For anyone who's blissfully unaware of the shitstorm brewing in romance land, allow me to break it down:
1) An author has trademarked the word "cocky" in romance novels, which is a very common adjective that's used in titles and descriptions of characters.
2) This same author has made legal threats to authors who have used this adjective in their titles, demanding they change their book titles (which is NOT as simple as it sounds. Aside from changing the interior text of the novel with any title references and upload the new file to Amazon, as well as commission a redesigned cover, if authors have their book on Audible - All of that would need to be re-recorded as well, not to mention repromoting your novel with a new name AND getting new swag/promotional items with the new name....and unfortunately, it doesn't end here).
3) This entire idea is disastrous. If people think this will work to protect their brand, everyone will begin to trademark words that will make it virtually impossible for new books to be published. For example: someone has already tried (and thankfully failed) to trademark the word "forever". FOREVER. IN ROMANCE BOOKS. Let that sink in.
(Side note: the YA dystopian novel, All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis explores this issue!)
Using these genre-identifying words should not be proprietary.
4) Thankfully, Romance Writers of America (RWA) have already begun to deal with this very large thorn in everyone's side
While the quest to #freethecocky is underway, several badass romance authors united to form the best team since Avengers and published an anthology called "Cocktales: A Cocky Collective", with the objective to raise money in the fight against obstruction of creative expression.
They're so badass, ALL funds will be donated to either authors who have been affected or to the RWA
If you've read this far, you're AWESOME
But you would be AMAZING if you fill out the petition to cancel the absurd trademark on Cocky.
And you would be SPECTACULAR if you purchase this ebook while it's available between May26-August26
And you would have a little place in book heaven if you help share the word
Links in bio&comments❤
These past several I've been in a heated moment with authors against another unknown author who trademarked the word "cocky" and who then threatened other authors for using it in their titles.
Well, now she's suing the IP attorney Kevin Kneupper for filing to cancel her trademark and her lawyer has filed a restraining order against the cancellation of the trademark. (Don't ask me how that works, because I don't have a clue). In addition, she's suing the author Tara Cresent and Jennifer Watson.
This lawsuit is nothing more than a SLAAP against Kevin for fighting for authors and readers because she's butthurt. What's funny about this is that she opened the lawsuit the moment the attention began focusing on other authors for also stupidly trademarking their titles or a word that doesn't belong to only them.
I'm asking everyone to share this information. Do not be silent. Speak out against this lawsuit. Speak out against Faleena Hopkins. She can't be allowed to silence us any longer.
#Authors and #readers never let Faleena Hopkins silence you. We are stronger together. Shout it out to the public that you will not stand for what she is doing to @kneupperwriter, Tara Cresent, and Jennifer Watson. Make videos. Post blogs. Do what you must! Speak out! #cockygate#byeFaleena#dontbeaFaleena#freethecocky#stopthecockblock
So I would just like to add that this book looks hella hot y’all!! I read a bunch of the highlights and pulled the line from #cockyclient by @whitneyg.author I am loving this one and seriously can not wait to really get into this book! .
Book Description: I woke up five hours late after a reckless one-night stand with the sexiest, cockiest, and most arrogant man I’ve ever met. (And this asshole actually left a note: “I think you were lying to me about being “experienced” last night. You orgasmed three times, and that was before we made it to your bedroom. I also find it hard to believe you “usually wear silk or lingerie.” Your drawers are all full of cotton granny panties--The best man you’ve ever fucked…) My top two clients for my PR company left to my number one competitor, my roommate ‘accidentally’ bleached my favorite suit, and my favorite coffee shop was shut down for “health concerns.” Still, none of those things dimmed my excitement for what was supposed to be the best four o’clock signing session of my career. I was on the verge of signing the highest paying client in my company’s history, taking on a so-called “impossible” job that no publicist had been able to handle.
But at four o’clock, there was no athlete, television personality, or celebrity. Instead, that sexy, arrogant one-night stand stepped into my office with a familiar smirk and introduced himself as my new, cocky client…
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You had the chance to be part of something great. To support and celebrate the success of your peers. Instead you tried to shut them down to make yourself seen, and now you want to cry victim to “mob mentality.” No ma’am. That “mob” is the community you turned against coming together to support the authors you’re trying to stifle. #byefaleena#youdidthistoyourself#sorrynotsorry#freethecocky#cockygate#stopthecockblock
Regrann from @blondebombkels - All. Of. This!! Regrann from @andrea_booknerd_jones - You had the chance to be part of something great. To support and celebrate the success of your peers. Instead you tried to shut them down to make yourself seen, and now you want to cry victim to “mob mentality.” No ma’am. That “mob” is the community you turned against coming together to support the authors you’re trying to stifle. #byefaleena#youdidthistoyourself#sorrynotsorry#freethecocky#cockygate#stopthecockblock - #regrann - #regrann
All. Of. This!! Regrann from @andrea_booknerd_jones - You had the chance to be part of something great. To support and celebrate the success of your peers. Instead you tried to shut them down to make yourself seen, and now you want to cry victim to “mob mentality.” No ma’am. That “mob” is the community you turned against coming together to support the authors you’re trying to stifle. #byefaleena#youdidthistoyourself#sorrynotsorry#freethecocky#cockygate#stopthecockblock - #regrann
This. Because I can’t even believe this new drama is real.... seriously... @andrea_booknerd_jones you have me cracking up, but I would not doubt that dumb ass who started this mess has done that with her own name.... To the “author” who started this... you are an idiot! 🖕🏼🖕🏼🖕🏼 #Repost @andrea_booknerd_jones
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#stopthecockblock with @selfloveyogini and @meganparkerquinn
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