Anonymous said: Hi! Your blog has been so helpful to me so, let me start by saying thank you for everything that you do! Secondly, I have a question about online writing anthologies paying writers for their submissions. What is the writer’s rights in terms of how they are paid? Are they just paid once for having a submission accepted, or do they also profit from each sale of the anthology?
Usually, a writer is paid for their story up front. You can check individual advertisements for submissions to anthologies for details on how payment for that anthology works. Here are a few lists of upcoming anthologies that are currently asking for submissions:
I also recommend that you check out these articles on how anthologies are created.
Be sure to read over the guidelines for submission carefully and follow them to the last detail. And edit your work before submission. Even if you are an amatuer writer, you should present yourself as professionally as possible in your submission. (That means no exclamation marks or internet slang.) The publishing industry is rough, and even being considered for publication is a difficult process. Treat publication with the respect it deserves.
That being said, don’t ever let a publisher take advantage of you. When you contribute to an anthology, you should get a contract covering payment details as well as the rights requested of you as a contributor. If you don’t receive a contract, ask for one. If you still don’t get it, I would suggest that you back out of the project. Protect yourself and your writing. Don’t hand over your creative work to a publisher without a contract.
Learn more about writers’ rights:
Contributing to anthologies can be confusing, so arm yourself with as much information about the anthology submission guidelines and your rights as a writer as possible before agreeing to be part of the project.
If you have experience with writing for anthologies that you would like to share, I’m sure we’d all love to benefit from your advice! You can comment on this post by reblogging or else send us a message with your tips.
Thank you very much for your message, anon! I hope this helps!