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This Business of Publishing by Richard Curtis

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Found Money

 

IN 1965, A YOUNG HARVARD LAWYER named Ralph Nader launched his war for public safety when he brought out his book, Unsafe at Any Speed. Some seven years later, a young freelance writer named Richard Curtis published a juvenile biography of Nader. The former book went on to become a classic in the literature of reform. The latter drifted to the bottom of the sea of anonymity—until recently. It so happens that I was approached by a small publisher of children's books, and the editor made me an offer to reissue my Nader biography. The deal was modest, but I grabbed it: it was found money. Then I started reflecting on one of the most pleasant benefits inuring to authors, the recycling of their books, articles, and stories.

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