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Post by williamjones » December 1st, 2020, 10:24 am

Is there a procedure for me to add my own personal short stories to the corpus of Librivox items?
Over the years I have written several short stories...many are so short that I actually call them Micro-stories.
Some are just narratives of interesting characters' life episodes, others are morality plays and others have started their lives as Shaggy Dog stories and then been extended.

I'm hoping that there is some sort of disclaimer or even a registration with Internet Archive which would make it kosher to record my stories for Librivox.

Help? Advice?

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Post by TriciaG » December 1st, 2020, 10:25 am

No, sorry. We don't do unpublished or self-published works: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Recording_%26_Text_Policies#I_wrote_an_unpublished_book.21_Will_LibriVox_record_it.3F

We only do traditionally-published, PD works. :)
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Post by williamjones » December 1st, 2020, 10:34 am

TriciaG wrote:
December 1st, 2020, 10:25 am
No, sorry. We don't do unpublished or self-published works: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Recording_%26_Text_Policies#I_wrote_an_unpublished_book.21_Will_LibriVox_record_it.3F

We only do traditionally-published, PD works. :)
Well... DAMN!
My latest Micro-Story is titled "Robin Hood Meets Jesus In The Garden of Love".
It's a crackin' good story, too.
Someday when I'm famous, you'll regret having missed this tale. :D
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Post by TriciaG » December 1st, 2020, 10:36 am

Ha ha! I look forward to regretting it. 8-)

You could record them and put them on Archive yourself, if you like. :)
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Post by williamjones » December 1st, 2020, 10:41 am

TriciaG wrote:
December 1st, 2020, 10:36 am
Ha ha! I look forward to regretting it. 8-)

You could record them and put them on Archive yourself, if you like. :)
An actress friend of mine living in Toronto says that y'all got 3cm of snow last night. People are panicking and hoarding toilet paper.
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Post by TriciaG » December 1st, 2020, 10:49 am

LOL!! Hoarding TP for 3 cm of snow? In Toronto?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCS06rbL5hI

(The part about "where is the army?" is because one big snowstorm, the mayor of Toronto did call in the army to help clear away the massive amounts of snow. He got panned for it.)
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Post by msfry » December 1st, 2020, 12:03 pm

I have been wondering about this. I have both of my great grandfathers' autobiographies, both famous men in their day, both with Wiki pages, written for and dedicated to my Mom. I also have her autobiography, "Memoirs of a French War Bride", all three of these officially released to me. I could auto publish as e-books and release as PD, but if I give them to a publishing house for hard copy, I suspect the copyrights become theirs.
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Post by JamesJenkins » December 1st, 2020, 12:19 pm

You can self publish the ebook version of your stories on https://www.smashwords.com/ I have never seen an audio book there though.
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Post by annise » December 1st, 2020, 1:02 pm

This is not a recommendation - I know nothing about it but you could look at Scribl which appears to contain self-published ebooks and audiobooks,

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Post by msfry » December 1st, 2020, 3:02 pm

I followed Tricia's link and saw Scribl, and have been perusing their pages this afternoon. I've learned a lot about setting up Audible better along with my mike, and will one day subscribe and give it a try. If there is a conversation about Scribl on this forum, I'll try to find it.

Yes Scribl does encourage audiobooks, and supposedly monetize them. I presume they are copyrighted, too. You have to provide your own book and CD cover to go with it, too.
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Post by williamjones » December 1st, 2020, 7:01 pm

TriciaG wrote:
December 1st, 2020, 10:49 am
LOL!! Hoarding TP for 3 cm of snow? In Toronto?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCS06rbL5hI

(The part about "where is the army?" is because one big snowstorm, the mayor of Toronto did call in the army to help clear away the massive amounts of snow. He got panned for it.)
That is a GRRRREAT video!!
Thank you ever so much!
My actress friend (Marcia Bennett) thought it was a hoot, too.
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Post by Availle » December 1st, 2020, 7:42 pm

msfry wrote:
December 1st, 2020, 12:03 pm
[snip] ...but if I give them to a publishing house for hard copy, I suspect the copyrights become theirs.
No, that's not how it works.

Copyright will always remain with the author; if a publisher wants to buy your copyright - RUN!

What a reputable publishing company buys from you is the right to publication. You usually sell these rights for a limited amount of time, for a specified set of regions (e.g. US only) or languages etc. And there are subrights (audiobooks, film, merchandise etc.) that you may or may not retain yourself to possibly sell to the (or another) publisher at a later time.

Best to talk with a literary agent about this if you're serious about publishing these books traditionally (meaning: not self-publishing them). There are smaller publishers where you just submit your book to them, but then you're on your own with contract negotiations and other dealings.
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Post by aradlaw » December 1st, 2020, 7:44 pm

TriciaG wrote:
December 1st, 2020, 10:49 am
LOL!! Hoarding TP for 3 cm of snow? In Toronto?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCS06rbL5hI

(The part about "where is the army?" is because one big snowstorm, the mayor of Toronto did call in the army to help clear away the massive amounts of snow. He got panned for it.)
Great to see that video again. :P

The Army in Toronto was a great idea by Mayor Mel, (in spite of the critics) it was good to see the troops out and helping residents.
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