Broadsides by McKenzie Lynn Tozan
Guidelines, Agreements, Etc.
Dear Poets and Writers,
Let me just say—Yay! Thank you so much for reaching out to me about creating a broadside, or for agreeing with me on making one. I have always loved broadsides as an art form, and it’s people like you who make it possible for me to continue making them!
Below, I have outlined a few questions, things to consider, timetables, etc. If there is something I have failed to mention, please do not hesitate to ask me about it. You can reach me at pretty much any time via mcklynntozan (at) gmail (dot) com. Just put “Broadsides” in the subject line, so I can answer you quickly.
Initial Setup: Expectations, Reader’s Copies, Timetables, Etc.
Thank you again for reaching out to me, or being open to, a broadside collaboration. I believe writing to be a very visual form inherently, so supplying our texts with images can make it all the more powerful. Thank you for taking me on this journey with you.
The overall process of creating a broadside with me is simple; all I ask is that you be up front with me. If there is a specific poem or short fiction piece that you want me to use, send me only that piece, so I do not begin building ideas from other texts. Also, if you are interested in my depicting a specific image, or color, etc., let me know of this before I begin drafting. That way, if there is something very specific that you want, I won’t disappoint you by polluting it with my other interpretations.
However, if you are more open to my own interpretations of your work, you can send me the piece you want me to work from, and let me go from there, or you could send me an entire collection (a poetry collection or short story collection, please). In that situation, once I have selected the piece I want to work with, I will notify you, so you have a sense of what to expect. The image I plan to pair with the text, however, will be kept a surprise—though I can guarantee that it will be tasteful, authentic and original to the inspiration I gain from your work.
Finally, as far as timeframes go, I would like a 7-10 day window. If you are about to leave on a book tour and really want to take a broadside with you, I can have it to you sooner, but that 7-10 day window is much appreciated.
Publication Details: Acknowledgments, Reprints, Etc.
Broadsides, in most people’s opinion, are a form of publication. While I am completely open to reprints myself (as in, I would be willing to create a broadside of a previously-published work), literary magazines may or may not be willing to publish your piece after the broadside has been published and distributed, if they do not accept reprints. If this concerns you, you may want to hold off on doing this collaboration with me, send the piece out for publication, and then come to me for a reprint in the future.
Also, because this is a form of publication and because I really put my heart into every broadside I make, I simply ask that you include me on your future Acknowledgments/Notes page, if you include the piece I used for the broadside in a larger collection afterwards. This helps to spread the word for me (thank you), and it also gives your audience a better sense of where all your work has been (which is useful to you).
Broadside Contributor’s Copies and Agreement/Contract
Like the rest of my broadside-creating process, I would like to keep our agreement simple, as well. Whether I reach out to you with a broadside idea, or you reach out to me, I will not charge you for the time it takes me to create a broadside. All of the funds I make from these projects come from the selling of the broadside prints, so any assistance you can give me in spreading the word is appreciated.
I complete print-runs of 50 copies at a time, and I send you 5 copies for free. Of the remaining 45 copies (not including the original—I keep all originals), I sell these for $15 each online, and $10 at reading events and AWP. You also can purchase additional copies for a reduced writer’s cost of $8, but remember that I am asking you not to sell them, though you can distribute and gift them however you wish. Also, if you will be reading somewhere and would really like the broadsides to be sold at that venue, I can send an order of them and will simply ask for a reimbursement invoice, and all unsold copies, to be sent to me after the event. If this situation arises, we can make arrangements then.
Here’s the tricky part. The broadside originates with your poem or short fiction, and I completely respect that. That’s why I list where the piece comes from (if from a collection) and who wrote it, on the broadside itself and on my website Gallery.
However, just like when we submit our work to a literary magazine, the rights to sell that product belong to the publisher, though the rights of the piece itself typically revert back to the writer after publication. I’m following that same structure—that is to say, because I create and print these broadsides myself, I wish to remain the sole entity who can sell them, but I do not hold, or want to hold, the rights of your poem or short fiction after the broadside has been made.
So the short, simple version of this: You can distribute and gift these broadsides however you like, you can take pictures of it, and you can publish the poem or short fiction with a literary magazine (if they accept reprints) or in a collection after the broadside has been created and posted to my Gallery. The one kindness I ask for is that you include me on your Acknowledgments/Notes page, if you publish a collection later that includes the piece I used for the broadside.
Please let me know if you have any questions about this process, and thank you again for working with me!
McKenzie Lynn Tozan
mcklynntozan (at) gmail (dot) com
www (dot) mckenzielynntozan (dot) com, Broadsides