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 freelancewriting.com explains some of different rights agreements that writers, particularly freelance writers, may encounter.
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.