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If this is to come to anything, then THIS is the book to have. Number ONE. Numero Uno. The FIRST.


The auction for Book #1 of Hazel Twigg & the Hollyhock Hideaway ends Wednesday, February 17, at 6:33pm Iowa Central time.

1WWOThroughout the ages, there have been first editions. A true first edition is the first batch of the first printing of books.

Just think of them! Sitting there on the shelves of Ye Olde Book Shoppe, waiting to be purchased. Unassuming books. Perhaps dusted every now and then. Wouldn’t we like to go back in time and buy those books to have them in our hands now?







Usually thousands, or tens of thousands of these true first editions are printed. In the case of Hazel Twigg & the Hollyhock Hideaway, we’re on our third printing, but of the first printing there were only 100 copies made. That’s IT. And all one hundred of those first 100 copies were hand numbered. The final ten have been auctioned off, one by one. And now we’re down to the very last.

1velvOf course, Hazel Twigg is much more of a gamble than the books pictured here. These other books are first published editions, and we’re still working on that. By authors who were better known. We’re working on that too. But those very things – that this is a first release, rather than a first edition, and the very existence of this book is so far known by very few people – might be what makes this very copy of this very book worth that much more.

ht10bookAfter all, once we do find a publisher, will they really want to print all these beautiful illustrations by Nina Khalova in full and glorious color? Some taking up two whole pages? All very vibrant and expensive to print? Most likely not. Maybe not until the “Commemorative Reprint of the Full Color First RELEASE!” You never know.

1HT4aSo yes, this is a gamble, but the payoff could be that much better. Perhaps in your lifetime. Perhaps in your great, great, great, great, granddaughter’s lifetime. Either way, you could be the one that had the foresight. To take a chance. To bid. To OWN.

Book #2 was purchased by…Michelle E. of Hudson, Colorado! Michelle, my thoughts are with you and I want to publicly and gratefully acknowledge you and thank you for all your support.

And with that, I leave you! Happy Tuesday, you’re my favorite.


Just some of the Hazel Twigg illustrations by the incomparable Nina Khalova.

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