Re: Re: Field Report – WRITING CONTEST!

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Mikala Engel

Georganna – 2008-06-03 10:20 AM

Jamesaritchie – 2008-06-03 7:51 AM My problem is not scam or no scam, it’s that you don’t claim you want to represent writers out of one side of your mouth, and then say you’re taking all rights out of the other.

And again I say, “Huh?”

As I understand agency, it is selling on commission. Taking all rights is buying a license to use and copy. They are almost opposites, except they both have to do with the value of a piece of writing.

If someone agrees to give up all their selling rights, then the venture is not a scam. Of course, how many people read the fine print, and if they do, understand it?


I never said it was a scam, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a ripoff of major proportions.  Really, under these circumstances, I see little to know difference in a scam and giving up all rights, whether the writer agrees to it or not. 

You certainly cannot say you want to represent writers, as they do, and then say you want all rights to the valuable pieces of writing.  Representing writers means you have the writer’s best interests at heart, not your own.