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Book Publishing: The Cost and Benefits of Creative Control

November 6, 2017

By David Walker

© Ryann Ford

A rest stop in Clines Corners, New Mexico. Ford turned down publishers who wanted to publish her book as an inexpensive paperback and instead funded the higher-end powerHouse version with a Kickstarter campaign.

Fifteen months after its release, Ryann Ford’s book about America’s vanishing roadside rest stops has sold out of its first print run of 3,000 copies. Called The Last Stop, the book turned out just as Ford envisioned it, and she’s thrilled by its success. “It was and is one of the best things I’ve ever done for my career” because...

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