[alt-photo] Re: book release
christinazanderson at gmail.com
Fri Jan 11 17:46:33 GMT 2013
Yes, I suppose that is true, Jeremy, but oddly enough 99.9% of my books since 2005 have gone through resellers. I rarely sell myself. For one, I don't take charge cards. Two, I direct people to Camerabooks.com, Freestyle, alternativephotography.com, and Photo Formulary now who will also be carrying the book. I like to spread the profit around to these businesses because we are all in this together. Maybe that is poor financial sense on my part, but it makes ethical sense to me. For instance, Alternativephotography.com is directly responsible for my international sales, in my opinion, as her website is a great asset to the international alt community, and it will be available through her as soon as it is printed. Camerabooks.com carries it on Amazon which I have never done because Amazon's rules are more than I want to handle. Freestyle is an INCREDIBLY professional company with the way they handle ordering, payment, etc. and Photo Formulary is a ma and pa home state biz.
I had one reseller whose name I won't mention who never paid me, and I'd have to grovel to get my money. At $5 a book it was just not worth it, even though the reseller has cachet. Drove me NUTS.
Christina Z. Anderson
On Jan 11, 2013, at 10:10 AM, Jeremy Moore wrote:
> Congrats, Chris!!
> I expect you get a bigger cut of the pie if we buy it directly from you...?
> On Jan 11, 2013, at 10:49 AM, Christina Anderson <christinazanderson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear List,
>> As many of you know, I have been working on a comprehensive gum book since 2003. I finally put my money (loads of it) where my mouth is this year, and over the last 13 months wrote and finished Gum Printing and Other AMAZING Contact Printing Processes. I can officially announce it because as of this morning's FedEx delivery to the publisher it is NOW in the printing queue slated for the end of January (unless I keel over in the next two weeks and the publisher doesn't get paid). I was so worried I wouldn't complete it before some sort of tragic demise that I had a backup author in place for my hubby to send all my research to, which shows how important it is to me.
>> Without the list's help over fourteen years I would never have written the book. I have learned SO much from you. In fact, this book (unlike my Experimental Photography Workbook which is almost completely illustrated with student work) is only half student work and half many names you all would recognize from this list plus a few historic figures as well. 500+ images, 109 photographers. More important, there are frequent listees referenced within the text who have helped me over the years with alt knowledge. Credit given where credit is due.
>> To see the cover, go to:
>> I've kept the price as low as I can, the same as EPW even though it is 72pp more and required far more research $$$ over a decade. As I've said before, birthing children or books is a labor of love, not a revenue source (especially problematic with postage and the weight of the book at 2.7lb).
>> It is the replacement text for Alternative Processes Condensed which is now officially retired, including all the same processes except for photopolymer gravure, but much much more (including casein). Rumor has it there will be two books coming out this year on photopolymer gravure but far be it from me to announce those authors' names until they do, and I took out that process because it requires a press.
>> This is a good year for alt pro; Jill Enfield's brand new alt book is coming out soon as well as a brand new revision of James' alt bible, both books which I can't wait to buy. Alt is truly alive and well in 2013! Reminds me of 1894-1910. Here's hoping more galleries will catch on to that fact.
>> Christina Z. Anderson
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