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E.M.Sterling
11-16-2007, 12:29 AM
I have a question. How common place is it for a small publishing house to have books that are picked up and reprinted on a large scale by one of the mega publishing houses?
And what can a writer, publisher or agent do to attract a large publishing house to what has been already released by a smaller one.

Unimportant
11-16-2007, 02:07 AM
As far as I know, it's not common. It happens when the small press book has sold many thousands of copies and a larger publishing house believes that these sales have not saturated a niche market.

veinglory
11-16-2007, 04:01 AM
It happens pretty rarely, just as with a big house picking up a self-published book.

ResearchGuy
11-17-2007, 08:03 PM
I have a question. How common place is it for a small publishing house to have books that are picked up and reprinted on a large scale by one of the mega publishing houses?
And what can a writer, publisher or agent do to attract a large publishing house to what has been already released by a smaller one.
Rare, I would agree (though it DOES happen on occasion). But I know myself of a self-published author whose niche book (on gambling) drew the attention of a major international publisher that signed him to a nice contract for a bigger follow-on book.

Not quite the same thing, but still worth knowing about, I think.

--Ken

flashgordon
11-25-2007, 10:03 PM
Yes, not often but it does happen... think Dan Millman's "The Path of the Peaceful Warrior".

Stuart Clark
12-01-2007, 05:30 AM
The only ones I know of this happening to are "Eragon" and I think JK Rowling was also with a smaller press before Scholastic picked her up. I could be wrong about that though.

ResearchGuy
12-01-2007, 06:59 AM
. . . I think JK Rowling was also with a smaller press before Scholastic picked her up. I could be wrong about that though.
Absolutely wrong. Scholastic is the American publisher, BTW. There is a British publisher, too (Bloomsbury, which is also a major commercial publisher). There was no previous "smaller press."

One source of a bio is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.K._Rowling. Google is your friend for that sort of thing.

--Ken