on Hidden Gems Books:
Working in self-publishing, it’s often crazy how much people know – and how much those same people don’t know. Recently, an author colleague of mine had to pull reams of real song lyrics from her book because she was unaware that there’s a process (and a cost) to using other people’s lyrics in your own writing.
Some of you reading this are probably thinking, “d’uh! Of course you have to request permission and pay a royalty to quote somebody’s song lyrics in your book – just like they’d have to get your permission to lift words from your book!“
But it’s surprising how few indie authors are actually aware of this – so just in case you’ve ever been tempted to start off a chapter with a line from your favorite Beatle’s or Bon Jovi song, here’s what you need to know: