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would never read it otherwise can read
your work. On the other hand, you probably cannot sell your work to a publisher
if it has already appeared online. In many
cases, you cannot even enter these works
in writing contests.
Most publishers want “first rights” to a
publication. If your work is published on
the Internet or self-published in another
form, then first publication rights are no
longer available, because you have used
them yourself. Therefore, you need to be
careful about what you post. Save your
“good stuff”—your potentially marketable works—for prospective buyers such
as magazines or publishing houses.
The realm of writing is constantly
evolving as the methods of communication expand. Those who know how to
communicate gain a great advantage in
the Internet age. However, before you
drive your intellectual property down
the Information Highway, it is essential
to know the rules of the road.
Your words on the
Internet and in emails
. . . deserve the same
attention to excellence
that all of your writing
Amelia Harper is a homeschooling mother of five and a pastor’s wife. She is also
the author of Literary Lessons from
the Lord of the Rings, a complete one-year literature curriculum designed for
secondary-level homeschooled students.
In addition, she is an English tutor and
a freelance writer who contributes regularly to newspapers and magazines. For
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