So Nice, I Wanna Publish Them Twice
July 31, 2012 6:29 AM Subscribe
Possibly confirming the obvious - I wrote a crapton of essays and articles for a market that a) was extremely limited and b) doesn't exist any more. I also believe the contract said the original market was "first rights" only. ...It's probably safe to try to pitch polished-up versions of some of those articles to a wider market by now, right?
posted by EmpressCallipygos to writing & language (10 answers total)
* The original market for these articles was a theater company in Pennsylvania. They "published" booklets about each of their productions which they sold in the lobby and handed out to teachers; they also posted them on the company web site for people to download as PDFs. The company took down each of those online guides at the end of every season, and then the whole company went bust a year ago and the web site taken down (I've tried poking around on the Wayback Machine, even, and can't seem to raise any of the PDFs that way). I got a couple free copies of the published version of everything I wrote for them.
is the new market that caught my eye. I was going to go back through the archives and pull a few out for rewriting and polishing, and pitching to that site, but suddenly got paranoid that it'd be a problem. I have practically no understanding of rights and permissions and publishing from a marketing standpoint, and the ignorance is making me paranoid on top of it.
Intellectually I know it's probably okay, but I think I need a good talking-to to reinforce it. And yes, I will also be trying to find the original contract I had with the theater company to confirm that the rights were "first publishing rights" only. Thanks.