Some Interesting Tidbits About My Books

I made a list of my 15 books of poetry I’ve had published over the years for this new blog. Just for the heck of it. Well, it’s all good to see titles and publishers and dates and so on, but I don’t know about you, but I’m always curious about more details — the stuff you don’t see and are never told. I’m going to try and provide some of that here for you now, about my books.

  • Largest press run: Places — 2,000 copies
  • Smallest press run: Distant Visions, Again and Again — 100 copies
  • Most press runs: Dancing with the Lights Out went through five press runs. Granted, they were small….
  • Fastest to go out of print: Artifacts — less than two years (?)
  • Longest to remain in print: Never-Ending Cigarettes, an excellent little collection, lasted quite awhile, but to my knowledge, Hang Gliding on X is still around. Indeed, a copy was just donated by the publisher, Lummox Press, to the California State University Long Beach library.
  • Best selling book: Places
  • Worst selling book: Cells
  • Hardest to find now: The Napalmed Soul
  • Used copy going for the most money online: Artifacts ($137.00)  [Wow! As of the day after this post was written, is showing a new copy of Cells is available for purchase through a reseller for $164.13!!!  Craziness!]
  • Book with best reviews: Places
  • Book with worst reviews: I got slaughtered for Grungy Ass Swaying.
  • Most disappointing book review: My hometown newspaper, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, gave Places a very lukewarm review, the only non-glowing review that book received.
  • First bookstore to sell one of my books: Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe AZ
  • Most “famous” author to give me praise, which ended on the back cover of one of my books as a plug: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  • Number of book publication invitations I have turned down from publishers: At least eight
  • Number of actual written, signed book contracts I have torn up while waiting for an advance: Two
  • Most well known university publisher to come “this” close to publishing one of my books: The Ohio State University Press
  • Most well known literary publisher to come “this” close to publishing one of my books: It’s a tie between City Lights Press (home to Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, Kerouac, etc.) and Black Sparrow Press (home to my main muse, Charles Bukowski).
  • Publisher to reject one of my book manuscript submissions most quickly: Carnegie Mellon University Press
  • Publisher to accept an unsolicited book submission the fastest: Mulberry Press, for Street Poems
  • Publisher that took longest to respond to a book submission: New Directions (I swear, I think it was some 14 months or so…)
  • Number of my books that were solicited by publishers to publish: Eight

I guess that’s about all I’ve got for the moment. If anyone reads this at all and comes up with interesting questions, comments or ideas, please leave a message and I’ll try to address them.

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