!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! REBLOG THE FUCK OUT OF THIS BRO
the only colors available after a c cup are white, brown, black, and for those special occasions…fluorescent orange.
As a former employee of Victoria’s Secret, I can attest to this being the truth. Good luck finding a good DD bra in any section other than the Body By Victoria nude colors section.
You know what was my first tought when i lost weight and my boobs were a little smaller?
“I CAN FINALLY WEAR PRETTY BRAS WOHOOOOO!”
Bravissimo - size range - 28D-40L - Prices from £20 Cleo - Size range to up a J cup Curvy kate- size range cup sizes from DD to K and band sizes from 28-44 Elomi– Many sizes Fantasie– Their bras start at 30D and go up to 40G with prices beginning in the low $40s Fauve– Standard sets but sizing mostly starts at 30D and ends at 40G Freya– Sizes start at 28D and bra prices start at $42 Masquerade– Band sizes start at 28 and go up to 38. Cup sizes start at D and go up to H Miss Mandalay– The size range is 28D to 38GG with room to grow if there’s more demand for more sizes Panache– Many sizes
So Lane Bryant is stupid expensive, but they have all sorts of pretty and sexy lingerie and under things in all sorts of pretty designs and it’s all plus size. Want a teddy? Lane Bryant has you. Matching bras and panties? Lane Bryant. I don’t buy my regular shit there because they are expensive. But if I have need to pretend to be a sexy girl, they have my back. They will size you too.
Where was this post when I needed new bras now I have to wait 3 years until my current ones are falling apart
That list up there is a lot of UK and European brands. That’s where to look for cute bras outside the “standard” range of sizes (and if you’ve only ever gotten fitted at VS, you’re probably not a 36DDD). The UK, France, and Poland have MANY brands in a wide range of sizes and styles and a whole rainbow of colors and lace and embroidery.
And if you hit up the brastop website, they always have sales or clearance running, so you can find CUTE and COLORFUL bras for big chests for about the same price as those cute and colorful bras the standard-size people can buy at Target.
I cannot emphasize enough how much you need to read thoroughly through the terms of any publication before you send your writing to them. It is mandatory that you know and understand what rights you’re giving away when you’re trying to get published.
Just the other day I was emailed by a relatively new indie journal looking for writers. They made it very clear that they did not pay writers for their work, so I figured I’d probably be passing, but I took a look at their Copyright policy out of curiosity and it was a nightmare. They wanted “non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide license and right to use, display, reproduce, distribute, and publish the Work on the internet and on or in any medium” (that’s copy and pasted btw) and that was the first of 10 sections on their Copyright agreement page. Yikes. That’s exactly the type of publishing nightmare you don’t want to be trapped in.
Most journals will ask for “First North American Rights” or a variation on “First Rights” which operate under the assumption that all right revert back to you and they only have the right to be the first publishers of the work. That is what you need to be looking for because you do want to retain all the rights to your work.
You want all rights to revert back to you upon publication in case you, say, want to publish it again in the future or use it for a bookmark or post it on your blog, or anything else you might want to do with the writing you worked hard on. Any time a publisher wants more than that, be very suspicious. Anyone who wants to own your work forever and be able to do whatever they want with it without your permission is not to be trusted. Anyone who wants all that and wants you to sign away your right to ever be paid for your work is running a scam.
Protect your writing. It’s not just your intellectual property, it’s also your baby. You worked hard on it. You need to do the extra research to protect yourself so that a scammer (or even a well meaning start up) doesn’t
steal you work right from under you nose and make money off of it.
Exclusive publishing rights have to have a set time frame! Do not agree to anything that doesn’t clearly state “up to five years from signature” or something like that.
What if the publisher goes defunct? What if they get bought by another publisher who doesn’t care to promote or publish your work? You still can’t to anything with it, you don’t own it anymore!
