Several months ago, on a different blog, I announced the forthcoming publication of a book by me on Professor Hoffmann’s card-game booklets. I had planned to re-post that post on this blog (which is far more relevant to the topic than the other blog). However, I don’t think I ever followed through on that intention.
The book will probably be published in August or thereabouts.
Now, if you already contacted me in light of that other post, you can disregard this post. Also, if I have been in direct communication with you about that work during the past seven months (this includes David Levy and Mike Goodall), YOU DON’T NEED TO CONTACT ME.
But everybody else: If there is the remotest chance that you might be interested in purchasing a copy, you should contact me as soon as possible. Otherwise, it is pretty likely that you will NOT have the opportunity of purchasing a copy of the first printing at any time soon, if at all.
I pretty much need to know IN ADVANCE if you might be interested, because I plan to have only a small number of copies printed (of the first printing).
How small? Well, I have heard from maybe about a dozen people. At the moment, it looks like the first printing will be about 32 copies. The minimum order from my printer is 25 copies. Then I will probably boost that number to about 32, so that I can tip-in a playing card from a 32-card pack. (But honestly, at this point I doubt that I will tip anything into any copies.)
It’s very difficult to project exactly how many copies I will receive. On my book Professor Hoffmann and His Conjuring Serials of 1872-1888, I tried to allow for overage. I wanted 52 copies, so that 26 could be lettered, and 26 could be numbered. But I ended up with only 51 copies!
Anyway, I don’t intend to do much marketing on the first printing of the card-game book now under discussion, so it might kind of come and go without much fanfare.
I tried (to some degree) to push the “serials” book just mentioned, and also Angelo J. Lewis of the Chancery Bar, without much success. (Those are not available from me at present, and honestly I am not certain that I will sell any more copies. If I do, it will probably not be this year.)
It may sound a little strange, but given the (lamentably) overall light interest in Goodall card-game booklets, I do not expect more than two or three additional people to express interest. Why do I say interest is light? Well, one reason is that this blog has had 18 or so visitors during the past 19 or so days (including today so far). And on nine of those days, there were ZERO visitors.
Now, you might say, “Well, if you are going to have 32 copies of the first printing, and if you have only received a showing of interest from about a dozen people, I can take my sweet time about letting you know, and I will still be able to order, even after the book appears! So, chill!”
But that isn’t necessarily the way things will play out. Like I will need two copies for copyright-deposit, and I’ll probably give away copies to wife, daughter, and a few other relatives or friends. But the worst part for those who do not let me know in advance is that there will probably be a pretty short window during which I will accept orders this year, regardless of how many copies I have left. And yes, I may sell more at another time in the future, but I don’t like to fill “straggler orders.”
If you check this blog frequently, you may find some kind of marketing taking place after I receive copies, and I suppose you probably will. But I suspect that few people check this blog at frequent intervals.
Anyway, if you might be interested, please send me an email at the following address, and just say something simple, like, “I might be interested in the book.”
Following is an image of a small stack of my remaining copies of Angelo J. Lewis of the Chancery Bar. It’s a decent-sized book of 114 pages. I think I have sold about 20 copies. It was overpriced, though. It is debatable as to whether I should have published it!
Below are shown the 26 lettered copies of Professor Hoffmann and His Conjuring Serials of 1872-1888. That is a nice, long book of 204 pages, including many images in color. As I indicated above, there are also 25 numbered copies. The lettered copies have a leaf from Every Boy’s Annual tipped in. Here, too, I suppose it is debatable as to whether I should have published it!
Both of the foregoing printings were softcover — to my regret, because both were worthy of something better, but it would have been far too costly to justify that.
The book on Hoffmann’s card-game booklets will probably also be softcover.
March 17, 2017