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Maday Mayday Super Mayday!!
« on: February 27, 2006, 04:05:20 PM »
I just got a writing gig and its for short stories. My future "employer" (of sorts) was asking what my going price was for a 2-4 page story(per story). I dont know what to charge for that. I dont want to be seen a super spaz and say something corny and on the same note I dont want to ask for too much but I dont want to be ripped. Suggestions Welcome...Please :)

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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2006, 05:31:12 PM »
Hi Nevestone,


As a quick answer I'd say if they aren't accustome to your work I'd be comfortable asking for a low fee (something being better than nothing) or ask what they would be willing to offer as a start. As they get to crave more from you, up your fee for future stories. by that time you've been published and it looks real good on your resume. Of Course I realize that no one wants to seem dumb at the game but sometimes I risk tossing the rules and write my own. Life is a seven - ten split. Best, mary

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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2006, 05:35:19 PM »
You are a blessing. Thank you Mary!

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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2006, 05:42:01 PM »
Oh I just though of another question. How do you bring up copyright information in a situaltion like that without sounding pushy? I mean everyone wants writes to their work and I dont mind sharing but I mind someone running off with my work you know?

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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2006, 05:47:23 PM »
Hi Nev,
   I'm not a legal or tech professional, but it is my understanding that everything you put on your computer is automatically dated and claimed by you. Thereby, making it proovable that rights are yours. I'd ask for their standard contract to be sent for your perusal, this buying enough time to scramble up some expert assistance. Best mary

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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2006, 07:34:44 PM »
Many people who buy stories are buying the copywrite also, and you become a ghostwriter- getting money but no glory

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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2006, 08:10:57 PM »
Another tip on how to protect your story: write it, make a print out, go to a postal office and mail it to yourself, sealed of course, and keep it sealed in a drawer. Don't open it.  I mean by that, the same final copy you're sending to the magazine or whoever is going to publish it. And yes, the computer files have dates. When you right click on "file" go to "properties" and they are there, when you initiate it, and each time you access it. But the trick with the envelope is also protective, just in case. Someone who works in the field told me about this.
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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2006, 08:25:11 PM »
Dpina is right but before you put it in a drawer you must take it to the post office and have it sealed and postmarked, essentially mail it to yourself. Then throw it in a drawer. BUT these days I think there is a much quicker way to protect intellectual property. You may need to call a copywrite specialist to get it right. Maybe an agent could help. Do we have any out there?  :) mary

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« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2006, 10:18:19 PM »
Thanks guys. ;D

  Ive heard of the poor mans copyright and was real tempted to do that as a quickie.  :)  Thats what my sister calls it at least. And  it could be a ghostwriting thingie... and I'm so already looking for an agent.

I had no idea about the computer thing though. Thats sort of worth looking into pronto. I have the short forms for copyright. 32 bucks and some overnight mail and its a done deal but I dont want to step on any toes because it could be a collaboration of several writers in the gamebook I'm in the running to write for.


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« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2006, 10:21:55 PM »
::whacks head on the table:: its been a long day. But you guys gave me a lot to chew on and its a good start. BTW Mary I'll fill you in on what he said when I suggested what he was willing to pay. That was a very good angle. Professional and non pushy.

Thank you all again - Neve

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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2006, 01:01:07 PM »
HI again Neve,

  Here's a hint on the collaborative thing.  In psychology, he who does most gets first billing. Kind of an ingredients list.
In psych often there are several who participate in a study and the write-up so he who does the most work has his name listed first and so on. Check around and see if it is the same in the rest of the written world.  best, mary

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« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2006, 12:07:14 AM »
oooh i had to read that like three times ::smirks::one of those long days at work took all my brain power. I'll chew on that and see the best angle to absorb it. Thank you again :)

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