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Do We Need Releases for Every Book?

Information and announcements about new Mixed Blessings Anthologies which are a compilation of the Editors' Choice winning Writing Challenge entries.

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Do We Need Releases for Every Book?

Postby Deb Porter » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:48 am

Hi everyone.

This question has been asked a few times: Do we need releases for each book or can we just sign one to cover all in the future?

I totally understand why this is being asked and have given it a lot of thought. I know the question hasn't come from a lack of willingness to sign the forms (anything but), but more as a way to make sure they never miss out in the future (and to protect me from all the work involved).

To be honest, I've given it a lot of thought and was thinking of going with that idea, until this week. One of our authors has followed God's prompting and, after initial excitement about being included in Book 2, has realized that her winning entry could cause some issues with people she knows. As a result, she's asked for her entry to be left out of the book. This decision was a wise one to make.

It has also hammered home the need for having a signed release for each book, covering each article by each author in that book. This is as much a case of protecting the author as it is about protecting me. A blanket release would be convenient, but it could lead to issues in the future.

So, in spite of the work involved, we need to stick with releases for each book.

Love, Deb

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Re: Do We Need Releases for Every Book?

Postby CatLin » Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:07 am

Sounds like a wise decision - on the author's decision and on FW's. I know I've entered at least one challenge entry I have regrets about for reasons similar to hers. Luckily none of them were EC's. :P
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Re: Do We Need Releases for Every Book?

Postby lthomas » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:11 pm

I can understand and respect this decision. I was wondering, however, for those of us who cannot e-mail back a release, do you have a fax machine that would serve the same purpose as having to go via "snail mail"?

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Re: Do We Need Releases for Every Book?

Postby lish1936 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:53 pm

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Deb,
Just wondering if you received my contract that I sent via snail mail.

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Re: Do We Need Releases for Every Book?

Postby Deb Porter » Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:24 pm

Loren, if you don't mind sending it to an Australian number, yes. Let me know.

There is another possibility, but I'll have to check if she is able to make PDF copies of files.

Lillian, I have received a lot of releases, and your envelope is sitting here right on the top. I'm just catching up with Challenge and Page Turner at the moment. Thanks for asking, though.

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Re: Do We Need Releases for Every Book?

Postby Shann » Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:25 pm

In the rules doesn't it State that by entering you are agreeing to having the story published if selected as an EC? Once it's out on the Web it's out there forever so no one should ever write a story that they wouldn't want the world to see. I understand being cautious and wanting to protect yourself and author. I also know not everyone reads the rules, but people should be aware the moment it is online it's out there for anyone to see. (I know I'm late posting this, but have been meaning to ask and keep forgetting)

This is a slightly off topic question, but I haven't been able to find the answer. We have the FB button next to all stories that anyone can post on FB. It clearly states that all posts and pictures become the property of FB once posted. So does that mean if someone posts my stories to FB it becomes FB's property and they could use it however they want?
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Re: Do We Need Releases for Every Book?

Postby Colswann1 » Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:13 pm

Thanks for reminding us of our obligations Shann when we submit our articles. Personally, I can not see any difference in someone requesting an article's withdrawal from either one or the other system, if Deb is willing to pull an article at the owner's request.
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Re: Do We Need Releases for Every Book?

Postby lish1936 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:31 pm

Shann wrote:We have the FB button next to all stories that anyone can post on FB. It clearly states that all posts and pictures become the property of FB once posted. So does that mean if someone posts my stories to FB it becomes FB's property and they could use it however they want?


Deb, since I am not too savvy about Facebook, I'm particularly interested in your answer to Shann's question.

Thanks,

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