As many of you have heard, the first print run of our latest book, One Continuous Fight: The Retreat From Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863, recently sold out. There are still some in the distribution pipelines and at retail locations, but the warehouse is out of copies. Eric, Mike and I couldn’t be more appreciative of the kind words, very positive reviews, and great things that have been said about the book and the fact that the first edition has sold out so quickly, just like Plenty of Blame to Go Around did shortly after its release in 2006.
Our publisher, Ted Savas, has just finalized and ordered the second edition. I corresponded with him the past few days as we worked through a few adjustments for the manuscript before it goes to press. A few typos had slipped into the first printing of the book, and there were a couple short participant quotes that had been accidentally repeated. We were doing a little last-minute rearranging of some of the material for clarity, and these few typos slipped in, none of which were Savas-Beatie’s fault. The rearranging was done after all of the editing of the manuscript had already been completed, and we as authors take responsibility for them. In total, the first edition only has about a dozen very minor typos, and all of them were very easily and quickly fixed for the second edition. Most readers, in fact, have told us that they didn’t even catch the typos because most were hardly noticable.
The second edition will be available in a couple weeks or so – so anyone waiting for a copy (whether ordered through Amazon, another online retailer, or a storefront) will have theirs very soon! A few personally signed first editions are still available at regular retail price on our website, even though copies of these are now being offered online by sellers for several hundred dollars each! We also have a few of the Signed and Numbered Special Gettysburg Editions available there, and once they’re gone they’re gone. Special Editions of Plenty of Blame have sold out.
Readers have been wildly enthusiastic about the driving/walking tours that we’ve included in the back of the book. There are two tours – one follows the Confederate wagon train of wounded, the other tracks the main armies to the Potomac and all of the fights and skirmishes along the way. I continually get emails from folks who have taken one or both of the tours and have enjoyed them, and it’s great hearing that they’ve been so well received. Going out to the places where these events happened, and seeing the actual ground, terrain features, buildings and roads is the best teacher of all.