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drjanik

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Welcome Back to the Savant/Aignos Literary Chat for Savant Aignos authors, poets, recording artists, audio video producers, staff and, of course, the reading public. 

We've fully recovered from last month's fatal event causing us to cancel, but we're back on at 100% once again.  

I'm the publisher and super-moderator, Daniel S. Janik, and I welcome you! So, let the chat begin!
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Aloha!

First of all thank you Sir, for creating a platform such as this to help develop authors and people with ambitions in the creative arts.

Does anyone have advice as to copyright strategy for full length feature films?
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As the publisher, I like to introduce our chats with any new events in the life of Savant/Aignos, and the past couple of months have seen a few very positive changes:  

First, I met with our New York business consultant, Kamen & Company, and with our regional Small Business Administration representative and received nothing but accolades on the running of the business. Not only are we doing well, but we continue to expand without carrying any debt at all, quite a feat in today's business arena. In fact, we're well poised to create or acquire yet another imprint, but more about that when the details come together. Savant/Aignos is healthy and growing!

Second, we've entered into a "test" with Bublish, to see if they can further advance our publicity, marketing and, most important, our distribution. For the test, we've selected A. G. Hayes' seven published works, individually and as a set. The "test" has just begun, so more later. 

Third, we're about to enter October and our traditional twice a year "sale" (this one being our "Pre-Holiday Sale;" the other being our "March Madness Sale").  Details to come, as the details take shape. Generally we support a combined softcover AND eBook sale for 10 to 30 days, depending on the situation. 

Finally, we're actively looking for outstanding editors! If you think you'd like to be an editor (authors: it's a great way to improve your own writing skills), please email "savantbooks@gmail.com" and let us know about your interest. We provide training and certification, though you must be outstanding in your use of American English. 
 
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Aloha Daniel, just wanted to drop in to say hello. I'm Keith R. Rees, author of ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK. I have to take my daughter to some activities but should be back for the last hour of the chat. Aloha from Texas! See you then.
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Hello from sunny, blustery Casper Wyoming. We are praying for everyone experiencing the wind and rain and other deleterious effects of Hurricane Florence, especially our friends who live there.
drjanik

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Good question, though Savant/Aignos is not a full length feature movie production studio, per se. In general, the world of intellectual property ownership is both complex and evolving in the publishing arena, even more so in the audio-video production one. 

In general, most participating nations recognize the publication of a work with the attribution "copyright by" accompanied by the name of the person or company claiming copyright and date as sufficient to establish intellectual property ownership. Conversely, if one "publishes" the work in whole or in part on a public platform, like the internet for example, without this attribution, then the work is considered public domain. Registering a work with the U.S. Copyright office is another approach; however, we at Savant/Aignos usually avoid this, as, like a patent, it discloses the salient information on the work, usually before it's published, giving nefarious individuals the opportunity to pirate and publish it first. There are equally powerful arguments against not registering a work. For more detail, nothing replaces a copyright lawyer.  

For Savant/Aignos productions, we look to see if any part of a submitted work has been "pre-published" (some say pre-publicized) to the internet, including on blogs and chats, or self-published. If Savant/Aignos accepts a work for publication, we establish copyright for the author in the author's name and contract for a limited license to publish, market, distribute and sell the work in English worldwide. The author retains copyright. 

Hope this helps. Remember, only a copyright lawyer who's willing to defend you in international court can advise you in toto. :-) At least, that's my take on it. 
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Aloha Keith and Mike!

Looking forward to hearing more about ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK (Savant 2017) and what you're up to these days, Keith. 

Yes, here in Hawaii, we're praying for everyone on the East coast, too. Luckily, like Hawaii, the hurricane seems to have dropped in intensity before making landfall. We're still having blustery, rainy weather. What's up in the publicity and marketing arenas, Mike?

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Doffing my publisher's hat, and assuming my editor's hat, I'm pleased to say that the three works I'm editing are all progressing. 

Helen R. Davis (author) and I have finished editing the second in her Cleopatra series, CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS, and are awaiting our editor-in-chief and director of publicity and marketing's approval before moving it into layup and polishing. I love this work. I love stories from ancient civilizations that project a particularly strong sense of what living back then might have been like. 

