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27 May 2009 @ 11:07 am
For all of you published, or publishing knowledgeable folks on my f-list (or not). I could ask Samhain directly, but I thought I'd start here.

A lot of books started off as short stories - Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey, for example - before being published as novels. I'm just talking about a short story set in the same universe as Nemesis, using some of the side characters. But say the best happens, and it gets published. What does that mean for the unpublished Nemesis, if anything? I've got some plans for Nemesis, and an agent who wants to see the revised version, and I don't want to throw any wrenches into that.

(Note: current frontrunner for a novella is Dem, although Asha and Nikolai are close seconds (aka, Mercy's parents.)

ETA: A close perusal of Samhain's FAQ lent this gem:

5.3. If I contract the first book of a series with Samhain, do I have to give you first refusal on subsequent books in the series?

No. Samhain contracts one book at a time. We hope you’ll love working with us enough to send us all your other books, but we want you to be free to make that decision for yourself.

Seems promising!
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Jim C. Hinesjimhines on May 27th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
Personally, I don't think it means all that much. I've published a few goblin short stories, and a Red Riding Hood story that just came out this month. The short stories are separate beasts from the novels, so shouldn't affect the rights. (You'll still want to double-check your contracts to be sure.)

Standard disclaimer -- I'm not an agent, and this is just my personal understanding of how things work.
rhienellethrhienelleth on May 27th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jim! That's kind of what I was thinking, just from my vague knowledge of How Publishing Works. Good to have that reinforced by someone more in-the-know than I. :-)
Richard Parksogre_san on May 27th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
My understanding is the same as Jim's. The Long Look started as a novelette that was published years before the book was.
rhienellethrhienelleth on May 27th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
:D Thanks! I think I'm going to proceed forward for now - worst case scenario, I get to know some side characters better than I otherwise would.
Nuquiet_rebel on May 27th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
Well, Carrie Vaughn and her Kitty series started off as a short story with Weird Tales magazine. They may have the rights for the short story for maybe a year (that's what happened with the story I sold) but then the rights go back to you. I don't think it would affect a novel. Also, Carrie is writing short stories based on other characters in her series and she sells them to anthologies I think, so, I don't think it affects her novel writing as a whole.

Interesting side, I'm also working on a short story for some secondary characters in my novel that I had to cut out. They still want me to write them a story, apparently :)