Confused About Rights…

Hi Angie,

I was looking at the ad from Blue Mountain Arts, Inc. in your latest issue. I have always considered greeting cards as a potential place to sell, but need some clarification. This statement, “Buys exclusive rights for all greeting cards. If a work is used only in an anthology, the writer keeps the copyright.” is the one that confuses me. If they buy my idea, does that mean that I can’t sell it anywhere else or just to another card company?


If they buy your idea for a card, they own all rights. You can’t resell it anywhere else. If they use your work only in their anthology, you can resell it… but you can then only sell reprint rights.