“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ― Philip Pullman
Since telling our stories is the goal at Ron’s Amazing Stories, I thought we should take a moment and talk about how it is all done. I get a lot of emails on this subject. The types of questions I get are everything from, “Who hold the copyrights?” to “Do I get paid?” Another question I get a lot is “How do I get my story to you?” In this blog I am going to answer these queries and use this as future reference for those wanting to submit a story for the show.
Who Holds the Copyrights?
A very simple answer to this question. Anything you write and submit to me belongs to you. I will ask your permission to use it. Keep in mind that I hold the copyrights to the show not your personal work. If I do a replay of that show I will not ask you again for permission because, the show belongs to me. I am not going to go into all the laws surrounding this. The best source on the internet is copyright.gov. If you ever have concerns about copyright, you can register your document there or simply mail yourself a copy of your work.
Please Note: I plan to someday write a book called Ron’s Amazing Stories. It will include the stories submitted by my listeners gently edited by me. You will be given credit by name, but no proceeds from the book.
Do I Get Paid?
No. All stories are donated to the show. I will not give you a cash reimbursement. This has happened a few times. People send me a great story they have written and when I contact them to get permission to use it they quote a cash dollar price. One gal wanted a percentage of the show’s profits and future royalties! If you want money for your work Ron’s Amazing Stories is not the place.
How do I get my story to you?
The most common way to get your story to me is to go to the main website at http://raspodcast.com, click on the contact button and tell me that you have a story you want to submit. I will contact you via email to get your story and permission to use it.
A lot of people have a great story, but don’t want to write it. In these cases, we will set up a time to talk on the phone and you can tell your story to me. Then I will write it and read it on the show. This happens a lot! Of course, you can tell your story in your own voice on the show. So far only one person has done this. Mr. Ray Peyton, on episode 201 called Toy Story, did it. Brave thing to do and it turned out great!
Another way to get me your story on the show is to email it to me. You can send your story, art, photos or anything that goes with it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your permission or a call back number.
Please note: If I write your story for you, I will send you a copy. You still own it and I will still need your permission to use it.
Telling Our Stories
Well that’s it. You should have everything you need to submit your stories to me. If you want your story heard, I want to tell it. I’s that simple. Telling our stories is the most important thing we do here on the RAS. So please share your thoughts, ideas and tales with us. A story not told is a story lost.
Still have questions? Contact me and let’s talk.
Thanks for reading,
This Week’s Podcast:
On the podcast this Thursday we head to the future with a great story from Dimension X, we will answer some listener’s emails and of course there will be surprise or two. So be sure to join us and be ready to adventure in time and space!
You can listen to this podcast this Thursday (12/03) at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on TuneIn Radio or listen on your radio Friday night at 8pm Eastern time. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.
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