From JW Manus:
I have another blog where I publish my fiction. I do it for fun and because I can and it amuses me. Also just for fun, I publish some works by other writers. One thing I let them know upfront is this: If they would like to submit the works to publishers or magazines or ezines or any other paying market, DO NOT PUBLISH THOSE WORKS ON MY BLOG OR ANY OTHER BLOG OR WEBSITE.
It doesn’t matter that the site makes no money and it’s just goofing around. What matters is that each writer owns her copyright. The monetary value, if any, of that copyright lies in the granting and licensing of publishing rights. There are publishers who do publish reprints under secondary or subsidiary licensing agreements. Usually those reprints come from other publishers. I’m talking about publishers who want only original materials for which they demand exclusive rights, such as First North American print rights or First Worldwide serial rights. (or all of them. See those here) Writers have to be able to guarantee that those rights are available and unencumbered.
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I’m not an attorney. I’m not even terribly bright. I’m smart enough to realize that posting your writing on Book Country encumbers your rights. If you are a new writer, you probably see Book Country as a chance to get some critiques. Maybe some pros will offer tips, guidance and encouragement. Maybe as a result you end up with a pretty good book that everyone agrees should be published. Go back and read that Harlequin clause. You’ll find similar wording in almost every publishing contract (including Penguin’s). Your only choice will be, stick the book in a drawer and forget it, or self-publish it.
Link to the rest at JW Manus