You've probably read about Warren Lapine's return to publishing (if not, check it out at http://sfscope.com/2009/01/warren-lapine-returns-to-sf-wi.html
). One of his projects (he's got several) is . . .
well, I'll let Marty Halpern, who is (inter alia
) a freelance acquisitions editor for Lapine's new genre imprint, Fantastic Books, tell about it. This is from Marty's blog, More Red Ink http://martyhalpern.blogspot.com/2009/02/warren-lapine-and-fantastic-books.html
: . . . So what does this mean for you, the author? I am currently acquiring out-of-print backlist titles -- sf, fantasy, horror, slipstream, etc. If you have an oop book that you would like to make available to today's readers, so that they don't have to search the used bookstores for a copy (the purchase of which doesn't make you, the author, any money), then please do contact me. My email addy is marty dot halpern at gmail dot com.
While I think the world of Marty, I was initially skeptical about what he's proposing here. The reprints will all be POD, and I know all too well (some of) what that means, after spending a year self-publishing The Bird Shaman
. On the other hand, Lapine isn't asking authors to pay a cent, which certainly makes a refreshing change. He's even scanning titles that aren't already in electronic form, cleaning up the scans, and providing the author with a copy of the file. The royalty is 10% of cover price. Unless you think somebody is about to beat down your door with a better offer, this is a way of getting your OP titles back in print, and as such it might well be worth considering.
I decided to test the waters by allowing Marty to acquire my 1987 novel Pennterra
for Fantastic Books. Pennterra
is my "Quaker novel" and the only one of my novels set offworld. It's been out of print for a long time, though copies are available from online bookstores and sometimes even in physical used book ones, I'm told (thank you, mmaresca!), and also from my attic if anybody wants to know.
This is by way of being a trial balloon, but if I like the result, and in the highly probable event that no better offer turns up, I expect to let Marty acquire my trilogy too. And I'm sure he would love to acquire yours, and to provide more info if you want more.
No doubt we would all prefer new hardcover edition from commercial presses, but so far I've been happy enough with what I've seen. I'll let you know how it turns out.