April 2009, V8#4: Genealogy Monday, Apr 6 2009 

Q. There is a pre-existing work on the subject material I’d like to publish a book for. Is there a way to further the work done in that book, if I don’t have a Copyright release?

A. If you are working on new material to complement an original book, your  first step is to try contacting the author or her estate. You can work with them as to how much of the original content you may use in your new book. Even if you don’t wish to use any of their original content, establishing a relationship will help spread the word about your project.

If unable to obtain Copyright release, your new book should not be presented as an update. However, your new material can fully cross-reference previous works that you don’t own. For instance, you add more information on “Sally” and “Jerry”, who were children  in the original work. They both have families of their own now and Jerry has a new grandbaby. All this factual information can be included in your new book – just no “stories” as printed in the original book. You would then make a note that these two were listed on page XX in The book. Your new material can reference many previous works in this way.Visit our Copyright web page or the Library of Congress for more information on Copyright.

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April 2009, V8#4: Marketing Monday, Apr 6 2009 

Tear sheets are traditionally printed pages that were wasted in the set up of first rate book printing. Availability was generally limited to waste that was good enough to use in marketing. Tear sheets are actual book pages, and are a great way to allow book buyers to “get a taste” of your work. With digital printing, and the elimination of traditional “make ready” waste, digital tear sheets are generally purpose printed.

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April 2009, V8#4: Production Monday, Apr 6 2009 

If a formal copyright is desired, visit the Library of Congress Copyright Office website, or write to the Register of Copyright, Library of Congress, 101 Independence AVE SE, Washington, D. C. 20599-6000, requesting a free copy of General Information of Copyright and the necessary application form, with instructions for completion.  They will send you up-to-date copyright information.  If the author doesn’t wish to do their own registration, Gregath would be happy to help. For a traditional mailed application, the full service charge is $60.00: includes filling out the form (mailed to you to sign), the actual registration fee, and USPS Priority mailing of the 2 required books to the Library of Congress (production of books not included in this service charge).

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April 2009, V8#4: Design Monday, Apr 6 2009 

There is no “silver bullet” for proper publication design or format. However, there are some very basic rules to get you ready to go:

Some basic ideas to make your publication special (some ideas for Hardbound {HB} or Sofbound {SB} only)

  • Use colored paper (to match cover) as section dividers.

  • Use clipart or stock photography to liven up pages where you don’t have personal items.

  • Do add other things besides text.

  • Place information you might otherwise place on the endpapers (HB) or inside of cover (SB) as the frontice piece and the last printed page in the book for economy.

  • Add a CD or DVD of extra material – even color photos for printed b/w in book.

  • HB: Match your end papers to the cover (main) color.

  • HB: Use custom printed end sheets (end papers).

  • HB: If offered, use stock pre-printed end papers such as marbleized, etc.

  • HB: Consider dust jackets versus color covers.

  • SB: Print on the inside of the cover.

  • Post Publication: Hand number (or stamp) each book.

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