Quick Guide Moving Your Book to a New Publisher

Other Considerations

Will my previous publisher continue to print my previous edition?

This depends on the terms agreed to in the reversion of rights. Some publishers can continue to sell the previous edition indefinitely; some will include a time expiration on selling the previous edition; and some will suspend sales immediately upon rights reversion. If the latter occurs, Cognella may be able to obtain the rights to reprint your previous edition through our custom publishing imprint, Cognella Custom, while you prepare your new edition.

How do Cognella’s publishing procedures differ from my previous publisher’s procedures?

Each publisher has its own processes and procedures, so you may notice some differences when working with Cognella. If there is something you found particularly helpful when working with your previous publisher, or if there is something you found to be problematic, let your project editor know. Your project editor will explain how those particular aspects of the publishing process are similar or different from your past experiences and can advise on the ways to make our publishing experience enjoyable for all.

Will I have input on my cover?

Cognella has an award-winning in-house design team who will create an updated cover for your new edition. In many cases, they will research your previous edition and either draw inspiration from it or consider a new concept. If you particularly liked or disliked something about your previous edition’s cover, let your project editor know. They will share this information with your cover designer, who will take your suggestions into consideration as they prepare cover concepts for your review.

Will I have input on my interior design?

In most cases, you will first see the interior design of your book once the content is typeset and ready for proof review. However, if you particularly liked or disliked something about your previous edition’s interior appearance, let your project editor know during the early stages of manuscript development. They will share this information with the production team, who will take your suggestions into consideration as they prepare the visual template for your book’s interior. It’s always best to share this information early, as it is often too late at the proof review stage to make major design revisions.

Unsure of next steps or have additional questions? Ask your project editor!