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    Publishing stories developed from very much shorter stories?

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by DefinitelyMaybe, Oct 14, 2015.

    Is it possible to publish stories that are considerable developments of much shorter stories that have already been published?

    E.g. if you take a 100 word story and develop it into a 1000 word flash fiction, or short story, or even novel.

    At one point is it so different that it is not considered previously published?
     
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    Arthur C.Clarke: The Sentinel grew into 2001:A Space Odyssey
     
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    Are you copying the characters & the technology, etc.?

    Though the Space Odyssey was based off of the Sentinel it wasn't a 100% transfer. Wilson is the main character / persona in Sentinel - Bowman in Space Odyssey. It was a basis, a stepping stone. Sort of like how Mocha Dick by Reynolds became Moby Dick by Melville.

    However, in this day and age where people are quite pro-copyright, copyright infringement, etc., it'd be better to be cautious than anything. As long as the flash fiction isn't obviously a carbon copy of the short fiction entitled Butternut Squash [a pseudo title obviously] there shouldn't be too big a problem.
     
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    I was talking about an author extending his or her own work. E.g. if I publish a 100 word story, then can I still extend that to a longer story (e.g. 1000 words or more) and then submit to a magazine that doesn't publish reprints?

    This may be more to do with policies than copyright law.
     

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