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Review: Dorothy through the Looking Glass (Oz-Wonderland #2) by Ron Glick

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20466947.jpgDorothy through the Looking Glass (Oz-Wonderland #2) by Ron Glick
Createspace (ebook), 2013
156 Pages

Author Website

Amazon (UK)

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I was given a free copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

The Wizard’s journey to Wonderland has exposed a shared history between that faery land and Oz – but the meaning behind the connection is still largely a mystery. Dorothy and Alice have come together to save Wonderland, but can they do anything before the Wicked Witches succeed in taking over Oz? With the looming conflict already threatening two worlds, the path ahead leads Dorothy to a third: a mysterious unnamed world that exists on the other side of a mirror in the university at Oxford – where reality itself has been set backwards, and Dorothy finds that entering this particular faery land may end up being a one-way trip. Meanwhile, Alice must…

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Posted by on January 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Press Release: The Marvelous Neverland of Oz

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 10, 2015 | Kalispell, Montana

Visit http://ronglickcom for contact details, review copies, photos, and an author bio.

Ron Glick Brings Neverland To Oz
The Marvelous Neverland of Oz” In Print and Kindle Format

Fourth Book In the Oz-Wonderland Series Releases on January 1, 2016

Three years ago, fantasy author Ron Glick introduced the world to the re-envisioned classic Oz-Wonderland Series. But after Dorothy Gale and Alice Liddell saved three faery realms, what else might the Cheshire Cat have planned for them?

In the first three books of the Oz-Wonderland Series, the Wicked Witches returned with secrets – including a mysterious past that linked them to Wonderland and the Looking Glass World. But even after saving these fragmented realms from destruction, Alice Liddell and Dorothy Gale found themselves confronted with an even greater mystery – at least two other shards needed to be found before Wonderland could be fully restored.

Now the series resumes with “The Marvelous Neverland of Oz”, where the March Hare leads a renegade army from Wonderland rampaging across Oz, Mombi plots to bring even more chaos in an effort to escape, and Glinda must delve into her own past. And as three magical realms seek to find balance, an eternally young boy makes his way to Oz with secrets of yet another faery world – Neverland.

The Oz-Wonderland series has been by far Ron Glick’s most well-received series. Now, with the fourth book expanding to include the mythology of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and Neverland, Glick sets the stage for even greater adventures. With a faithful eye to the original Baum, Carroll and Barrie classics, The Marvelous Neverland of Oz launches the next exciting chapter in the modern classic Oz-Wonderland series.

“This book has had me on edge and now it’s torturing me! You’ve got to read this book! I give it a rating of 10 out of 10 as it has literally got me wanting more!” – L. Allison Burres, on “The Wizard In Wonderland”

Ron Glick (born January 20, 1969) is a community activist, and is presently active in several charitable enterprises. He currently lives in Kalispell, MT. He is the author of The Godslayer Cycle, Chaos Rising , Oz-Wonderland, and Ron El’s Comic Book Trivia series, as well as founding the Golden Age Preservation Project. He loves contact and welcomes input on his work through his website, http://ronglick.com.

-ENDS-

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Posted by on December 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Cover Reveal: The Marvelous Neverland of Oz

I just received the final image for The Marvelous Neverland of Oz and am quite excited to share it!  This cover was completed by Shady Curi, a fantastic artist from Bolivia.  If you like what you see, you should certainly pass on his info as he is great at what he does!

So without further ado, please enjoy this first look at the cover art for my latest novel, The Marvelous Neverland of Oz, to be released January 1, 2015!

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Posted by on December 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

The Marvelous Neverland of Oz

It’s official – I just finished the final chapter for The Marvelous Neverland of Oz, the fourth book in the Oz-Wonderland series!

It is always such a great feeling to finish a book, an absolutely amazing sense of accomplishment!  I would like to thank everyone who has patiently waited on me to finish this book, and know that your faith will be rewarded – the book is right on track for it’s January 1st, 2016 release, and I should have pre-orders available by Dec 15!

Also, the cover reveal should be coming any day, as well.

