It’s Been Done Before

For the writers out there, something to think about. A published work that has gone out of print, or the rights have gone back to the author does not make it a new story.

Close your mouth. I know that has us all in shock. Or maybe not. It is good information for those contemplating independent publishing, small publishers, magazines, news articles, and even large publishers (although you probably have an agent there).

Before you hit that button that seals the deal on your story, make sure that you are 100% okay with it where it is. If you ever think you might want to change where it is published you need to think about this. Some publishers will reprint or republish a previously published work, but not all, or most actually.

Things that go against the grain are books with massive sales previously or news articles. There are always exceptions to rules. But with all the means of publishing these days and the reality that digital doesn’t always go away, it is a very real concern to worry about where you want your baby to go.

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2 thoughts on “It’s Been Done Before

  1. jamieayres November 18, 2013 at 4:47 pm Reply

    Some good things to ponder!

    • M. Ziegler November 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm Reply

      I am pretty sure you don’t need to worry :-) But it is good to know. Todays digital world is changeing things for everyone!

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