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fifty cents a copy. They ultimately went to $1.00 a copy as
the costs went up. We were doing very well with them, but
Curtis felt that they could do infinitely better with their
wider distribution facilities. The series was getting beyond
us. We saw that to really sell these books properly, they had
to be sold the way that Golden Books and paperback books were.
When Curtis added a royalty per copy to their original offer,
At this point, of course, Curtis was in with Grosset and
Yes. Grosset and Curtis bought it jointly. So we still
had a little finger in it.
You weren't sorry or you don't regret it?
Oh, my heavens, we made a fortune out of it.
We had formed a little separate company for Wonder Books-Donald
and Bob Haas and myself and Lou Miller, our sales
manager, who really dreamed up this series. When we sold out,
we sold the series personally. What we got was capital gains.
That was the biggest money any of us, up to this stage, had
taken out of the publishing business. Everything else that
we had made had gone back into Random House. This was the
beginning of the big money for us!
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