Sunday, January 16, 2011

King of the bad contest ideas

I am not a fan of using a faux contest to invite submission to a publisher at the best of times.  But First One Digital Publishing really takes the cake when it comes to taking more and giving less.  They have attracted a lot of well-deserved bad publicity for their contest:

1) Crazy entry fee: "There will be a $149.00 entrance fee for each submission."

2) Crazy rights grab: "By submitting an entry, all entrants grant Sponsor the absolute and unconditional right and authority to copy, edit, publish, promote, broadcast, or otherwise use, in whole or in part, their entries, in perpetuity, in any manner without further permission, notice or compensation. Entries that contain copyrighted material must include a release from the copyright holder."

So, essentially entrants are being screwed and being asked to pay for privilege.  Wow.

Yet another wunderkind is going to show the idiots how epublishing is really done.  Good luck with that.

I particularly liked:
"Originally Posted by FirstOnePublishing

There are many people in the marketplace ripping people off, which is why we decided to do the contest in the first place."
Presumably they didn't want to be left out.


Fiona Glass said...

Wow. That fee is shockingly high, even for a straightforward, genuine writing contest. Wonder how many newbie writers work out that they're effectively paying to be published?

Ainsley said...

A "Book Doctor" is one of the judges of the contest. I wouldn't be surprised if some "editing" business (9$ a page) was shuttled his way.

Not ethical, in my book.

Anonymous said...

Looking back, I think I was extremely fortunate that I was too broke to enter any contests or really spend any money at all on getting published. Folks are getting shafted all over the place.