As mentioned in my prior post, I recently learned that Potomac Books intends to remainder my book The Union Cavalry Comes of Age: Hartwood Church to Brandy Station, 1863. Consequently, I e-mailed the publisher, Sam Dorrance, to request that they either bring the book back into print or revert my publishing rights to me, so that I could take the book elsewhere in the hope of keeping it in print.

Sam wrote me back on Friday to let me know that only the hardcover edition is being remaindered, as sales have slowed to almost nothing. However, he indicated that sales of the softcover edition remain steady, and that the softcover edition is not being remaindered. He also indicated that when the time comes to remainder the softcover edition, my rights would be reverted to me.

That’s great news on both counts. I’m still not entirely happy with being remaindered at all, but I understand making business decisions, and at least the softcover edition will remain in print for the foreseeable future. Since my object was to ensure that the book remains in print, I feel like I accomplished my goal.

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  1. Lanny Thomas Tanton
    Mon 28th May 2007 at 9:31 am

    Dear Eric,

    I am glad to hear that the news is not as bad as you first suspected. May those who buy your discounted book find that they enjoy it so much that they become regular customers and readers of all of your other books!

    Best wishes always,
    Lanny

  2. Tue 05th Jun 2007 at 11:41 pm

    Do you know how many total copies have sold?

    JM

  3. Wed 06th Jun 2007 at 9:07 am

    John,

    I do. The hardcover has sold about 1500 copies to date.

    Eric

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