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  1. Wordhacker

    Wordhacker Contributing Member

    Dec 29, 2007
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    First Rights

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by Wordhacker, Aug 15, 2010.

    I was just wondering about publishing. I know posting a novel here will destroy first rights on publishing your work. But lets say you post a short story here but then turn it into a novel later and not post it on a writing site. Will publishing houses accept it or does that still destroy first rights?
  2. Banzai

    Banzai One-time Mod, but on the road to recovery Contributor

    Mar 31, 2007
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    Reading, UK
    I think that the first publishing rights will still be intact. The novel would not be substantially the same as the short story, and would bear about as much relation as a distant first draft. I know of several short stories that were expanded into successful novels after their shorter, older sibling was published. See "Flowers for Algernon" as an example.

    However, I would mention it in your query/cover letter if and when you get around to submitting the novel to agents/publishers.
  3. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Nov 21, 2006
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    Coquille, Oregon
    i wouldn't bother mentioning it... a short story and a novel are too dissimilar to worry about, or to bring up in a query... the first rights for the novel will still be unused and many published works have the same title, so that's not a problem either, imo...

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