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Publication Rights for Freelance Writers (Infographic)

When you publish a piece of writing in a magazine or literary journal, the editor will commonly ask for the ‘first rights’ or similar to reproduce your work. This infographic from Brian Scott at¬†¬†explains some of different rights agreements that writers, particularly freelance writers, may encounter.

Publication Rights for Freelance WritersClick image to enlarge and zoom

It is extremely important to remember that if you share your writing anywhere, even if it is just on a personal blog or website, most outlets will view that piece of writing as already published. This means you can not agree to give them ‘first rights’ and in many cases the publication will therefore not be prepared to include your work.

More information about all of the types of rights outlined in this infographic can be found on Brian Scott’s website.



  1. 9 March 2014 / 9:24 pm

    Awesome infographic. Very trendy topic as the freelance writers are many nowadays.

  2. Zarina Bazliel
    15 May 2016 / 3:30 am

    Thanks for sharing the really awesome info is indeed extremely useful and informative

  3. Jeanne Donnelly
    29 December 2018 / 1:21 am

    What if the company/magazine that bought the rights goes out of business. Who owns the rights then?

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