator for their entire life, plus 70 years.

    In order to get more expanded legal protections, including statutory damages for infringement of copyright, you can register your work with the U.S. Copyright office.

    Avoiding copyright infringement?

    When a person holds a copyright to some literary, artistic, or musical material, they hold the exclusive rights to use it. Infringement is the action of someone else using copyrighted material without your permission.

    When you are the one using someone else’s copyrighted work, even if it’s just a small portion of a larger work, start with the assumption that you are infringing unless (1) you have permission; or (2) you are engaged in “fair use” of the material.

    Permission is easy, at least in concept. Say you are an author and you want to quote the lyrics to a song in your novel. You can contact the person who wrote the song, or the company that holds the rights to it (look at the copyright notice on your recording or sheet music) and ask for permission, explaining how you intend to use it. They may agree outright, they may agree for a fee, or they may not agree. One way or another, you will have an explicit understanding as to whether you can legally use it or not.

    I know it seems like permission might be a costly process, but it doesn’t have to be. Keep in mind that referencing their work in your own might give them expanded reach for their own work, especially if you are willing to acknowledge the source and maybe even include a URL or hyperlink to the original source. Good for you, good for them. Obviously, they want to see the context in which their work is being referenced and, if it isn’t flattering, they may not agree.

    “Fair use” is another way you can use someone else’s copyrighted material without being guilty of infringement. “Fair use” is defined by law as use of someone else’s copyrighted work “for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research” (17 U.S.C. § 107). If you are writing an article discussing a pop artist’s recent song release and talk about the opening line of the song (and you quote it) evokes a feeling of nostalgia for the 1950s, etc., you are commenting on it, not infringing. If, however, you are writing a novel and your protagonist sings a song to his love interest that is, verbatim, the lyrics of a popular love song, you are most likely engaged in copyright infringement. Simply crediting the source is not enough for “fair use;” you must be engaged in one of the defined purposes.

    When a court, or the copyright owners and their lawyers before them, consider whether a certain use infringes on a copyright, the following four factors are considered for a “fair use” analysis:

    1. The purpose and character of the use, importantly whether it is a commercial use or something else.
    2. The nature of the copyrighted work.
    3. The amount of the copyrighted work that you used in your project, whether it is the bulk of the copyrighted material or just a fragment.
    4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work.

    Remember that as a writer you probably don’t want to get to this level of analysis. You are a writer, rework your piece to not infringe. If you really think you need to include copyrighted material and can’t easily get permission or feel confident you fall within the definition of “fair use,” talk to a lawyer. Don’t wait until your book is published before fixing this issue.

    Final thoughts

    As a writer, you should be relying on your own creativity, not simply piecing together other people’s creativity. Have pride in your ability to create something new. However, if reference to other people’s creations would be helpful to your work, keep the references short and fragmental. The title of a song, a line or two of lyrics, these are fairly safely not copyright infringement. When it doubt, rewrite or get permission.

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    Melody A. Kramer freelance writer and licensed attorney. This article is not intended as legal advice for any specific client matter and does not create an attorney-client relationship with any readers. 



  • 2 Jan 2021 3:49 PM | Anonymous


    With a new year and new enthusiasm, the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild is pleased to announce a new facelift. We have reimagined and recreated our website to reflect our enthusiasm for the writing and editing community in San Diego.

    Check it out and let us know how we can help you!

  • 1 Jan 2021 7:21 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)


    Write Out Loud (WOL) and the San Diego Central Library present Listen to This: Short Stories Read Aloud. Every Tuesday, readings of favorite classic and modern stories written by the world's best writers, and recommended by Library staff, are performed by professional WOL actors. This program is part of WOL's popular Listen to This program where new stories are released daily for the community to enjoy. Join their growing local and international listenership and receive your free daily story.

