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Sirs: In 1993, I wrote "Across the Atlantic and Beyond." This book was published by Heritage Books of Bowie, Md (now Berwyn Heights, MD). According to WorldCat, "Across" sold 194 library copies. As I vaguely recall, I got royalties on well over 1,000 copies, but nothing in recent years. Last Fall, I got a letter from Heritage Books requesting a renewal of the contract. I responded, but heard nothing. A short time later, I noticed that "Across" was being offered by Family Roots Publishing of Bountiful, UT via an Internet catalogue. I queried them, but heard nothing. Should I pursue the matter? Charles xx xxx xxx xxxx xxx., xxx. xxx Cxxxx xxxTel. xxx xxx xxxx
Yes, I would pursue the matter.
Unless you assigned all rights to Heritage Books, you still own the copyright to your book and you should still be entitled to compensation/royalties.
Depends on the terms of your contract.
I would send Heritage a another letter and tell them the facts you present in your question here.
I would ask them the status of your contract with them and associated compensation.
If you do not like their reply, you would then likely need legal representation to further address the problem.
If you have any more questions, let me know.
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