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Publishing Misstep

What a delightful time travel question for a steamy (104 degrees) afternoon in Albany, Georgia,  while I feverishly work on my *next* poetry manuscript (deadline Aug. 1).  The primary misstep that we made , and this was waaay back in 1981 - was . . .

. . . publishing too few copies! That book is now out of print, and I have only two copies.  Honestly, I saw a copy of my first book (it's like this") on sale at e-Bay for $300.00.  If I had been able to afford it, I would have bought it. If i could "do things differently," I would, of course, double the print run and make sure that I had, at all times, at least 50 copies of my book.

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Good Problem to Have

Hello Doris,

Selling out a printing seems like a good problem to have but I can understand how annoying that would be not to have copies of your book to give and sell.

Thanks so much for sharing this memory.

Abraham Mertens, redroom.com

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publishing misstep

In 2001, knowing absolutely nothing about the publishing industry, I [gasp] self-published my novel, The Bone Weaver. I have no regrets about having done it---there's no better way to learn the ins/outs/ups/downs of marketing and self-promotion---but there was one huge problem. In order to get the books printed in time for several major events, the final edit/proofing was scrapped. Five typos, two historical 'dys-syncronicities'...shameful. Despite excellent reviews, the one that still turns my stomach was a UK reader on amazon who wondered if I had ever heard of using an editor. (I actually met her at an event in London and she apologized...but she wasn't sorry enough to remove the comment!) Fortunately, there was a second printing. Whenever I was signing at a bookstore or event, I'd take along a box of new books. Then, before signing, I'd check the book just purchased. If it was a first printing, it got dumped into the box and replaced by the corrected version.