Nicholas C. Rossis, author of Runaway Smile and the Pearseus series, has openly shared how he was able to negotiate with a publisher to retain rights to his children’s book Runaway Smile. It’s both a cautionary tale about reading the fine print before signing up with a publisher, and a story of hope for the future of relations between authors and publishers. If you are considering going with a traditional publisher rather than self-publishing, you need to read this insightful article first!
I have decided to offer a tell-all of the story behind Runaway Smile on my blog. This is done for two reasons: first, I want to thank all the people who made it possible, especially Dimitris Fousekis and George Vasdekis. Second, I want to inspire any authors who are looking for a way to get published without surrendering all rights to their hard work, but for whatever reason are not interested in self-publishing.
The Runaway Smile started out as a silly poem that I was playing with in my head (you can read the final version of it at the end of the book). One day, back in 2012, I was having my childhood friend, Dimitris Fousekis, over for lunch. He’s a professional illustrator and liked the poem so much, that he suggested we turn it into a children’s book. This was before I decided to become an author…
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