At last I have not just proofs, but my own supply of the latest P’kaboo prints for Tabika and Tabika Two, and the proper ones for Darx Circle. I am thrilled with the quality.
Strange that the excitement remains the same for the tenth book as it was for the first. Fingering through the pristine copies is like holding one’s own newborn child. The feeling comes through that it doesn’t really matter all that much if no interest arises, or if they become runaway best sellers. At that moment all that matters is that they exist — something that wasn’t there before is now a reality arising from one’s efforts. This even holds good for revisions/reprints where one knows that the result is now even better than before.
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Another for my Author blog that may as well also appear here as well. Sometimes I wonder why I bother to maintain both blogs.
It will be interesting comparing the feeling (if I ever get there) to me holding an electronic reader and seeing one of my stories on it.
Somehow, I don’t think it will compare. In fact, I don’t think it will be much different from seeing my stories on my blog.
Best of luck with the reprints.
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Cheer-up ej, you sound very defeatist, I know you’re not British, with that backs to the wall spirit, but chin up and press on regardless, think of yourself as one of J.C’s fine soldiers, That’s Julius Ceaser not that other bloke with the same initials.
*sigh* . . . it seems I can’t say anything without someone assuming I mean something else.
I’m not defeatist, and I like to look where I’m walking so my chin will remain put, and I certainly plan to keep doing what I do (annoy people).
But, thanks for the pep talk.
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Dipping back in memory: I do believe the action stories you put out are worthy of appearance in a physical novel with real pages to turn. Maybe we should make it happen?
You’re probably referring to the novel I was serializing while writing for Dark Globe (eventually Legendary Post). Unfortunately, that novel is still unfinished (I really should get back to it).
Two of my other three novels are in pretty good shape as far as publishing (I say that, but I’m not a professional) but I don’t think you’ve read those (or, you might have; I don’t remember).
I really should get off my posterior and do something with them but there are always excuses (like, our new house taking up a lot of time along with physical and mental effort).
At some point, I’ll get serious about it.
You should perhaps take your favourite and bounce it off me for publishing consideration rather than for serial reading. Even though I still have serious shortcomings on the marketing side, it is better to have a novel ‘out there’ in some form than not at all.
I would feel as if I’m imposing unless I hired you and I’m not at that point yet. Such is the conundrum of people who have no problems other than those they make for themselves.
Seriously, at some point, I’ll get seriously serious about doing something about what I say I want to do but I then neglect to act on.
Equally seriously, I may find that it fills a niche I want to publish in, and cost would therefore not be a factor.
Wait . . . are you a publisher? Or are you saying that as an editor you may want to have your name associated with other genres?
By the way, we should have this discussion via e-mail.
I have launched with increasing velocity into publishing, both in representing an Irish publisher locally and having started my own brand.
You are right about e-mails, though. One coming up.