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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November 2006, V5 #11: Production Friday, Mar 20 2009 

Hybrids Continued:  Disks can be placed in envelopes or slim-line jewel cases to be delivered (or shrink wrapped) with printed books, or spindles may be attached to the end sheets to secure a CD in a hybrid book. Content ideas for this include:

  • Containing GEDCOM files (alone, or in addition to other formats) so readers can update and add information in a variety of genealogy programs including Family Tree Maker

E-books fitting this have also been known to be sold as a stand alone book or even as an “add on” price to the standard book retail.

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August 2006, V5 #8: Production Friday, Mar 20 2009 

Add to your printed book for pennies

Regardless of your final disk/internet format and file type, E-books are now being marketed as not only a stand alone body of work, but also published in conjunction with a printed and bound (paper) book as a further service to the reader/buyer.

This section is drawn from http://www.gregathcompany.com/epublish.html

July 2004, V3#7: Design Tuesday, Jan 27 2009 

Has your genealogy grown?  If you are publishing the work, many times it is necessary to consider more than one book to accommodate your research.  While many like to match the outsides of each book, another idea is to complement.  Rather than trying to match the color/texture of a cover that may have been produced a few years ago, select a different color or texture that is complementary.

July 2003, V2#7: Design Sunday, Jan 11 2009 

Pictures can and do add considerably to a book. Often an author may fail to secure photo information, thinking that the use of pictures would be too expensive. While it is true that the inclusion of photos does increase costs, their use can be cost effective, while adding a very nice touch to your valuable work. Check with your printer/publisher to see what type of format they can work with for your book and if any formats you may use carry additional expense.  We work from loose original [no negatives, please] black and white photos, sepias, tin types, color photos.  While not recommended, we also can work from b/w or color copies, some computer files or color slides.

Please note that while we can work from computer print outs, they shouldn’t be grouped on single printed out sheets. For economy’s sake, cut them apart so they are “loose” (don’t forget to ID them). If what we work from are not loose, additional charges will apply.

June 2003, V2#6: Design Sunday, Jan 11 2009 

Simple artwork (map, coat of arms, etc.) or clip art (general books, children, calligraphy graphics, etc.) sometimes adds to any book. It also serves as great filler for white space that may appear at the bottom of a page or end of a chapter.

Artwork should be clear, dark (but not too dark – don’t choose a graphic that covers ½ the page in black ink).  Depending on your printer/publishers needs they should either be attached to the manuscript or preferably sized for the space in which it will appear. Should you possess an artistic talent or have relatives or friends that do, you may wish to include these.
This section is drawn from information online at http://www.gregathcompany.com/tips.html 

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