Tuesday, February 9, 2016
The rights transferred when making an outright sale of a manuscript to a periodical. Author has no further control over it. Generally speaking, it is not advisable to sell all rights, so it's a good idea to avoid submitting to those publications. There are a few exceptions. If you are writing things like curriculum or writing something targeted to a very specific publication, you will often be asked to give them all rights. In those cases, where there will often be no further market for the material anyway, there is not a problem letting them have all rights. Additional exceptions might include those publications that pay especially well—making the sale worthwhile—or those top publications you would like to add to your list of writing credits—especially if they fall within your area of expertise. Publications can no longer buy all rights from you unless they indicate it in writing. The term all rights is not used in relation to book sales. When you sell a book, the rights you are selling are spelled out in the book contract—and are negotiable. For more on selling your rights, go to: http://money.howstuffworks.com/magazine-writing6.htm.