I’ve been writing for on online publication for the past year, primarily for a column they run that features different people in our city.
I’m interested in taking my interviews and turning them into a book that features each person, especially the advice they’ve given as part of their interview.
Can I use those stories and turn them into my own book, or do those pieces belong to the magazine? I wouldn’t print those, but take my notes to create new pieces.
I’m not an attorney and this isn’t legal advice. Please contact an attorney with your specific questions.
You’ll need to ask the magazine for a copy of your contract with them if you don’t still have it. If they didn’t give you a contract, tell them you’re planning to compile your interviews into a book. If you mention the magazine in the book, they probably won’t mind. Absent a work-for-hire contract, it’s highly doubtful they would be able to claim all rights to the work since you’re a contractor.
Angela Hoy lives on a mountain in North Georgia. She is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, the President and CEO of BookLocker.com and AbuzzPress, and the author of 24 books.
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