Here I thought Medusa was my first book, and it turns out that a lengthy article I wrote twenty years ago has been anthiologized in a book for almost twenty years.
I’m grateful for the publicity, but nobody ever told me. It goes without saying that I never saw a penny in royalties. I’ve asked my surviving co-author, and he says that nobody ever asked HIS permission, either.
I think I’m more annoyed that I haven’t been told than about anything else. The book has been described as a “best seller” in its field (which is pretty specialized, so we’re not talking about huge sales here). The company thart originally published it has gotten out of the business, but the book is about to be published by another (major) press.
So what do I do? I’d like to see it in print, but I have a feeling that if I start raising a ruckus about permissions they’ll halt publication because they’ll start worrying about the other contributors complaining about the same thing. On the other hand, shouldn’t I complain if somebody publishes me without my say-so?
What do the authors and editors on the SDMB have to suggest?