September 7th, 2007


In progress and on hold

Some things are in progress and some things are on hold. Imagine that.

First, I have news from the SRM Publisher ISP about a kernel panic and Plesk issues. Lucky us. I've not had reliable email there for several days. This is not useful since I have been trying to mail out LUC2 late notices from there... and I've been getting mail from the printer at that address too. If you're trying to reach me and can't, please be patient.

Elsewise, today's trip to Augusta confirms that we *can* get a relatively short run, high quality mass-market sized paperback from our local supplier. What we can't do is get the short run at prices competitive with the 5000 copy minimums most printers expect for that size books. I can start with a 600 copy press run... if we can sell the book for around $10.

So... seriously: I'm asking you, readers most of you, would you pay $9.99 for a mass market sized copy of Liaden Universe Companion Volume 1, produced on a 60 lb paper which is much more opaque, whiter, and thicker than "standard mass market" paper. We can do a full-color cover, though the people who saw our mock-up liked the high-white with some spot color cover. This is a way to try to get/keep LUC 1 in print without needing financing and a huge warehouse. If we can make this work we may be able to do some of those other anthologies I've mentioned in the last couple months as well.