The long-anticipated 2011 Stylus Pen Annual is hot off the press and making its way to Fine Life Media's Connecticut warehouse. There are executive privileges: I received my advance copy a couple of weeks ago, and I must say it is a great book. All the major pen brands are included, but I did do a bit of fine tuning this year, leaving out a few of the smaller brands or those that are not distributed widely, or at all, in the US. There is contact info for all of them, however. Also included this year are some very insightful interviews with the principal players in the pen industry. I sent each a list of questions, and each responded in his or her own fashion. Very little editing was done, and I am sure you will be fascinated--as I was--by their candor. Also new this year is a group of articles geared toward both classic and new pen collectors by some of your favorite authors: Richard Binder, Paul Erano, David Isaacson and Ron Zorn, as well as a wonderful essay by Jeff Bohn.
All in all, this year's Annual is a darn good read, and it will be referred to again and again as a comprehensive annual guide to pens. Send me your comments after you receive your copy, and I will include them as I am able in a future marketing package--with credit to you. All who comment will be put in a drawing to win a pen.