When I independently published Stop Putting Out Fires in 2019, there was a steep curve to learning what I needed to know about book publishing and marketing. I thoroughly enjoyed the process. I also knew then that I wanted to use my publishing imprint, Scarlet Oak Press, to be a medium for other lawyers to publish their books, which I talked about in an episode of my podcast, Lawyerpreneur. Now I’ve done that! And it’s every bit as fulfilling as I expected it to be.
Being a Medium for Others to Publish their Creative Work
As much as I enjoyed having control over the entire process of writing, editing, publishing, and marketing my own books, I know others don’t. They just want to write their books and hand it over to someone else to handle the formatting, edition, obtaining ISBNs and Library of Congress Control Numbers, and the dozens of other things that have to be done before a book can be shipped off to retailers. It’s not always fun. There is a lot of tedium involved in that work.
But it’s the kind of tedium I can get behind. So I knew that with my love of spreadsheets and having published two of my own books, I was prepared to become a medium for someone to publish their book.
The opportunity arose when a friend told me she had just written a children’s book about the basics of intellectual property. I looked around and didn’t see anything else like it on the market. There are plenty of children’s books geared toward STEM and handling money, but almost none dealing with the law.
Making a Proposal to Publish My Friend’s Book
Shortly after my friend, Becki C. Lee, told me about the children’s book she’d written, I told her that I would be interested in publishing it. We discussed it, agreed in principle, and worked out the terms of our arrangement.
For the last few months, we’ve book working on getting Do You Draw Pictures: A Little Gavels Guide to Intellectual Property ready for publication. Having only done adult non-fiction before this, it’s been fun to work with a talented artist like Walter Jaczcowski who did all the cover art and illustrations in the book.
But more important than that is the message that Becki is conveying in the book. By teaching children the basics of their intellectual property — copyright, trademark, and patent — rights, she is empowering young artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs to protect themselves and make good business decisions as they get older.
Do Your Draw Pictures? is scheduled for release on October 1, 2020 in all formats: hard cover, paperback, and e-book. You can pre-order your copy from wherever it is you prefer to buy books: Do You Draw Pictures: A Little Gavels Guide to Intellectual Property.