I've officially begun content editing of Helen R. Davis' TRUTH AND TELL TRAVEL THE SOLAR SYSTEM, another in our "Color-Me-Please" children's book series. Astronomy (or, if you prefer, cosmology) for youth, you ask? Why not, I say. Davis applies her literary skills in this wonderfully captivating work. 

Finally, I've just begun content editing on A. G. Hayes eighth Koski and Falk book, this one entitled 68 VIA CONDOTTI: ETERNITY LTD. The work is a jewel to edit, and the storyline grabs one right from the first chapter like all of A. G.'s works. 

As I mentioned previously, Savant/Aignos is seeking outstanding editors, and, as an author, I can't say strongly enough how much editing has helped my own authoring. 


drjanik

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Hey, Daarmbrust7, did my post help? What is your take on copyrighting full length feature films?
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Aloha All! 
This is IHAR KAZAK of the last two Savant Poetry Anthologies fame. Just like to say hello and state that we here in FL have been spared Florence's visit, unlike our northern Carolina neighbors. Our heart goes out to the families of victims of this hurricane. We know this so well here in FL in the past years.
In a lighter vein, I'd like to state that I'm delighted with the progress of Savant Publishers in their none-too-easy endeavor of poetry and prose proselytizing. 
On a personal note, I've joined a local FL writers' group here and got more involved in the marketing of the latest, the 2018 Savant Poetry Anthology. I'm more than certain that most colleagues will find the "open mike" a good PR opportunity. In fact, a "sister-city-cum-writers group" could be suggested in this sphere...
Lastly, I wish to send my heartiest wishes out to all my colleagues and wish them continued success--be it on the Wings of Pegasus or in Prose.
Mahalo!
Ihar (also known in his plebeian life as Igor Kozak)
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Doffing my editor had for my author hat, I'm personally awaiting my last research trip to Japan for a manuscript for submission to Savant/Aignos entitled "The Sword of Kamehameha." The story of the life of a priceless 12th century katana sword, as it moves from Japan to Hawaii and the various ways that encountering the sword change people's lives and history. Based on King David Kalakaua's published mele's (ancient Hawaiian chants), it's proving one of my most challenging literary efforts so far. 
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Hey, what's that I just read about a children's astronomy book? Yesterday I was looking out my bay window in San Francisco at the stars, observing Venus wrapped in clouds and Jupiter with it's striped and three of its many moons. What a wonderful idea to engage children in astronomy!
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Aloha Ihar and Raymond! 

Good to have a poet of your caliber to join us in our monthly chat.  Yes, KINDRED - 2018 Savant Poetry Anthology is a real winner.
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Earlier this week, I attended the Hawaii Kai Literary Group that regularly meets nearby Savant Bookstore Honolulu in their honoring of Dorothy Winslow Wright, one of your colleagues in the anthology. Uhene, another poet colleague, read the first of her poems to hushed then eager applause. I hope you will submit up to five more unpublished poems for the 2019 anthology (http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com/poetry.php). What are you up to these days?

Raymond - what's things (my head says "thinks") like in the Bay Area?
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This is going to be one of those outstanding fall weeks here in San Francisco. Perfect leather jacket weather. Maybe my favorite time of year. I say maybe because our Mediterranean climate must be one of the best in the USA. Right now it's 10 a.m. and I'm sitting at my computer with a steaming cup of java following the chat. 

As for what's up in the literary world, I'm continuing working on my "Edge of Madness" manuscript. It's almost complete. Everyone who knows me knows I'm an M-superstring buff, and this work takes up where QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) with A. G. Hayes ends. 
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I brought a copy of QUANTUM DEATH with me to my favorite evening hangouts, the Buena Vista at Firsherman's Wharf, and it generated so much interest, I had to taxi home for some more copies to sign. 

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Oh, by the way, Doc Kindred, the guest editor for the 2018 and 2019 poetry anthologies, submitted KINDRED - 2018 Savant Poetry Anthology to the London Book Festival. They make their final judgements in late October I think, and I'm hoping this edition will do as well as a couple of our others in terms of recognition. 
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