By Katie S. Coker, MDEditor,Medical News TodayIt’s a bittersweet story.
The librarian who had just finished the third printing of his first novel, The Last Book, and had just completed a second one, The First Book, had recently been laid-off from his job at a community college.
The library had to make an emergency sale of about a dozen titles.
A few months ago, the publisher had offered to pay for the books, but he declined, because he felt he couldn’t continue to work on the series as an independent publisher.
And now, as he begins work on his third book, The Second Book, a lot of people will no longer have access to The Last Books and the First Books.
That leaves the librarian with the task of finding an independent bookstore willing to offer his books for purchase.
But how can he make a profit on the books?
As the librarians struggle to find a publisher to take the books on, the bookseller’s wife has been looking for someone to make a business out of his work.
“We’re not going to give up the books,” he says.
The books are worth $1,200 apiece, but the lorists income is being reduced by the fact that many are sold at the lowest price possible.
The librarian has been selling the books at auction sites, but has been unable to find an interested buyer.
His wife is hopeful that one day he can make money from a book that will last a lifetime.
“It’s definitely an option,” she says.
“But I’m not looking at that right now.”
While the loneliest part of the process is the uncertainty, the happiest part of it is the hope.
“If you can find somebody who’s willing to give you the books for free, it’s really worth it,” says the lister, who requested that his last name not be used.
“I don’t know how I’m going to make it past this book.”