Gordon Meyer wrote:Why did you regret it, Dustin? Too much of a pain to deal with people who were particular about that number they got?
I dont want to say people are a pain; the customer is king in my mind. But having to dig open boxes to get to a specific number that might be at the bottom is very time consuming especially at a booth. You dont want folks who dont care about numbers (of which there are more than not) walking away from your booth empty handed because they dont want to wait while youre digging through boxes for those who are particular.
Through the mail its not as big a deal, except in the case where a number is not available (and there are those who get upset when their number is gone). In that case there are emails that go back and forth working it out.
I didnt sell more books as a result of the number that was on them, but I know that I sold fewer as a result of not having a certain number available, which I think is a key point. While most of those who requested a specific number settled on an alternativefor example, if they wanted #50 but it was gone, they settled for #150some simply said, Oh well and that was that. Would they have bought an un-numbered edition? I have no way of knowing; I only know that they didnt buy one at all.
And just numbering them is a pain in a literal and time consuming sense as well.
Nathan, I have no problem with you caring about the number; Im a great believer in To each his own. Ive requested (if possible) a specific number in few cases. I was just noting what I was told by a well-known publisher and what I learned subsequent to not heeding his advice. If I ever have the opportunity to do it again, I wont be numbering the books.
Of course, Jay Marshall was famous for wantingand usually getting#69 of numbered editions. Who can argue with that?
Nathan Muir wrote:3 days to go. He says he'll accept international bidders (auction appears to be in the UK). Should I pull the trigger? No news on the numbering.
My advice to you on that is that which I got from a friend when I was agonizing over paying an enormous sum for a bound set of The Sphinx
What is your goal?
If the answer is that you want the books, pull the trigger. I did and have zero regrets.
(And ask the seller what the shipping cost to your location will be and use that as an opportunity to slip in the number question as a by the way)