Once again, thanks to all my faithful readers!  Please do not hesitate to let me know what you think of the introduction of Peter Pan into my modern-day mythology!

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Digital Pubbing Article

The following article was posted as a guest post on Sabrina Ricci’s Digital Pubbing site, and can be viewed here in it’s original format: http://www.digitalpubbing.com/guest-post-writing-an-epic-series/

I also strongly urge you to visit and support Sabrina’s site, as it is a fantastic resource for Indie authors! But since I wrote the article, I thought it only appropriate to post it here, as well. Enjoy!

Guest Post: Writing An Epic Series

by Sabrina

By Ron Glick

Ron Glick is the author of numerous novels and three different ongoing epic series. In this post he outlines what it takes to write a successful continuous book series.

I have always been told that there are three cornerstones that must be built as an Indie author if you ever wish to establish your brand—a library, consistency, and legacy. Basically, this means you must have more than one book for your readers to enjoy, have a reliable schedule for release of materials, and books that share common characters and storylines. Though I might speak more on the first two at another time, it is for the purpose of the latter that I am writing this article today.

Specifically, I would like to discuss the concept and unique challenges presented by writing books in an epic series, a series that is a continuous, ongoing storyline. Though not all books with a common history are part of a specific series (look to Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon stories, as an example), it is largely an accepted fact that readers generally enjoy following the ongoing stories they fall in love with. And if you have done your job as a writer, this will be exactly what you have achieved: a bond between the reader and the characters you have created.

Another thing I was once told is that all good stories have a sad ending—because they end. If your reader is not sad that the story is over, if they do not feel a yearning to know what happens next, then you likely have not engaged your reader enough to have them read anything more you have written. Readers almost always put down one book and pick up another, and you always want to get your readers to put down that book and look for another one of yours.

This is a vitally important function as a writer—to get your reader to willingly suspend disbelief (something else I have touched on in other articles that I will likely one day write about in more depth at a later time), which is to say have them become so invested emotionally and mentally in your story that they are willing to set aside the knowledge that what they are reading is not a true story and believe what is being presented. If you achieve this, they will want to know what will come next in the story, and they will go looking to see if you have written anything else that continues the story.

This is where series come into play. True, books like Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code are great stand-alone stories, and it helps that they share a common protagonist, but unless you do some work on browsing through all of Dan Brown’s work, you really do not know this. One advantage of writing an actual series is that the reader can tell at a glance what the next book in the story is.

For example, if a reader were to read my book, The Wizard In Wonderland, he or she can see on the front page, “Book 1 of the Oz-Wonderland Series”. This ready-made label tells the reader that there are either more books available in the series or more are forthcoming. So if the reader enjoys the book, he or she will likely look for Book 2, and so on. True, a reader might like my work enough to just look for my name to see what else I write, but it is a sure bet that if he or she liked the book they just read, they will be more drawn to its sequel.

Epic/Continuous Series vs. Stand-Alone Series

In the case of writing a series, I find readers are typically more drawn in if it is more than just a series in name, as well, which is to say that the story is genuinely ongoing, not just with the same characters. Some are quite successful using the latter formula, but it has been my personal experience, after having worked in bookstores and spending the last several years involved in marketing my own and others’ books, that a series that continues an existing storyline simply has more appeal.

Take the Hardy Boy series by Franklin W. Dixon (though this is actually a collective pseudonym, not an actual person) —this is a long, long series (original series had 190 books) that follows the exploits of teen brothers who solve mysteries, but they all are stand-alone stories. Though they all are under the Hardy Boys series name, none of the books actually have an ongoing story that carries between the individual novels. Which means that very few people will actually read the entire series, but pick up many books throughout the series.

As a counterpoint, let us look to the Wheel of Time series by the late Robert Jordan (and co-authored in later volumes by Brandon Sanderson). Jordan wrote an epic storyline that spanned fourteen volumes—and readers clamored for each new release, even after he passed. The Hardy Boys never enjoyed this level of demand—no one rushed to the book store for the latest book in the series. And the reason is because though fans were invested in the teen sleuths, there was no need to know “what happens next” like there is in an actual series that has a continuous storyline.

