03 April 2008 by Published in: Civil War books and authors 6 comments

My first book, Gettysburg’s Forgotten Cavalry Actions, was published in 1998 by Thomas Publications. It won the third Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award as the best new work interpreting the Battle of Gettysburg of 1998, and, to this day, remains the only book-length treatment of the events it covers. Although never a spectacular seller, it always had steady sales and continues to be in demand. Nevertheless, Dean Thomas, in his infinite wisdom, decided to let the book go out of print, and upon my request, Dean reverted the publication rights to me.

Some of you may recall that I wrestled with the question of what to do with the book on this blog last spring. I opened it up to you readers to tell me what you thought I should do, and I never did make a decision other than that I wanted to find a way to keep it in print. Fortunately, I’ve now resolved that dilemma.

I’m pleased to inform you that I’ve found way to bring the book back into print without having to incur huge cost or to maintain a large inventory to do so. Ingram Books has a division called Lightning Source that does print-on-demand work, and will print as few as a single copy if that’s all that’s ordered. The best part is that the book will be available in the Ingram catalog and should be back on Amazon, although it will have a new ISBN. We need to design a new title page and to change the cover, in part to reflect the new ISBN, and then the book will once again be available for order.

In addition, I’m in the process of having a web site developed and designed to sell my books, and it will be available for sale there for sure.

I’m just pleased as punch that the book will be back in print after being unavailable for more than a year. There’s just no way that a ten-year-old 150 page book should be so rare and should be selling for more than $45 per copy on the secondary market, but it you check Amazon’s listing for it, that’s all that there is available. I will let everyone know when the book will be back in print and is available for order.

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  1. Brooks Simpson
    Thu 03rd Apr 2008 at 4:32 pm

    $45! Wow. But as one of those snobby academics, I can’t admit to owning a copy of that work or anything else in which you have been involved. It just wouldn’t look right.


  2. Thu 03rd Apr 2008 at 5:38 pm

    I just found my copy the other day that I had left in Maine.

  3. Thu 03rd Apr 2008 at 5:38 pm


    I would just hate the thought of you academic snobs slumming with a lowly softcover book. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Fri 04th Apr 2008 at 2:06 am

    Hi Eric,
    I’m a longtime reader of your blog and books and thoroughly enjoy your work. As I live in California, I’ve not been able to go on one of your tours or hear lectures etc. I just discovered an amazing resource that hopefully you’ve either heard of or could research. It’s from the Abraham Lincoln Bookstore in Chicago and it’s called virtualbooksigning.net. They stream a live booksigning where anyone (read, people in California) can buy a book and get it signed right then and there, also can email questions and get them answered in real-time. Gary Gallagher was on today promoting his new book, he signed a copy for me and answered a few of my questions. Aside from buying the book, which is optional, this is entirely free with no registration required.
    It would be really wonderful if you could avail yourself of this around the release of your new book, I would love to buy a copy and watch you sign it and be able to email you questions. Hope you check it out if you haven’t already. Keep up the great work!
    Mark Shapiro

  5. Fri 04th Apr 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Hi Mark,

    Actually, we were asked by the bookstore to set up a virtual signing next month for the release of “One Continuous Fight.” Unfortunately, logistics worked against the three of us being able to work it out, but we (any or all of us) will get on there sometime in the future I’m sure. The national kick-off of the book will be held in Gettysburg the first weekend of June at Gallery 30 (the book will actually be available mid-May) instead.

  6. Sun 06th Apr 2008 at 9:57 am


    Bought Springsteen tickets this morning for Amy and I.

    Why did you choose Lightning Source instead of the other choices such as Lulu?

    What were the costs associated with ISBN and Ingram?

    I am getting ready to put several of my revised books out with ISBNs, etc. So any advice would be appreciated online or via email.

    Hokie Tom

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