Originally posted by Springer
Gools' comment I find interesting though. It might be possible that a "magazine" would consider something published on ATS as "used" intellectual
property, though I doubt, if it's really good, they would exclude it from their publication.
Actually, they would.
It's not "used intellectual property"... it's publishing rights.
Now... you own a lot of rights with your words. Let's say that I sell the article I've written on "the hitching post of the sun" -- a stone
artifact at Machu Pichu. (Yes, that's a real artifact and I do have the article mostly written.) I can then sell:
* first world rights
* first English language rights
* first (insert your language) rights
* first electronic rights
* reprint rights
...and if it's a novel -length work, I can also sell
* screenplay rights
* movie rights
* television rights
* comic book rights
* graphic novel rights
* gaming rights
* ebook rights
* computer game rights
* musical/operatic/theatre rights
Not all of those are applicable to every work (a short article on nuclear fusion will most likely not be turned into a hot computer game or an opera.)
Each one of those is worth $200 - $15,000 PER SALE. Plus royalties, in some cases.
This is how authors make money.
I have't covered the full range of rights, either, that you could sell.
Now... if you publish your story/novel here, you just gave up first world rights, first electronic rights, first English language rights, and you may
have given up other rights as well.
A reprint story sells for about $5.00 - $20.00 per story (not 3 cents - 10 cents per word.) Reprint novels are almost never accepted unless you or th
book are quite famous. ("story" in this case means 5,000 words or so. Yes I know there are shorter forms of articles and fiction. Novel means
60,000 words and upwards.)
Does posting here hurt? Not really. I can, for instance, find my posts on Sitchin and use them as a basis for a much longer book on the REAL history
and anthropology of unusual artifacts. I can turn one of my rants into a longer article and it will sell just fine. If I have fiction that I want to
write just to practice, I will usually rework it to be something based on tv fandom and will toss it to the fanfic archives (under a pseudonym.)
Hope that clarifies things.