A Few Answers about Public Domain for Creatives

Are you an author, poet, or artist who has wondered what will happen to your work after pass on? You can protect your work now, but most creatives do not make those types of legal arrangements when they are alive for a multitude of reasons. Those who do not end up having their work enter the public domain. We attempt to explain it below using resources found online.

What is Public Domain? [Stanford University] ˅

The term “public domain” refers to creative materials that are not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright, trademark, or patent laws. The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist. Anyone can use a public domain work without obtaining permission, but no one can ever own it. 

What are the reasons why works enter the public domain?


There are four common ways that works arrive in the public domain:

  • the copyright has expired
  • the copyright owner failed to follow copyright renewal rules
  • the copyright owner deliberately places it in the public domain, known as “dedication,” or
  • copyright law does not protect this type of work.


There are multiple sites online that deal with copyright protection and public domain. To share how important the topic is, here is a list of works that enter the public domain as of January 1, 2020 and January, 1, 2021.


Margaret Mitchell  United States 8 November 1900 16 August 1949 Novelist Gone with the Wind
Oswald Garrison Villard  United States 13 March 1872 1 October 1949 Journalist, civil rights activist John Brown 1800-1859: A Biography Fifty Years After
Dwight D. Eisenhower  United States 14 October 1890 28 March 1969 Military Officer, statesman Crusade in Europe
Jack Kerouac  United States 12 March 1922 21 October 1969 Writer On the Road
Edgar Rice Burroughs  United States 1 September 1875 19 March 1950 Author of adventure and science fiction Tarzan and Barsoom

As you can see, it doesn’t matter if a work is considered a classic or not to ultimately belong to the public. Check with an intellectual property attorney to see how your estate can continue to own your work beyond your death. 



A Few October Observances to Remember on Your Social Networks

October is a busy month full of end-of-year preparation and a few observances. We have shared some notable holidays and dates for you to share on your social networks in the form of memes or simple greetings.

Observances lasting throughout October:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Bullying Prevention Month Link

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Eat Better, Eat Together Month
Emotional Wellness Month

Financial Planning Month

National Arts & Humanities Month

National Cookbook Month

Self-Promotion Month


Weeklong Observances:

Customer Service Week: 1-5  (1st M-F Week) Link

Great Books Week: 6-12 

National Food Bank Week: 13-19 

National Business Women’s Week: 20-26 (Third Full Week)  Link

National Friends of Libraries Week:20-26

Pro Bono Week: 20-26  Link

Freedom of Speech Week: 22-28   Link


Daily Observances:

National Hair Day: 1  Link

American Libraries Day: 6

Intergeneration Day: 6 

National Inner Beauty Day: 7 Link

World Homeless Day: 10 Link

Southern Food Heritage Day: 11

Black Poetry Day: 17

National Depression Screening Day: 17 Link 

National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day: 21 

Make A Difference Day: 26


Hopefully, we have helped you with the question of what to post on your feeds. If you have an observance not listed, please share in a comment. 

10 Questions about Autumn to Consider

These are standard questions that could be good to ask yourself or your social media followers for a number of reasons. The main reason is to jog the memory and tap into possible muses for your writing. Another is to simply start conversations. People like it when you ask them things about them too.

  1. What is your favorite childhood memory of autumn? 
  2. What is your favorite thing to eat during the fall months?
  3. Do you change your home’s décor for autumn? 
  4. What is your favorite fall holiday?
  5. How do you feel when you see the leaves changing colors?
  6. Do you go to bed earlier in the fall?
  7. Is nesting on your mind as you approach fall?
  8. What is your favorite thing to wear during fall months?
  9. Do you have a favorite fall activity?
  10. What scent most reminds you of fall?

These are simple enough to answer. The real question is what will you do with your answers? Will you write them in a journal? Will they help with character development? Let us know in a comment.


Articles about Writing Better by Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman is the writer’s writer and a great authority on the business of writing better. We’ve curated a few articles that could be helpful to you if you aspire to be a better writer and better at the business of writing. 

Copyediting Jobs: How to Estimate Hours and Pricing

“Copy editors are known for perfectionism. But while there’s no end to the fussing you can do, there’s a limit to what someone will pay you to do it.” In this guest post, CMOS contributing editor Carol Saller explains how to determine what your time is worth.