@deadcatwithaflamethrower i think it might interest you (if not directly for you then it might be of interest for your followers)
This is one of the many reasons that you do not publish your work through Amazon. They contractually own your property in perpetuity, i.e. forever, if you use their publishing service. Theft, okay? Stuff like the above is legal theft. Watch your asses, loves.
(And it’s one of the reasons I’m so screamingly frustrated about not being able to devote any spoons to running Altered Nature Press, because one of its main tenants was I Don’t Own Your Work, You Own All Of Your Work Forever.)
I agree with the OP who says that you should read the terms of any agreement.
But if you want to know why you should read things for yourself and not, like, just randomly accept things other people say, the last comment is a perfect illustration.
So here’s an example of how you read a contract properly.
Does Amazon contractually own your work in perpetuity? Well, the things you need to look for are the term of the agreement (legalese for “how long this lasts” and then the rights they ask for.
Here’s the term of the agreement:
3 Term and Termination
The term of this Agreement will begin upon your acceptance of it and will continue until it is terminated by us or by you… You are entitled to terminate at any time by providing us notice of termination, in which event we will cease selling your Digital Books within 5 business days from the date you provide us notice of termination.
In other words, this agreement is VERY easy to terminate–you just tell them you want out and you are out in five days. This is easier to get out of than your standard cable contract.
(Note that the section on KDP Select has separate terms/right grants, but that’s optional from what I understand.)
Then we get to:
5.5 Grant of Rights. You grant to each Amazon party, throughout the term of this Agreement, a nonexclusive, irrevocable, right and license to distribute Digital Books, directly and through third-party distributors, in all digital formats by all digital distribution means available.
(emphasis mine). There’s more (and I’ll get to that), but that is most definitely a time-limited agreement–the rights you grant are for the term of the agreement. Remember the term of the agreement? Yep. You can cancel in five days. So…not exactly forever-level theft ownership.
So the next section of the rights grant gets more specific, and I’m going to snip most of it, but the question is… do any rights that Amazon asks for survive the term of the agreement?
I read the whole section, but I’m only going to copy the rights that survive the term of the agreement:
That’s it, that’s the only right you’re granting Amazon that survives the term of the agreement–the right for customers who have paid you money for your work to be able to read that work as if it were a real book on their shelves.
I’m guessing 99.9% of creators are going to think it’s totally cool that people who bought a thing get to keep enjoying the thing they bought even after you’re no longer working with the person who sold it to them.
If you’re in the 0.1% of people out there who think that it’s theft for consumers to enjoy something they’ve already purchased, then definitely don’t publish through Amazon.
But that’s why you should read your own contracts–because some other random person out there is…not guaranteed to be right about what they read.
“Your memory’s so full of holes where all the bad things are supposed to be, you can’t even tell me one awful thing I did to you.”
Cass’s shoulders slumped. Head down, he looked up past his brows at the smug satisfaction written all over Jax’s face. “You’re right. There are a lot of gaps when we were together, and the stuff I thought was good at the time was all a lie, and I hate myself for believing it.” His eyes narrowed. The cruel twist of Jax’s mouth evaporated as words like poison dripped from Cassidy’s lips: “Would you like to know what I do remember?”
It’s Shark Week 2020! Who’s up for a Ranty review about a romance which also features lots and lots of sharks?
Dr. Grace Mann is known as the “Shark Whisperer.” Sharks love her. And she loves them right back. She wants to protect sharks, and one of the best ways to do so is to keep encounters between humans and sharks to a minimum. And that means a detection system which doesn’t rely on tagging sharks or spotting sharks from overhead.
Underwater filmmaker, Alec Galloway has always admired Grace Mann ever since a viral photo of her emerged free diving with a great white shark. He’s wanted to work with her. And now he has his chance. Hired to film a documentary about her testing her new shark detection system at Guadalupe Island in Mexico, they find that not only are the sharks a potential threat, but so are the sparks between them.
Expect all the shark memes in this ranty review.
