One of my contributors received the following email this morning from Book Drum. It went as follows:
He forwarded it onto me asking if I had heard anything about it. I had not, so I checked it out. I think it might deserve a thread here on AW since the message sent to my contributor was not an answer to a request for information.
I’d like to invite you to write about your favorite books at www.bookdrum.com
, where you can add information, images, video, music and links to illustrate and explore the books.
Right now, we're running a $3,000 Tournament and we'll be offering contract work to the best entries. Perhaps you'd like to profile A Christmas Carol? You'll find it under Fiction: Young.
Editor, Book Drum
They want writers to "enhance" books with "images, sounds video and information available on the Web." They are trying to entice writers with a Tournament that promises cash prizes but only vague promises of future payment to some. Maybe. When you look at the terms of the Tournament, you see that according to section 4.5 payment to non-UK entrants is a bit complicated.
The most startling section, however, is Contributor Terms. They are, to say the least, daunting. In fact, this has to be the most "legalized" writing site I think I have ever seen. Pay particular attention to Property Rights (3.2). It's an astonishing rights grab especially for the amount of work they are asking for--for free.
And who are they? Other than the editor's name--and I doubt this is the right Hector MacDonald or this one and probably isn't, though I can't be sure, this one--I can't find that information anywhere.