  • 20 Dec 2020 7:03 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)


    Sam Warren, a long-time member of SDWEG, was born to a Mennonite family in 1940 and was raised in a small town in Kansas. After attending a business college, he joined the Army in 1959 and was first assigned to Korea, Fort Riley, and then the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

    Sam started his writing and publishing career in the ‘60s when as an Army sergeant he was attached to the Defense Intelligence Agency and assigned to the American Embassy in Moscow in the middle of the cold war. His first experience as a writer was as a part-time editor of the embassy newsletter, “This Week in Moscow.” He also wrote articles for his hometown newspaper.
    After leaving the service in 1970, he attended Orange Coast College and later started a publishing company that published a number of tabloids including a community newspaper “The Santa Ana Journal,” a military paper “The West Coast Military News” and a Spanish language community tabloid, “El Hispano.” He also published Orange County's first gay newspaper and was the founder of the Orange County Gay and Lesbian Community Center.
    After selling his business in 1980, he moved to San Diego where he was editor of the “Uptown San Diego Examiner” and published the short-lived “Border Business Journal.” His column, “The Baja Beat,“ was published in six community tabloids.
    He wrote and published a number of books, including travel guides, Having Fun in Tijuana, Baja by Night, Sin Diego, and a humor book, The Priest, the Pastor, and the Rabbi.
    In 2000, he was arrested on trumped-up charges at his bed and breakfast in Playas de Tijuana. The corrupt Mexican police stole everything he owned and he spent over three years in Baja prisons. In 2003, an honest lawyer was able to have all the charges dropped. His book, Tales from the Tijuana Jails, was written about his experiences in three Baja California prisons and the people he met inside.
    In addition to book publishing for clients, he was a past-president of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild and publisher of a webzine for the San Diego writers at SDWriteWay.org.


  • 1 Dec 2020 8:08 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)


    Indie Author Patricia Bossano continues to charm with her compelling style, building vibrant worlds, and creating unique characters.

    True to form, Patricia’s new release casts a spell, sewn from stardust and tradition. Let it touch your heart; wander into the enchanted garden of Love & Homegrown Magic©.

    Our choices tell the story of who we are.”

    From the ashes of burned letters comes a celestial romp, spanning seven decades and two continents.

    Love is the guiding force, even when Maggie, ever the planner, chooses her mind over her heart.

    Family comes first and she has always known her purpose is to be a guiding light to her siblings and, one day, her children. But a dash of destiny, and two loves blessed by the stars tug at Maggie’s heartstrings in a way she could never have planned for.

    Wander into her magical garden, where thorns and perfumed blossoms coexist, through Love and her Homegrown Magic.

    Don’t miss out on this once in a blue moon incantation!
    Order a copy today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other fine booksellers.

    Fresh Cuttings:

    “The characters come alive and pull you into their lives. Ms. Bossano paints a vivid portrait that will not let you put it down.” –Brian Peters

    “Having worked on breaking familial patterns and healing ancestral pains, it’s lovely to see it laid out in such a simple way… I love how easily you brought Maggie’s beliefs together to form something that surpasses religion to become faith.” –Yanieke Terband, Alchemy

    “I genuinely enjoyed the way “Love & Homegrown Magic” pulled me through a beautiful variety of emotions. Maggie is very relatable as a mother and the sisterhood feels so real.” –Beta-Reader

    “Love & Homegrown Magic was so easy to read! The story flows so well and the author paints a clear picture for readers to delve into for as many hours as they choose. Be warned, it will take a few minutes to get back to reality after you’ve been in the book for a bit.” –Paul Wold


    Patricia Bossano

    About the Author

    Patricia Bossano has penned several award-winning philosophical fictions and supernatural escapes. She lives and writes in California with her family. Patricia is the Newsletter Editor at San Diego Writers and Editors Guild.

    To learn more about her work please visit: www.PatriciaBossano.com

    Media Queries: Please contact Patricia author@patriciabossano.com

    Love & Homegrown Magic ©

    Published in the U.S. by WaterBearer Press on October 31, 2020.

    978-1-7325093-3-7 (HC) $25.99
    978-1-7325093-4-4 (SC) $15.99
    978-1-7325093-5-1  (e)   $  4.99

    Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other fine booksellers.


