Should a writer avoid publishing a book that replaces one the publisher put out of print?

Asked by: Stephanie Schwalm

Can you republish a book with a different publisher?

A book can also be published by more than one publisher at the same time, generally for different countries. Where there are substantial parts of the book that are non-text, colour prints, for example, the costs can be shared and printing costs saved.

Can I self publish my book with more than one publisher?

You can submit a book manuscript simultaneously to several different publishers.” Probably this applies to the book proposals as well. Usually it’s to only one publisher, as the book publication involves both time & effort from the publishers side as well.

Do authors own the rights to their books?

Usually, the author of the creative work is the owner of the copyright. But in the publishing industry, the owner of the copyright may be the publishing company due to an agreement between the author and the publisher. Some of the big names in book publishing are Random House, DoubleDay, and Penguin.

Why do books go out of print?

When the book is no longer selling either at a rate fast enough to pay for the inventory or stock costs, or to justify another print run, the publisher will cease to print additional copies, and may remainder or pulp the remaining unsold copies.

Can a previously published book be republished?

Yes, if you have published a book, you can update it anytime and as often as you like. Republishing a book means you can change, modify, merge, or improve your book for both ebook and print versions.

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.

See also  How can I show a character looking around without just saying "I looked around"?

Do authors change publishers?

Similar to granting an exclusive licence to the publisher, an author can also grant the same non-exclusive rights to another publisher or party. Signing a non-exclusive licence allows you to keep the rights to licence your work with other publishers.

Can I republish a book?

You must be the author who owns the copyright or the book has to be in the public domain. If you sold the copyrights to a publisher who has allowed the book to go out of print, you must re-acquire the rights to the book before you can either pitch it to a new publisher or self-publish it.

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).

Are out-of-print books valuable?

Condition is very important and will greatly influence value. A beaten-up old book that is falling apart will have little value. First editions are sought-after by book collectors and a first edition is usually more valuable than a later printing. A first edition signed by the author will have even greater value.

Can you copy a book that is out-of-print?

Out-of-print does not equal out of copyright. The copyright holder still retains all rights whether a book it is in print or not. Copying an out-of-print book without permission of the copyright holder is illegal under US law. It doesn’t matter if it is only for private or educational use.

Why are out-of-print books so expensive?

This can be for a number of reasons. Perhaps sales were low at the time. Perhaps the company that originally published the book has gone out of business. Perhaps the author, for his or her own reasons, pulled the book from the shelves.

What makes a book so expensive?

Rising Cost Of Production

To make up for lost profits, many publishers now have to charge more to print books. It’s not only the demand, though. Material costs have increased, too. The cost of printing and the cost of paper has increased faster than the rate of inflation.

See also  How many queries do you send to editors a week?

What makes a book expensive?

Why are books so expensive? Books are expensive because of the rising cost of printing on paper, royalties, the economy of scale, return policy, and transit costs.

What is the average price of a book?

The average price of books varied from fiction to nonfiction and ebooks. All have different pricing strategies. Most paperback novels with a considerable size range from $13.95 to $17.95. So if your novel has 365 pages, it is completely okay to set a price around $16.96.

How many books sold is considered successful?

In the book’s lifetime

For a traditional publisher to think of a nonfiction book as a success, it has to sell more like 10,000 copies over its lifetime.

How much should a 200 page book cost?

The average retail cost of a paperback book with about 200 pages ranges from $9.99 to $18.99. It’s important to recognize that this price range includes traditionally published and self-published books and holds true for fiction and non-fiction titles.

How much does an author make per book?

Since we covered this above for the most part, let’s give a quick overview of what author royalties look like. Self-published authors can make between 40% – 60% royalties on a the retail price of a single book while traditionally published authors usually make between 10%-12% royalties.

What is a typical book publishing deal?

How much do you get for a book deal? Most first-time authors with a traditional publishing company will get between $5,000 to $10,000 as an advance. While outliers do make much more, those cases are very far and very few between and their advance is often the result of a “bidding war” between publishers.

How much did J.K. Rowling make per book?

CNBC estimates that Rowling has earned well over $1 billion from Harry Potter book sales alone, assuming a standard 15% royalty, as well as another $50 million for her books for adults and several Potter spinoffs.

See also  Do it your own way or inspire in already done ways?

Do self-published authors make money?

Self-published authors can make between 40 to 60 percent royalties on a single book sale. This is far more than traditionally published authors who make only 10-12 percent royalties.

Did JK Rowling self publish?

The biggest publishing phenomenon on the planet is now a self-publisher. After a week of heavy speculation, JK Rowling has revealed that she is to self-publish the e-books to her mind-bogglingly successful Harry Potter series through her newly-announced proprietary platform, Pottermore.

How many books does the average self-published author sell?

around 250 copies

It’s estimated that the average self-published print book sells around 250 copies over its lifetime (for a look at some very old but still meaningful statistics, see here). This may not matter much to self-publishers who are focusing primarily on ebooks, and making print books available only as an adjunct.

What is the most successful self-published book?

The most successful self-published book to date is E.L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey. What started as fan-fiction for Twilight became its own thing, selling over 100 million copies worldwide and holding the record for “fastest-selling paperback.” It stayed on the New York Times Bestseller list for 133 consecutive weeks.

Can a self-published book become a bestseller?

Bestseller lists have historically favored traditionally published titles. However, self-published books can get on bestseller lists.

Do self-published books get picked up by publishers?

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, and sometimes self-published books do get picked up by publishers. I’ve sold two self-published books in the past out of the 40+ books I’ve gotten under contract with literary agents or publishers for my clients, but it was not easy.