- Jan 19, 2012
Thank you Sam for all these efforts to make a good translation. Very few of us here can read german, and it is greatly appreciated.
Thank you, and a big thanx to everybody who supports our work by purchasing the book from LULU.
There are some wild stories running around some of the less experienced (to put it mildly) alchemy forums - basically blaming me for "making a profit".
For those people I have to say two things:
One: if I actually would make a profit for the very intense work of translating such an ancient text I would be well within my comfort zone.
Two: HOWEVER as is looks in reality I am far off from making such, in fact this book likely is going to be a loss.
I am making around 9 bucks per book sold. I have paid $200 for the editor/layouter who transferred the word document into a readable book (with InDesign which I dont own nor know how to use), then $100,- for the cover design (I am not a graphics designer and I hate bookcovers that look ugly) and finally 80€ for the transcription from Fraktur (which I can read but I hate the typing). Thats about 400 bucks. From the 9 bucks I make per book the US federal government keeps 3 (LULU witholds 30% for taxation purposes because I am not an American citizen). So far 25 books have been sold and I dont expect it to be many more in the forseeable future. My guestimate is a whooping $250 LOSS on this project. The "Naturweg" was a slight profit, but not nearly enough to make up for this loss. So evidently this will be the last book ever published by me (or rather us). And I dont even account for the pirating via upload of scaned copies to "filesharers".