This Is How We Indie


I’ve got to write at least 3k words today but first, just a quick blog post to let you know what’s been going on.

Yesterday, I received a wonderful surprise from a reader. (Thank you, Belinda!) She sent me handmade and hand-stamped cards, flower seeds, and two sets of handmade earrings. It was such an unexpected surprise and it really brightened my day given that I was really getting stuck with my upcoming novel when it came to, get this, the steamy sex scenes!

In fact, I was so happy to receive the gift that I was able to write (gasp!) 2k words of a steamy scene. I just might have blushed while I was at it and had to remind myself not to hold back or delete anything. I’ll sort it out later because… deadline.

Today, I got my copy of Cocktales: The Cocky Collective, an anthology that takes cockiness to a whole new level. And the book sure does. I mean, for one thing, it’s HUGE, over 800 pages.

What’s even more awesome is that it’s all for a good and worthy cause! #Cockygate!

It also debuted at #25 in the USA Today Bestseller list yesterday.

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If you’re wondering what the hell I’m talking about and what #cockygate is all about, the Electronic Frontier Foundation gives an excellent rundown here.

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A kinda shorter version of what the heck is going on, i.e. #cockygate:

A trademark for the single word “cocky” was granted to an author in May 2018 and she went about sending C&D’s to authors who had the word “cocky” in their book titles. She threatened them, claiming she’d sue and that according to her big shot legal firm, Morris Yorn, she’d win and they’d owe her for all monies they earned from the infringing word unless they changed their book titles immediately.

As if C&D’s weren’t enough, she then reported the authors and their books to Amazon and Audible for trademark infringement. Amazon, like it did in the case of the word space marines, immediately removed the “cocky” titles from their store and basically told the authors, hey, you romance authors need to settle this thing among yourselves but until then, your cocky book ain’t gonna be stocked on our shelves.

The Romance Writers of America stepped in and Amazon stopped waving the banhammer about and actually returned the removed books back on the virtual shelves pending trademark legalities (validity, etc. since the “cocky” author may just have misrepresented proof that she had every right to own the word).

Less than two weeks later, three people were served with a preliminary injunction and restraining order, including retired IP lawyer and sci-fi author, Kevin Kneuper who had filed to cancel the cocky trademark.

The plaintiff’s memo is filled with so many misspellings and inaccuracies that it’s amazing anyone would take it seriously. Heck, it’s beyond mindboggling the trademark was given to her in the first place!


Anyway, today, thank goodness, we got to see the documents from the defendants and, boy, is it a juicy and sexy read. I’ve never seen so much “cocky” in a legal document before.

If you haven’t grabbed your copy of Cocktales: The Cocky Collective, definitely check it out. I got so pissed off at the whole sue-happy cocky author that I ended up buying both the ebook AND the paperback and that’s why I have an 800-page book sitting next to me right now.

Because, you know, #thisishowweindie.

How do you indie?



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Cocktales is a limited-release anthology (available only from May 26 – August 26, 2018) of original, never before published material, some of which is raw and unedited. Each story was specifically written for this anthology.

The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio).

ALL net profits will be donated to:
1) Authors already impacted by creative-obstruction (10%), and
2) Romance Writers of America (RWA) (90%) as a general donation intended for their Advocacy Fund.

Disclaimer: This anthology is not being conducted on behalf of RWA, nor does RWA endorse this anthology or effort. They have, however, graciously agreed to accept the funds.

7 thoughts on “This Is How We Indie

    1. Definitely troubling! There are currently other trademarks being applied for very generic words like rebellion, beaumont, shifter world, and more will be coming up.

      It will be interesting to see what happens with this one first given that it made it all way to be presided by a federal judge tomorrow in less than a month since it first happened.

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      1. I can’t imagine any of these trademarks will be upheld but it still costs time, $ and aggravation to the people who are the targets of these “trademark owners.” I don’t know what that woman was thinking but as you point out she isn’t the only one. Goodness.

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    1. There is a dystopian YA novel that kinda has a world where most words are trademarked and you had to pay to use theme very time. I can’t remember the title right now but isn’t that scary. It’s clearly a possibility for authors where we now have to make sure that no one has TM’d a word before we can use it on our titles.

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