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January 11, 2007


Michael A. Banks

The sort of niche publishing that creates books like The Guns of Independence: The Siege of Yorktown, 1781 is encouraging. There are books that need to be written (about historic events, institutions, etc.), but which no publisher will touch unless there is some underwriting on the part of the subject. If the subject isn't interested or can't afford to underwrite a book, it doesn't get written.

Or, it may be written by an amateur historian and never see distribution because of small numbers and lack of quality. (I collect such small-run books, simply because they contain information that's not available elsewhere.)

Ted Savas


Good points, and thanks for taking the time to respond. I agree with you. There are many outstanding books penned by "amateur historians" that do not get the coverage they deserve, but are as good as the "professionals." And I will tell you a little secret held tightly within the publishing industry: when someone tells me they have a Ph.D. and want to submit a manuscript, I cringe. I have learned the hard way that a Ph.D. means (generally speaking, of course; there are exceptions) that they can't write worth a darn--but have outstanding editors that make them look good. tps

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