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 Post subject: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP!
PostPosted: March 14th, 2012, 6:04 pm 
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Hi all,

as I mentioned over in that other thread, my book about my herping adventures in Taiwan is done, and I'm currently discussing details with a publisher. It will be print-on-demand, and I need your input to decide on the format:

OPTION 1: 200-page, 6 x 9 black & white text with no photos, retail price USD14.95. If you want photos, we'll publish those in a 60-page glossy booklet for an additional USD14.95.

OPTION 2: 300-page, 5.5 x 8.5 full color, glossy pages, the same amount of photos, but integrated in the text. That would retail at USD40.00.

I'm not in it for the money - this project is all about my love for writing, about giving something back to the herping community, and about having something with my name on it on my bookshelf (sorry, midlife crisis). So I would obviously favor Option 2. But I don't know if that'd be fair to you, the people who want to read it.

Please let me know if you'd be willing to fork out 40 bucks for a high-quality, glossy version, or rather save money and do with a text-only book with an additional photo supplement for additional costs.

Thanks!

Hans


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 14th, 2012, 6:07 pm 
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I'm a part-time community college English teacher, but I'd shell out for option 2.

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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 14th, 2012, 6:28 pm 
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Option 2, hands down Hans!


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 14th, 2012, 6:47 pm 

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Option 2, no hesitation...and now days, that is a reasonable price. Good luck, Vic


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 14th, 2012, 6:53 pm 
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Make it the best book you can and people will be happy to pay the extra $$$.

People are lazy readers these days, so make sure there are lots of pics.


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 14th, 2012, 8:29 pm 
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VICtort wrote:
Option 2, no hesitation...and now days, that is a reasonable price. Good luck, Vic

Yup, put me down for option 2, and I agree with Vic, that is a reasonable price.

-Dell


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 14th, 2012, 9:10 pm 
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Option #2 without a doubt.


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 14th, 2012, 9:51 pm 
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Another vote for option 2, most definitely! :beer: I really think that most people would rather have an "integrated" version, text and photos in one.


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 15th, 2012, 12:25 am 
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agree, option 2


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 15th, 2012, 12:27 am 
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Thanks very much, guys! Option Two it shall be!


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 15th, 2012, 2:15 am 
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I am in for option 2 as well! Looking forward to it.


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 15th, 2012, 4:42 am 

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OPTION 2: 300-page, 5.5 x 8.5 full color, glossy pages, the same amount of photos, but integrated in the text. That would retail at USD40.00.


Far preferred


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 15th, 2012, 5:57 am 
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When I do eventually get my hands on it I'll want option two! Good luck. I am watching from the sidelines, as I plan to do a book as well. You could also try publishing it in E-book form.


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PostPosted: March 15th, 2012, 11:39 am 
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Good luck Hans. Option #2.


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 15th, 2012, 12:15 pm 

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Option 2


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 15th, 2012, 12:38 pm 
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Audio book? :lol: <- Seriously, this is how I 'read' most things these days!

Option 2 seems to make the most sense for print on demand.

-Chris


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 22nd, 2012, 9:47 pm 
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Hi fellers,

good news and bad news:

Good news: the book will have about 350 pages, at the same price.

Bad news: we can't make the color pix glossy, they'll have to be matte. Otherwise the price might double.

Hope that's still OK....

Thanks again for all your support!

Hans


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 22nd, 2012, 10:01 pm 
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For what it's worth, I think matte will be fine. Back when I was editing a print-on-demand literary magazine, we decided to run the artwork in matte for the same reason, price, and were quite pleased with the results.

Looking forward to the book!

JimM


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 22nd, 2012, 10:04 pm 
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Thank you, Jim!!


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 23rd, 2012, 4:31 am 
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Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote:
Hi fellers,

good news and bad news:

Good news: the book will have about 350 pages, at the same price.

Bad news: we can't make the color pix glossy, they'll have to be matte. Otherwise the price might double.

Hope that's still OK....

Thanks again for all your support!

Hans


Matte is much better than glossy, in my opinion: plus it lasts longer. I've never developed my pics in glossy.


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 23rd, 2012, 4:33 am 
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Matte is much better than glossy, in my opinion: plus it lasts longer. I've never developed my pics in glossy.

Whaddaya know...thanks for the selling point! :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 23rd, 2012, 4:42 am 
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Mr. Breuer,


I have always appreciated your work on the forum and on your website (the snakes of Taiwan) and hace found it awesome that someone can post from Sarawak. Congratulations on the new book, and I'll try to get a copy soon.

Cheers,


:beer: Justin


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 23rd, 2012, 4:56 am 
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Thank you very much for your compliments, Justin, they're very much appreciated! Posting from Sarawak is actually not so difficult. Most of the headhunter longhouses all have broadband internet these days :-)

PS: Please call me "Mr. Hans". The Malays all do :-)

intermedius wrote:
Mr. Breuer,


I have always appreciated your work on the forum and on your website (the snakes of Taiwan) and hace found it awesome that someone can post from Sarawak. Congratulations on the new book, and I'll try to get a copy soon.

Cheers,


:beer: Justin


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 23rd, 2012, 5:01 am 
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Ok Mr. Hans sorry about that.


Justin


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 Post subject: Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - PRICING POLL, PLEASE HELP
PostPosted: March 23rd, 2012, 6:18 am 

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option 2


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