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Offline alexroddie Reading The Terror by Dan Simmons
09 Jul 2016, 03:53 PM | Post: #1

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Republishing a story previously published in an anthology

I'm publishing my short story The Locked Web as a standalone release. It was originally included in the Future Chronicles anthology Alt.history 102 back in January, but my contract stipulates I am entitled to republish the story three months after the original release.

I pushed the button today, and almost immediately received this automated email from KDP:

Quote: Hello,

Thanks for using Amazon Publishing. Copyright is important to us – we want to make sure that no author or other copyright holder has his or her books sold by anyone else. To publish your book, please respond with documentation confirming your publishing rights within five days:

The Locked Web by Roddie, Alex (AUTHOR) (ID:7814465)

Acceptable documentation includes:

- A contract or statement from the author or publisher verifying you retain publishing rights
- An e-mail from the address listed on the official author or agent’s website
- For authors using a pseudonym, copyright registration or statement of pseudonym use

If you publish books for which you do not hold the publishing rights, your account may be terminated. 

Thank you,

Amazon Publishing
I have replied with a copy of my original Future Chronicles contract, so I'm hoping that's enough to sort things out. But I'm uneasy, because I head off to the trail on Tuesday and won't have much in the way of web access – I don't want to find my account locked because I can't answer an email quickly enough!

I have republished stories from anthologies before with no issues. I guess my question is, have any of you received this communication from KDP before, and if so, what was the outcome? Any pointers on best practice on how to proceed?

Cheers all...
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RE: Republishing a story previously published in an anthology

Crisis averted (I think). The book is now marked as live on my KDP dashboard, so I'm assuming all is in order and they have decided to publish it with no further queries.

Still, I'll be interested to hear if anyone else has seen this before. It was unexpected!
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09 Jul 2016, 07:44 PM | Post: #3

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RE: Republishing a story previously published in an anthology

I'm glad it's worked out OK, Alex.

I've thought that one day I'll collect my short stories, one of which has been published by a newspaper, and then there's the KUF one and one in another anthology. I had assumed I hold the copyright because I wrote them and put  the copyright sign on (I can't get it to show here)  before offering them to others.

From what you say, you were in a different situation but it's a reminder to us all to keep hold of our copyright.
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Offline alexroddie Reading The Terror by Dan Simmons
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RE: Republishing a story previously published in an anthology

Yes, I think it's vital to know where you stand with regard to copyright and publishing rights. I've done a bit of research online since earlier this afternoon and it seems Amazon might be clamping down, which explains their rather heavy-handed email...
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10 Jul 2016, 10:14 AM | Post: #5

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RE: Republishing a story previously published in an anthology

Thanks for sharing, Alex. I don't think it's a bad thing that Amazon are clamping down on copyright breaches. Looks like having a written contract with any anthology who publishes your story is the way forward, as long as that contract specifies you can publish it yourself after a certain time.

Legal reminder to anyone who had a story published in Off the KUF: you are allowed to republish your own work as long as you buy the editor a Snickers.
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RE: Republishing a story previously published in an anthology

(10 Jul 2016 10:14 AM)davidwailing Wrote: Wrote:  Thanks for sharing, Alex. I don't think it's a bad thing that Amazon are clamping down on copyright breaches. Looks like having a written contract with any anthology who publishes your story is the way forward, as long as that contract specifies you can publish it yourself after a certain time.

Legal reminder to anyone who had a story published in Off the KUF: you are allowed to republish your own work as long as you buy the editor a Snickers.
Yes, I agree – it's a good thing that Amazon is taking copyright seriously. I can see how an email like that could panic someone new to KDP, though!
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RE: Republishing a story previously published in an anthology

(09 Jul 2016 06:53 PM)alexroddie Wrote: Wrote:  Crisis averted (I think). The book is now marked as live on my KDP dashboard, so I'm assuming all is in order and they have decided to publish it with no further queries.

Still, I'll be interested to hear if anyone else has seen this before. It was unexpected!
I had one of those from Amazon a few years ago, when I started republishing my Seven Fabulous Wonders series as ebooks... the rights had by then reverted from HarperCollins (who never did the ebooks anyway, but had the rights to do so for a while). I replied with the reversion documents and everything was fine after that - it only happened for one of the titles in my series (and strangely not the first one I did) so I'm not sure what triggers the email, but it looks very similar to the one I received for my book.
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RE: Republishing a story previously published in an anthology

(09 Jul 2016 07:44 PM)Anna Faversham Wrote: Wrote:  I'm glad it's worked out OK, Alex.

I've thought that one day I'll collect my short stories, one of which has been published by a newspaper, and then there's the KUF one and one in another anthology. I had assumed I hold the copyright because I wrote them and put  the copyright sign on (I can't get it to show here)  before offering them to others.

From what you say, you were in a different situation but it's a reminder to us all to keep hold of our copyright.
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