Is my book safe with Carrowmore? Should I be concerned about copyright?
Your book is entirely safe, and all books are treated with the utmost confidentiality and care. If a publisher ever ‘borrowed’ an idea, or even worse, an entire book, they would never work again. We like what we do and wouldn’t want to have to stop. The same is true for any reputable publisher.
Do you know why the caged bird sings?
It’s the irrepressible nature of hope, both a blessing and a burden.
Is my money safe with Carrowmore?
Yes. All funds are processed via secure merchant services through Paypal®, and we will shortly be introducing the option for payment via Stripe®. We also accept cheques or drafts in euro, sterling or dollars.
Why are you so good at what you do?
That’s not a real question. This isn’t an interview. Why are you asking us that so frequently?
If I want to self-publish with somebody else, could you still do the copyedit for me?
Yes, no problem at all. A number of self-publishers already send their authors to us for the copyedit stage, and the authors go back to them for publication. The same is true if you want to publish on Amazon (KDP). We really don’t mind.
Who owns the copyright if I self-publish?
The author always retains the copyright over their own work. This is also true for traditional publishing, whereby you normally give the publisher a ‘licence’ to publish, the terms of which would be defined by your contract. But the author would always usually retain the copyright.
Can I copyright my title?
No, titles cannot be copyrighted.
If a tree falls in a wood, and there is no-one around to hear it, does it make a sound?
Yes. Hang on, no.
If you’re a metaphysicist, you’re probably on the fence. Substance theory or bundle theory? Indeed.
Niels Bohr would argue that no matter how hard you tried to prove it did, you would probably fail. But he would say that.
We’re going to say yes.
What is defamation? Should I be worried about defaming someone?
This is a question for the lawyers, but we can give you our working answer with all the usual caveats, prime among them being that we are not, in fact, lawyers. We have worked with authors on issues of defamation, however, so we can tell you what we do know. Firstly, to defame someone is to damage the reputation of a person in the eyes of the common man by stating or implying something that is not true. If what you are saying is true, that is a very strong defence. An even stronger defence is if the person about whom you are writing is dead, as it is not possible to defame the dead. There is also an argument for what is known as ‘honestly held opinion’, whereby, at the time of publication, the author can prove that they reasonably held the belief that what they were saying was true.
The law is a complicated beast though, and varies by jurisdiction, so if you are in doubt, good advice might be to get good advice.
Where are you based?
Are you based in Dublin for tax reasons?
No. We live here.
Have you ever entered into a covert agreement with a nation state regarding special treatment of your corporate tax affairs?
We don’t have their phone number.