When I received my first trade paperback copies of Mutt, it occurred to me if the hand-number the first 100 copies of the book. That way, when my writing is in wider circulation than the combined works of J. K. Rowling and St. Paul, my earliest supporters would have a unique and hopefully valuable collector’s item.
It was a great idea in theory, but I fear I’ve botched the execution somewhat.
What I’ve learned since beginning this experiment is at one should never hand-number a large number of items without either A) doing them all at once or B) keeping a master list for consistency. Being the brilliantly disorganized artistic type that I am, I cleverly opted to do neither of these.
Now, with a few books from this first pressing still left, I’ve lost count, and due to the rather nonlinear way I’ve distributed them, I can’t simply count the remaining ones and work backward.
The remaining books will probably be marked “First Pressing,” and thanks to a code printed in the backs of the books, I’ll be able to distinguish them from books from future runs. But let my sloppiness serve as a lesson to you: always do the bit of extra work beforehand to prevent enormous hassle in the future.