Under nonpaying markets there is a call for submissions for stories for this book.
I was so disturbed at the way this was being handled by Little Brown that I sent them an e-mail. This certainly does not sound like a professional request for submissions. Little Brown is a subsidiary of Time Warner Books
From the Website www.2dobeforeidie.com (guidelines)
"Everyone has their own sense of what's important and what's memorable. 2DO Before I Die is currently collecting stories for the site and an upcoming book (to be published by Little Brown & Co in the US) to celebrate exactly that diversity."
Okay, no problem with this. But at the end of the guidelines is the passage:
"Note: Every submitted story will be read. We cannot promise, however, that it will be featured on the website, nor can we guarantee that - even if it is featured - that it will be selected for publication in the book. Should your story be selected for publication, we will, of course, do our best to contact you.
Finally - and unfortunately it has to be said - we cannot pay for any submissions, no matter how well done. Not least because we're broke, having spent far too much time on this project already... Also, all submissions once selected automatically become the property of 2DO Before I Die. Sounds a bit mean, but we don't want to make any promises we can't keep. Thanks."
This simply does not sound like something that would pass the legal department of a major company. And why would Little Brown allow stories to be posted on a Web site before their publication? Something stinks like 3 day old fish.