One of the key things I’ve learned about this writing thing is that there is ALWAYS something new to learn. It’s never ending, or at least seems to be from my perspective.
That said, growth and development are some of the most satisfying things around so to be constantly learning and improving means you have a steady stream of warm fuzzies even when the words aren’t flowing as easily as you might like.
Recently, with making my first ‘sales’ of short stories, I’ve had to pick up a few new skills – okay, I’ll admit I am still a complete noob, but I am trying to learn! After the fact.
I signed my first contract on a buzz, it probably wouldn’t have mattered what it said I was just so pleased to have a story accepted. My second contract had a completely different format and I read it through several times and considered it a little more before signing my name and posting it back.
Still, I realized I didn’t really know what I should be looking for. Thankfully a wonderful friend of mine has written a great post called “Negotiating Short Story Contracts”. I encourage all writers to check it out and follow the links, there is some really handy information in there. Also, I had a read of this article about Electronic Rights which is a good reminder that when you post something online (anywhere thats not a password protected/members only type thing) that you lose your ‘first electronic rights’.
The beauty of the internet is that there is always information out there, though sometimes its hard to know what you’ll need to know in the future. If in doubt, take a moment, ask your writer friends, do a search of your own and see what you come up with though 🙂