Why Self-Publishing Authors Should Consider Establishing Their Own Imprint

Imprints aren’t just for big publishers; any self-publishing author can invent an imprint under which to operate. In this guest post, consultant and author David Wogahn explains the many ways that an imprint can help your branding and marketing.

A Short and Sweet Beginner’s Guide to Securing Amazon Reviews

It’s been proven by research: reviews help drive book sales. And reviews on Amazon can help your book turn up more often in customer searches. So you want reviews—great reviews—but they need to be authentic. Here’s how to get them.

Context: When a Story Demands More Than Plot

Sometimes a story demands more than just a plot. You may want to create a context, a descriptive background that sheds light on a story’s meaning.

9 Ways (and 2 Rewards) of Marketing Your Own Book

Authors who want to sell their work must often do the marketing themselves, and some methods are easier than others. In this guest post, essayist, memoirist and short story writer Beth Alvarado discusses the ways and reasons why you should take an active role in marketing your own book.

How to Plan a Book Reading That Delights Your Audience

Reading your writing in public can be daunting, but the audience is your ally. Keep them engaged with these planning tips from public speaking coach James Nave and workshop leader Allegra Huston, co-authors of How to Read for an Audience: The Stuff Nobody Teaches You.

Jane invites some of the most gifted experts to write for her blog. Some of her information is next level. Enjoy reading.


Toni Morrison and Paule Marshall Quotes for Inspiration

Within the space of days, we lost two beloved authors: Toni Morrison and Paule Marshall. To memorialize them and remember them, we have curated quotes by both. You can use them for personal inspiration or to share with your social networks.


A person can run for years but sooner or later he has to take a stand in the place which, for better or worse, he calls home, and do what he can to change things there.

Paule Marshall


My very first lessons in the art of telling stories took place in the kitchen . . . my mother and three or four of her friends. . . told stories. . .with effortless art and technique. They were natural-born storytellers in the oral tradition.

Paule Marshall


Once a great wrong has been done, it never dies. People speak the words of peace, but their hearts do not forgive. Generations perform ceremonies of reconciliation but there is no end.

Paule Marshall


I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge – even wisdom. Like art.

Toni Morrison


If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down.

Toni Morrison


A friend gathers all the pieces and gives them back in the right order.

Toni Morrison


Do you have favorite books by either author? Share them with your followers and ask for theirs. There is something comforting about knowing someone else shares an interest too. 


A Few September Observances to Remember on Your Social Networks

Labor Day was September 2, but there are few September observances that could be of interest to your followers and friends on social media. You can create memes or post articles related these observances.

Observances lasting throughout September:

Library Card Sign-up Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15)

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

National Passport Awareness Month  Link

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Link

Women’s Friendship Month

Shameless Self-Promotion Month


Weeklong Observances:

National Historically Black Colleges & Universities Week: 15-21
National Indoor Plant Week: 15-21

Banned Books Week: 22-28 


Daily Observances:

Random Acts of Kindness Day or Be Kind Day: 1  Link 

National Food Bank Day: 6  Link  (First Friday)
National Lazy Mom’s Day: 6  (First Friday)
Stand Up To Cancer Day: 6 Link 

National Writing Date Day: 7 Link 

National Day of Service and Remembrance: 11 Link

National Clean Up Day: 21 Link  (3rd Saturday)
National Dance Day: 21 Link 

World’s Alzheimer’s Day: 21 Link

American Business Women’s Day: 22

National Women’s Health & Fitness Day: 25

Ancestor Appreciation Day: 27

Rosh Hashanah: 29 (Sundown)


Hopefully, we have helped you with the question of what to post on your feeds. If you have an observance not listed, please share in a comment. 


7 Quotes about Perseverance to Share with your Social Networks

We all need inspiration while running this race called life. Here are 7 quotes you can put on memes or simply post as an update on your social networks. We think your followers will appreciate them.

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” 
― A.A. Milne

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” 
― Maya Angelou

“There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.” 
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

“It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.” 
― Winston S. Churchill

“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” 
― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” 
― Abraham Lincoln

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” 
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Be inspired and remain motivated. You are not alone in this journey. If you have a favorite quote, please post it in a comment. Thank you.