October was a landmark month for my Pettus book project. I finally finished volume 1 (about 750 pages) of my two-volume book on the Pettus family of England and Virginia. A few days ago, I contacted a prospective publisher to get a quote on printing 200 or 300 copies of volume 1. I can tell you now that the cost for volume 1 will be somewhere around $45-50, exclusive of shipping, handling, and maybe tax. The exact price will depend upon the number of copies I order from the publisher. The number of copies I order will depend upon the number of prospective customers I have, since I don’t have a good place to store unsold volumes.
I have saved e-mails from prospective customers for my book over the last ten years, but I lost access to e-mails arriving prior to installing the Vista-compatible version of AOL on my current PC. Even so, I have dozens of saved e-mails indicating an interest in buying my book. If you are still interested in buying a copy of volume 1 or wish to indicate your interest for the first time, please let me know and let me have your mailing address. Your response will govern the size of my order and the amount I will charge for a copy of my book.
The books will be ready for distribution within eight weeks after I send the publisher a signed contract and a printout of my book.First, however, I will allow some time for your responses before proceeding with publication so I will know how many copies to have printed.
Last week, I submitted a draft of my genealogical summary and conclusions chapter in volume 2 of my book to the local family history writing group of which I am a member. I will receive comments from the group tonight. This group has also reviewed many of the biographies I wrote that will appear in volume 1. When I finish editing the final version of that chapter, I will start indexing volume 2.
Last week, I received a copy of an article in the Norwich, UK, newspaper with a picture of Sir John Pettus, Kt., who was mayor of Norwich in 1608. Sir John is wearing his mayoral habit while standing in front of Pettus House on Elm Hill. The article describes a virtual reality project undertaken by the University of East Anglia with funding from Norwich HEART (a trust for promoting the city’s historic resources). The university has produced a virtual reality animation of Sir John conducting a tour of Elm Hill, the city’s most historic street.
Back in the spring, Michael Loveday, CEO of Norwich HEART gave a talk on the Pettus family of Norwich and Norfolk County, UK, at a Pettus family reunion in Richmond, VA. His talk featured another animation of Sir John emerging from his mayoral portrait and talking about himself as he walked through Blackfriar’s Hall. The present version will be available for tourists who visit the new tourist center for Elm Hill.