Roger Cox Book
Posted 17 January 2006 - 03:24 PM
1. Unless the book had quite a high cover price, sales would have to be at least 1,000 to pay printing, ISBN fees, USA book rights, shipping, etc. I understand that Sarco had the rights at one time - do they still?
2. My last effort ws "The Complete Guide to Cessna Aircraft" 2nd edition (Amazon.com; B&N and others). I printed 2500 copies a few years ago. Any one want to buy a few hundred? $19.95 ... I've got lots left.
3. Nitch, specialty, or 'boy's books" publishing is a VERY time-consuming proceedure. For instance ... where would the publisher get all the photos for the book. Just copying the ones in the original will not work. A copy of a copy prints poorly. There's a moire effect that comes from scanning a photo in a book. In other words, it wouldn't come out well at all.
4. Photos probably could be acquired by hitting up all the TCA, MG.com and private owners, but using old photos would require getting written permission from the owners.
5. Figure 8 months to a year for publication.. Look at how many problems Mike has with a calendar. And thats only 12-15 photos and 20-35 pages. I estimate 150-200 photos for a book, both black and white and 150-200 pages.
6. The BIG ONE - who will advance the $6500 to $8000 to do the book?
7. At $100 per book, 65-80 would have to sell just to pay costs.
Would 80 of you put up that kind of money?
160 @ $50
And this is just cost. I like to think a profit can be made in publishing - especially after 8 mos. of work, so double all the figures. That would return $8k in net sales, or $1k per month.
Bottom line, just how bad do we want/need a book?
I'm more than open to discussion, be it here or e-mail.
Cartier House Wholesalers and Publishers
Posted 17 January 2006 - 10:07 PM
Posted 18 January 2006 - 07:10 AM
Maybe approach the TCA or even TATA as a group for funding...??? Though Tracie has a rival book....
I would be very supportive of this!
Once you obtain the rights to do it, let us know!
Posted 18 January 2006 - 07:36 AM
Posted 18 January 2006 - 08:49 AM
One of my criteria for establishing a reprint price is what the old original ones are selling for. Z3 will attest, there are none under $495 for sale. Some are asking $1100!
I believe there are sufficient buyers at $100 to do this!
Posted 18 January 2006 - 10:55 AM
Posted 18 January 2006 - 12:32 PM
I never could understand the point of the reproduction Colt TSMG brochures. There is scant information contained in them and their appeal lies primarily in their collectablability. Why would those who already have original Cox books, or brochures, want reproductions of them? They are not printed on delicate parchment so referring to them as a reference isn't going to depreciate their value. It's not as if it were a how to mechanics book on cars or cycles, so there is not much chance of getting grease and oil on the pages.
$1100? Was that the one Cox book in color and signed by relatives of Eickhoff, Payne and Marcellus?
Making a copy hardcover Cox book would have to cost more than $100. How much more than a $100 would people pay for it rather than procure an original? It seems the Cox book does show up on ebay several times a year with prices that are in the $300-$400. Why pay $150 for a copy when $300 rings the bell?
Posted 18 January 2006 - 09:34 PM
Posted 18 January 2006 - 10:34 PM
I'd rather have the $100 reprint....
Posted 19 January 2006 - 03:48 PM
Ahhhhh, the Beechcraft Bonanza. Mine was a V-Tail. Never has so much been spent to fly so few!