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Posted by: Jim_Fortner Posted on: 24. Dec 2006 at 04:26
Well, I'm not in on all the intricacies of HTML etc, but I know I've looked on webpages before that would not allow me to copy a picture to email to a friend (Marvel dot com for example - wanted to shoot a pic of an upcoming publication to a friend).  So, why couldn't someone keep their content online and only able to be viewed online by a registered member (paid).  Now that wireless connections are becoming so popular and prevalent, it would seem reasonable to read a book or short story online only or, for a premium, order it in a printed version which could be obtained through some local place like a Kinko's (are they still around?) or better yet a Borders or Barnes and Noble, where a machine would print and bind it for you in a few minutes.

Just an idea.  Sales might then support some small publisher providing Super Premium signed hardcover copies or compendiums - I'd love to have a Hardback compendium containing all the Cheeser books for instance!
Posted by: Forum Administrator Posted on: 16. Dec 2006 at 13:54
[quote author=Swancrash  link=1119141371/15#17 date=1166263598]One point: true, there are issues of people purchasing an e-book and passing it about, but there is nothing to stop someone from buying a paper copy of a book and passing it around as well.  

I guess the difference is that a paper copy of a book remains one copy, no matter how many people you lend it to, while an electronic file multiplies with every copy someone gives away, making it more of a problem.
Posted by: Swancrash Posted on: 16. Dec 2006 at 07:06
One point: true, there are issues of people purchasing an e-book and passing it about, but there is nothing to stop someone from buying a paper copy of a book and passing it around as well.  Don't we all, to some degree?
But all of this is just whinging on my end: I just want to read something new from an author I like very much, and it rankles that the only reason I can't is that publishing companies balk at something that doesn't fit their marketing schemes.
Same in music: can you imagine a modern record company signing Pink Floyd pre-Dark Side of the Moon?  Frank Zappa?  But we can have all the Britny Spears we want.
Rant, rant. I just want a new Blaylock. Any idea where I can find a copy of the Magic Spectacles?  I've never read that one.
Posted by: Forum Administrator Posted on: 02. Dec 2006 at 16:27
It's a complicated issue, not only because of the prevailing attitudes about publishing but for technical reasons too. How would an e-book be formatted to prevent people from just passing around a single copy a mission times, for example?

In publishing, there's also a significant stigma attached to self-publishing as opposed to going through a publisher - it tends to be taken as a sign of failure, that a book didn't deserve to be published. It's not an attitude that's completely without foundation, since a lot of junk does get self-published, but on the other hand an equal amount of junk gets accepted by publishers. Despite all of the prejudices against self-publishing, modern publishing certainly needs alternatives to the mainstream channels of publication as the industry grows increasingly centralised and closed to new authors, to back-list books, to unusual ideas, and closed to the authors with moderate sales who aren't going to become media phenomena.

Perhaps a good compromise between the multinational publishing houses and self-publishing can be found in the small presses, like Babbage, which is keeping some of the old Blaylock books in print.
It may be more difficult for them to promote a previously unpublished book, though, since they would need to do some promotion to make people aware of it.
Posted by: Swancrash Posted on: 02. Dec 2006 at 07:02
I used to live in a country with somewhat calmer laws about downloading, and a good friend of mine explained his point of view to me after I had given the party line that unauthorized downloading deprived the artists of money, in addition to depriving the record companies. My friend stated that in the future, he believed that artists would set up their own websites and sell their own stuff, especially artists who already had a following.  And I was just thinking that if the hidebound publishing industry kept rejecting Zeuglodon, well, I've read enough Blaylock to trust him, and I'd have no issues firing off ten bucks in order to download the book. Bypass the foolish publishers and go right to the source. I realize that $10 here and there wouldn't necessarily pay the Weetabix bill, or allow many nickels to be nailed to the stairs, but it's just an idea.
Posted by: Forum Administrator Posted on: 07. Oct 2006 at 14:17
Last I heard (in June) was that Zeuglodon was still making the rounds of publishers, who seem to have been rejecting it on the basis of the book being too quirky. Jim was working on another novel that he expected to finish by the end of the summer.
Posted by: Swancrash Posted on: 07. Oct 2006 at 06:33
Sorry, forgot to negate the smileys.  No unhappy faces.  No.
Posted by: Swancrash Posted on: 07. Oct 2006 at 06:32
Oh, such waiting.  I don' t suppose there's any news of Zeuglodon??? Not to nag, but I miss the man's writing, as we all do, I suppose.
Posted by: Jim_Fortner Posted on: 29. Aug 2006 at 01:47
Any news?
Posted by: Silver Posted on: 29. Mar 2006 at 19:44
Update: Zeuglodon's still not been taken on by a publisher.  In Blaylock's words:

Zeuglodon (after I made very nice revisions at the behest of the very good editor) was rejected: the plot was too complex, and [the editor] was doubtful that it would work as a YA book.  I think she's wrong, and once again it took 8 months in the process of not being bought.

Blaylock goes on to say that it's circulating to yet more potential publishers now.
Posted by: Jim_Fortner Posted on: 24. Mar 2006 at 22:09

Any info?
Posted by: Silver Posted on: 30. Sep 2005 at 03:36
Blaylock relates that Zeuglodon is still under review by publishers in New York.

If it gets selected by a publisher, he plans on some light rewriting of parts prior to going to print, but he says the changes wouldn't take very long.

Posted by: Forum Administrator Posted on: 26. Sep 2005 at 15:03
In case anyone's wondering what a zeuglodon is:
Posted by: Dave Garrett Posted on: 03. Sep 2005 at 03:11
So we have 2 completed books (young adult) and an adult one possibly about medieval myth being feverishly written at this very moment (we can dream, right?). Very nice. I saw a blog entry by Jonathan Strahan (Australian editor and writer and critic/reviewer) lamenting the Zeuglodon book not getting published--he is starved for more Blaylock just like the rest of us. It is the entry for August 29th---
   Here is hoping that someone buys James' book by the end of the year!
Posted by: Silver Posted on: 26. Aug 2005 at 19:27
Good point -- yes, I believe there are two books now with the Zeuglodon characters, so if the first gets pubbed, the second might reasonably follow shortly after. It's pretty rare for a publisher to put out all sequels simultaneously, though, even when the writing is all completed already for a book series.

My hope is that the recognition that since young adult books can sell really well (like the Harry Potter series), that potential publishers should take these works of Blaylock's very seriously.

Blaylock is working upon another adult novel currently, he told me, perhaps involving Medieval myth (I'll ask him to share more details on the subject).