The self-publishing of The Genetic Universe can be summarized as: “What is likely to happen when someone has good ideas in metaphysics but is not affiliated with any university and lacks pertinent knowledge about designing, editing, publishing, marketing, and selling a written work.”
In 2015, I wrote a short book which I believed was basically well written and self-published it.
At such time, I saw no problem in not having discussed the work with anyone; I approached a number of individuals but had no luck in getting anyone’s attention and so decided to post it online for a limited time as a free e-book.
I found out posting a book online at no charge is a bad idea if you have the intention of selling it later, since the book started to appear in places I did not want it to appear.
Later, I was made aware most readers would not understand my book, as English is not my first language.
When I finally got editing help, I began to find out the large gap between what a publishing house does with a book of such magnitude; utilizing a team of various professionals to cover every significant angle, and the basic fixing of grammatical errors you get from hired editing.
Those details explain why the second edition was the first edition to be offered for sale; the first edition is gone, nowhere to be found.
October, 2023 update.
The second edition had poor sales and since I am working on a revised edition planned to be offered for sale in early 2024 I decided to take it out of the market. Both book and glossary are no longer available for purchase.
If you purchased the second edition in e-book or print and show me a copy of the receipt I will be happy to send you a free copy of the revised edition (e-book or print, book or glossary) soon after they are offered for sale.