10 Sep Second Printing
So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village is officially going into a second printing! That means my book has sold beyond the expected selling numbers! COOL BEANS!
It got me thinking, what exactly is a second printing? Is it the same or different from a second edition? Here’s what I found out.
- From A B C For Book-Collectors, by John Carter, (and found at TravelinLibrarian)
An edition compromises all copies of a book printed at any time without substantial change.
A printing compromises the whole number of copies of that edition printed at one time, without the type or plates being removed from the press.
My Second Printing has no substantial changes and therefore remains a First Edition. Technically, a first edition, second printing.
The copyright page is where you find all the book-ish information about editions and printings.
According to Literary Agent Barbara Doyen:
* Older books often contain a list of dates that might look like this:
- First Printing, July 1944
- Second Printing, December 1944
- Third Printing, February 1945
- Fourth Printing, August 1945
* Newer books contain a sort of coding that might look like one of these:
- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
- 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2
- A B C D E F g H I J
When the publisher is going to do a second edition print run, the printer has only to remove the numeral 1 or the letter A. So, a second print run would look like one of these:
- 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
- 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2
- B C D E F g H I J
All of the above indicate a first edition book.
I asked Autumn House Press if they were going to put any type of indication on the copyright page indicating it was a second run. They are currently negotiating that process. I’ll keep you up to date. In the meantime, if you have a signed first edition, first run, maybe someday it will pay out more than you dished when you bought it. Maybe not. Here’s hoping. And thank you to each of you who made this second run a reality.