Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Small Print Piranhas

The other day, I was listening to my favorite Podcast, “I Should Be Writing,” and the host, Mur Lafferty was talking about something really scary. Naturally, I said, “*gasp* I need towarn the masses!” By “The Masses,” I'm referring to the dozens of you who stop by here regularly ;)

She spoke of a contest that's preying on writers. In the fine print, it's stated that by submitting your work, you forfeit your copyright to the work. So if you don't win, they can still use your story in whatever fashion they so choose. AND, if you sell it elsewhere, they can sue you for the profit, as the rightful copyright owners. SINNERS!

And, just in case your ass isn't hurting enough from this deal, there's a submission fee for the contest. Can you believe the gall of these bastards? Legitimate publishers don't even ask for such fees! Legitimate contests might ask for submission fees, but they aren't requiring your copyrights!

I kinda wish that she had named these perpetrators, so I could metaphorically drag their asses through the streets.

So read all the boring fine print. It's painfully dull, but it could save you a lot of grief.

On a lighter note, I'd like to share a conversation that I had with my wife. She said something about the book she was reading, a vampire romance (not THAT one. She's already read the Glitter thing.)

ME: I thought that it was just a standard romance.
ANDREA: It's called “Blood Born”
ME: I didn't see that. I was distracted by the guy's pects.
ANDREA: wide-eyed, laughing in disbelief
ME: Well, they're damn near boobs!
ANDREA: I don't know who that's homo-erotic for, you or me!


  1. At least you and your wife both seemed to find the same "thing" entrancing.

    as for the contest, thanks for the warning.

  2. Will read the fine print!
    And man-boobs are never a good thing...

  3. ACK! I definitely read the fine print... I am fairly paranoid about legal mumbo jumbo, but that's terrible!

    LOVE the convo between you and your wife *snort*

    My rule on manboobs is they can't be bigger than mine (which is a limited range to work in)

  4. Eek! Scumbags. Can they be sinners if they are souless? Even though I'm not a writer, this is good warning for people in general. There are crooks out there waiting to steal and cash in on any creative process because they have no real talent.

  5. That's terrible. I wish she'd disclosed the name as well. Man boobs...I think I see a lawsuit there. LOL
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

  6. To e fair, they weren't flabby man boobs, they were pects. large, full, round pects. Excuse me...

  7. That's shocking about that writing contest. Mind you, it's a useful point to remember - if you are a good writer, you don't need to pay to enter competitions. Great article!

  8. Thanks for the heads up! Monsters! But good point, what Annie said: proper competitions shouldn't have entry fees!

    P.S.: There is an award waiting for you on my site! :) Get it in the 'Awards' section of my blog!

  9. I can't believe that's legal! The writing contest or the impressive pecks...there otta be a law.