45 years ago today - Jul 7, 1978-Friday

[Leonard Arrington]
... When they were doing the Nibley book they gave it the title "The Nibley Legacy." The book had already been printed and was in galley proofs. The title had been put on the cover and on the spine and dust jacket, and Truman went with it to Nibley. Nibley hit the ceiling. Absolutely refused to have that title. He and Truman each thought of an alternative title after a wait of a few days, and Truman discovered that to change to another title would cost $1,140. Truman went to Nibley and said, "It will cost $1,140 to change it. Why don't we leave it the way it is?" "Absolutely not," said Nibley. "I insist that it be changed." Truman: "Does a change in title mean that much to you?" Nibley: "No, it is just that royalties mean that little!" There are no royalties on any of the five books in the series.

[Confessions of a Mormon historian : the diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971-1997, Gary James Bergera, editor, Signature Books, 2018]

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