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Old 05-10-2006, 01:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Some folks have inquired about my upcoming book release, Garage Glamour™ : Digital Nude and Beauty Photography Made Simple so I wanted to set the record straight since I've seen some misinformation.

First, the book cover did not change. Amazon.com somehow put the inside page as the display cover on their website--they have been alerted by the publisher and Amazon.com has put it on their list to change--we're at their mercy. The cover is the one below that features the headshot of April 2006 Playboy Playmate Holley Dorrough. Yes, this image is from the shoot I sent to Playboy for her Playmate consideration--I own the image.

Second, when we received the advanced copies of the book at WPPI where Holley and I signed books in Las Vegas last month--I was not happy with the cover. In the book publishing business you "sign-off" on a "contract proof" provided by the printer. I signed off on a beautiful, exact color proof of what I shot, the printer goofed, the publisher agreed, so the book is being reprinted correctly and is delayed for shipment for about 4-6 weeks from this post.

Because this is a photography book, my first, and features a beauty image and a beautiful model (Playmate) with her first book cover, I insisted the book be printed properly. The publisher agreed. This is not the publisher's fault--FYI.

Yes, this will delay the book and even rolaty payments to me, but the importance is that it be done right--if this was a book on how to put a computer together, it probably would have been acceptable and the first printing would be off-color and the second-printing corrected. But this is photography, color is important.

Now, Samy's camera did purchase two cases, 48-books, and about another two cases were sold at WPPI because these were rock-solid commitments. I hear Samy's has a few left--ugh, if Holley makes her singing career like she's doing so far, perhaps the value of these books will go up? Don't know, but I do know that less than 120 will have covers slightly off color, but acceptable. (So call Samy's if you want one in LA).

The majority of the photos in the book are mine, but work from DK (Dennis Keim), George Stumberg, Michael Dean (a G1 owner), Gordon Jones (from the Virgin Islands workshop), and many, many more G1 photographers and models are featured! Even two Playboy Playmates are featured in the book along with several Playboy Special Editions models! The book is approximately 30,000 words of great information and the first of a series of books to follow.

Stay-tuned for updates and book two information coming soon! Thanks, rg sends! (actual book cover below)
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Old 05-10-2006, 01:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've always been amazed at how often this problem with book printers seem to happen. They send you a beautiful contract proof copy and you sign off, and then the end result has some obvious problem that was not in the printer's proof copy. In my experience, it seems to happen about half the time. And because of time constraints, etc, it is often a giant pain to get a reprint made and so sometimes you take the bad print run just to avoid the hassle. So I sympathise with what you're going through.
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Waiting since january.......
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Old 06-07-2006, 04:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Barnes and Noble says out of print. Pub date May 28 confirmed by Broaders. What is it this time?
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As the original post indicates, the book was delayed due to the printer's error of the color of the cover, the book will be released. Order from the front of G1 by going to the Amazon.com link, this preorders it. There are a few copies available from Samys.com that they actually have on hand, though the cover is slightly off-color. Those were prereleased. I hope that helps, thanks, rg sends!
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Book update?

First post said 4-6 weeks delay due to the cover color issues. It's been over 2 months now since the initial post.

Do we have a solid date yet Amazon will have it available?
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Book update?
First post said 4-6 weeks delay due to the cover color issues. It's been over 2 months now since the initial post.
Do we have a solid date yet Amazon will have it available?
If you see this Rolando, is there ANY chance that the G1 braintrust might find a way to ship out a first batch of these things? I'm sure Amazon wouldn't be thrilled, but they really don't seem to have a clue.

I'd gladly give up my free shipping to actually get the book.
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Book update:--I received my single copy last Friday in the mail from the publisher. I've been told the books arrive today at Amherst and the various (distro) wharehouses and start shipping shortly thereafter. They are hitting store shelves sometime next week.

Samy's Camera in Los Angeles may still have some on the shelves from the one that the cover was slightly off color if you want one. You can click on the link of Samy's banner on the front of G1.

For those attending the Chicago workshop, I'm trying to get a case shipped there, so far, all looks good. More to come, but finally, thanks, rg.
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I had pre-ordered my book back in March, so now I just have to wait for Amazon to notice my order. Thanks Rolando for this publication.
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<p>When I spoke with Kathryn at Amherst last week, she thought the books may hit the stores late this week. Things can always change, but that's the last I heard. I've been checking B&N and Borders off and on for it, no sightings just yet. It's on the way folks.</p><p>
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