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I did a stupid thing - The Phantom Librarian
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fernwithy
fernwithy
I did a stupid thing
In the "I know better than this" category...

I've put up five of my original stories for your perusal. They are old-ish, one has been published here on LJ and two in a campus magazine called Proteus Continuum, so they have lost their first rights status anyway. The other two? One is a prologue for a novel that just never got written, and the other is short story space opera, which is not, as far as I know, a publishable category.

Don't do this, though. It's a bad, awful, idea that will make sales really hard. I'm not thinking of selling these anymore, or I wouldn't even think about it. But they're lonely, sitting around on my hard drive.

Please let me know if you read and/or like any of them!

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murasaki99 From: murasaki99 Date: July 11th, 2005 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Creative Commons

Have you heard of the Creative Commons? http://creativecommons.org/

In their own words:

Creative Commons offers a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors and artists. We have built upon the "all rights reserved" of traditional copyright to create a voluntary "some rights reserved" copyright. We're a nonprofit. All of our tools are free.

So, if you wish, you can publish your work on the web or on paper and keep your copyright while still allowing the general public to enjoy it. You get to pick how much of your creative rights you want to keep. Check 'em out. I get much of my music from Dynatune, which uses the CC copyright to distribute their artist's music.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 11th, 2005 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Creative Commons

Copyright naturally belongs to the author, no matter where it's published.

Magazines and publishers buy different sorts of rights--first publication rights, first serial rights, second rights, etc, etc, and so forth. Most of them don't want to buy if they're the second place to print it. The copyright remains with the author, not the publisher, in any case (except for works for hire, in which case it belongs to the owner of the original property or the corporation the writer is working for).

Whether you publish (cheaply) on your own webpage or at exhorbitant fees on vanity presses, you can't sell first rights on a piece, since by definition, if it's been published anywhere, that was its first publication, and anyone subsequently is getting second rights. I'd advise everyone to stay away from the pay-to-publish schemes. They're trouble.
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gabrielladusult From: gabrielladusult Date: July 11th, 2005 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't read any of your fics yet, I expect I will be drawn in sometime after my first read of HBP. Your comments brought up a question about first rights and web-publishing. I belong to a couple of LJ based writing groups. So far, all I have posted there have been fanfic snippets, but if I had an original fic idea that I wanted to bounce of my group for a sort of "pre-beta" thing, where does that fall in the scheme of things? Wendelin suggested for original works to post on my own LJ and F-lock the posts. If I limit readership to a few web friends, isn't that more like the equivalent of e-mailing it to my sister to edit it than publishing? If it is definitely a rough draft, then where does the line get drawn?

Not that I'm close to starting an original fic -- just curious as to the mire of publishing that I hope to one day explore. You're obviously knowledgeable, so I'm tapping my resources.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 11th, 2005 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
My advice, if you plan to sell it, is to keep it off of any kind of public forum, including f-lists. Stick to e-mailing. Or, if you prefer, www.critique.org (Critters) is a well-regarded sf/f workshopping group, which protects everything by password and is treated something like sharing a story in class.
vytresna From: vytresna Date: July 11th, 2005 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)
That Beauty and the Beast one is quite good. The universe seems like you should expand on it, if you elaborate more on the threat to Carpathia from the closed trade routes, because something tells me that "kitsch" doesn't cover it.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 11th, 2005 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
No. It's what Sayna's focusing on, because it embarrasses her, but Dov's being a bit disingenous about fixing the regulator satellite. The planet can't afford the basic things it needs to protect itself adequately from its natural disasters. It's not a world that would have been able to develop sentient life on its own at this point in its geological history, and all of the tremors, full-fledged quakes, and volcanic eruptions really are more of a threat than Sayna realizes.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 11th, 2005 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
And btw, thanks! :)
sreya From: sreya Date: July 11th, 2005 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Gah, new stories to read when I have all of *checks watch* 7 minutes left in the computer lab.

I'll have to check these out tonight. Er, scratch that, tomorrow night -- tonight I have to work on the class's approach to our Islamic Jurisprudence exam. Don't think that'll leave much time for reading. *pout*
vytresna From: vytresna Date: July 11th, 2005 06:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and did you get a peek at the Mary GrandPre back cover? *low whistle*

(It's here, but it has a more major spoiler than we're accustomed to on covers.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 11th, 2005 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yeah. I knew there was something I was forgetting to comment on. At this point, I think I'll wait for the book. It's only five more days!
From: psalm_27 Date: July 11th, 2005 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I promise to read the non-horror stories when I get a free second. Thanks for sharing them with us, I always welcome the opportunity to read anything you've written!
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 11th, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Vestal Desires

Yeah, I think you're right on the pacing issues. I've kind of lost hold of this particular story (hence putting it up publicly instead of keeping it to tweak), but if I were to go back, I think that's where I'd be.

On the title... hmm. The title came before the story. It would feel odd to change it. :p
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