Because yeah. This rant will also be spread out over several days. Mostly because I am going to get really ranty. You like that kind of thing, I hear.
Let’s dive in.
First off, some info about me, Lark. I love sharks. Anyone who knows me in real life knows I love sharks. It’s a thing. I’m scared to death of them (for a good reason), but I love the shit out of the puppies with sharp pointy teeth. I’ve been super into sharks since I was a child and managed in the space of like 3 days to get scared by 1. Jaws 3 (yes the crappy 3D Jaws), 2. A news report about an diver in Australia who was bitten in half by a Great White Shark, and 3. An article in national geographic which showed off Rodney Fox’s attack wounds. It was a bit much for kid!me. To combat my fear, I set out to learn as much as I could about sharks without ever meeting them in the wild. I have held true to this despite coming damn close – fuck you Florida! (There’s a story there… I should also point out that cartilaginous fish seem to have it out for me. Specifically rays. I’ve been bitten by one and rays routinely stalk me and try to get me with open mouths when I go to aquariums. I have witnesses. This is not hyperbole.)
So yeah. I know a lot about sharks – likely more than your average lay person but less than any of the actual shark scientists out there. (My favorite shark is the Cookie Cutter Shark – which no one really ever talks about.) So when I saw a romance which featured a Shark Scientist and an underwater filmmaker I was like “Yes! Please” I should have known it would have been too good to be true.
First off, Grace is not based on any actual marine biologist. She’s based on an Instagrammer and social media influencer Ocean Ramsey. If the name sounds familiar it’s because she took this:
That’s Deep Blue, thought to be the largest Great White Shark living today, and an idiot who had to get a pretty picture of herself riding an apex predator. You can tell Deep Blue is NOT happy about this because her pectoral fins are dipping downward and her mouth is gaping open to show her teeth. Remember that for later. The author didn’t.
Anyway. This Instgrammer, who incidentally also culturally appropriates Black hairstyles when it suits her, got rightfully lambasted by shark researchers and experts around the world. Seriously when David Shiffman head of the twitter account whysharksmatter talks to the Washington post about your inspiration’s antics, you might want to listen.
But this author didn’t. In fact, she cited more inspiration from social media influencers than she did from actual shark experts. This can be seen in the book.
So remember that Viral photo I mentioned in the summary? It’s essentially the same one Ocean Ramsey took. But instead of being an instagrammer who pulls off stunts, it was being done by a marine biologist who should fucking know better!
Don’t ride apex predators, folks. Don’t touch apex predators. Don’t try to put them into tonic immobility (eyes Shark Week Angrily). While you’re at it, don’t ride/touch/harass manta rays, plankton feeders, or pretty much any other wild marine animal. You’re in their house. How would you like it if some person burst into your home and climbed on your back while you were just walking around living your life? Don’t do it! But our heroine didn’t get that memo. Because she rides sharks, not once. Not twice. But three times in this book. ‘(I didn’t count how many times she touched them… it was a lot)
I wanted to strangle her.
Touching sharks is prohibited by the Mexican government at Guadalupe Island. But the heroine and the rest of the boat operators don’t seem to give a fuck about what the rules are. They break them constantly. Like seriously. The rules and laws are brought up and then the hero/heroine breaks them on camera.
Because that’s a good idea.
Basically the heroine is Too Stupid To Live. And I do mean this literally. She repeatedly gets herself in situations where she not only endangers her life but the lives of others. At one point she literally blacks out underwater and drowns. I am not making this up. She does it twice. Again not making this up. (I’m going to come back to this.)
When the villain in the novel points this out, that Grace is reckless and endangering others. Everyone says OH NO!!! YOU’RE WRONG, VILLAIN!!!
Except the villain definitely has a point. We’re supposed to sympathize with Grace for wanting to do what’s right, but maybe she should consider that what she thinks is right isn’t the only option.
