Work For Hire follow-up

Hi all,


Students at the residency may remember my afternoon talk on writing works made for hire. Remember when I mentioned writing a piece of short fiction, “The Ladder Trick”, featuring Alexander the Great, for the Canadian TV show Animism? Just as an example of how little influence or power one has over a piece made for hire, I discovered yesterday that an anthology of Animism stories, The Book the Emissaries, was released on Kindle last week.

Not only did I not receive any notice that the book came out, neither did the credited anthologist Emily C. Skaftun, whom you might also note is not even listed as a contributor on She found out when I and some other contributors saw the new entry on our Amazon author pages and contacted her.

It was still $250.00 for only a thousand words, and the editor was pretty smart at helping me nail the ending, but that’s WFH life!


About nickmamatas

Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including I Am Providence and The Last Weekend. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Asimov's Science Fiction, New Haven Review, and many, many other venues.
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