My book is now on sale on the web at The Alexandria Shop website.
I’m sorry about the delay. Please let me explain.
Back in the spring, I sought out five traditional publishers. Whiffing each time, I then thought about the self-publishing route. Going this way turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I enjoyed having control over all the decisions and working on making a good product.
On the other hand, this route meant I had to foot the bill and decide how many books to get printed. Craig and I tossed this around for a few days and I tossed myself around for a few nights.
The targets were 200, 300 or even more. I remember telling Craig I would be over the moon if we sold 200. After all, the target audience is limited by the nature of the book.
Anyway, I went with 200. I have sold about 160 so far. That number, while relatively low, is offset by the fact I have felt the benefits of going the grassroots route, if you will. I’m friends with or have a relationship with the merchants and museum folks who have purchased my book, and meeting those of you who purchased it at the local signing events is a really nice bonus.
As far as selling via Amazon, I certainly considered it. But I wanted any profits to be made locally. Selling to four of the city’s museums achieved that goal (Thank you Gretchen!), and now, with the city's revamped on-line museum store, well, voila, web presence achieved.
As far as printing more books, I’m considering writing a second edition. It would include the ones in the first book, new markers and ones inside public buildings, and I would expand my coverage beyond Old Town and Parker Gray.
I’m excited about this because I know there are markers beyond “river to rails” and the City is planning to erect some new ones.