The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved the registered mark of my publishing company, Allusion Books. Right now I’m only publishing books that I write, such as Peak Season, Riding with the Blues and a new crime series, Mr. Mayhem, due at the end of November.
The examining attorney for the USPTO did have to amend the identification of goods and services in my application to state that no claim is made to the exclusive right to use the word “books” apart from the mark as shown. All you folks at the Big 5 publishing houses–Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Simon and Schuster–you can breathe now.
The big day awaits.
After years of writing nonfiction, and what seems like years of pitching to agents, I’m publishing my first novel this summer. Peak Season is the first in what I hope will become a series about CW McCoy, a police officer turned real estate agent who’s blackmailed into helping a killer clear his name.
The proofreader has the manuscript now and should finish before the end of the month. The cover arrives shortly. (I tried an initial design. Photoshop is not my friend.) I’ve applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to register the name of my publishing company. Once the mark is approved, I’ll upload the files to that massive bookstore in the sky and join the world of indie publishing.
Ah, visions of glamor, wealth and fame. Oprah and the Today Show. Top of the Pops, and the Times bestseller list.
Reality check: I’ll consider myself lucky if I sell 26 copies. (I think I know that many people on Facebook.)
What do the British say . . . carry on?
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