UPDATE: This sale is officially over! We sold all 1400+ copies in THREE DAYS. The good news is that the book is still available in its second edition via Amazon. Click here to purchase your copy: Pocket Guide to the Bible: A Little Book About the Big Book
I have a few friends who’ve had books published, or are in the process of writing and/or publishing books now. It has been fascinating to learn how publishing works by watching them and listening to their stories. One of the many tidbits I’ve picked up is that the work isn’t done once your book is written, printed, and shipped to stores. Sometimes, weird things happen, and you the author have to figure out what to do with dozens of boxes of your unsold books that your publisher or distributor will no longer store for you.
This happened a few years ago to Jason Boyett’s book, The Pocket Guide to the Bible. (You may remember this interview I did with him a few months ago, about another book.) This book is thoroughly researched and well-written –it’s accurate and informative without being stiff, academic, stodgy, or, well, boring. Jason’s style is entertaining, informative, and refreshing, making this the perfect book for young people, new converts, and anyone interested in learning more about the Christian faith. So it was strange to hear that a few years ago, for reasons I still don’t quite fully understand, Jason had to find a home for over 9,000 copies of the book. A local church offered space in their facility for a number of years, and over time he has managed to sell almost 8,000 copies on his own. However, last week he lost that space and had to move the remaining 1400 books into his garage.