As we start moving into fall, it is also a time for a little reorganizing--what seems like an endless task. One of my projects is to go through a box of files that contain the records and contributor’s copies for articles I sold years ago.
First, I was surprised at how many of them there were—some I didn’t even remember having written. Then, as I read through some of them I realized that much of the information was still relevant and many of them could easily be updated and sent out as reprints. (Of course, I have to find the time to type them into my computer as many were written on a typewriter.)
So, this is just a reminder to you that you may be overlooking a goldmine in reprints that could be sold to the many publications open to them. That’s also a possibility for out-of-print books that need only be updated to reflect the current culture or information. Just be sure that you only sold first rights or one-time rights originally (if you sold all rights you can’t sell reprints without the original publisher’s permission). I’m challenging you to find at least one article in the next week that you can submit as a reprint—and submit it!