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Bards Lost in The Metaverse Episode 15 - Book Release

Updated: Dec 19, 2022

It’s the book launch episode!!!!!!

It’s finally here. Sharn and Andy are releasing their book chapters to the world!

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In this episode Sharn and Andy release excerpts from their first chapters. But first they dive into a discussion about all the behind the scenes works that goes into getting the chapters ready for release.

They first discussed when they first started writing their books, how they started writing them, how many edited versions they are up to, and how many hours they have put into writing their books, as well as how many hours they have spent developing cover art.

They then pivoted to discuss all things distribution and self-publishing such as:

  • ISBN’s

    • International Standard Book Number - unique identifier for books. An ISBN is not mandatory, and does not provide copyright on a work. It is used internationally across the book trade and library sector.

    • Even though Sharn and Andy are releasing individual chapters in a serialised format, they got confirmation from the National Library of Australia that they only actually just need an ISBN for the books, and not an ISSN (International Standard Serial Number).

    • More details about ISBNs and ISSNs can be found here:

  • Copyright

    • Sharn went on a legal journey to determine their copyright protections.

    • In Australia, the Australian copyright law (The Copyright Act 1968) provides automatic copyright protection to authors. Copyright is free and automatic upon creation of the work. In general, the first owner of copyright will be the author (for literary, musical, dramatic and artistic works) or producer (for sound recordings and films) or broadcaster (for broadcasts).

    • In 2000, moral rights were recognised in Australian copyright legislation under the Copyright Amendment (Moral Rights) Act 2000. Only individuals may exercise moral rights and the moral rights provided under Australian law now are:

      • A right of attribution

        • the right to be clearly and reasonably prominently identified as the author, in any reasonable form

        • the right to avoid false attribution, where the work is falsely presented as being another's work

      • Integrity of authorship

        • the right to not have the work treated in a derogatory manner (this is a right to protect the honour and reputation of the author)

  • Formatting

  • Editing

    • To help with editing, Sharn and Andy have used Prowriting Aid (

    • Also enlisted the help of family for reviewing and editing.

  • Australian regulatory deposit requirements (National and local Libraries)

    • Sharn and Andy also found out that The Copyright Act 1968 also covers legal deposit, which requires that Australian publishers must lodge copies of their publications in the National Library of Australia and their respective state libraries, depending on location.

They then wrapped up the show with each of them reading out the first few pages of their books!

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NOTE: Everything discussed during the podcast is simply our own interpretation of information we come across as we research topics, or is commentary based on our own personal experiences. We highly encourage everyone to conduct their own research into topics of interest as information, especially in the technical space, changes regularly.

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