In the previous post, I mentioned I'd gotten my rights back to Progeny and was republishing it as The Long Fall into Scarlet through Rothco Press. So why bring it up again?
Because, if you're a writer, I highly recommend you always get your rights back, especially if the work was originally published through a small press.
So, how do you do it?
Trust me, it's that easy. Look, must small presses don't have much stake in your work other than inventory. So, you could offer to buy out their supply so you basically put your work out of print (yet you have stock for conventions). Or, you could simply offer to pay back an advance. Or something else. Either way, they're always open to negotiation because, frankly, unless you're the next Stephen King, you're just another headache they want to dull the pain of worrying about.
Plus, once you have those rights back, you're free to do whatever you want. Like find another publisher. Self-publish. Throw it in the trash and pretend it never happened. Point is, if you have your rights you're in control.
Unlike me with Demon and Guardian. But that's a story for another occasion.