And they're here!!!
Yes, I had the pleasure yesterday of lugging 32 boxes (500 books) of Harry's World, the second printing, down to our storage cage in the basement.
And it's a milestone I'm very proud to have reached. The first print run, also 500 books, is almost gone now - only 3 boxes left.
I wanted to distinguish between the different print runs (although they are not different editions, of course). To me, it makes the first print run something special, which it certainly was for me. So the second print run copies will be marked as such on the administrative information page of the book.
A bit of author industry trivia on milestones...
(This is what I have read in publishing industry sources, anyway.)
In Australia, 90% of all books published sell less than 120 copies.
To be classed as a "best seller" in the Australian market, you need to sell 5,000+ copies.
So, having romped past the 120 mark quite a while ago, I'm delighted to be in the top 10%.
Now for "best seller" status...mmmmmm....
And since I fully intend to keep plugging away at the writing life until I am a best-selling author (those of you who know me well are aware of just how stubborn and peristent I am!), if you have a first printing edition of Harry's World, cherish it, as it may well be a collector's item one day! There were only 500 of them.