“How’s she doing?” I asked, tossing Kyle a beer as he mounted the steps to my porch. Beers around sunset was one of our traditions on the weeknights I was lucky enough to be home. We never drank to excess, just a beer or two after work. Over the course of the past week, Kyle began to seem more and more downhearted each night.
“Hello, my class is taking a field-trip and I’m selling magazine subs—” I slammed the door in his tiny, stupid face.
He might have been eight-years-old, and my reaction might have been cruel, but the kid’s gotta learn the world is a harsh place sometime in his life. Why not now?
So you are a narrator who would like to produce one of my stories? Thank you so much for your interest!
It does not take much effort to directly ask permission and most times I’m friendly and happy to give it…
Please be aware that if you narrate ANY of my stories without my written permission you are in violation of copyright law.
Chances are if you’ve found yourself here, you’ve either…
- Asked my permission and I’ve sent you here with my blessing so you can see what my expectation is for attribution/credit.
- Been caught doing it without asking, and you have been referred here to understand why you can’t just do that and why I’m possibly now acting like a mean jerk.
If you have gotten the okay from me, then first, I thank you for asking… In most cases* the credit I’d like is:
- A link in your description to follow my Facebook http://www.facebook.com/scottsavinohorror
- Please also say “by scottsavino.com” When you introduce the story. (Ex: “The Purpose” by scottsavino.com)
- If the above tastes weird you can also say “by Scott Savino at ScottSavino.com
- When you’re done please send me a link so I can share it.
If I’ve given you permission to use it for free this is how I would like the link back…
*This is subject to change depending on the circumstance and I reserve the right to negotiate other terms with narrators prior to their production of my writing.
I own everything written here. All of it. This is not free to reproduce to build your personal/business channel without my consent. That includes anything I’ve written and any place you’ve found it, whether here on scottsavino.com on my subreddit, my user posts on Reddit, on r/NoSleep, on Twitter, on Facebook or wherever else I have chosen to post my written work. It’s mine. I can post it wherever I want and it’s still mine. I love exposure but I don’t need your unsolicited help. This website and I are doing just fine. Most days I’m getting significant unique visitors on my own.
Should you choose to narrate any of my stories without my express permission, I may or may not issue a DMCA Violation Report and have MY CONTENT removed from YOUR CHANNEL faster than Linda Blair’s head can spin. It is very easy for me to do this and you won’t like it. It will depend on my mood. Would you rather have permission or find yourself subjected to the moods of someone who regularly writes about irrationality, mental illness, mayhem, and death?
It’s easy but it will probably make me angry and neither of us want that.
It doesn’t matter if you didn’t know it was stealing. It’s still stealing. If you didn’t ask, it doesn’t belong to you….And actually, even after you have permission to use it, it’s still my story.
This is not because I’m a mean person. I’m actively trying to sell some of these stories and as such, some are not open to narration. These are my words and I will choose who gets to use it for likes, channel content or monetary gain (read this as ‘ad revenue’).
That being said I am a member of a collective group and if you are interested in a cooperative group of talented people, we would love to have you and your talent as one of our members. Narrators can directly collaborate with authors to mutual benefit and avoid misunderstandings and hurt feelings. Here is where you can join us! (This is the same group on either platform):
Thank you for being understanding.
(If you asked, thank you especially from all of us. It’s not much effort on your part to check with authors whether or not they are open to your narration and you’d be surprised how many people do not bother. If you ask, I really, really appreciate being asked.)
What is it? – A page of links to other authors to your WordPress and Wix pages.
There is no requirement for you to add this stuff to your page, but if you have asked to be a part of the links page, it is a nice common courtesy for you to link back to those who are linking to you.
If you want to be included email me at email@example.com … All I ask is for your patience. I have a full-time job for about 50 hours a week. Writing is my passion… But it is not how the bills get paid (yet)… So it may take a few days.
You can see what it looks like on my page here.
Why? – Because the success of this group and our writing is in everyone’s interest.
Do it or don’t. I’m not your mama. I’m not gonna tell you what to do.
You create a new top page within your site and in the HTML viewer you copy and paste the appropriate text file below. It takes less than 5 minutes. If you need help there’s a video.
The WordPress page is the first two or three minutes. The WIX page is the rest of the video because I had forgotten everything about what I was doing.
Step 1: Watch The Video.
Step 2: Get the file.
Step 3: Follow the instructions in the video.
Step 4: Have a beer. You are done.