  • 1 Dec 2020 7:47 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)


    The Animal Court by S. Faxon transports you to a country on the verge of collapse. The people are starving but the king is blind to the threats that surround him. Unless Gertrude, the king’s advisor, can enact drastic changes, the country she loves will be lost to the animal court. The Animal Court is a fantasy-political and romance novel.

    Now available  here or through Amazon Smile here



    Sarah Faxon, pen name S. Faxon, is a creative warrior. Her writing career spans fifteen fantasy novels, several short stories, and an emerging comic series. S. Faxon’s published novels, The Animal Court and Foreign & Domestic Affairs are about a king and queen’s struggle to maintain power over the country that they love. Foreign & Domestic Affairs was featured in the 54th annual San Diego Public Library’s Local Author Showcase.

    Sarah is a member of the Horror Writers Association, San Diego Writers Ink, and the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. In November of 2020, Sarah was elected to the SDWEG Board of Directors and will serve as the organization’s President in 2021.

    In an effort to help other authors and creatives on their journeys, Sarah co-stars in the writing-podcast, Semi-Sages of the Pages, available on all of your favorite podcast apps. Sarah also provides a number of services for authors including book trailers, interviews, publishing formatting, and strategic marketing.

    To stay up to date on Sarah’s creative projects, follow her vlog on YouTube and sign up to receive insights from her weekly newsletter.  S. Faxon is available for Zoom and Skype Interviews, meetings, or book club events.

    Most importantly, Sarah loves the sound of rain and the scent of ink on legal pads.

    Sarah's Website

  • 28 Nov 2020 7:29 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)


    Local Authors Featured in San Diego Writers and Editors Guild 2020 Anthology


     November 17, 2020  Marcus Brock  0 Comments

    The Guilded Pen - Strange Happenings anthology coverThe Guilded Pen anthology includes outstanding works by established San Diego writers and new talent.

    The San Diego Writers and Editors Guild has released their ninth anthology featuring many of the county’s best-known authors and poets.

     

    The anthology represents the best of the local writing community”

    — Mardie Schroeder

     

     

    SAN DIEGO, CA, UNITED STATES, November 17, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The San Diego Writers and Editors Guild have released their 2020 anthology, titled The Guilded Pen – Strange Happenings. The collection of selected works pivots on the theme of strange happenings, and features stories and poems across a range of genres and styles.

    The anthology includes outstanding works by established local writers like Richard Lederer, best known for his puns, oxymorons, and anagrams. It also includes outstanding submissions from several aspiring local authors.

    According to Guild president Mardie Schroeder, “The anthology represents the best of the local writing community. It is the pride of our guild, and it provides a place for talented but undiscovered authors to publish for the first time. Many of the writers featured over the years have built remarkable careers from their start in the anthology.”

    Anthology editor, Marcia Buompensiero commented that the anthology is sometimes hilarious, and sometimes deeply introspective. “Readers can expect a surprising range of topics within the Strange Happenings theme. While many of the pieces draw inspiration from life on the California coast, some are about people and places as far afield as South Africa.”

    Readers can order The Guilded Pen – Strange Happenings anthology as an e-book or softcover volume on Amazon.com.

    With the tenth anniversary edition of the anthology slated for release in the summer of 2021, the Guild committee are calling on writers of all ages to join, become involved, and submit their work when the call for submissions goes out this winter.

    About the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild: The SDWEG, founded in 1979 by Rhoda Riddell, is the oldest Guild of its kind in San Diego County. Today, after 41 years, the SDWEG continues its leadership role in the local writing arts. Members enjoy meetings throughout the year, marketing support, and ongoing seminars and workshops that assist in the development of writing skills and career advancement.

    Mardie Schroeder
    San Diego Writers and Editors Guild

    Marcus Brock

     News Alerts

    I am Marcus Brock and I focus on breaking news stories and ensuring we (“News Deli”) offer timely reporting on some of the most recent stories released through market wires about “News Alerts” sector companies. I have formerly spent over 5 years as a trader in U.S. Stock Market and is now semi-stepped down.