I got so frustrated at this flagrant disregard for Mexico’s laws. No marine biologist would do this. If they did, they’d never be allowed to come back. It’s that simple. (I hit up my friend who works for NOAA as a Marine Biologist and he basically started screaming No! Like Anakin Skywalker at the end of Revenge of the Sith.) The Mexican government doesn’t play. And the author, assuming she watched the same documentaries I did, should know that.
Worse, no one on any of the boats speaks Spanish. Nor are there any Hispanic characters. And there aren’t any reps of the Mexican government or Mexican scientists represented. Not even on the tourist boats or the other research vessels. Everyone other than the token PoC is white.
This is just the start of the lack of diversity in the cast. There’s one Asian… but she’s portrayed very stereotypically as the quiet Asian nerd. She says things occasionally, but she’s not a big part of the story aka she’s a Token. (I’ll get into more on the racism in this book later… because of course there’s racism.)
Where was I… oh yeah Grace.
She’s a menace. An actual menace. Seriously, every time she enters the water she gets brushed, bitten, or out and out attacked by a shark. Yeah… sharks love her… I’m not joking. Each time the characters dive into the ocean as part of the story, the
author invariably describes an attack by a Great White Shark, it’s a
problem. And it’s not doing much to change the world’s perception
regarding sharks. In fact, just like Jaws this book casts sharks in an
unfavorable light. And I cannot forgive that.
I think I’m going to stop here for now. This is getting long.
Still been obsessing over fishing lures lately but like, look at them
Blind cave gummi man
Jar of space virus
Don’t bully him :(
a family of honkulating dwimpuses
“Uhh this is how a duck swims right? Hoo boy. At least I remembered that they’re about two and a half inches long.”
Fuck it, went ahead and i made a crappy doodle of jeremy.
I only posted Jeremy hours ago how did you draw almost practically EVERY detail of him!?!
JEREMY SCIENCE FACT: he has more friends.
“Stupid idiot little fish like to pretend they’re one big fish but I’m too high-IQ to fall for that” - a fish once
This wants to be somebody’s OC so bad.
This demon eyed tadpole isn’t even silly it’s just radical
Sometimes a fish is just like “hell yeah I have no idea what I’m looking at so it is D E F I N I T E L Y going in my mouth”
You utter bastards, I’m actually having to stifle my laughter at 1:30 in the morning so I don’t wake up my poor roommate. And what, but what, could possibly be about to break my addled brain at this dark hour?
Fucking FORG. How dare you. How could you. FORG
Sometimes the squishy wiggly ones are marinated in fish juice so they smell right.
My husband once caught some new kind of fish on a chromed-out dick lure. It was a female fish. Apparently they really like shiny dicks.
Amazon, or Target. Walmart. Some random home appliance stores stock them too. Cookery shops will also have them. I got a few good mid range ones at Target for $20 that lasted 5+ years before I swtced to all stainless steel stovetop one cause our electrical wiring is a nightmare and we have limited countertop space.
Yeah I’d just never thought about it before, microwaving seems like a very quick and efficient way to do things.
I’m useless with stovetop kettles so know how you feel!
I just use the plug in ones, which here at least you can get a decent one for like fifteen quid. Pretty much every house in the country has one so it just didn’t occur to me that microwaving was possible lol.
But also it’s probably expensive, and the couple times I used the kettle, because I had never used one before I straight up didn’t know what I was doing using it to make tea.
So I could probably buy one, but I have other expenses to worry about, and don’t necessarily need one when I have another working system in place. The really good tea I have probably deserves a good kettle.
But for the cheap tea leaves I get at the local drug mart? 2 minutes for a full glass of water in the microwave for herbal and green teas, and 2.30 minutes for black tea.
The irony if me reblogging “how to properly make tea” posts is the fact that I microwave my tea water and unless I get a proper tea kettle in the future, I will continue to do so.
