How possible is it to publish a sequel with a different publisher than the original (successfully)?

Asked by: Todd Gant

Can you publish a sequel with a different publisher?

Quite frankly, it all depends on your contract with your publisher. If the publisher is already publishing your series (as a series) the publisher probably has a contract for that series.

What if a book has two publishers?

If a book includes multiple publishers on its copyright page, place the publisher names in the order they are shown on the work (see Chapter 10, Example 24, in the Publication Manual).

Do you need permission to write a sequel?

Q: For all books that fall under copyright protection, yes, you need to be granted permission by the copyright holder. The holder is typically the author, the author’s family or the publisher of the book. Without attaining the rights, you can’t sell/publish a sequel.

Can a previously published book be republished?

But you also can self-republish previously published books that have gone out of print. The process is fairly straightforward if the book is text-only, such as a novel, but can be far more complex for nonfiction such as textbooks, tutorials, scholarly, illustrated, and heavily referenced books.

Can authors switch publishers?

Updated versions of the book may also be published differently than the original edition. Many times publishers also make deals among themselves (or the publishers are owned by the same parent entity) and so a book published under exclusive rights may still be published by different publishers. Yes.

Should sequels be written by the same author?

As Timothy Ellis stated quite clearly, some series thrive on different authors writing sequel stories. But the emphasis is on it being something the series copyright holder will allow.

Do publishers republish self-published books?

So, can I get a traditional publisher to republish my self-published work? Very often, the answer is still ‘No’. The truth is, self-publishing is incredibly easy to do now, and especially easy to do badly. That means everyone is doing it, with wildly varying levels of quality and success.

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Can a publisher reprint a book?

The longer a book has been out of print, the more difficult it may be to obtain a copy. If there is enough demand for an out-of-print book, and all copyright issues can be resolved, another publisher may republish the book in the same manner as the original publisher might have reprinted it.

How can I republish my book?

Here’s the simple step-by-step process to publish a book:

  1. Choose a publishing route.
  2. Edit the draft.
  3. Get feedback from editors and critique circles.
  4. Title your manuscript.
  5. Format your book for publication.
  6. Design a book cover that converts readers.
  7. Write a ‘publisher-ready’ book description.
  8. Create a book launch plan.

How do I change a self-published book?

Update your book details

  1. Go to your Bookshelf.
  2. Next to the book you want to update, click the ellipsis button (“…”).
  3. Choose Edit details.
  4. Edit your details.
  5. Click Save and Continue. Repeat this step on the Content page.
  6. At the bottom of the Pricing page, click the publish button.

How do I get a publisher to publish my book?

4 Steps for Getting Your Book Published

  1. Edit and proofread. One or two typos won’t sink your career, but a bevy of them will make you look unprofessional. …
  2. Identify a target audience for your book. …
  3. Identify potential agents. …
  4. Submit your book proposal. …
  5. Submit directly to a publisher.

Why do authors republish books?

There are five reasons for republishing a book:

The publisher has gone out of business. The author and the publisher wish to part ways. The author wants to release a new edition or change the cover. The author wishes to establish their own publishing imprint and republish their book(s) under this new imprint.

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Can you self publish and then traditional publish?

Yes, you can pursue the traditional publishing route even after self-publishing. And it’s not all that rare of a process, either. There are several great reasons to consider self-publishing a book. One big reason for a lot of writers is simply that it’s their only option.

Should I republish my book?

Book relaunches can take a variety of forms. If done right, they enhance your overall brand, as well as your book sales. Their first and foremost benefit is the new publication date. Having a new book opens up access to bloggers and media who might not have been available to you with an older book.

Why are books revised?

The reasons for revising a book may vary. Sometimes the author learns more about the topic and wants to add that to the original content. Alternatively, corrections and updates might make the revision necessary. Revised books keep their original titles and are often published as new editions.

Why books have different editions?

Publishers want new editions so that they can make money selling copies of the new edition and reduce the market for used copies. The new edition might be significantly updated, but in many cases the updates are small.

How much does a book change between editions?

According to research by state PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups), the new price for each edition of the textbook is an average of 12 percent higher than the previous edition. In addition, when a new edition is released, both the new and used prices of the previous edition drop dramatically.

Can a second edition have a different title?

The answer is yes, you do.

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These include prologues, epilogues, a new chapter, and appendices. The same applies if you want to overhaul your book to freshen it up and breathe new life into its marketing and sales. It would be best if you got a unique ISBN for this second edition.

Does a second edition need a new copyright?

You don’t actually need to list multiple copyright dates UNLESS you made significant changes to the text. Your original copyright date still stands. You can then add lines about publication. For example, this sample just says SECOND EDITION on the copyright page.

Do I need a new ISBN number for a second edition?

If you create a second edition with new material to “freshen” the book and give it new marketing life, it must have a new ISBN. If you change the title of the book you must have a new ISBN. Remember that your ISBN identifies a specific work.

Is a revised edition a second edition?

Beyond a reprint, if the majority of the material is the same and there are just a few new updates, an author might consider calling the new version a “revised edition” rather than a “second edition.” However, if there is substantial change to the book, “second edition” would be more accurate.

What is the difference between revised edition and new edition?

The qualitative difference between a “revised edition” and a “new edition” is subjective. This is analogous to the way that software publishers may denominate an iteration “version 3.7” and the subsequent updated iteration “version 4” instead of “version 3.8”.

What does a revised edition mean?

Definition of revised edition

: an edition (as of a book) incorporating major revisions by the author or an editor and often supplementary matter designed to bring it up to date — compare reissue, reprint.