Personally, I see this demand in my own books—I have readers who have difficulty waiting for my series. I have a set schedule for writing books, with an average two years between individual books in my epic fantasy series Chaos Rising and The Godslayer Cycle, and a year between installments of my Oz-Wonderland series. Readers are drawn in and they want the story to continue, and this is a huge advantage if you are an Indie writer.

Of course, with advantage comes challenge. For instance, you cannot so easily put down what you write and keep your readers happy, and you must have a plot laid out before you ever write your first book that will span the breadth of the series.

If you intend to write an actual continuous series, which I prefer to call an epic series, you cannot just think of a concept, write one book, and then decide if you are going to write more about it later or not. You are making a commitment by writing this kind of series. You are telling your reader that you intend to tell an epic story that spans more than one book.

A perfect example of this is the Dark Tower series by Stephen King—who spent four to six years between released volumes of the original books in the series. One of the most sought after books while I worked in one book store circa 1991 was when the next book (which would be Wizard In Glass six years later) was coming. He committed to a series, and then his readers would not relent on their demand for “what happens next”. Having read King’s series, it is clear that there is a definite creative shift in the middle of the series, leading to less original content in later books, which to me suggests he might not have had an end-story in mind when he started his series. Which, of course, leads to the second challenge to successfully writing this kind of series.

Drafting a Series

Possibly the most important aspect of writing an epic series is that you must draft out an entire series when you start, not just one book. By far, this is the greatest challenge in undertaking writing this kind of story. Most writers can create a story outline for one book, then come back and create a new outline for their next one. But when writing an epic series, you have to know the entire story—perhaps not all the individual nuances along the way, but certainly the crises and resolutions that occur throughout the series, the milestones if you will, and ultimately where the story is leading and how it will end.

This is greater than just more chapters to outline. An average book might have, for instance, twenty chapters, and a writer investing in just one book only needs to worry about the drafting of those twenty chapters. But the author of an epic series has to consider an exponentially greater number of chapters, at least in theoretical concept.

In my own series, The Godslayer Cycle, I set an ambitious goal: nine books, billed as “a trilogy of trilogies”. In truth, the series will actually be eleven books, with two interludes written, one inserted between each trilogy (yes, this is an advance announcement that the next book in the series will not be Four as most people are hoping). In my Chaos Rising series, I set the goal of three books with several follow-up stories planned, which might or might not include additional series. But the important part relative here was to know where and how that story was going to tell out. As counterpoint, my Oz-Wonderland series was much looser: though I have an overall concept for where the series is going, I have not committed to a set number of volumes—but I do know where it is going and where it ends. And this is the whole point.

With this in mind, The Godslayer Cycle was a massive concept to conceive, and before I could commit to writing the first book, I needed to know the plot of each and every book, where the story was ultimately leading, not to mention the where and the how of its ending. I needed to place leads to upcoming story plots into the first book of the series, knowing they would not bear fruit nor even be seen until later books in the series were written.

In fact, with my most recent release, Three, I shocked many a reviewer by revealing that the time-travel concept was hinted at in the very first book, One, and that the elements of this story plot have an impact upon the entire story yet to come. Readers have been shocked to learn that the missing nameday gift from the first book was always taken by the future Nathaniel traveling back in time, a story plot not revealed until my latest release, four years later—or that Mariabelle’s death was tied into this storyline (a plot that will not manifest fully for two more books).

My point here is that I wrote concepts into the first book of the series knowing full well that they were elements that would not be developed for literally years to come. I had laid out a plotline that would extend over nine books, with a conflict that would gradually escalate with each release, and without giving every detail away at the outset.

Have Patience

Which leads to my final point on writing an epic series: patience. As a writer, you know all the secrets that your story involves, but you cannot rush to the end and tell your reader everything. There’s something to be said for mystery in life, and in writing an epic series, this is critical. Not only does it give your reader a hook to continue to read, but it also creates a far more credible skein upon which to write your story. When writing my own series, I had to be willing to not rush the story development—I had to let the secrets play out as they should. And if you intend to write along this vein, I cannot make a greater recommendation for writing a skillful presentation.