I stared at this for way too long before I remembered that not every country has kettles for water, or easy to use ones at that. I was just like, why the fuck would you microwave water?!
I generally just…let it steep till its feels right. In the soul.
Honestly seems like a good method that I’d just never considered
That’s fair! I’ve seen arguments where people don’t like the microwave, but I’ve never tried a plugged in one, so I can’t really say how it would compare.
And I could use my master tea cert to go in-depth about why not to boil water for tea in a microwave, but honestly for cheap teas designed to be boiled within an inch of its life; it doesn’t matter. Just make sure to stir the water before you add the teabag, so the heat is evenly distributed cause sometimes microwaved water heats unevenly, and the majority of black teas need to get to a steamy 212’f for best flavor. (which is the temp even cheap electric one’s are designed to get to)
I picked up a basic Hamilton Beach electric kettle for about $20. It gets the job done, and when my mom visits, she doesn’t complain about the water tasting “microwavey.”
Oh my god today one of the customers gave me fish again
I work in a coastal town. A couple of years ago one customer was buying some salad and said it was to go with the fish he just caught, and I said “wow, I don’t think I’ve ever had fish that fresh before”. He promised to catch me one and a few months later came in with a whole ass fish he had caught for me.
A couple months ago a different customer was talking about how he and his daughter were going to have fish they had caught for dinner and I told him the story about the first guy. He ALSO promised to bring me some, and a week later gave me a fillet of parrot fish he had caught earlier that day.
Tonight he came in and specifically asked for me, and when I showed up he had another WHOLE ASS FISH that he had scaled and gutted to give to me. I told him he really didn’t have to do that (and thanked him like 10 times) and he insisted he had had extra and had eaten enough fish to be sick of it anyway.
Customers just give me fresh caught fish now I guess it’s wild
What the fuck, Nicola
WHAT I DIDN’T (TECHNICALLY) ASK FOR THIS
my boyfriend is now concerned that fisherman are trying to court me
If it is a comfrt to your boyfriend, this is not courtship behavior but the natural generousity of people who have stumbled into an abundance of something and want to share their good fortune/they’re really sick of eating it.
Inland, this is the same instinct that drives people to leave bags of Zucchini on thier neighbor’s doorsteps starting in mid-july.
And why people with backyard smithies randomly make people rings! @thebibliosphere
Can confirm. My dad used to have a fairly large vegetable garden when I was growing up too, and we’d always give away excess veggies to the neighbors. Some of my first memories are of being extremely small and helping to shell mounds of green garden peas then running over with bags to the elderly neighbors.
Yup, just a Dude Who Fishes thing. We have so much fresh-caught fish in our freezer that I put a moratorium on Jeff bringing any more home, so now if he catches enough to be worth keeping, he’ll text a friend that’s he’s dropping a cooler of fish on their porch. He’s like the Crappie Fairy.
You’ve given birth to your beautiful baby–your first published
book. Now comes the bad part–your first bad review. How to handle it.
This article doesn’t actually give any real advice on how to deal with a bad review. Instead it spends most of its time making fun of reviewers who, for one reason or another, disliked well-known or famous literature. I understand the point: that famous authors get bad reviews too. But the article felt super mean-spirited. This isn’t fanfic where Don’t Like, Don’t Read applies. Authors are putting their work out into the wild and wanting to get paid for it. Just like in any other profession, that means that you are now open to being judged on what kind of job you do.
This article misses that point. and it it doesn’t really get to the crux of the problem, how to handle a bad review.
So let me give you some advice as an author and reviewer.
1. Don’t say anything publicly about it – Especially not on social media.
The reason is multi-fold. First, it sends a message – a message you don’t want to send – that you have a thin skin. There are people out there who look for authors with thin skins and set out to leave horrible reviews on their works just so that they can get a rise out of them. These people are bullies. But they exist and right now Amazon, goodreads, and other sites won’t do a thing to stop them. So don’t make yourself a target.
