Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Where Are the Bodies Hidden - our Masters?

Do you have the masters of your bodies of work organized in one easily locatable place or file for your beneficiaries to find if, God forbid, something were to happen? I'm getting all of my book-ducks in a row and saving them on a back-up drive for my family to access, and more importantly, I'm telling them where it is so they will not have to search for it.

Our works live forever, and royalties/income streams will hopefully generate long after we're gone. It's great to stipulate who gets what and make sure the clauses in our publishing contracts state that the rights pass to our beneficiaries or legal heirs so they can have the opportunity to generate money, but let's get organized first.

Sorry to appear to be so morbid, but it's business, our estate, and it must be done.

Just wanted to post a quick reminder to get organized, whether you write books or have any other type of works or creative properties that would need to be accessed.

This post isn't about the legal mumbo-jumbo of it all, it's simply about putting all titles in one place. Period.

Do you have all of your creative works in one place?

Long live us writers! Write on and on and on :)


Charles Gramlich said...

I have mine properly distributed in a will but I should make it more clear in there where things are.

Marissa Monteilh said...

Good for you Charles for being on top of it - thanks for your comment. :)

Liane Spicer said...

Thanks for the reminder, Marissa. My sister was in an accident this weekend - another driver broke a red light and smashed into her car. The car is a wreck but she was fortunate to escape with nothing but soreness and bruises from the air bag. If she had taken a hit to her door and not the fender the outcome could have been quite different.

It was a terrifying experience for all of us and drove home the fact that everything can change in a second. I definitely need to get my stuff organized.