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Re: Book Marketing Question
Have you had a knowledgeable person review and comment on the draft? 'Nearly all the material is new." in the sense you wrote it, but is it new in the sense it is unique? Identifying the readers may help deciding what to do. Some molders will be very careful and critical about the Sades of paint. engineers might be interested in the reduction area, thrust bearing, shaftings, and props.
As many of you know, I have been collecting data on the Iowa class for many years. I started organizing material into book form. I have so much material that the planned Chapter 1 has become a book in itself. So that is what is happening.
I hope to complete the research with a couple of weeks so I can finish off the manuscript. This will be the introductory for book for the series (none of my 3D structural models). Nonetheless, nearly all of the material is entirely new.
I have lined up production folks to create the final product. When I have described what I want to do, the reaction has been "that's going to be expensive." This is not a project that can be done with on demand printing.
My marketing question to you folks is how you folks view the trade off of cost over quality. Fold outs, cloth cover, case binding, and color raise the cost.
These days, cheap book materials are the norm. I am considering the wisdom of going against that trend.
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