I have been agonizing about removing my story from the CCC Press anthology.
It is supposed to be “post-colonial” literature from Singapore, but the behavior of the the CCC Press shows it might be stuck in colonial times. I’m not sure, but seems like that for now.
They want to retain the right to abridge my work and to continue to publish it not just for one year, but till they decide to let it go out-of-print.
And in the meanwhile, they are going to charge sub-licensing fees to any publisher who decides to publish the story again , including, hypothetically, my own anthology!
None of the other publishers I’m working with which include Monsoon, MPH and Marshall Cavendish have such rules.
I’ve never really thought of making money from my writing (or I wouldn’t be writing fiction at all), but it is the the attitude of CCC press that is making me re-think my submission.
So far, two people in the publishing world whose opinion I respect have weighed in, advising me to withdraw.
I’ll have to take my time over this one, because I want to be professional, not precocious. I’m a beginner writer, and do not want to shoot my mouth in an unbecoming way. At the same time, I’m not over-eager to publish “under any circumstances”.
The give-back of writing is in the process of writing—if it were in publication, I’d stop after my first book. So, is CCC Press really being unfair, or am I being sensitive? Time will tell.