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A found manuscript: How to publish? #general

Moishe Miller
 

Felicia,

You are living our dream come-true. You won the genealogy lottery.

I commend you on wanting to publish your findings. I am of the opinion
that if you do not share it, you may as well put it back in the box for
another 70 years. I myself have written about my own publishing
experiences in the winter 2013/2014 edition of Dorot (distributed May
2014), the periodical of the JGS of NY.

I am sure many of us would appreciate following the manuscript's journey.
Please let us share in this wonderful experience.

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY

Sue Clamp <clamp@...>
 

You can self-publish, at no cost to yourself, through CreateSpace for
paperbacks and Amazon's KDP for ebooks for Kindle.

Sue Clamp
Cambridgeshire, UK

On 07/04/2015 03:32, Felicia Mode Alexander fmode@... wrote:
I recently discovered a 400+ page typed manuscript buried in a box
full of other family "stuff". ...

At this point, I need feedback >from those of you who have been successful
in publishing manuscripts written by ancestors. ...

Can any of you point me in the right direction after this? Any and all
suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

cecilia <myths@...>
 

Mode Alexander wrote:

400+ page typed manuscript buried in a box
full of other family "stuff". To my delight, it was written by my
grandmother, sometime before her death in 1944.
[...]
This book is very accurate historically and may be worthy of publication,
if I proceed correctly.

At this point, I need feedback >from those of you who have been successful
in publishing manuscripts written by ancestors. [...]

Can any of you point me in the right direction after this? Any and all
suggestions will be greatly appreciated.[...]
It would be wise to consider copyright - you may need permission
from someone (or more) other than yourself.
Note that copyright varies in different countries - e.g., for
unpublished material by someone that died in 1944 the situation is not
the same in the EU as in the USA.

Even if you decide there's no copyright involved, discussion with
other family members (if there are any) is a good idea.

(Btw, is the typescript sharp enough to scan and OCR? 400+ pages is a
lot to read out. I've done both OCR and voice recognition to get
digital text - even when OCR produces more errors it's overall a less
frustrating experience.)

Cecilia Nyleve

Hank Mishkoff
 

I haven't followed this discussion >from the beginning, but...

Just in terms of the technical aspects of publication, Amazon
offers services that allow you to create and publish your own
eBooks (Kindle Direct Publishing, at https://kdp.amazon.com/ )
and paperbacks (CreateSpace, at https://www.createspace.com/ ).
They're both free, if you're willing to do the work yourself
(although Amazon will try to encourage you to let them do the
work for you, for a fee). I've used both of these services not
only to publish one of my own books but to publish a few Yizkor
Book translations under the auspices of JewishGen. There's a
learning curve for both processes (they're not exactly simple,
but they're not rocket science, either), but the results are
definitely worth the effort.

Mode Alexander wrote:

400+ page typed manuscript buried in a box
full of other family "stuff". To my delight, it was written by my
grandmother, sometime before her death in 1944.
[...]
This book is very accurate historically and may be worthy of publication,
if I proceed correctly.

At this point, I need feedback >from those of you who have been successful
in publishing manuscripts written by ancestors. [...]

Can any of you point me in the right direction after this? Any and all
suggestions will be greatly appreciated.[...]
Hank Mishkoff