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Official title: Collectible Stocks and Bonds from North American Railroads: guide with prices, third edition
This edition is NOT YET AVAILABLE
NO PUBLISHING DATE IS SET
Planned cover price: $40 to $45
I plan this edition to be available from major U.S. and European stock and bond dealers.
Bookseller and dealer discounts will be available.
To be published by:
TCox & Associates, Inc.
4891 Independence St, Suite 190
Wheat Ridge CO, 80033
Planned pages: 600-650 pages
Format: 8½ x 11 inches, 1.2 inches thick
Planned shipping weight: 3.4 pounds
Binding: undecided; possibly coil
Barcode: coded with ISBN only (no embedded price)
Case quantities: approximately 5 copies per box
Publish date? I have NOT set a publishing date for the third edition. My main concern is that self-publishing a volume like my catalog is pricey. While getting my money back is not much of a risk, there are two things holding me back.
First is the huge effort in converting the database to page layout. During that effort, I essentially need to stop other off-topic endeavors. During that period, I need to delay answering all inquiries and data entry. Between the decision to publish and the actual shipping of books is roughly a three-month process. The first month is spent dealing with advertising and it that was so frustrating the last time that I vowed never to do it again. Fortunately, technology has changed quite a bit. Advertisers can now use freelancer more easily and more cheaply than ever before.
The second thing is timing. I will not publish between November and February and I really don't like shipping in October. Between the Christmas season and winter weather problems, I have found losses too high during that period of the year. For a small publishing effort like mine, every loss and replacement is costly.
The third problem is that the interest in scipophily seems to be somewhat stagnant. Global sales, even on eBay, seem to be in a lull right now. Thankfully, prices do not seem to be dropping precipitously right now, and I am taking that as a good sign.
The fourth problem is whether a physical catalog still makes sense. The catalog, in fact every catalog about collectibles, is a snap-shot in time. The moment I add one new certificate or change one price, the catalog becomes out of date. I put this montrous database online to overcome that problem. Every price change I make is visible to collectors in two weeks or less. Never mind that there are currently more than 14,500 images available on line and I add more every day.
So, in many respects, the physical catalog is a feel-good item. I like the look of books and I like making them. I think other people like them, too. But is it worth the effort?
How about a guess on a publish date? No.
I can tell you that I will publish only between the months of March and July. That rules out 2017.
Book size? European sales are very important, so book size - particularly thickness - is crucial. The third edition will have several thousand more certificate listings, so I have already streamlined certificate listings. In order to cram more listings and more pages into the same amount of space, paper weight will be lighter than previous editions. I suspect paper weight will be similar to that used by Scott Publishing in its Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers. I plan for photographs to occupy roughly the same percentage of the book as the second edition.
I will continue to list autograph prices although I no longer estimate prices for a few names because their prices have dropped too much. However, I will abandon the biographies section. Short biographies will continue to be available on this website.
Advertising? I dislike dealing with advertising. However, I must sell advertising in order to keep the price of the catalog acceptable. As with the second edition, I will accept advertising from full- and part-time dealers as well as collectors. Everyone who advertised in the second edition will have the right of first refusal for the same advertising positions they previously had in the second edition. I will tell everyone of my plans at once. I will NOT reserve advertising space before my official announcement.
So, when will my advertising announcement will be? I don't know.
Want to know more? See Third Edition Announcement
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