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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #30 on: April 01, 2008, 12:31:34 PM »

Once I receive said questions, I'll forward them to Ken, we'll write seperate answers, and you can then edit as you like. :)

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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #31 on: April 02, 2008, 11:18:10 AM »
Like them there pop stars who record videos but never meet! x

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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #32 on: April 07, 2008, 06:56:14 AM »
Short Stories Wanted!

Hardline Magazine invites unpublished authors to submit their short stories for Issue 2, due to be unveiled in May. To see the kind of content we are looking for, please visit:
http://thehardline.wordpress.com

Submission details are available on the 'Contact' page.
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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #33 on: April 07, 2008, 11:21:16 AM »
My question for this mag is more of a concern actually.

If I were to submit a short story that has not been published before and retain all the rights to it and, of course, not being paid for it, then would it prevent me from submitting the same story to a printing magazine that does pay for it.

If the intention of the online mag is to get unpublished authors noticed, then how does it work for those that want to get paid for those same stories later on? Would a magazine editor shy from this kind of action? Like i said, more of a concern.

I know this is new to everyone, and believe me, I'm all for it. However, I was just concerned about getting those same stories published by someone who is willing to pay for it.

Could you all please alleviate my concern?

Many thanks!

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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #34 on: April 07, 2008, 12:07:15 PM »
Hi, Ron :)

From our (Hardline's) point of view, we mean what we say - you retain all rights to any submissions, and we certainly wouldn't object if you were to place your stories/articles elsewhere for payment; in fact, we'd be very pleased for you. We're not a professional organisation, we don't pay for submissions or have anything to sell, so we have, nor want, any hold over our contributors or their work.

Whether a professional company (for example, the owners/editors of a magazine) would object to your piece being featured in Hardline, I can't say. In this instance, I would suggest that should point out to the commissioning editor that Hardline is an amateur publication, with a limited readership, and that you placed your work with us gratis. You can also suggest that they contact us for further clarification.

The very last thing we would want to do is to deny our contributors an opportunity such as the one speculated about above.
We would gladly remove from your submission from Hardline if this would help matters, and indeed, would do all we could to help.
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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #35 on: April 07, 2008, 03:35:54 PM »
Almost everyone would consider a story 'published' if it appears on the internet in Hardline Magazine. Consequently, your opportunities to sell the story later would be significantly reduced (probably just above nil). Being a non-paying 'amateur' publication, few places would count it as a serious publishing 'credit' if you were trying to demonstrate your previous publishing history. I know. I know. Doesn't seem fair, does it. That shouldn't put people off having a story published by hardline magazine, and being proud of it, but if you believe your story is capable of being sold elsewhere, I would suggest you try selling it first and only sub to non-paying venues if it fails to sell.

There are other non-paying outlets that are happy to take stuff that's already been published.

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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #36 on: April 07, 2008, 03:42:32 PM »
I feel that Omni is right, in that, if you have an opportunity to be paid for your writing, please take that opportunity rather than submit the written work to Hardline - it would surely be more advantageous to you, in several ways, if you were to be paid and published. :)
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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #37 on: April 07, 2008, 04:45:27 PM »
Would you allow me to contribute under a pseudonym?

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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #38 on: April 07, 2008, 04:47:53 PM »
Sure, you could submit under any name you like, Si. :)
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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #39 on: April 07, 2008, 05:22:42 PM »
Would you allow me to contribute under a pseudonym?

I'm not sure that would get you over the 'previously published' problem if that's what you mean, Simon. If a paying publisher discovered that your piece had been published before, ostensibly by someone else, they'd just have your whatsits for plagiarism.

The issue of first time rights was discussed on MWC fairly recently at http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=12941.0 and another at http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=11883.0
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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #40 on: April 07, 2008, 05:34:33 PM »
No, it's not that, the piece I had in mind was a pretty straight story, no humour, no laughs and a little bleak.

I am predominately a comedy writer and I would want to segregate the more serious stuff under another name.

Also, I can satisfy my child within by giving myself a cool name.  I going to go with 'Stockton Clemens'.

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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #41 on: April 07, 2008, 05:35:51 PM »
I want to add to this thread as well that all contributors to HL should be aware that although they retain copyright there is nothing to stop someone else cutting and pasting your work and posting it elsewhere on the web.
It's already happened to me, although the person involved did give me full credit and a link back to my website, which is a positive thing and can only lead to more publicity for me. BUT they didn't ask my permission first, they just went ahead and did it.
If that kind of thing scares you then my advice is don't publish with HL or anywhere else on the net for that matter, including MWC.

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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #42 on: April 08, 2008, 01:39:46 AM »
Hi Mr T :)

Yep, that is what we plan to do, mate. :)

Thanks for the clarification, sorry about the delay in replying!
Best wishes for the mag!
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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #43 on: April 08, 2008, 02:41:24 AM »
Whenever you submit a piece you have to ask yourself what you are trying to achieve.

a) cash
b) showcasing your talent
c) getting advice on it

You are highly unlikely to get more than one of the above, in fact getting any one of them will probably preclude the other two. The only combination that will give you two things is if you get published in a paying magazine, so try this with a story first if it is important to you. But DO follow this route before any others. If you are after getting paid for a piece, don't show it elsewhere first. Don't post it on MWC, don't put it in a non-paying magazine, don't put it up on your own web site. If you believe it will earn you money then you need to treat it professionally.

If you just want a story out there, to show you can write, to give a site you can point at and say 'my writing is on there', then just go for it, but forget getting paid for it. Think of it as a loss-leader, advertising for your other stuff.  Bear in mind though, Omni is probably correct, few people will regard a non-paying magazine as establishing you as a 'previously published' author. That said, it depends on the reputation of the magazine. This one is in its early days and could build up a serious rep.

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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #44 on: April 08, 2008, 03:48:20 PM »
Hey Steve, what sort of word count are you looking for?

(Apologies if you've written this before)

Simon