They Become a Necessary Problem…
After collecting author’s copies for 35 or more years now, they tend to build up in volume.
And when you have two prolific authors, they really can build up in numbers.
So one of the large collections I will be bringing to Vegas is all of Kris and my author’s copies. (Our brag shelves are already here. I am talking about extra copies.)
The reason is that the new offices in Lincoln City just doesn’t have the room for all the back stock of WMG books and all of Kris and my author’s copies. So one collection is moving to the new Vegas office and will be, in part in the main room where we will hold craft workshops starting in 2021.
Now, this is a problem that isn’t so much a problem these days in indie. You can always order more, right? Well, on some things, yes. But on many things, nope. Especially books published in other countries in translation. So a good general rule is keep copies of everything on publication.
And the problem is that you just never know when you are going to need a copy of one book or another.
So those of you who are making inroads to a long career, do the following.
— Keep an accurate inventory and back-up record of everywhere you have been published. This needs to be accessed regularly.
— Keep a file (paper and electronic in the cloud) of every contract and letter about each sale.
— Keep a chronological brag shelf of one paper copy of every state of everything you have published, indie or traditional.
— Keep extra copies of every book. At least two extra, more is better at times.
With the modern world of licensing, you will need this in order, kept up, and files in order. Do if from the early days.
So, here is a picture of about 100 or so banker’s boxes of Kris and my extra copies, outside our brag shelves. (Piles are six boxes high.) These all will be moving to Vegas next month. They will be put in order of two copies each on shelves in the main room, the rest will be stored in boxes in closets and such. Could be interesting to see all these out for the first time, since for decades they have been accumulating in boxes on shelves.
And thank you, Chris York, for packing many of these boxes from the copies that were on shelves. You are magical.