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Old 03-04-2004, 01:13 PM
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ATTENTION ALL HANDS:

As you may know this title was rescued from the dead file after the original publisher retired. They were gracious enough to grant rights back to us and we self-published it to keep it in circulation. It turned out that it was the most successful title of the five in circulation. Apparent reasons for this are that it was out of print long enough to have people looking for it. It was publicized by that river in Souse Amelica as "out-of-print" which created a demand for it. I also think that readers of Striper Surf were looking for it after they had a taste of the second book.

Originally released in 1989, "Twenty Years" was also victim of the moratorium where interest in striper fishing faded once there were no fish to fish for. Naturally, the return of the bass revitalized interest in reading about them. But the most significant issue in its success financially was that as the publisher all control in marketing is with me and no books go through my hands without my knowledge and compensation. In other words, I took the risk, distribution, wholesale and retail sales without any added costs. Results are that this is the most profitable venture of all the books.

Today we are shipping two copies gratis to the Glastonbury (Conn) Chapter of Ducks Unlimited for the raffle table of their annual banquet. These mark the most recent of 130 copies which have been given out for such use by assorted organizations along the Striper Coast -- a retail value of $1950 (but way less in my costs). Remember, boys and girls, you can't buy this title at the river in Souse Amelica. And if you want to read about the UK Distance Casting Champion -- the Ron Arra of the United Kingdom -- learn more about how the red-gill got into this country, feel the salt spray and squid stink of the glory day stripers and feel the warmth of a hurricane wind at Race Point this be the book. You will soil yourself
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ATTENTION ALL HANDS:

As you may know this title was rescued from the dead file after the original publisher retired. They were gracious enough to grant rights back to us and we self-published it to keep it in circulation. It turned out that it was the most successful title of the five in circulation. Apparent reasons for this are that it was out of print long enough to have people looking for it. It was publicized by that river in Souse Amelica as "out-of-print" which created a demand for it. I also think that readers of Striper Surf were looking for it after they had a taste of the second book.

Originally released in 1989, "Twenty Years" was also victim of the moratorium where interest in striper fishing faded once there were no fish to fish for. Naturally, the return of the bass revitalized interest in reading about them. But the most significant issue in its success financially was that as the publisher all control in marketing is with me and no books go through my hands without my knowledge and compensation. In other words, I took the risk, distribution, wholesale and retail sales without any added costs. Results are that this is the most profitable venture of all the books.

Today we are shipping two copies gratis to the Glastonbury (Conn) Chapter of Ducks Unlimited for the raffle table of their annual banquet. These mark the most recent of 130 copies which have been given out for such use by assorted organizations along the Striper Coast -- a retail value of $1950 (but way less in my costs). Remember, boys and girls, you can't buy this title at the river in Souse Amelica. And if you want to read about the UK Distance Casting Champion -- the Ron Arra of the United Kingdom -- learn more about how the red-gill got into this country, feel the salt spray and squid stink of the glory day stripers and feel the warmth of a hurricane wind at Race Point this be the book. You will soil yourself
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What river is that Da Nile? I can imagine what would happen if you let the Trophy Striper and Striper Surf go out of print. They would be knockin your doors in in Millville, where ever the hell that is?
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Old 03-05-2004, 07:29 AM
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"Twenty Years" worked when it first came out and we had a lot of response over it. But time does things when things happen and with interest in bass going down and the publishers getting out of the book business, it just went into hibernation.

Judith Bowman, rare book collector showed me a mint copy around '98 at the Worcester Show that she said would fetch $35 within the hour when it had been sold for $9.95 cover price. And it did within minutes. I also signed one that day for a surfcster who took it out of a Massachusetts library, went back late saying he could not find it and paid cover price for it to compensate the library. These things all pointed to a growing market for striper books in the backdrop of having two successful and continually reprinted other titles "Striper Surf" and "Hot Spots". It was a no-brainer to reprint "20 Yrs" but you don't know that at the time you lay out those thousands of dollars.

Worse, you have to be careful about what people say on the Internet. Over in fiction there was said, "who wants a ten year old book about a period twenty years before?" Another googan from Fiction said he got his copy at a garage sale. Of course this is where on a book thread they refer to an author, "Mark Post". Now if you had read a book and it was a collectible in your book case, wouldn't you know that it was ROBERT POST? So we tread carefully because of concerns and reading the market wrong, over listening to people with no clue, but we needn't have worried. We reprinted in '99 and nearly self-publised all the others since. But, I just want to write them, even if the numbers are lower; I'm taking the beans out of the jar, as they say.
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Frank, The New Truro Public Library has 20 Years on the Cape book (among others you wrote), and there is often a waiting list to take it out.

But that probably isn't a shock to you. FYI, I have never seen one of your books at the swap shop. They are too valuable.

I see alot of old school eel slingers with surfmasters at ballston beach, what was true when you wrote the book remains true today. Even if written in 1989 and based on fishing 1969-89, striper fishing is the same even if the gear has changed for some of us.

I couldnt dream of casting the old conventional outfits they have as well as those oldtimers do, I have hi-tech dual drag spinning outfits and cork tape rods but these guys have something more valuable, knowledge of the tides, the holes on the beach, and the "charge" in the air. I am starting to sense the electric charge, but I cant use it to predict fish. I become a better fisherman by learning the beach and the holes. Hitting these spots at the right tide also is trial and error.

what you see from these old surffishermen is not alot of wasted time - they have a sense of what is biting when, based on studying the beach and experience above all.

I think that your books give the novice and intermediate surffisherman this experience, which would take many years to develop, and that is why your books are rarely available at the Truro library.

And I see alot of younger fishermen graduating to the conventional surfcasting reels, snapping up a surfmaster or old abu 7000 when they can, and doing it just like their fathers would have.
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Truly that they are all great books Frank, you have a great talent for writing. I have several degree's in literature and Writing- so as you can see I am no fool when it comes to this stuff.

Your books are magical in a sense.
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Old 03-06-2004, 06:56 AM
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Now, are you saying that, Bone, because Momma J pulled your ticket for the fishin' pole? Like the guy staring up through the bore of Harry's 44 mag, "I gots to know."
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twenty years is an amazing book bought it when it came out and have read it each year since.why cant i find a lady like joyce?!
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She's all mine, Joe. In addition to being an ardent sportswoman, loving mother and wife, she is very smart. She knows every move in blackjack and Spanish 21 -- every move.

Funny you mention reading Twenty Years every year. I am the same way, I read certain pet books over and over. A partial list:

The Atlantic Salmon, Lee Wulff
My New England, Frank Woolner
Reading the Water, Robert Post
Stripers, An Anglers Anthology, John Waldman
Fallen Angels, (about Nam)

But Joe, I do hope you have read Eastern Tides. While the stories are different, they are remarkably similar. Maybe i should start a thread on it.
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As mentioned above, we got the rights back and self-published it for 2500 copies but the printer did another 2500 because of the price break and we are hard into the second twenty-five. We have a couple of shops -- Bernie's in Brooklyn and Red Top in Buzzards Bay where Twenty Years flies off the shelves. A small distributor, the only distributor who handles it, in Oregon who buys a carton every year.

A few years ago I got a nice e-mail from Kib Bramhall, author of the recent Bright Waters, Shining Tides, who said he rereads it every year. We tried to recapture the sense and feel of that first book with Eastern Tides, a surfcaster's life but some say it is not quite there. I think ET is better but few agree with me. Kind of enigmatic.
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