Working in the self-publishing industry, one of the most common problems I see is copyright issues. For instance, authors will take pictures or text from websites or quotes from television shows and use them in their work. Many of these authors believe that it is okay to use these materials without permission. The truth is these materials are copyrighted and using them without permission can result in plagiarism and other legal concerns. Whenever you use photos or text that were not created by you, you need permission, even if you obtained them on the web.

Another issue that surfaces regularly is pictures taken by the authors themselves. Even though you own the picture, you need permission from the people and places in the photo in order to distribute the picture. This is a privacy issue and can result in serious legal consequences.

Cheri Breeding ABOUT CHERI BREEDING: Since 2005 Cheri Breeding has been working as the Director of Production for Outskirts Press. In that time, she has been an instrumental component of every aspect of the Production Department, performing the roles of an Author Representative, Book Designer, Customer Service Representative, Title Production Supervisor, Production Manager and, Director of Production. She brings all that experience and knowledge, along with an unparalleled customer-service focus, to help self-publishing authors reach high-quality book publication more efficiently, professionally, and affordably.