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Re-writer for Xalir unpublished work

booksnmusic

Hi,

I am in possession of two unpublished works by Xalir. I need some help in completing them. Specifically, I am looking for a re-writer.

I have only read a few paragraphs of each story, but I do not think either one is finished. One story is book 4 in the My Journey series. The other is a stand alone story called DreamWeaver.

I am putting together an editing team of four people. I'm looking for a person who can re-write, where necessary. I don't think I am the right person for this role due to style differences.

Can anyone either volunteer or recommend someone to fill this role. I have reached out to a few authors, but haven't found one who says, "yes, I am a good fit and want to help." Ideally this person would write in the "journal" style - first person, daily life - and have BDSM experience. Suggestions?

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REP
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@booksnmusic

I suggest you don't do what you are thinking of doing without the permission of Xalir's estate.

Everything that he ever wrote is covered by copyright laws, even if it hasn't been published. To put this another way, he owned his unpublished works, and after his death, his estate owned those works. Without permission of his estate, you do not have the legal and ethical rights to finish his unpublished works and publish/post them.

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Keet

@REP

I suggest you don't do what you are thinking of doing without the permission of Xalir's estate.

I suspect that he received the unpublished works from his estate. He wrote in his blog that he has asked for them to edit/finish/publish.

booksnmusic

@REP

The stories were sent to me by his estate. Believe me, I considered the copyright implications of publishing. Once edited, Lazeez has agreed to work with me to publish the stories under Xalir's account. I do not claim any rights to the work and will not make any attempt to profit from them.

One additional consideration. I'm pretty sure that book 4 was not the intended end of the series. If I had to guess, I suspect there would have been six books. Would it be wrong to encourage another author to write a "tribute" ending to the series? The characters are Xalir's intellectual property. Thoughts?

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AmigaClone

I personally would want to see more of the My Journey series - likely more than what Xalir wrote as book 4.

I would recommend that the person who might volunteer to do any "tribute" ending first get permission from a representative of his estate prior to writing and then confirm that permission with them by sending the completed tribute prior to posting it.

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Crumbly Writer

@booksnmusic

The stories were sent to me by his estate. Believe me, I considered the copyright implications of publishing. Once edited, Lazeez has agreed to work with me to publish the stories under Xalir's account. I do not claim any rights to the work and will not make any attempt to profit from them.

One additional consideration. I'm pretty sure that book 4 was not the intended end of the series. If I had to guess, I suspect there would have been six books. Would it be wrong to encourage another author to write a "tribute" ending to the series? The characters are Xalir's intellectual property. Thoughts?

You're in the clear. When publishing, I'd simply list two authors for the one book, which isn't uncommon, with a note inside explaining how the one author took over finishing the incomplete WiP.

As for continuing an abandoned series, as it's not a significant source of income, I doubt you'll find many authors willing to carry on a literary tradition not their own. Writers are driven to write, but they're not driven to write other people's stories.

Several authors on SOL have completed incomplete post-mortem works, but don't count on anyone dedicated years of their life to carry on someone else's dream (though I'd love if my editors would help make my incomplete efforts publishable, just as a memento to my legacy.

Crumbly Writer

@AmigaClone

I would recommend that the person who might volunteer to do any "tribute" ending first get permission from a representative of his estate prior to writing and then confirm that permission with them by sending the completed tribute prior to posting it.

In legal matters, it's always best to get permissions in writing, just in case you're challenged by someone. However, emails between correspondents granting authorization is typically considered 'proof' in most cases nowadays. Hell, I purchase a LOT of licenses where I have nothing more to prove ownership than a simple email receipt.

REP

@booksnmusic

rights to the work and will not make any attempt to profit from them.


My suggestion was based on not knowing how you came into possession of the stories and whether you had the estate's permission.

There is nothing wrong with having another author to write a tribute. Ideally, that person would talk with people who knew Xalir.

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