The cask of Montalcino

We’re still proofreading our forthcoming book, and this morning I found that our version of Microsoft Word does not recognize “Montalcino.” Tsk, tsk.

We’ve received permission to use the Sagrada Familia photograph I blogged about yesterday. All we did was … ask. As soon as we reveal the book cover we will very humbly name, thank, and gush about the photographer and the image’s copyright holder. Until then, take away what we have learned about copyright:

1. Assume every image you find online is copyrighted, unless red, bold, 48-point font tells you otherwise.
2. Do not use the image in any way without permission. Otherwise you could find yourself with a letter from a copyright holder saying: “You’ve used my image. I didn’t tell you that you could. Here is a bill for the last five years of usage, and that might be the DOJ calling on your land line.”
3. To get permission, just ask.

The snippet.

So, we can’t decide on a snippet at all. (Below the header and just below “Zidi Publishing” is what I’m calling the snippet.) Yesterday it was the Lizard Down the Shirt quote, and today it’s No Monkeys in Kiev. Not really happy with either one. There is one thing we can already say about this book: it’s resistant to being taken out of context.

This morning I’ll be proofing for its/it’s and their/there/they’re and where/were/we’re/wear mistakes, so maybe I’ll build a better blurb. Hopefully theirs not many typos wear I look. /hillbilly_font

We’re almost decided on a title, which means we’re almost decided on a cover idea. One of the possible titles mentions spires, hence the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. For those of you who don’t know of the church, it is Antoni Gaudí’s most famous work. Its construction is funded with private donations, so it is still unfinished, in spite of 130 years of building. The author found a stellar image via Google and we have already sent out an email asking to negotiate usage on the book cover. The picture below comes from Wikipedia and is not the image I’m talking about. Fingers crossed!