Two, it sends a message – a different message but no less harmful – that you are “One of THOSE” authors. Readers, particularly bloggers, keep lists of authors who bitch about reviews and move them to their “Do Not Buy” lists. They then share their lists and accounts with their readers and it can lead to more people leaving other negative reviews. Here’s a good example of what NOT to do.
Three, it could get YOU in trouble. Amazon has a policy that authors cannot harass or threaten or bully reviewers. Posting about bad reviews, especially if you have a large platform, can be construed as bullying. Authors have been kicked off of KDP or had their books pulled for doing this. You do not want this.
2. Don’t respond to the reviews.
On some sites, it’s not allowed. While in other cases it goes back to point number one.
3. Up Vote your 5-Star reviews
What does this have to do with the bad review? Not much, but by liking your good reviews you help the authors of those reviews end up higher on the various review sites. Meaning that the bad reviews will be less visible.
It also will give you a happy because you can read your good reviews again.
4. Remember that reviews aren’t meant for authors.
Let me state that again. Reviews of your book aren’t meant for you, the author.
They’re meant for other readers. There are some reviewers who don’t leave great reviews (The “This book has witchcraft in it” for example) but again, they’re not meant for the author. They’re meant for future readers. Take that “This book has witchcraft in it” review for Harry Potter that the article cited. That tells people for whom books about witchcraft are verboten or problematic to avoid it – typically fundamentalist Christians but not always. Just because someone hated something you did doesn’t mean that someone else didn’t like it.
5. Learn the difference between criticism and an attack.
Because there is one. If someone tells you that they hated your hero and then enumerates the reasons why they hated your hero… that’s criticism. If they say they hated you because you’re a horrible, no-good, very bad author… that’s an attack. The first is allowed. The second you can try to report.
Now criticism can be painful to take, but it can also be a learning experience…. but Lark, I hear you say, didn’t you just say that reviews aren’t meant for authors?
Yep! I did. That doesn’t mean you can’t learn from your critical reviews. Rose and I certainly have.
If the people are complaining about difficulty reading due to spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors that means you need to get a better editor… or hire an editor. If people are complaining about the use of racist, ableist, and homophobic language then you might want to fix that too – unless you are a racist, ableist homophobe in which case you need to take a long hard look at yourself and decide if you want to be the villain in other people’s stories.
Critical reviews allow for the opportunity for improvement. You cannot grow as an author if you don’t learn what you’re doing wrong as well as what you’re doing right. Unless you have hired a full-service editor, which are expensive, you likely won’t get true unbiased critique.
6. Remember you aren’t going to please everyone.
Everyone has different tastes… I mean there are some people out there who hate coffee! And that’s okay. As authors, your writing isn’t going to please everyone. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but you’ll need to if you want to succeed. Not everyone likes the same things and goes double for literature. (I hate the Great Gatsby and the Lord of the Rings books. It’s okay, there are others who love them. It’s not wrong. It’s an opinion.) Everyone has an opinion and out of 100 people you’re going to get someone who disagrees.
7. Learn to ignore them.
This is the advice I see the most often in author groups. Ignore your reviews.
I don’t like this advice because it takes away the learning potential, but if you are one of those people who cannot handle criticism then this advice is for you. Don’t look at your reviews. Ignore them. Let someone who you trust read you the good reviews. The glowing ones if you need that kind of validation. But ignore the critical ones.
But above all… if you take nothing else from this reblog… don’t respond or say anything publicly about your bad reviews.
