For those few (maybe zero at this point) people who visit this blog from time to time, hoping for a new post, I want to say that it will probably be months before I post anything else on this blog. And obviously there is not much to see here at the moment.
I just checked the stats, and I see that I have ONE post that is now visible. And I have made 491 posts “private,” meaning they cannot be viewed by anyone but me. Just when I will make those (or any of them) public again, I do not know. A lot of them did not have anything like real lasting value.
A lot of them were devoted to time-consuming and rather ineffective efforts I made to market various recent books I wrote.
By the way, the mere fact that I have stopped offering such books for sale does not mean I do not have any more copies, at least as to most of them. In fact, I hope someday to offer copies for sale in the future. But that may be quite a long time from now, like six or eight months, or maybe more, cuz I have pretty much moved on to other projects, and at the moment I have no noticeable incentive to bother myself with marketing them.
I forget offhand how many copies of Angelo J. Lewis of the Chancery Bar I have so far sold. I think probably about a dozen.
I just counted the copies of Professor Hoffmann and His Conjuring Serials of 1872-1888 on one of my shelves, which carries most if not all of my remaining copies. I counted 21. I had possession of 51 copies originally. So, you might say, “Great, Tom, you sold 30 copies.” Not quite, cuz I gave away I think four or so copies.
I gave a copy of the lettered version to my daughter’s mother–it was pretty funny, and it points up a kind of unforeseen aspect of the lettered copies. Those have tipped-in a “leaf” from Every Boy’s Annual. Now even though those were all pretty nice, there was sort of a “pecking order” to them (not necessarily according to the letters written in them). Some of the leaves were very cool, solid Modern Magic text on both sides, and with a “Modern Magic” running head at the top, and with cool illustrations. Others varied.
The one I gave Connie was one of the worst ones, if not THE worst one. (I knew she would not mind.) It had Modern Magic text on one side. It had a “Puzzles” running-head, because an unrelated section, on puzzles, started partway down the page. It had no Modern Magic illustrations. And it had, I forget, maybe like eight lines of Modern Magic text (two columns, though, so maybe you could say 16 lines).
My next “magic” project is likely to be the book on Professor Hoffmann’s card-game booklets (see the post below for information).
December 2, 2016