My cyber friend Vera Marie Badertscher blogs at A Traveler’s Library.
She recently published a book about the life and legacy of Navajo artist Quincy Tahoma.
Vera Marie Badertscher gave me permission to share a bit of literary insight she got from a friend:
A good friend just found out accidentally that her book was out of print.
She had written to her publisher to ask for a copy for a reviewer and was told they had no more books to send out because it was out of print.
They had not bothered to inform her, or give her the right to buy remaining copies, even though that is in the contract.
(Of course now she is looking in to how she gets her rights back so she can republish on her own.)
Another friend replied with the story of how she had labored for a year on a rather complex book, under a contract to a University Press.
The Press recently got new editors and they took advantage of the cancellation clause in the contract.
She had a backup plan lined up.
Her comment: “I treat publishers the way Mae West treated men… ‘NEXT!'”