And definitely, never, EVER make fun of reviewers. Just don’t. You don’t want to go there…
i am begging male writers (and even non-male writers) to stop writing the “im not like other girls” female characters. this isn’t wattpad y/n fanfiction where your main female character needs to reject every facet of femininity and put down other women in order to make herself look better. this female character is usually bland and flat and being “not like other girls” is her only personality trait.
it’s boring. it’s lazy. it’s frustrating. every time i see a book with a good premise this pops up to ruin everything. women get pit against each other enough in real life and now we can’t even escape it in fiction? and it really isn’t that hard to create a female character who isn’t traditionally feminine but who also doesn’t hate feminine women or just other women in general.
your character isn’t special for for hating makeup and pretty dresses and the color pink. she’s not special for hating other women because they’re prettier than her or confident in their sexuality or ambitious about their goals. not that she has to like every other woman she comes across but how about she hates them for a valid reason and not just because they’re a “generic” woman? how about you give her a personality that isn’t just your own internalized misogyny personified onto a page?
You know you’ve reached peak adulthood when you’re trying not to impulse buy a new vacuum cleaner.
I can’t for the life of me remember the name of your child not a roomba, but should we worry for his well being?
Yeah! Do we need to worry for Oppy?
Oppy is just fine! I just need something to do smaller tasks with and also work on upholstery and other stuff I can’t use her for.
We have a little Shark dustbuster that was pretty inexpensive, but sucks cat hair out of the carpet on the stairs like a BOSS. It’s got three different heads that change out easily, the filter and container are easy to empty and clean, and it’s not super heavy for the beefiness of the suction.
While we love this idea of this anthology we do have a bunch of questions that really need to be answered before we would feel comfortable boosting this And they’re questions that you, as authors, should be asking of any contest, anthology, or publisher.
For those who haven’t looked at the website here’s all the information about this:
How This Works * Submission period: from May 1st to July 15th, 2020 (extended from June 30th) * Rights: non-exclusive (previously published works are acceptable) * Word count: aim for between 1,500 and 5,000 words * Compensation: $25 per story (one story per author), paid on acceptance * Standard manuscript format: Times New Roman, 12 pt font, 1” margins, double spaced * Submit entries and questions to MaraLynnJohnstone (at) gmail.com * I will be happy to talk about it on any social media!
As someone who has participated in 10 or so anthologies and has run their own anthology that info is remarkably sparse.
Here’s the info that needs to be addressed as I see it, and I may be missing things.
1. Rights. While it states non-exclusive, that’s really not informative. Regarding rights we need to know the following: What rights are you getting? (E-book? Paperback? Hardcover? Audiobook? Movie rights? Screenplays? Merchandising? etc.) There are a whole slew of rights regarding a piece of intellectual property. What rights are you asking for?
2. Duration. How long will you have these rights? Most legitimate and reputable publishers have a time limit on how long they have the rights to your property for. Right now it reads that if you submit to this the publisher will have your rights in perpetuity. Which means that the story you have can NEVER be published in KU, and that if you chose to expand it or do something with it you could run into a “someone else holds the rights to this” battle.
3. Reversion of rights/Get me out of this anthology? Are there options for an author to remove their work from the anthology? Is there a cancellation clause?
5. Compensation: This states that authors get $25 upon acceptance. Is this an advance or a full payment? What happens to the royalties from the anthology? Again if the rights are in perpetuity there is nothing stopping the publisher of this anthology from taking and publishing your story over and over again and getting all sorts of royalties from it. It also means they could feasibly submit your stories to other anthologies and be paid for them - after all they have the rights to them.
6. What happens to the work if you are not accepted into the anthology? Because in some contests/anthologies just by submitting to them you are now granting them the rights to do with it whatever they want.
Some contests and anthologies are sleazy rights grabbers. Now, do I think that is what is happening here? No. I don’t.
I think this author thought that the idea was kind of awesome, saw that there were lots of great “Humans are weird” posts on tumblr and started running with the idea.
But there are publishers and contests out there who aren’t so benign. Do you wonder why there are often so many movies with the same plots/beats? That’s because they were taken from spec scripts or scripts from the slush pile and many times the author of said script isn’t even paid for their work.
This is a cool idea. But guard your rights and ask questions. And the publisher should be transparent with this info. Especially since this is your work that you are granting them.