My short story was just accepted by the Wicked East Press for their Coffee House Flash Fiction. They are asking me to sign a contract and there are a couple of things I am not sure about. Are these normal practice?
(1) They are not paying for the story yet this is what they ask to sign:
This use of the Work by the Publisher entails the assignment of exclusive First Worldwide Anthology Rights and Electronic Media Rights, for publication in the English language anywhere in the world.
Exclusive right remains in effect for the first year (365 days) after the publication date. After the first year (365 days), the right becomes non-exclusive and the AUTHOR can sell the WORK to a market of his/her choice.
Changes in Text or Title The Publisher reserves the right to make alterations to the Work's text or title without the Author's approval, including, but not limited to, copy-editing changes to conform the style of the text to its customary form and usage.(3) The anthology is supposed to come out in Dec 2011. But I did some searching and saw a similar call for submissions from them for the same anthology -- to come out in Dec 2010 (but no record of it ever coming out). So now I am wondering about the Dec 2011 publication date -- especially considering this bit in the contract:
Reversion of Rights and Withdrawal of Offer to Publish In the event that the Work is not published within 24 months of signing this agreement, all rights revert to the Author, and the Author has the right to sell or arrange for publication of the above-named Work in any manner. The Author shall keep any payments made by the Publisher to him/her. The short story they accepted is actually selling electronically through Kindle so according to this contract I'd have to pull it off the market (not that it's making me much money, but it's just the fact that I'd have surrender my rights).
Has anyone had any experience with this press? Or with anthologies? Is this common?
Thanks for sharing!