The contract stuff continued
I'm just going to copy here what Mike wrote back to me and my response to him.
I think I would like to work on getting out the 30 day notice to them that would revert the rights of the story to me.
Along with the contract I also have a copy of the Amazon Shorts Welcome kit. I have the office address of the two guys that ran it. I have their e-mails. Heck, I have their phone numbers... that is if they are still working for Amazon.
So do I need to send them a registered letter (so that I have proof that it was sent) stating that I am given them notice?
Or, wait, I just thought of something. You can fax them your notice unless they specify otherwise in their contract with you. A fax is a legal document (at least, it is in Canada) if it is signed by you. Usually a fax machine also prints out a document saying what date and time the fax was received. So that would be the cheapest option of all, of sending your notice and receiving proof that it got there on paper to save. Sorry I didn't think of that sooner. If you don't have a fax machine, most copy places will fax documents for you for a reasonable fee.
Email is not considered a legal document.
The thing is to follow any method that Amazon has asked for from you on its contract. It's good that you kept all that contact information. Even if a person has moved on, their position is still likely there.
Mike, regarding your keeping or not keeping the signed contract, I think you did amazingly well in dealing with this first important sale to an online organization as big as Amazon. The only reason I mentioned it is because I've actually seen people not get paid *big* amounts of money (e.g. for TV adaptation.) In that case you would need *their* signature on your contract to sue. You haven't said what you would do in such a case, so I thought I'd mention it.
So do you want me to stop talking about your contract now? I've given everyone tons of information already, but there's tons more for any contract and I was loving it that we had a real one with real problems in it. (So many of the things their highly paid lawyers have done are tiny phrases that nobody notices until they are burned by them. I've been burned, unfortunately many times.. But if we've done all you need right now, that's fine too. Feel free to come back to the topic at any time.