In response to numerous queries, an update about TOP's first book:
• I'm pleased to announce that we have a name: It is Axedge Books. And as our motto:
As Ken Tanaka noted, the business name isn't actually that important, since we're planning to market our books pretty much exclusively here on TOP. So, quickly on to two more important developments:
• Our Project Manager is Jim Schley, who, quite apart from being one of the most gifted human beings I've had the honor of knowing on God's green Earth, is one of my oldest friends. Jim is currently Managing Editor of Tupelo Press, a 21st-century independent literary press based in North Adams, Massachusetts. (I'm currently in negotiations to have Tupelo Press do our order fulfillment.) There are so many interesting things about Jim that it's hard to know where to begin, but I'll just mention that he's had an outstanding career as an editor and in publishing and has shepherded more than 200 books through to publication. (If you're a regular reader, you've recently encountered his wife and daughter, here.) We could not be in better hands, of that I'm convinced.
• We have a book designer! And it's a TOP reader, no less, one of several who offered his services after reading about our project here. After interviewing several really good candidates, we're on the cusp of contracting with Patrick Côté. He's a Canadian (no, not the perhaps better-known Canadian mixed martial artist of the same name—at least I think not) and a longtime reader (and not infrequent commenter) here on TOP. His company is called Rare Species. You can see some of Patrick's work at the link.
• We probably won't hit our target publication date of March 4th ("march forth," geddit? Auspicious date for the launch of new ventures, at least among punsters). Oh well. Later in the Spring of '14, though, we still hope.
• There will be 500 copies of the first book. That might not be enough to go around, but we have to calibrate, calibrate, calibrate...I just don't know how popular our books are going to be, or not. So I plan to be conservative at first and adjust gradually from there.
• We're going to shoot for a selling price in the $40–$60 range, so hopefully there won't be too much of a cost premium on account of the near-micro press run.
• As soon as we cement our agreement with Patrick (when Jim can get some basic specs from him) we'll begin to contact photographers asking if we can use specific images. I hope to include a handful of "friends of TOP," a handful of pictures that have been featured on TOP, and a handful of pictures by TOP readers.
I meant to get back to the selection process during my recent three-day walkabout, but I didn't get that far. Soon. There must be more hours in each day somewhere....
(Photo of Jim Schley by Luciana Frigerio)
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Michael: "After reading this site for so many years, I will pay the 'top' end of that price sight unseen, now. :-) "
Mike replies: Thanks! One down, 499 to go.
Ernie Van Veen: "Later in spring? May the fourth...be with you."
Mike replies: Ernie, you go sit in the corner.