My first book has been selling well. As of a few days ago, we 'broke even'. We've so far sold quite a lot of the limited edition 'Loch Lurgainn' prints, and quite a number of the Deluxe editions too! For those of you that don't know just how much of a big deal that is, I'd just like to say that it costs an extremely large amount of money to get a book printed, and that's just the printing costs. Shipping cartons, printer proofs all add another dimension of costs to the project, and then there is the amount of time spent on writing, designing the book, and all the additional fine tuning that has to be done. But ultimately, it costs a small fortune to get a book of this quality printed. So breaking even, in just over one month of putting it on sale on my web site (the book is not for sale anywhere else), is a pretty huge deal to me.
so I just want to say a big thank you, to those of you who bought the book so far.
The entire project has been a huge learning curve for me, and I took a lot of time looking into paper types, quality of cloth, and the layout of the book. I've had a lot of very nice comments from buyers about the book being a piece of art in it's own right. I'm very pleased with that.
The biggest worry for me, was the reproduction of my images. I did a lot of research into this area, and made sure I have a very tightly calibrated system to work on. This year I feel I achieved that, and I now also, as a result, have a very nice printing process at home too. But I went with a printer that I knew does excellent reproductions for other artists, and I think that was the biggest bonus. The print quality did not disappoint me one little bit, and I'm very picky.
So I just want to say thanks once again for supporting my 'art', and buying the book. I'm very pleased to now have a very nice book to offer people on my workshops, and future talks, and also, those that can't manage either of those, but would like to see my work in better reproduction than is possible on the web.
Now off to think about the 2nd book, which I'm already hatching a plan for. Keep your ears pinned back for news of a 2nd book, sometime later in the new year.