I called Tony and he told me that he is having his sister send submit a story and his son submit a story too. That way he can get 3 stories in the book. I told him about my husband's family (6 sets of gr-gr-grandparents plus 1 set of gr-grandparents who came to Dunklin Co) and that there was no way that I could do justice to any one of the families because of their contributions to not only their community's history but to Dunklin Co's too. I'm not going to show any preferential treatment to any and I know that these families will not be included by anyone else in the family because of where the family members are, who knows the information and who wants to take time to write a decent story that will provide historical value.
I believe that rather than let the printer/publisher have control of the book that the sponsoring group should have control and set the guidelines. And this is what is being done. The printer/publisher has set the guideline for one submission per person and most likely, as Tony agreed, hoping that a 2nd or even 3rd book will be needed and the printer/publisher can make more money in the end. Tony even said that Greene Co AR was in this situation (currently working on their 3rd volume).
If they are concerned about duplicate submissions, then let them contact the individuals who have submitted a story which contains the same information as another and ask if they can combine the stories into one as long as it will not go over the free 500-word limitation. However, they know that two or more persons can submit a story which begins with the same couple but branches out through several of their children.
My hometown did a history book back around 1994 and they didn't care who submitted a story nor how long each was. They simply set a date for submissions and then tried to figure out how many pages it would be and decided on a price. They contracted with the local newspaper owner to do the printing and it is one of the better books that I have seen in the past 20 to 30 years.
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