When one begins to explore anything, they do not receive all the answers at the first venture—a true quest involves layers of discovery, and this is what you must be willing to do for your reader: hold back. Do not give into the temptation to show your entire hand. If you are writing an epic series, you must be willing to carry the epic element along through the whole series. You are, after all, writing a story that needs to keep your reader invested in returning for later volumes. And if they know all your secrets with the first book, you lose an important allure that will bring your reader back for more.

I assume anyone reading this article is a fellow author, and I sincerely hope my ramblings, musings and thoughts have helped you in at least some small way. But I would love to hear from you, and as always, I am open to suggestions on other topics to write about through my website, ronglick.com. Many thanks to Sabrina Ricci for suggesting the topic of this article, as well.

I am and shall always remain,

Collectibly Yours,

Ron Glick, Author

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Trademark Infringement Update – Minor Victory

As readers of my blogs are aware, I have a sordid history with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  They have acted in defense of corrupt officials in the United States District Court, District of Montana for close to a decade of my personal dealings with these courts, and have made some considerable inroads to block my own legal efforts to expose the problems in Montana itself (See U.S. Political Prisoner Since 2004 for a primer of my personal legal struggles with this state).

Back in July, the U.S. District Court of Missoula dismissed my trademark claim, and I filed a notice of appeal (Glick v [X], et al., Cause No. 15-35587, 9th Cir – note: though this is a public legal citation and not an unauthorized use of the appellee’s name, I am still barred from using her name which, as I have said elsewhere, is a clear unconstitutional abuse of power) because their decision was, yet again, based on an effort to quash my personal claims and not on law.  The Ninth Circuit responded by soliciting an order out of the District Court to declare my appeal frivolous, a way of blocking it altogether.  The District Court, of course – who wished to avoid their own malfeasance being looked into – readily accepted the Ninth Circuit’s invitation and issued a new order declaring the appeal was frivolous.  However, in the District Court’s reasoning, it declared my appeal would be frivolous because I had never sold anything using the trademark.

This however is not what the law says.  The statutory pre-requisite of law set by Section 45 of the Trademark Act is the use of the mark in commerce, not the “use of mark in sale of goods or services” as erroneously represented by the District Court, and is satisfied by use of the mark “on documents associated with the goods or their sale”.  Since my posting on this very blog on August 6, 2013 was the first document associated with the mark’s solicitation in public for the novel in question, the rightful claim to the first use in commerce is mine.  Therefore, the District Court’s conclusions that my appeal was frivolous were based on a deliberate suppression of part of trademark law, which in and of itself was a deprivation of equal protection under the law guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment.

With the interpretation clearly in error, I filed a second notice of appeal on July 23, 2015.  Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit ruled on the issue.  Once again, it took the appellate court far longer than it should have to make a simple determination, but – in this instance – they actually sided with me, so I cannot fault them too badly.

The relevant language of the order is thus:

“The district court has certified that this appeal is not taken in good faith and has revoked appellant’s in forma pauperis status. Our review of the record indicates that appellant is entitled to proceed in forma pauperis, and we grant the motion. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a). The Clerk shall amend the docket to reflect this status.”

For those who are unaware, “in forma pauperis” is a waiver of court fees based on poverty – in real life, I am disabled.  And as much as I would love my writing to break me free of it, the sad truth is that I live on Supplemental Security Income, and thus cannot afford legal fees.  Had the collaboration between the Ninth Circuit and District Court stood, I would have been barred from proceeding on my trademark claim (see again equal protection of the law, re: Fourteenth Amendment), but under the present ruling, I am now set to file my brief by December 2, 2015 – with no allowable response from anyone else.  In essence, I am being given an uncontested window to put my argument before the Ninth Circuit, which – though scary – is nevertheless better than I could have hoped for.

