Here’s a question that’s been nibbling at my mind recently and one, only you can answer.
A while back I remember reading on your blog, (thanks for all you do for us), that posts to your blog belong to the blog. At that time I took the statement as meaning, if you ever wrote a book on writery, agentey, publishey stuff, you could use our comments as fodder. (That would be an honor BTW).
Because my new WIP continues the, ‘why I wrote what I wrote and what happened after’ format, are my quips, comments and amazing (ha) words of wisdom, now owned by you, or am I able to reuse? Re: their force and fallout, in my new memoir/essay project.
In other words, I was just wondering if all my brilliant attempts at enlightenment, shared as comments on your blog, are now yours. (No one accuses me of being humble).
I think you're remembering the submission requirements at QueryShark.blogspot.com which asks writers to agree that the posts can be kept on the blog for the life of the blog.
I instituted that after several people in a rapid succession got gnawed, then pissed, and told me they wanted the entry removed.
Given the value of QueryShark is revising (for the writer) and seeing the revisions (for the readers) just offering a critique that no one else would see seemed an inefficient use of my scarcest resource (
However, that does NOT mean I own the queries. In fact, I don't. They belong to the writer. Then, now, always.
I can refer to them should I ever write a book on writery, agentey, publishey stuff, but I couldn't just republish the entry without permission.
I own the blogposts here of course. I don't mind if people link to them, or repost them with correct attribution. If someone lifts these posts and publishes them, that's not ok.
As for the comments, those belong to the writers, not me. Of course, if I ever did write a book on writery, agentey, publishey stuff, and wanted to include some of the pithier comments, and did so with attribution, I'd probably be ok. BUT if I wanted to include one of Miss Julie's amazing stories, I'd have to get her permission.
A comment like
"To share an overflowing plate is admirable. To give away that which you covet is honorable. To donate knowledge, entertainment and escape is most noble"
But anything longer, and a complete story (like the flash fiction entries) is probably not fair use.
Comment without fear. (Now that is a phrase I might have to steal. Oh wait, it's mine!)