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Offline Mini

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selling poetry
« on: February 02, 2006, 09:17:39 AM »
Hi,

I am considering sending in a poem for publication in a magazine. I do not want to give up copyright. Is this possible? if so, what do I write on the cover sheet to maintain the copyright.

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Offline Sheree

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Re: selling poetry
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2006, 12:48:15 PM »
I would think the first step is to find out what the magazine's policy is concerning copyright. Some allow this, but many have a problem with the author retaining copyright.

Good luck.

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Re: selling poetry
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2006, 12:51:27 PM »
First British (or North American) Serial Rights offered is the standard message. It's so well known, it's often abbreviated FBSR or FNASR.

That means you are offering the magazine the right to be the first to publish the poem in a serial publication (i.e. magazine) in the country concerned.

Most magazines should be fine with that, though some (e.g. Reader's Digest) routinely buy World Rights. Then again, the more generous fees they pay make up for that!

You should not normally have to sell the copyright in a poem.

Hope that helps  :)

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Re: selling poetry
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2006, 02:45:24 PM »
Thanks for the info.

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