At 4:48 PM -0800 8/11/99, Tim Bowden wrote:
> Say you sold an article to Scanlog, the print monthly. Then in a few
> months, whathell, you decided you wanted to sell it to Mosca, too.
> Should you be able to do that freely?
Depends on what rights you sold. If you sold All Rights, then you're
wrong. If you sell first rights and secondary rights, it's perfectly
but in the publishing world, if a publisher buys all rights, they pay
more (well, the honest publishers do).
In my time, I've sold a number of pieces, including some all-rights
deals. There is no single answer here, because it depends on what the
agreements are. and it's up to the author to (a) know what rights
they still own and what they don't (and don't sell what they don't
own), and (b) for the author not to sell away rights they aren't
willing to give up for the price.
(actually, the story we sold all rights to not only made us the most
money up front, it ALSO has generated the best royalties, since DC
comics has seen fit to reprint it at least three times. They're good
enough to pay royalties on it, which many all-rights deals don't
allow for, but only they can decide what to do with it (or not), so
even if I somehow find a way to publish a "best of" collection, I'd
have to buy rights back to use it...)
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