13603Re: [mythsoc] Tolkien Centenary Conference Proceedings
- Jan 3, 2005Joan Marie Verba writes partially and misleadingly on the subject of
Mythopoeic Press books.
Unless she has entirely forgotten her tenure as Mythopoeic Press Secretary,
she will remember establishing a policy to allow books to exhaust their
print run and then go out of print. Perhaps this policy was changed after
my time, but since it was the policy over which I left the Council, if it
has been changed it was uncommonly thoughtless for nobody to inform me of
this. If it has not been changed (and even if it has) it was either
totally disingenuous or uncharacteristically forgetful of Joan not to
mention it in her reply.
I should add that this policy was established despite my making sure to
request that the contract for the book that I edited (The Masques of Amen
House) did include a clause allowing us to negotiate payment with the
copyright holders for a reprint, if desired.
I do not remember whether the subject of future reprints of the TCC ever
came up during the long and wearying process of negotiating for the
publication of that book. But I would be very surprised if it did not.
I should also add that the Society Orders Department has been, on orders
from customers, running off photocopies of out-of-print Mythlores for years
without ANY contract with the contributors to do so.
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