02 March 2006 by Published in: Civil War books and authors 6 comments

Dimitri Rotov astutely points out that I have two books being published by Savas-Beatie Publishing in a period of about ninety days. While that’s certainly a true statement, it was never intended to be that way. I thought I would take a moment and explain how it happened.

My own publishing company, Ironclad Publishing, was originally going to publish the Monroe’s Crossroads book. However, a little over a year ago, we, the owners of Ironclad, made a unanimous group business decision to publish only those books that are a part of our The Discovering Civil War America Series for the time being. Because the Monroe’s Crossroads battlefield is stuck in the middle of the drop zones at Fort Bragg, it definitely does not lend itself well to the history/tourguide format of The Discovering Civil War America Series, so I volunteered to withdraw it from consideration, and it fell out of the publishing queue. I approached old pal Ted Savas about it, since Ted has had a lot of success with Carolinas Campaign stuff, and he readily agreed to take it on.

The book was originally supposed to be published last October, but when Ted got into laying it out, he determined that the series of nearly 30 maps for it were unacceptable. They all had to be re-done. When the cartographer had health issues, the whole damned thing got thrown off track, and what should have taken a few weeks ended up taking nearly three months, and perhaps even a little longer (I’ve lost track). Ted then scheduled it for the end of January, and we missed that date also as a result of the cartographer’s health issues. So, what this means is that instead of an October 2005 release date, we’re now looking at March 21, 2006 (which cannot come soon enough).

In the interim, JD Petruzzi and I were plugging away at our book on Stuart’s Ride during the Gettysburg Campaign, and it was rapidly coming to its conclusion. It was originally intended for inclusion in The Discovering Civil War America Series, and was originally planned as a volume in the series. However, the farther we got into the project, the more aware we became that in order to do this the way we wanted to, it needed to address the controversy over the ride, too. Once we got into that, we realized it needed to be a hardcover book, and that took it off the radar screen for Ironclad for the reasons stated above. Hence, we took it to Ted, and he grabbed it up, too. We decided to push to get it out in time for the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, so that meant a short time frame in which to edit it and lay it out, and we are on track to meet the projected release date early, due to an event in Westminster, Maryland the third weekend in June (we have a detailed treatment of Corbit’s Charge at Westminster on June 29, 1863 in the book, and the organizers of the annual re-enactment have invited us for a booksigning that weekend).

There was supposed to be a nine-month gap between the two books. Obviously, that’s no longer going to be the case. It is an interesting scenario, and we will have to see how it plays out.

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Comments

  1. Thu 02nd Mar 2006 at 3:42 pm

    that is a tough one. I’ve always wondered about what the unit sales vs. time chart looks like for the typical niche battle study. Do you get 70% of the total sales you would expect over the product’s life cycle (I guess ‘time in print’ would be more relevant term for books) in the first 3 months, then a sharp and steady drop off over time until it goes OP?

  2. Thu 02nd Mar 2006 at 3:47 pm

    Drew,

    Typically.

    Eric

  3. Thu 02nd Mar 2006 at 6:06 pm

    I think things will go perfectly fine. The quality will speak for itself.

  4. Thu 02nd Mar 2006 at 8:52 pm

    Thanks for the vote of confidence, Drew. I really appreciate it.

    Eric

  5. Sat 04th Mar 2006 at 11:26 pm

    Eric,
    Dimitri’s post turned me on to your work and I have been very impressed. As a Stuart biographer myself (focusing more on his spiritual side) I eagerly anticipate “Plenty of Blame…” and your study into the “biggest blemish” of his legendary career. Tom Carhart’s work “Lost Triumph” posed some interesting and controversial theories in regards to JEB’s failures at Gettysburg and I am sure that yours will do the same as the cavalry seems to be your specialty. I enjoyed visiting your blog this evening and will add a link to it on my own website during the next update. I review CW books for the Free Lance-Star newspaper (Fredericksburg, VA) and may be adding this one to my summer reading list.

    PS. I had 2 “Christian-based” CW books (Stonewall and Stuart bios) come out within 6 months of each other and they ultimately helped “promote” one another. Both were written as companions and the short window kept people’s interests. I think your reputation will carry both of your books, regardless of the timeframe between releases. It simply means you’ll have to do twice the promotion – simultaneously. And that’s the fun part!

  6. Sat 04th Mar 2006 at 11:37 pm

    Michael,

    I am familiar with your work, also thanks to Dimitri. Congratulations on your books (I checked out your web site).

    Yes, cavalry is definitely my specialty. It’s my passion.

    Thanks for writing, and I hope you will continue to visit.

    Eric

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