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Let’s Retain ALL the Rights!

One of the questions being raised repeatedly on a discussion board I participate on is the question of electronic rights. Should a magazine be able to buy a story and display it on their website in perpetuity without additional payment? Does it make a different whether or not it’s behind a paywall? If there’s no additional payment, when should rights revert? What happens with something like an anthology that is in electronic form and hence won’t go out of print the way a hard-copy edition does?

I’m presuming that most people reading this know that normally when you “sell” a story to a publication, what they’re actually buying is the right to publish it in a particular form. You, the author, retain any rights not spelled out in the contract. You can (and I encourage you to) sell the story again as a reprint, and you may want to look at forms like audio or in another language.
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Recent Links and News

Bryan Thomas Schmidt put together this developmental editing checklist for novels after the first session of my online editing class. (Details on the next time the editing class will be offered.) I guest blogged on the Dark Continents website about … Continue reading

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Review: The Late American Novel

(Todd Vandemark passed this along in the hopes I’d have something to say about the book. I did.) In The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, editors Jeff Martin and C. Max Magee have collected a number … Continue reading

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