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Gaining Permission for Stories

New storytellers will oftentimes become so excited about their craft that they steal stories and perform them without giving any credit to their sources. It is important to find your own voice, give credit to sources, and create your own niche.

 
I did not want to give up Red Cap and the Miser. I wrote Pleasant DeSpain who granted permission within 24 hours. Others have not been as supportive, however. I find emailing the teller through their websites is faster than contacting publishing companies. Oftentimes, it has taken multiple emails, letters, and even phone calls to receive a response. It is important to note that if permission isn’t granted, the story cannot be included in your professional repertoire.
 
Red Cap the Miser (abridged)
Philip was a miser and didn’t want to share with anyone. One day he saw Red Cap the leprechaun stealing a thimble of milk. “Red Cap, put that back!” Red Cap couldn’t believe how stingy Philip was for his family had taken a thimble of milk each morning for generations.
 
“You need to learn a lesson, Philip.” Red Cap flicked his cap which stuck on Philip’s bald head. Philip couldn’t get it off no matter how hard he tried. 
 
Philip could feel something growing under the cap and thought it hair. “Annie! Get the scissors! See what color of hair Red Cap has given me!” When his wife cut a slit in the cap, she saw it was corn Philip had growing out of his head.
 
Philip had no choice but to apologize to Red Cap. With a snap, the cap was off Philip’s head, the thimble of milk given kindly, and most importantly, Philip learned to not be a miser.
 
DeSpain, Pleasant. Twenty-two Splendid Tales to Tell from around the World Volume Two. Little Rock: August House, 1994.