In my email a few minutes ago was one from someone at HowToDoThings.com. They wanted me to sign up on their site and write How To articles for them. Well, dip me in chocolate and call me a bon bon!!! Finally someone has taken notice of how great I am and how smart I am. And it's about time too!!!
So...I click on over to their website and check things out. Okay, it looks nice. I read the FAQ page and they even have a program where I can earn some money. So, very cool right???
I decide the world needs what I have to offer so click the join up button. As I scan the page to see what info they need, I see their "terms and conditions" link. There's a little box to check if I agree with them. So naturally I check them out.
Seems that any article I submit to them becomes theirs. Entirely! They get ALL rights and can edit, revise and sell it elsewhere without my approval or getting anything from them.
Sorry, thanks but no thanks! I understand the need for editing and revising but I want to be the one to do it. Not only that, but there is no way I'm giving up all rights for something I've spent lots of time and energy on and not even getting any pay for it. In fact, I actually lost two publishing contracts cause I'd not give all rights when I was being paid.
I replied to the email with a thanks but no thanks. Wonder if they'll ask why?