“The Oz Chronicles” Might Be Going Away.

I don't think we're in the Oz Chronicles anymore, Toto.

UPDATE: MY OZ CHRONICLES ISN’T GOING ANYWHERE! Screw ’em.

So, I read a story this morning that has me seriously considering making a major change to my Oz Chronicle series of young adult novels.  I may be dropping the “Oz Chronicles” from the title. Warner Brothers Studios has a planned series of films in development based on L. Frank Baum’s Oz Chronicle series.  The Wizard of Oz, based on the first of fourteen books in Baum’s series, is one of the most popular films in cinematic history.  It seems that Warner Brothers is trying fill the void that will be left by the lack of future Harry Potter films.

While my “Oz Chronicles” has been compared to Baum’s “Oz Chronicles,” my books are not based on the legendary author’s books.  I have never read any of Baum’s books.  I watched the movie every Thanksgiving for probably 12 years, so I’m sure I was influenced by the story.  After all, my story is about a young boy named Oz who finds himself in a fantastical, horrifying land filled with monsters and warriors.  Obviously, I picked something up from all those years of watching the Wizard of Oz.  Now, my Oz books are much darker, and there are no ruby slippers, but still, I can’t deny the similarities.

So, where does that leave me?  I’m left with two choices.

1.) Keeping the name and fight to differentiate my books from what I’m sure will be a much-hyped big studio film.

2.) Changing the name and starting from scratch with the marketing campaign.

It seems that Warner Brothers is having problems with the licensing issues surrounding the “Wizard of Oz.”  If they use any element from that film – the ruby slippers for example – they have to pay MGM licensing fees, and since the books themselves are in the public domain Warner Brothers may not be able to stop anyone with a computer from designing t-shirts and capitalizing on the popularity of the film.  Hell, for all I know, Warner Brothers may come after me to change the title of my series.  But as I understand it, you can’t copyright a title, only the content.  Who knows?

Here’s an idea.  Hey, Warner Brother’s Execs, buy the rights to my Oz Chronicles and you’re in the clear!  Everybody’s happy.  You can contact my agent here: Let’s Make Big Monies!

There is never a dull moment trying to make it in publishing.  I should have been an Optometrist.

If you’re interested, you can read the story about the “Oz” films here:  ‘Oz’ Could be Next Big Film Franchise

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Cory Doctorow and his Little Brother

Science Fiction author and Internet Celebrity, (We should come up with a word for that. How about “Internebrity?”) Cory Doctorow has a new young adult novel on the market, Little Brother. I haven’t read it myself, but it’s getting a lot of great buzz. I can tell you that another Science Fiction author and Internebrity, John Scalzi gives it a big recommend. Below is a video clip of the two authors interviewing each other. Doctorow is an interesting case study because he’s made it a common practice to give away the PDF versions of his book. In fact, he inspired me to do the same with my own book, The Takers. I’ve put Little Brother on my reading list. If you’ve read it, feel free to let the rest of us know what you thought of it.

Download My First Book For Free

I’m making the PDF version of my first book available as a free download. The Takers; Book One of the Oz Chronicles won a couple of awards and really sold well for me. Why free? Well, I have two other books out and four more left to write in the series. I’m hoping you’ll help me spread the word so Oz and his crew can continue to save the world (it will make sense to you when you read the book). You can download the book by clicking here… no wait, here… or here even. (Don’t hurt yourself clicking. I’ve ended the promo. I’ll probably make it available again so stay tuned!)

BTW – If you prefer the print version, it is available for sale on Amazon.

BTW2 – I’m working on an audio version.

BTW3 – Here’s the video trailer to get you really jazzed and in a reading mood.