With what I will confess is more than a little shock and surprise, the Ninth Circuit’s order essentially ruled against the District Court.  Though the order does not outright say so, reading between the lines makes a pretty clear statement:  The District Court ruled that my appeal was frivolous, ie, not presented in good faith, based upon a deliberate misrepresentation of Section 45 of the Trademark Act and used this to quash my in forma pauperis status, while the Ninth Circuit stated that a review of the record indicated I was entitled to in forma pauperis status.  In essence, the Ninth Circuit agreed that my appeal was not frivolous, which is to say, the Ninth Circuit recognized that my trademark claim has merit, which in and of itself largely crushes the District Court’s position.

Now, this is clearly not a judgment in my favor on the trademark.  It by no means is a prelude to any future rulings in my favor, either.  It is a minor victory, at best.  But it is the first positive direction exhibited by the Ninth Circuit I have seen in a decade.  If the Ninth Circuit has made the determination that my appeal is not frivolous, that means they are open to striking down the District Court’s obstructions.  I do not wish to be too optimistic, but this is most definitely a good sign.

As always, I will keep you all posted…

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

[NEW REVIEW] One, by Ron Glick

[NEW REVIEW] One, by Ron Glick

By Quill Ink And Parchment

Nathaniel Goodsmith is a happily married man with children. He truly loves his family. However, things are not so rosy in his life, in fact, there are times there is great turbulence. His mother was a druidess and ended up stoned to death due to her teachings and use of the old ways. They killed his mother because she was faithful to the older gods.

There has been a war between the old pantheon and the newer pantheon of gods for centuries. Finally, after the older gods were fading from the mortal world through the interference of the New Order, there was a god named Malik who was a god of war and peace. He instigated a plan to rekindle the passion for the older gods and hopefully bring back their faithful.

He created nine swords each designed to slay the gods from the New Order. Though there is a twist…

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Posted by on September 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

[UPDATE] Attention Readers! September 18!

[UPDATE] Attention Readers! September 18!

By Quill Ink And Parchment

"One" by author Ron Glick “One” by author Ron Glick

I want all my readers to know the next book review is “One” by Ron Glick look for it on Friday September,18! I also wish to thank all of you for your patience. As I have said, I am going to review all books that have come my way. It only takes time, and that is a commodity I wish I had more of.  So, see you all then.

~Arwin B.

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Posted by on September 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

New Book Fanfare – Part Three of the Godslayer Cycle by Ron Glick

New post today on my books, specifically highlighting my Godslayer Cycle series!  Truly appreciate Sally Cronin’s work on this.  🙂

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Posted by on August 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Open Letter Re: Trademark Infringement

*Due to illegal and unconstitutional restrictions imposed upon me by the Eleventh District Court of Montana, a case presently on appeal to the Montana Supreme Court (Cause No. DA 15-0313), I am forbidden to “utilize” the name of the defendant who is presently utilizing my trademark, or even my own mark (even though my previous posts name both, and both are public record).  Therefore, in the following post, I will substitute her name with [X] and my trademark being used by her as [Y].

Today I was informed that the parties involved in the trademark dispute are “out for blood”, essentially that I am under real threat of harm, though the person telling me so was either unable or unwilling to provide specifics.  However, considering the extraordinary and outrageous steps taken to date that are so far beyond the reasons of law and reason, I have no choice but to consider this a credible threat to my welfare.  I already know that [X]’s current counsel (and my own former counsel) Scott Anderson has been trying to illicit a false prosecution against me through police, prosecutors and even the Montana Attorney General’s Office, but I have no idea whether this current warning is related to what has so far been overcome or not.  Since this was an extremely vague threat, but was nevertheless intended to deliberately intimidate me, I have decided I need to clarify something for the masses:

I am doing nothing.  I am waiting on the U.S. District Court and the Montana Supreme Court (See my most recent post on The Great Montana Conspiracy for more details).  Any allegations being made by Mr. Anderson, [X] or [Y] LLC members is erroneous and meant to backdoor support for the deliberate theft of my trademark.  In support of this, I am opening the content of a letter I sent to Dale McGarvey – the CEO of [Y] LLC and my own former counsel, as well – last month with the content I am forbidden to post appropriately redacted.  It should be noted that neither Mr. McGarvey nor anyone else has ever responded to this letter.  But it is quite clear what my position is and has always been, and their failure to respond demonstrates that they are fully aware that my words are the truth, because they have nothing to object to.

