Sunday, June 19, 2005

Learning as I Go

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Someone pointed out a serious oversight on The Trial Issue: I forgot to get a copyright! Fortunately, I was able to take care of this problem last Monday by re-designing the cover to include a “(Copyright Symbol) 2005 by KR Mullin for the authors.” Of course, I also had to complete the forms and send two copies with a check for $30 to the Library of Congress.

While preparing for this action, I thought I should investigate the possibility of including an ISBN number to make it truly official! However, 10 ISBN numbers cost $225, and that doesn’t include an additional $230 for the matching bar codes. Of course, one cannot actually GET printed bar codes for that price; one either needs a bar code printer or one has to pay a middleman to print the bar codes. Fortunately, ISBN numbers and bar codes are not required on serials, especially if one is not intending to market them through a bookstore. Alas, when I bring out the first “chapbook” in September, I’ll have to tack on another $45.50 expenditure per book.

Meanwhile, how much have I already spent on this project?

Labels and Envelopes............$30.57
Paper.....................................38.16
Postage..................................34.25
Copyright...............................30.00
Laser Copying Equipment ....... ??.??
Time (Editing, Copying, etc)...... ?.??
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Expenditures to Date............132.98

PayPal Receipts......................$30.00
PayPal Fees............................ -1.48
Checks...................................20.00
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Income...................................48.52

Profit / (Loss)........................(84.46)

Saturday, June 04, 2005

My Birthday Update

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June Third is the birthday of Allen Ginsburg, Jefferson Davis, and me. And my wife gave me the perfect present: a toner cartridge for my laser copier so that I can keep producing A Flasher’s Dozen!

A BACKWARD GLANCE: A bouquet of thanks to E. N. Taylor for his kind words about A Flasher’s Dozen at his website ( http://au.geocities.com/en_taylor/ ).

WHERE WE’RE STANDING: We now have 17 one-year subscribers! And we’ve received seven submissions for The Autumn Issue; only two of these submitting authors appeared in The Trial Issue. Here are The Autumn Issue dates to remember:

7/1 Deadline for Autumn Issue submissions
8/1 Last day for us to accept or release submissions
9/1 Publication of The Autumn Issue

WHAT’S AHEAD: I thought that someday I might consider branching out into the production of single-author chapbooks. At 1:30am Tuesday morning, I decided that the time is now! Therefore, I will serve as the official Guinea Pig by assembling a collection of my Adam-and-Eve stories into a 30-or-so-page chapbook which I will send with The Autumn Issue to everyone who has a one-year subscription (currently 17 people). My co-editor Sandra thinks that she can have a similar set of Buck-and-Irma stories ready to accompany The Winter Issue when it comes out in December.

Any author whose work appears in The Trial Issue or The Autumn Issue may propose a suitable chapbook to be included with The Spring Issue. Proposals for The Spring Chapbook will be accepted after November 1. Here’s my current distribution plan, obviously subject to change if I discover any problems in the process: Each chapbook will bear a $7.50 price marker and will be given away with subscription issues or sold for $5.00 each. Authors will receive $1 for each book that is given away with a subscription issue and $2 for each chapbook sold separately. Authors may also buy copies for $3 each (for 10 or fewer copies) or $2 each (plus bulk postage) when ordering more than 10 copies. Any thoughts about this plan ... or about any other aspect of A Flasher’s Dozen, please drop me a line: krm6343@yahoo.com