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serial rights

plural noun
commercial rights to publish an author's work, usually a novel, or to use it on radio or television one chapter or episode at a time.
Origin of serial rights
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And if you will only be a Mahatma, or a disciple, I will gladly let you have the serial rights in that great work.

  • I fancied I might sell the serial rights in England to Macalistairs, at my own price, but they thought the end was too sad.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • He has offered me 1,000 for the serial rights of a story as long as Milly and Olly!

    The Life of Mrs. Humphry Ward Janet Penrose Trevelyan
  • The magazine might pay as much as five hundred dollars for the serial rights—and with that start, they would surely be safe.

    Love's Pilgrimage Upton Sinclair
  • Soon I received a letter saying they could pay me $200 for the serial rights.

    The Fiction Factory John Milton Edwards
  • Mr. Chatto gave me a lump sum down for serial rights and copyright, and ran 'Philistia' through the pages of The Gentleman's.

    My First Book: Various
  • How are we to live on novels the serial rights of which to most of us will work out at four and nine-pence.

    Idle Ideas in 1905 Jerome K. Jerome
  • Bird sold the serial rights to a big national weekly that same day for thirty thousand dollars.

    The Five Arrows Allan Chase
  • There were unexpected checks for English serial rights and for advance payments on foreign translations.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • The novelist had been paid ten thousand dollars for the serial rights, Jack told Milly, which seemed to her a large price.

    One Woman's Life Robert Herrick

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