In case you haven’t noticed, I love the indie romance community! There are so many things I love about this community, but one of my absolute favorite things about this community is the support the authors show one another. I have found so many amazing authors through the takeovers, recommendations, and reviews the authors I love have shared in their groups. I mean, my TBR will never, ever end because these groups keep me stocked with fantastic new authors and books to try out.
Tonight, however, I am sad. I am so disappointed to hear about an author in this community trademarking a common word and forcing other authors to change their titles because of it. Hear me out on this. I am 100% against piracy. Using someone else’s hard work for your own benefit is absolutely wrong. This has become a serious problem, especially with ebooks. However, that’s not what we are talking about here. We are talking about an author who wrote a series, found some success, and is now claiming the word “cocky” belongs to her. Oh, come on. If you have read romance, you know how common the word cocky is. It is a common adjective that according to Merriam-Webster dates back to 1768.
I think what is most disappointing to me is the fact that this will hurt wonderful authors who go out of their way to support others in the community. Could they fight for their titles in court? Sure, but that is expensive. These authors aren’t independently wealthy people who sit in their castles and write books when they get bored counting their cash. They work hard to publish books for our enjoyment, and they shouldn’t have to fight to keep that money. But, guess what? Changing titles also costs them money. They have to pay to change their covers, they have to remarket their books, and any word of mouth their book has received is now lost, because people are searching for a book that is no longer called that.
I’m sure I’m supposed to be neutral when it comes to all things books, but I love my authors. We need to make sure we support our authors. Our money speaks volumes. When we hear about authors pulling stunts like this that hurt the community, the best way to get our message across is to stop giving them our money. We can also support the authors we love by spreading the word when they are forced to change their titles, etc. Make sure people know the book is still out there. We can also support our authors by letting them know how much we appreciate their work. I have never had an author tell me to back off when I’ve sent them a message letting them know how much I love their writing. Everyone needs some encouragement from time to time, right?
Anyway, I’ll get off my soapbox, but really, I love this community so much!! It pains me to hear of someone harming it!