I F you were among the nearly half-millon persons who bought An Unknown Woman in any of its six editions in the United States and elsewhere during the nearly 20 years that it remained in print,
Or if you bought The Stations of Solitude in either of its two American editions during six of the later years that An Unknown Woman was available,
Or if you were among the uncountable numbers of persons who read either book by borrowing it from any of the 1,250 libraries in the United States that still carry one or both books on their shelves—private and public academic libraries, and public libraries in major metropolitan areas and their surrounding communities and farthest outlying towns,
Or if you lived in the greater Washington area and listened to WAMU’s broadcast twice daily of Edward Merritt’s readings of the entire manuscript of An Unknown Woman (“Map of an Inward Journey”) three separate times before it was ever published,
Alice Koller Invites You To Become A Patron Of Her New Book,
Meditation On Being A Philosopher
You who have listened to or held and read her other books found something somewhere on those pages that remains with you. You know that Alice Koller can write books that are published and widely read. You rightfully expect that the new book will have something of at least comparable value (if it has any at all), and even that that value may very well be distinctive to the new book.
IF you did not buy, and have not read, either book, but were drawn, somehow, to read
Alice Koller Invites You Too To Become A Patron.
Earlier readers are learning at this very moment that the new book is a not-yet book: Meditation On Being A Philosopher is not yet completed.
The other persons reading these words, the ones who haven’t read either book, are saying, “The audacity! How do I know that she’ll ever finish writing it?”
You “not-yet readers,” for whom a not-yet book is just right, have cause to call by its true name this author’s audacity. Know that the earlier readers already agree with you: Alice Koller is audacious.
In Exchange For Your Patronage
You will receive a copy of the new book,
your name will be listed on the book’s Acknowledgments page.
All patrons will be listed on one of the early pages readers see when they open a book’s cover—the Acknowledgments page of the new book.
To protect your privacy, no further identifying data (not your address, not your state or country) will accompany the listing of your name. (Instead of being listed alphabetically, patrons may choose to be listed solely as “Name Withheld by Request.”)
Participating in publication is simply choosing from among four levels of patronage.
A copy of the first edition of the book, wrapped in protective packing, postage paid,
will be mailed to the address you specify on the F o r m.
As a guarantee that you will receive your copy on publication, the author’s endorsement of your check will include a unique set of digits. The reverse of your check will therefore be your receipt for the funds you send. The author will retain a copy of both face and reverse of your check, and that unique number will serve as the fastest way to correct any clerical or other error that may occur during packing and mailing the book to you.
A copy of the book, as in Category I, and the author will autograph the copy.
A copy of the book, as in Category I, and the author will autograph the copy, but will
autograph it to you or to any other person you name on the F o r m.
Persons familiar with publishing know that the entire publishing process can add
a predictable eight or more months to the time that completing the writing may consume.
To hasten with utmost speed the appearance of the book in print, such patrons may wish
to subscribe a sum beyond those in the other categories. For Q-patrons, the author will
autograph, date, and write a note specific to the patron on one of the nearly empty front pages of the book.
Can the patronage plan guarantee that patrons will receive their copies?
In the event of some terminal illness or totally incapacitating accident or injury to the author before she completes the book (at present, neither of these eventualities is even on the near horizon), a special clause in the publishing contract will empower the publisher to re-issue one or both of her earlier books in quantities sufficient to substitute for the copy of Meditation On Being A Philosopher that Alice Koller here in full faith promises to each patron. The author hopes that, if such illness or injury occurs, patrons in Categories II, III, and Q (who receive benefits beyond the book itself, which all patrons receive) would abolish any ill-will they might bear toward her when the extra benefits cannot be supplied.
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