This being said, here is the letter sent to Dale McGarvey on May 28, 2015:

Ron Glick
40 1st Avenue West #2
Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 257-0479 / 871-3893
ron_glick@yahoo.com

Dale McGarvey
[Y], LLC
745 South Main Street
Kalispell, MT 59901

RE: Glick v. [X], et al.

May 28, 2015

Dear Mr. McGarvey,

Clearly by now I have read through the affidavit you provided to Scott Anderson for his response to my [Montana Office of Disciplinary Counsel] complaint against him. And as the bulk of your affidavit dealt with issues relating to the ongoing dispute between your LLC and myself, I felt I should write to you directly to set the record straight on several issues.

First, this dispute was never about money. Whenever you claim it was, you are simply parroting [X]. Period. My entire reason for the original cease and desist notice on February 18, 2015 was to address [X] calling me and telling me she was claiming credit for the creation of “[Y]” name. I never wanted money before this notice nor after – all I wanted was due credit for my work on the movie and the creation of the title. I had a fair use agreement with [X] for this, and it was her violation of that agreement that prompted my cease and desist notice.

Second, you have never once tried to sit down and talk about this. You have never called me, written me letters nor had any third party contact me to work on resolving this conflict. You have taken [X]’s position completely without any effort whatsoever to verify what it was I ever wanted. We had many conversations personally where I repeated time and again that I did not want to be paid for my work on the movie, that all I wanted was the increased exposure for my brand recognition as an author, ie, being given recognition for my work on the project. All I wanted was to sit down and put the agreement in writing, since the verbal agreement with [X] was obviously ineffective to secure her good faith.

Instead, you rushed to the state to file a fraudulent trademark claim and let [X] begin making threats against me, openly slurring me to local and Internet sources (which cost me two of my long-standing Internet profiles) and repeatedly accusing me of increasingly impossible felonious acts – when, in fact, it has been [X] acting objectionably at every turn. I never stalked [X], broke into your office nor in any way took any malicious act against you or her. My entire response to your abuse of my trademark has been to send you a cease and desist notice, and then follow up in federal court when [X] began taking malicious actions against me.

The only demand for money I ever made initially in my cease and desist notice was if you decided to solve the conflict by ceasing the use my mark – which you clearly have not, nor intend to. In other words, if you decided to completely withdraw from my good faith fair use agreement, then – and only then – would you have to reimburse me for the use of my mark. But once [X] made her attacks on me, I had no choice but to make monetary claims when I brought the suit.

Being a trial lawyer with decades of experience, you know that claims in court are not absolute – they are high end demands, because you cannot expect to receive more than you ask for in court. And if you all had done the rational thing and called or in some way communicated with me – as opposed to [X]’s belligerent attacks – there would never have been a lawsuit in the first place.

You complain in your affidavit that I have negatively impacted the movie and its release. I would suggest you reexamine that conclusion. All I did was initially issue a cease and desist notice. Your camp decided to attack me for it – you threatened my reputation, my source of income and even my personal liberty. My actions were taken in defense of your aggressions. And though that largely comes from [X] – with the added late-hour assistance of Mr. Anderson – you nevertheless stood behind her and backed every single act she took. So you cannot blame me for the negative impact upon the movie – you are the real cause of the impact, because every bit of this could have been avoided but for your malicious conduct.

When you hit someone, you cannot blame them for hitting you back. Every step I have taken has been in self-defense. I filed the cease and desist because [X] called me and verbally assaulted and threatened me in a phone call where she tried to lay claim to the creation of the mark. I filed the lawsuit when I was inundated with threats and actual harm from [X]. And I filed the ODC complaint against Mr. Anderson only after he violated our attorney-client relationship by using content of his representation against me. Each and every act has been in response to attacks from your side. At what point can you genuinely blame me for taking actions to defend myself and my intellectual property?