  • 20 Nov 2020 6:56 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)


    by Wanjiru Warama, SDWEG Member


    My fourth book, Beyond Conscious Self, has just rolled off of the press and onto the sale block, ready for your eyes.

    The book shares two pivotal and inspiring stories in my midlife. The first story explains how and why I became a writer, which I credit to my membership in the Friends of the San Diego Public Library

     The second story is a travel log to the Greek Islands where my endurance was tested to the limit. I had to trust my instincts and press forward even when things turned difficult, especially when self-doubt and fear took hold. By choosing to believe in myself, I discovered we are truly never alone if only we could dig deep within ourselves and then accept the help the universe offers.

    Life is not about what scares you; it’s about embracing the possibilities.

    Book available in print and eBook at:
    https://t.co/lIjX2TO9b3 
     Reminder - click on the book cover

    Born and raised in Kenya when it was a British colony, Wanjiru Warama is an author who   writes nonfiction books that inform and entertain. She moved to California, USA, in 1984, where she still resides. Her latest book, Beyond Conscious Self, published in November 2020.

    When Ms. Warama arrived in California, she went through unforgettable rigors and tribulations of having to start her life all over in a new culture. She scrambled and fought off defeat before she got a foothold in her adopted country. This became the basis of her first two books, Unexpected America and Entangled in America.

    She believes the books will avail readers a peek at a different perspective of the lives led by their immigrant neighbors and/or friends. The books will also help not-yet-established immigrants realize they are not alone in their struggles, and that their challenges are only temporary.

    Her third book of short stories, YEARS of SHAME, highlights the marginalization and subjugation of women from infancy to old age. It especially details the despicable practice of Female Genital Mutilation and its psychological effects on a victim.

    Her latest book, Beyond Conscious Self, shares two timely, life-changing, and inspiring stories in the life of Author Wanjiru Warama’s journey from a woman who aspired to do great things to a woman who proved to herself that aspiration wasn’t a destination but a journey worth taking.

    Wanjiru's Website





  • 26 Oct 2020 7:35 AM | Rick Lakin, Webmaster (Administrator)



    SDWEG is proud to announce that the San Diego City Council has named October 26, 2020, as San Diego Writers and Editors Guild Day. Council member Mark Kersey presented the proclamation to the City Council, and it was approved on the 20th Day of October, 2020.

    The proclamation text follows:

    • Whereas, the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild nurtures the writing arts in the community for adults and youth through its programs, workshops, and its participation in author symposiums, local book fairs, and public events; and,
    • Whereas, the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild builds relationships among authors, editors and those aspiring to hone their skills in the writing arts; and,
    • Whereas, the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild has organized public displays at bookstores and libraries to introduce Guild members to the larger reading and writing community; and,
    • Whereas, the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild publishes a collection of members’ works in its annual anthology; and,
    • Whereas, the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild has, over the years, conducted writing contests and provided scholarships to high school students; and,
    • Whereas, the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild has made presentations to middle school students at career day events, encouraging them to explore their creative talents and hone their writing skills; and,
    • Whereas, the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild is dedicated to preserving the cultural value and promotion of the written word through its many philanthropic efforts; and,
    • Whereas, the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild has been in existence since 1979 and is the oldest organization of its kind in the area; NOW THEREFORE,
    • BE IT PROCLAIMED, by the Council of the City of San Diego, that this Council, for and on behalf of the people of San Diego, does hereby proclaim October 26, 2020 to be "SAN DIEGO WRITERS & EDITORS GUILD DAY" in the City of San Diego.

    The proclamation was signed by Council President Georgette Gomez, Council President Pro Temp Barbara Bry, Council member Jennifer Campbell, Council member Chris Ward, Council member Monica Montgomery, Council member Mark Kersey, Council member Chris Cate, Council member Scott Sherman, Council member Vivian Moreno, and Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer.



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