I’ll admit from that start that my books have never sold well. Lyn and I just received our annual royalty checks from Texas A&M University Press for our book about the meanings of barbed wire: The Perfect Fence. $36 each. Sam and I still haven’t paid off the $500 advance we got from Torrey House Press for our Wild Rides & Wildflowers (we’re helping them, we claim, keep their status as a non-profit). Zarko’s and my books, Repetitions and Vampires & A Perfect Dictionary haven’t earned a penny (we are fully committed to the open source mission of punctum books). And so on.
But now Peter Handke has won the Nobel Prize and the flood of protests regarding his statements about the former Yugoslavia have raised the selling price of my translation for Viking: A Journey to the Rivers: Justice for Serbia. By how much?
This means, I think, that people want to read it before commenting on it. Which is always a good idea.