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iconnumber posted 06-19-2007 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FWG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If anyone has noticed, my recent low profile is due to a death in the family; we had a couple of weeks away dealing with arrangements and the estate. Back home now, adjusting.

I have mentioned before my project on Ithaca (NY) silversmiths, on which I keep going back and forth about whether to publish as a book or a website. A publisher I have recently corresponded with would want assurances that at least 300 copies could be sold. Does anyone have knowledge of sales figures for other silver books?

The topic of this one is obviously narrow, but offers a window into the central New York scene that is not well represented in print. It also would appeal to those interested in local history, and because of Cornell the interest in Ithaca is somewhat larger than for many small towns.

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iconnumber posted 06-19-2007 12:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have no first hand knowledge of sales figures, but I have heard that authors have been disappointed by slow sales of such books. I would imagine that you have already approached Cornell University Press about publication? University presses are supposed to be less driven by the profit motive than commercial publishers, and this would seem the sort of thing to be of interest to them. If you know or could find any interested faculty member in the appropriate area who would "sponsor" it, it would help. I expect a "been there, done that" answer, but thought I would mention it anyway. Maybe I should have asked why they aren't interested.

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iconnumber posted 06-19-2007 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FWG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Due to bad experiences with other projects, I'm not interested in working with Cornell Press. I talked briefly with an acquisitions editor at Syracuse University Press (which does good production and marketing); they didn't want to publish because of the small size - they were willing to handle distribution if I produced them, but not the publication itself. The academic press I've published most with is Nebraska, which is great to work with but this project doesn't fit their catalog.

I think it needs to be a print-on-demand press, but the one I'm talking with (which is academic-oriented) wants a 300-sale minimum. My feeling is that that's feasible, but I'd like some evidence to support (or counter) that.

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iconnumber posted 06-19-2007 05:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for argentum1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have you thought about self publication? I frequent another website 'The Luminous Landscape' a photography website. The site featured an article about self publishing. I know very little about it but try searching 'self publication' you may find something of interest. Just a thought.

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iconnumber posted 07-30-2007 10:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tad Hale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe Ben Caldwell told me he that MESDA printed 1000 copies of his Tennessee Silversmiths book. You might also check with Bill Schroeder with Collectors Books about publishing your book and I also have a friend who published a book on Folk Art with Schiffer publications.


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