Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Hard Case Crime series

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Date: 23 Nov 2008

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    We have a sort of "version" of that here in the States, JS.
      Since the 90s sometime (I forget which year I first noticed it), when an author goes on Tour with a book from a major Publisher, they are often restricted to signing ONLY copies of that new book, PURCHASED from the bookstore at which they are appearing. (Tho, usually, you can get at least one other item signed with your copy of the latest tome -- eg: an older, out-of-print book by the author.)
      This not only increases the Publisher's sales and the author's Royalties, but it gives the bookstore a potential boost in sales, and allows them to track an authors popularity, locally. (Of course, that last bit is a two-edged sword, to be sure!)
      Best an' all,

    --- On Sun, 11/23/08, crimeflix <> wrote:

    From: crimeflix <> Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re: Hard Case Crime series To: Date: Sunday, November 23, 2008, 6:24 PM

    . Musicians, on the other hand, have had to resort to the old
    > method of giving concerts, living off of that. Writers don't have that
    > option.
    > Best,
    > mrt

    Good point! However in other countries this isn't always the case. For example, in Germany many authors supplement their income from paid bookstore events, which I guess is the closest thing writers have to concerts. JS



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