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Old 28th September 2006, 11:57 AM   #46 (permalink)
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Cheers! I enjoy it - always been gregarious.
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Old 28th September 2006, 11:59 AM   #47 (permalink)
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Cheers! I enjoy it - always been gregarious.
And we're learning new difficult words every day as well
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Old 29th September 2006, 05:37 PM   #48 (permalink)
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How likely is a publisher to pick up a small press, prev. published novel? I assume when small press books make the best sellers lists, big time pubs pick 'em up all the time, but what about books with a modest showing?
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Old 30th September 2006, 02:14 PM   #49 (permalink)
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Very seldom. For every small press novel that is picked up, over 100 aren't. We can all give examples, but do think about those odds...and very, VERY few small press novels make any sort of list that matters to a mainstream publisher.
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Do you know JV Jones?
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Old 1st October 2006, 08:41 AM   #51 (permalink)
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Know of, but don't know personally. She was taken on in the UK by Orbit after I left to join Random House in 1992.
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Old 3rd October 2006, 01:26 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Do you know JV Jones?
As a matter of interest, why do you ask?
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Old 8th December 2006, 11:57 AM   #53 (permalink)
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Well, after two months of house and internet related horrors (look at my Live Journal or MySpace blogs for details) I'm back. I'll be catching up over the weekend.
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Well, after two months of house and internet related horrors (look at my Live Journal or MySpace blogs for details) I'm back. I'll be catching up over the weekend.
'bout time too
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Old 8th December 2006, 05:35 PM   #55 (permalink)
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Nice to see you back on the boards, and hope you are "recovering" from the nightmare move.

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Old 8th December 2006, 06:15 PM   #56 (permalink)
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Hi John, thanks for taking the time to visit with us here. On an earlier thread you mentionioned that all publishers occassionally pass on novels that turn out to be big sellers elsewhere. Would you care to divulge the biggest novel you personally passed on?
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Old 8th December 2006, 09:09 PM   #57 (permalink)
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I'll have a think about that!
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Old 9th December 2006, 02:25 PM   #58 (permalink)
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Like every editor I know on both sides of the Atlantic, I've sometimes passed on authors who have been published successfully elsewhere, or been outbid in an auction. I think it's invidous to mention the former specifically, but I was the underbidder (I came second) in the UK auction for George R R Martin's original SONG OF ICE AND FIRE trilogy ten years ago, when I worked with Random House. That was for a great deal of money!
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Old 9th December 2006, 05:21 PM   #59 (permalink)
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Wow, Martin is one of my favorites and very popular here in general. Sorry to put you in an awkward position so thanks for playing along. I just think it's interesting to hear about the various "what if" scenerios such as the chap who left the Beatles just before they hit it big, the guy who traded his half in Dominos pizza for an old VW, Tom Selleck turning down the role of Indiana Jones, etc.
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Old 9th December 2006, 09:22 PM   #60 (permalink)
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The chance would be a nice thing!
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