Publishing: Author Rights for series like DragonLance?

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Publishing: Author Rights for series like DragonLance?

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Hello all. Not sure where to post this question.

Does anyone know how the author rights work when a publisher contracts you to write for established worlds like Forgotten Realms, DragonLance, D&D etc?

I'm guessing the the publisher owns rights to the world, so an author can't up and republish under other rights a book that takes place in that world. Anyone have sources for info on this typically works?

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Generally in any employee situation all the rights to your work output belong to your employer, not you. I would suspect that this is how anything done for Forgotten Realms and similar established worlds would work, so you would need their permission to do anything else with it. If it was done as contract work these terms should be spelled out in your contract.

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you do get money form the profit and sales of the book, dragon lance normaly gives 10%.

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A good way to keep up on the publishing world is go hang out at Borders and talk to the authors who are there promoting their books. They are often quite interested in talking about themselves and how they got published.
I talked to a guy who had written a Star Trek book once. I was very surprised that he was not even a scifi writer. It turns out that he just happened to get noticed by right people and they asked him to write a Star Trek book. Talk about luck. I did not ask how much he is paid.

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