I had so many problems with this book (mostly software related) I asked my printer for a “proof” of the new and Bigger Purdy SEARCH book. I hadn’t done that before as I was always so confident. And, the proof is $75 which would scare a lot of folks.
But, I had seen an on screen proof and everything looked OK! Good.
But, just in case, “Send me a hardcopy” which will be rare. I suspect everything will be fine.
A 2 pound mastodon should be here this afternoon, a RUSH job.
People are still ordering it! See at bottom for a special deal:
Some want me to charge their card when I get it. BUT, …….. then the price goes to $59.95. I am taking a $10 beating on this but I want to get some word of mouth out there. There are people out there who have never supported me or Thinkers’ Press, now they want to the book. You who have already sent payment, or your CC info, will get it first.
It takes an hour or two to go through a proof that big. Assume I do this, I will give them the OK, somehow. It’s been a long time since I have done a big book.
I will probably order 50 copies first time through because they want their payment now! (Who can blame them.) I need to order some mailing boxes also sized to fit the book.
Then, several trips to the PO,
CAN YOU HOLD OFF?
THAT IS, ARE YOU going to open it right away, or wait till gift giving day. (By the way, did you know that Lincoln, our prez. inaugurated Thanksgiving Day? He wrote a devout prayer of thanks, which course the Democratic candidates for 2020 wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot pole. Who wants chickens for President? )
Anyway, I am thankful for my customers, old ones, new ones, persistent ones, people who enjoy chess (it keeps them off the streets!).
Happy Thanksgiving one and all.
PS: The ridiculousness of Black Friday and employees having to work on Thanksgiving has degenerated into nothing but me first and outright greed, We’ll have our SALE (after Thanksgiving) probably next week. So, save your money.
This is ONLY for those who have already ordered one of these books. I am so excited as I started going through the proof that I know I will have to start contacting wholesalers, and others for which my BITE is a lot less than it could be. So, here is what I propose, a “trick” I learned from Bill Glazer and Australian Richard Torning.
Lots of people liked the $10 discount, I would too. Let’s make this chess book be the biggest educational chess book Purdy’s Publisher ever had. When we came out with the 1997 edition I think I had a first printing of 1,800 which seems like such an odd number as I had started other books with a print run of 2,000. I had sold so many single copies I was “afraid” of being stuck with a lot of unsold copies… it happens, unfortunately, too often.
This book was in a corrugated wrapper and landed with a thud on my cement porch! I COULD HEAR it inside my office. It’s a teaching book and I am biased, I think there is NONE better.
Richard Torning suggested that for every “kid” (or adult) who buys one, he should get a copy for his coach too. After all, as Robert Jamieson wrote (in the book), Purdy raised the standard of play from Australia from a couple of IMs (international masters of which Purdy was one and Jamieson the other!) to a country flowing with Grandmasters and exultant winners in the bi-annual Olympiads! I will help.
However, I just checked my costs and I expected them to not be low, but they were a little higher than I “expected.” They have this fee called HANDLING, which is significant. And then there is the SHIPPING cost, which for about a 100 pounds of books is significant because they tend to use the overpriced UPS (this is not a joke, I have used UPS off and on for years and their employees a very well paid and they are still using fuel surcharges from years ago and when the price of fuel plummeted, they kept the surcharges.
Hence I will be offering some big deals on getting extra copies but I need to do a little spread sheet work. That means, not leaving anything out! The book itself is not cheap and that is because I expected these XTRA costs before I ever did the book, it’s just that I was off about $2 a book when I did a preliminary study. So….so….so…. I will offer some incentive discounts to those who order more than one either to give away or to give to club members (if you are part of a club or have friends who are). One fellow from Oregon ordered 7 copies! Others have ordered two!
HERE’S MY PITCH
Everyone these days has an angle, to do more, sell more, be more….etcetera. I am no different except I intend to make it worth your while. About 2003 or so Sarah and I had a “Club” called the CB Network. 10 signed up within 1-2 weeks. We sold a lot of books, but as you know, at this time it is just me because Sarah passed away (a very smart cookie) last year.
Hence I am interested in growing clubs, or organizations like at Hordern’s in Sydney, Australia which at one time had hundreds of members (no joke). It was run by Gary Koshnitsky’s wife, a very savvy woman but as with all of us, she got older and couldn’t keep it going. But their tournaments (it’s in the Big Purdy book) started producing bigger and bigger tournaments and out of them and Purdy’s genius in writing, came some strong players such as Ian Rogers and many others. They have 7 grandmasters now.
I need to calculate what I can sell these books for to make some money and to give others the best instruction out there without using a tutor/mentor. Purdy was the man.
A. I want to put out a newsletter for the Purdy person or player. I am hoping to have a contest where someone besides me can name it. There’s a lot of strange, but cool stuff, in Australia. But rather than name it after a Koala or Kangaroo, maybe we could do it with something more “Purdy.” Perhaps the those who wrote in could give examples of how something in the PERFECTION book helped them to win a game or make a point.
B. Purdy was a hard worker. He wrote, for the most part, clearly. He understood, as Silman said, the problems players have.
C. The subtitle for this book was: The Godfather of Chess Instruction for the 64 squares, even though this title appears nowhere on the book. I added it to the database at the last minute.
D, There’s a surprise on the back cover. There’s also an endorsement from the New South Wales Junior Chess League. This book will be one of their official instructional manuals.
E. Sign up to be a member of a BLOG because I will have more pieces as time goes by. I want to keep the fire burning. I thank many of you for getting off of your fanny and ordering this book. It’s still $49.95, but will jump to $59.95 when we get our copies on hand.
F. Because of Multiple purchases I hope to have a present or prize for those who believed in me. Peggy suggested the Bookmarks. I have about 40 left out of the 50 pairs, Everything is up for debate as I try to maximize the PR for this. April Pederson wants one of the bookmarks to use in her book about “snails.” I love this girl-artist. She’s a thinker and a doer. My favorite type of folks. I’ll tell you more later. My bookmarks are not like those in the book stores. Mine are laminated, in color, have a genuine autograph (Robert Jamieson), and are of good card stock. Will last forever in the hands of someone who knows how to take care of their property.
Happy Upcoming Thanksgiving troops.