Alan Rinzler, is a veteran book publishing insider with over 40 years in the book business. He has worked at Simon & Schuster, Bantam, Grove Press, and founded Straight Arrow Books, the book division of Rolling Stone Magazine. He has edited and published many notable authors, including Toni Morrison (Bluest Eye), Hunter S. Thompson (Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail), Robert Ludlum, Andy Warhol, Shirley MacLaine and Jerzy Kosinski among others. He’s currently executive editor at Jossey-Bass, an imprint of John Wiley & Sons. He also offers private editorial services to writers and agents. In addition, he has a blog, The Book Deal at http://www.alanrinzler.com/blog where, according to him, he offers writers and book people “a veteran insider’s views on the inscrutable way books are published and the big changes going on in the business today.”
Rinzler has advice for writers whose backlist titles are out of print and languishing in limbo. Consider self-publishing. Now, this is probably not going to endear him to the traditional publishing establishment, but for many writers his candidness will be heartening and provide some serious food for thought. Over to Rinzler:
“If you’re an author of books that have gone out of print, you could be sitting on a goldmine.” Read more at Forbes.