Thursday, June 30, 2011

Estate Your Business, My Post on Black Gate

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to write a post for Black Gate's website. I've got a fantasy story in the current issue of Black Gate. The topic of the post doesn't have anything to do with the story, though, it's all about how to organize a literary estate. Yes, planning for death, everyone's favorite topic. I was an attorney, though, who did estate planning, so it's a topic I know something about.

And while it may not brighten everyone's day to have me come here to the Cove with this topic, it's something every member of the Cove should be thinking about. All of us own copyrights, whether or not our work is published, and if we want our work to live on after us, we need to make sure it's handled in an organized manner. For that matter, all of us should have wills, no matter how youthful and healthy we are. Especially those of us who have children.

My post on Black Gate went live this Tuesday, and I recommend everyone hop on over and at least skim it, not because I'm just the best writer of posts ever and expect you to love it. In fact, I'll think you're a little weird if you love my post, but it's a topic that gets very little attention and on which people receive very little guidance. As a writer, choose to be in the know!


  1. What great timing! Thank you so much! My husband and I are in the process of having a will done right now. I'll be sure to add in publishing rights.

  2. Go you! I'm always glad to hear about younger people doing their estate plans. I had more than one client die tragically and unexpectedly, so I probated their estates looooong before I'd thought I would. Here's hoping your wills lie dusty and unused for a good long while.

  3. I never thought of organizing a literary estate. Thanks for this!

  4. Yeah, it's often overlooked until it's too late.


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