Wednesday, December 01, 2010


eChook Digital publishes short story apps for iPhones, iPads, Androids and an online version. They are currently open to short story submissions on any theme. We pay up to $100 for 750 - 2,000 words and our submissions are open now. Submissions of short stories on any theme are accepted until the end of February 2011. eChook is also accepting themed submissions throughout 2011.

NOTE: This is good money for fiction, y'all. Very cool media clip for your resume, too.
DOUBLE NOTE: The winners of the 9th Annual FundsforWriters Essay Contest are announced! Whew - what a job! But I'm so happy with the winners.


Unknown said...

Sounds like a great company. Now I'm busy trying to come up with a life-affirming ghost story!

Liz Holliday said...

This sounded great at first. I was all set to send them something when I found this, buried near the bottom of their submissions page:

>1.For $100 plus 10 free apps – All >Rights.

>2.For $0 plus 10 free apps – World Electronic Rights for one year from date of publication. (This means after one year, you are free to do as you wish with the story.)

>. Audio Rights are separate from World Electronic Rights. Along with WER, you may also choose to give us audio rights and we may feature your story in a future audio collection.

IMO, this is pretty appalling.

I won't be sending them anything. I'd suggest everyone thinks long and hard before they do.


Hope Clark said...

Depends on your outlook, Liz, whether it's appalling or not. These are short pieces. I, for one, have never been against selling all rights, in most cases, because I'm a writer. Because I am an endless supply of words and stories. Many writers, especially new ones, get hung up on keeping rights, which in my opinion keeps them from growing and earning a reputation and clip file.

Liz Holliday said...

I've been freelancing for 20 years, Hope, and I've done a LOT of work for hire and doubtless will do again - both fiction (written to order - either for children or adult TV tie ins.)

But fiction that I originate is a little piece of my soul, and therefore I want to control where it get seen. I want the benefit if it proves to have resale value (some of my stories have been reprinted several times and one was adapted for television, which brought in a nice chunk of money that I'd never have seen if I'd sold all rights.)

Also, $100 for 2,000 words really isn't that great - there are plenty of places around that pay that much without taking all rights.

It isn't a question of whether you can easily write another story (which is what you seem to be implying)- it's a case of what THIS story is worth, not just now but in the future. The only reason for selling all rights, in my opinion, is if you honestly think you'll never be able to resell the piece. If you think it has no resale value then sure - sell all rights. But personally, I have more faith in my work than that.


Hope Clark said...

It says $100 for 750-2000 words, so it could just as well be $100 for 750 words, Liz. Guess it's a matter of glass half empty or half full. But what's happened in the last 20 years is one thing - the upside down world of publishing and earning a living as a writer is different today. We'll agree to disagree on this one.