Sunday, October 28, 2012

Always the Fine Print

I just ran across a call for stories for an anthology called "Grimm & Grimmer".  Since I love reimagined fairytales the call really interested me until I read this part of the guidelines:

"Previously published stories will NOT be considered for this anthology, and while authors will retain copyright we expect all new characters created for this anthology to be placed within the public domain."

If your character goes into the public domain that means anyone in the world can write a story using your characters and make money off of it without paying you for the privilege.  Be careful out there, writers, and always read the fine print.

This call came from new e-publisher, Fringe Works.  They had another call posted and this statement wasn't included in that call.  Since fairytales are a really hot commodity of late I have to wonder why this demand was included in the guidelines.

Watch your backs out there, my friends. 


Charles Gramlich said...

Wow, that's a pretty underhanded way of stealing.

sandra seamans said...

That's I thought, Charles!