And might I also remind you that Nigel Cini – against my wishes, mind you – tried diligently to get both [X] and John Sinrud to sit down with me to work this out before the lawsuit would be filed. I did not ask him to – but he did it all the same. And all Mr. Cini got for his efforts was to be verbally assaulted by [X] and deceived by Mr. Sinrud.

Nothing I did would have been necessary if any of you had simply sat down and negotiated a written form of the fair use agreement instead of giving [X] carte blanche freedom to commit her ongoing and persistent attacks on me. This issue has escalated not because of me – but because of your own side of this conflict.

I should also point out – you are actually prohibited by the same Rules of Professional Conduct to act on behalf of [X] or [Y], LLC against me as Mr. Anderson is. Though you have not officially stepped forward as counsel for either, your letter to the U.S. District Court suggests this is your intent. I note to you that I have not filed any ODC complaint against you – and I hope I will not have to (I certainly could for the false oath to the Secretary of State). But you are prohibited from acting against me, and should it become necessary for me to do so, I will be forced to do so.

In spite of all of this, I want to make something perfectly clear: I still do not want money for the use of my mark. I only want name recognition for my contributions and the actual creation of the name, “[Y]”. This is all I ever wanted. It’s what I spent a year and a half working for. I cannot say the same any longer for the actual harm that has been inflicted upon me by [X] and Mr. Anderson since the trademark dispute arose, but I am – as I have always been – willing to treat the actual trademark dispute as a separate issue. You are the only thing stopping that.

This matter could draw out for years. I think it is pretty clear that Judge Lynch intends to obstruct anything I file in the U.S. District Court, and that he will force this issue into the court of appeals. And if my previous experience with that court is any indication, it will be at least two years stuck in that court before this issue would be sent back to the U.S. District Court for proper disposition. And in this time, the cloud hanging over the movie will only become thicker and more difficult to overcome. My point is, this could remain a contested issue for years – or we could work to actually resolve it equitably within a matter of days. But it is entirely up to you which path we take.

You could resolve this and remove any cloud hanging over the movie by sitting down and negotiating a written fair use agreement. We could work on settling the damage claim that [X] and Mr. Anderson are responsible for separately or at the same time, but the dispute over the mark does not need to remain. I have no desire to obstruct the movie – but I will not let my intellectual property be outright stolen, either. I am sure you would feel the same if someone took credit for any number of accomplishments you have made [in] your career.

I should point out that the longer this drags on, the more liberty [X] and Mr. Anderson are being given to cause me harm, and this will only increase the potential for liability – conceivably beyond the point where I can continue to hold to the desire to not seek money for the use of my mark. If, for instance, I find myself in jail because of some contrived issue created by [X] or Mr. Anderson, I would no longer be as amicable towards an easy resolution because I would no longer be able to work as an author. Or, looking at it from a different perspective, it is very likely there is going to come a time when my own reputation is so harmed – say from suddenly finding myself banned from Amazon like I was from Goodreads and Facebook because of [X]’s spurious complaints – that I will have no choice but to seek recompense for your continued duplicitous use of my mark, since my primary means of deriving a future as a self-published author will forever be gone. I have not reached that point yet, but there is no telling when I will be forced to consider that my own welfare has been placed too much at risk to not seek a fair compensation for my mark’s use. Therefore, settling this sooner rather than later is plainly in your best interest.

In summary, let me say I have never been opposed to a non-monetary settlement over the use of my mark – the claim that I am after money comes completely from [X], not me. In spite of your parroting [X], I have never sought money over the use of the name, “[Y]” – I just want due credit for my work. Real and irreversible damages have accrued since I issued the cease and desist notice which are not so easily set aside, but there is no reason why the mark itself need remain in contest. We could sit down and have the claim set aside completely and move forward cooperatively within days – or we could spend years battling over this in court.

I leave the matter in your hands. If you wish to contact me, I remain open to discussing this with you at any time. However, as I have said, I would recommend solving this before more harm can be done to me by [X] or Mr. Anderson.

Sincerely,

Author

Trademark Holder of “[Y]”

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2015 in Uncategorized