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Collecting Books and Autographs December 18, 2009

Posted by Ronica Stromberg in Uncategorized.
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One of the distributors of my picture book, The Time-for-bed Angel, let me know that it will be coming out in paperback in the United States  August 2010. I’m happy the publisher decided to offer the book in this format to U.S. readers. The book already came out in paperback in the United Kingdom, and it made for some confusion when U.S. consumers tried to order the book online and found the price in pounds.

Coming out soon in paperback!

This news of the paperback put me in mind of the collecting field. Collectors generally prize first edition, hardcover copies the most, so if you’re thinking you’d like to have this book in your collection, now is the time to buy.

Autographed copies of books are also worth more than plain copies. Of course, it’s usually better to have just the author’s signature and date rather than a personalized copy (written to a specific person) if you’re looking at a book as an investment. Some collectors dislike having a book personalized to anyone but themselves. However, if they have the fortune to have the author address greetings to them, they will often go ahead with this. It proves to family, friends, and other collectors that they actually met the author.

Sometimes when I visit schools, children whose parents haven’t purchased books will ask me to autograph a plain piece of paper for them. I usually go ahead, but such autographs rarely hold value. Most autograph collectors want provenance, a clear link back to the author. They have more evidence that an autograph is real when they have a book signed on a specific date. If they say, “The author signed the book at such-and-such bookstore on such-and-such date,” the bookstore signing is a historical fact that can be checked. The book itself and the age/edition of it is also evidence.

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1. Charlotte Adelsperger - January 9, 2010

Ronica,

I’m delighted that THE TIME-FOR-BED ANGEL will be offered in paperback in 2010! I know children probably sleep in bliss after it is read to them.

2. Ronica Stromberg - January 10, 2010

The hardback is really reasonably priced on Amazon right now–at a deeper discount than I receive as an author. Not sure why this is so (probably clearing out inventory before bringing the paperback in), but I may buy a few copies myself there.


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