So your mum, dad, uncle, sister or other relative was writing stuff and when they died you inherited part of their estate or all of it and there’s screeds of stuff on a computer or in a suitcase under the bed. What to do with it? Many people simply dump the journals and writings of their inheritance but you shouldn’t – here’s why.
The important thing for you to know is that this writing has a copyright which belongs equally to those who inherit the estate and that it could, if published and made available for sale, be of value to you and your family.
After the death of an author their copyright belongs to their estate for 50 years, or 70 years in the USA (thank you Disney corp) which means that the copyright owner/s can licence the use of those rights to others or monetise those rights themselves.
These ways of using the written material include publishing books as ebooks, printed books either paperback or hard back; making movies or podcasts, audio books, foreign language rights, serials, blog posts and much more.
Just because you think your mother’s writing is rubbish, doesn’t mean that other readers won’t appreciate it and be prepared to pay good money for it.
Overwhelmed but excited? Talk to me about how you can do something with those writings you inherited. I guarantee we at QP can produce something you will be proud of, can earn money from and the money will be paid into your bank account directly.
And please, do NOT contact scam exploitation organisation Author Solutions who will certainly ‘publish’ the writing with the sole aim of parting you from your money. They have a lot of different publishing names – so do your due diligence.
Final advice:- if you feel the writings are of historical importance, and should not be published, deposit them at a local archive so that future historians may make use of them. Data on flash drives or by email can be deposited, as well as personal letters, journals and other records. In New Zealand the Turnbull Library is your first port of call.
You never know, that mysterious manuscript you find in a tin box or a suitcase could be like the Voynich manuscript …