Bringing Books Back, Part 3: A Guide to the Learning Curve

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March 2014
by Linda Carlson

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(SEE ALSO: Part 1 and Part 2)

Whether you wrote the book or someone else did, reissuing a title that another publisher has let go out of print may sound like a way to short-circuit much of the work of acquisition, editing, and design—and possibly even prepress. As you may have read in the January and February installments of this series, however, republishing is not always trouble-free. In fact, say several IBPA members experienced with the task, there are always surprises.

First, some good news. When Deb Vanasse reacquired the rights to two of her YA books for Running Fox Books in Eagle River, AK, she enjoyed certain aspects of republishing her own titles. “When you’re published traditionally, covers are presented as a fait accompli. It’s wonderful to have the freedom to choose my own covers,” she says. Another advantage: The text of one of the books had to be scanned, and while doing the careful proofing required by that process, Vanasse found a mistake that had slipped through each time the title was reprinted by the original publisher, a reference to “insulted coveralls.”…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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