HOWTO sell your publisher on releasing your work under a Creative Commons license


4 Responses to “HOWTO sell your publisher on releasing your work under a Creative Commons license”

  1. Jack says:

    Isn’t the first rule of this that one must have enough muscle/reputation in the market place to make demands like this?

    On a most basic level if you have no muscle/reputation then just start a blog and create a following. Then use that following to assert demands if/when agents come knocking.

    That’s a basic rule that most people just don’t get.

  2. MrJM says:


    Thanks for putting this up. I hope that it becomes Boing Boing’s most heavily linked post.

    – MrJM

  3. Ceronomus says:

    You know, it really breaks down to the mind set of making ENOUGH money, versus trying to take all of it. Sure, everyone wants to make huge money with a blockbuster like the Harry Potter books, and certainly you want to cover all the costs for ALL your books for the year, but if you can have a reasonable number, you should be able to take it.

    Problem is that board members can be ousted by stock-holders if enough of them don’t like the idea.

    It is going to take time to change the collective mindset. It will probably take a decade at the minimum (probably more like 20 years)before Creative Commons has a major effect.

  4. Keith says:

    For me it was very easy. Since I’m my own publisher I said, “self, why don’t I release my book free online through CC. Why Yes, Self, that sounds like a good idea!”

    And so I did.

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