However, I didn't have to listen to a large squirrel via Pennsylvanian translator to know that winter ain't over yet.
Tis a cold Sunday afternoon, with sleet.
I had a very productive weekend. 62 pages into the book! Not bad for a week's work. If this keeps up, I should be able to have the first draft finished by the end of the month.
While browsing the interwebs for writing-related bits, I came across a video from Abe Books. Not only can you get textbooks for dirt cheap, they also have some very rare and very expensive first editions. Since I like having first editions in my library whenever possible, I thought it would be cool to talk about how you identify one.
Last week I picked up a copy of James A. Michener's Caribbean. I was really excited. Michener hardcovers can fetch between $30-$50 by themselves. Signed or personalized can go for a lot more.
|You might remember this from my post about vintage book covers.|
Unfortunately, my copy is a first edition second print. Not quite as valuable, but still a great deal since it only cost me 50¢ and the previous owner took good care of it.
One of the others I got was a title called The Gettin Place by Susan Straight. I'm not familiar with her work, but this story is supposed to be based on two race riots during the 1920s. Since historical/contemporary fiction is something I'd like to write, it should be valuable.
And it was a first edition first print for 50¢.
|Mine doesn't have the annoying green sticker on the front.|
Who knows? Maybe one day somebody will find my work on a used book shelf and freak out because it's a first edition.
And it's only 50¢.
But I gotta write it before any of that can happen.
Power to the pen.