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The Last Tribute: Chapter Twenty-Two - The Phantom Librarian — LiveJournal
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The Last Tribute: Chapter Twenty-Two
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From: (Anonymous) Date: November 13th, 2014 06:10 am (UTC) (Link)
From a legal point of view, turning a novel into a collaboration is a bad idea. If the book is a hit, every collaborator will demand a piece of the action. And even if they don't, or even if they sign away their copyright claims, a publisher will say, "Too legally risky. I'll pass."

Marion Zimmer Bradley got burned by a fanfic writer, who claimed that he owned the idea for a novel that she had written. I don't remember the details, but their was some truth to his claim. The result was that her contracted publisher voided her contract for that novel, and no other publisher would publish the book.

Fern, write a story that is 100.0 percent your own. Not only will this vastly simplify the legalities (you'll save twenty bucks on the copyright application, if nothing else), but when you write a story that is entirely yours, you'll feel SUCH A SENSE OF PRIDE.

-- Tom
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