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Old November 22 2012, 06:23 PM   #31
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Andy and I both have plenty of other work floating around. Andy just cowrote Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation, the autobiography of the co-founder of Filmation (producers of the Star Trek animated series). And you can find other works of his on his web site.

I've got a Leverage novel called The Zoo Job that's available for preorder at Amazon, and if you go to my web site, there are ordering links for all my latest novels and short fiction, including Goblin Precinct, V-Wars (edited by Jonathan Maberry), SCPD: The Case of the Claw, -30-, and the Tales from the House Band anthologies.

Thank you so much for this post! A tricky Christmas gift decision has just been made much easier.
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Old November 23 2012, 12:17 AM   #32
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I think Micheal A. Martin is proof of just how much the writer seems to matter. The reactions to his books both here and on Amazon are mostly mediocre to bad, but they keep hiring to him to do more books. Obviously despite the reactions of the regular readers, his books must be selling.
I don't about anybody else, but I would be willing to trade MaM for KRAD.
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Old November 23 2012, 12:32 AM   #33
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I've got a Leverage novel called The Zoo Job that's available for preorder at Amazon, and if you go to my web site, there are ordering links for all my latest novels and short fiction, including Goblin Precinct, V-Wars (edited by Jonathan Maberry), SCPD: The Case of the Claw, -30-, and the Tales from the House Band anthologies.
Well I've actually bought Dragon Precinct, and that's despite not really going for fantasy in general . I get your point of course, and I am indeed keeping an eye on your literary exploits to see when they might coincide with my tastebuds. Still hoping the editors are going to have a change of heart, though, because your take on Trek in print is still my consistent favorite through the years ...
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Old November 23 2012, 10:17 AM   #34
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It's a shame that quality of the writing seems to be a secondary factor in deciding who gets to write tie-in fiction. Even more of a shame that how well you get along with somebody factors into that decision.

On the other hand, we have David Mack/Wardlimore/DRGIII/Kirsten Beyer/Greg Cox writing really excellent Trek fiction, so at least some consideration is given to quality. Just remove MaM from and add KRAD to that mix, and we're cooking!

The wife and I love KRAD's books (her favourite is Diplomatic Implausibility, mine is The Art of the Impossible), and now we'll always be maudlin when re-reading one of his great Trek works.
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Old November 23 2012, 02:35 PM   #35
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^ Why be maudlin? I mean, I appreciate the thought, but I was never going to write Star Trek novels forever.
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Old November 23 2012, 04:51 PM   #36
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^ I know, I know... It's just that you were on such a roll. You and the other guys I named get Trek. I do respect, however, that part of having a creative job is a certain restlessness, the wish to move on to new and exciting things. More power to you. I guess that in the long run, "cherishing" will win out over "being maudlin".
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Old November 23 2012, 07:44 PM   #37
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^ Why be maudlin? I mean, I appreciate the thought, but I was never going to write Star Trek novels forever.
But there was always a chance you would do one every few years !
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Old November 23 2012, 09:27 PM   #38
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Put it this way -- if the byline was really that important, Dragon Precinct would have sold as well as my Trek novels. It didn't. Dave's The Calling should've sold in the same numbers as his Vanguard novels. It didn't.

If you guys like my writing -- or David's writing or Greg's writing or Christopher's writing or Dave's writing -- then prove it by supporting our original stuff. (You can order my work directly from my web site.)
If the by line DIDN"T matter pocket wouldn't have reprinted Nightshade as a gimmic because of the popularity of Hamilton
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Old November 23 2012, 09:35 PM   #39
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Laurell K. Hamilton is a huge phenomenon and a multiple Times best-selling author with a MASSIVE following. It's apples and oranges.

But hey, I've only got 20 years of experience as a writer and editor of tie-in fiction, what do I know?
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Old November 23 2012, 09:35 PM   #40
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Put it this way -- if the byline was really that important, Dragon Precinct would have sold as well as my Trek novels. It didn't. Dave's The Calling should've sold in the same numbers as his Vanguard novels. It didn't.

If you guys like my writing -- or David's writing or Greg's writing or Christopher's writing or Dave's writing -- then prove it by supporting our original stuff. (You can order my work directly from my web site.)
If the by line DIDN"T matter pocket wouldn't have reprinted Nightshade as a gimmic because of the popularity of Hamilton
But that's an unusual exception. When Laurell K. Hamilton originally wrote Nightshade, she wasn't hired because her name would sell more copies. It was only after she had become more popular (and there was a hole in the schedule that needed to be filled) that the decision was made to try and benefit from her name on the byline.

Michael Moorcock's having recently written a Doctor Who novel would probably be another exception.
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Old November 23 2012, 10:07 PM   #41
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Michael Moorcock's having recently written a Doctor Who novel would probably be another exception.
The Moorcock book came about in a strange way. A distributor approached BBC Books and said, "There are all these famous authors who talk about how much they love Doctor Who, so why don't you publish a book by a famous author because it would have all sorts of marketable hooks in the book market?" BBC Books thought this was interesting, they approached Moorcock, he was game, and that's how The Coming of the Terraphiles came to be.

Since then, we've had Doctor Who novels by Jenny Colgan, Stephen Baxter, and (though actually written by Gareth Roberts) Douglas Adams, with a book by Alistair Reynolds on the way. (I'm discounting Dan Abnett's The Silent Stars Go By, because the sales kit on that book promoted it as a "the first Doctor Who Christmas novel," which was the angle BBC Books wanted to take with it.)

Interestingly, this got BBC Books what they wanted -- an American publisher. Ace Books picked up Roberts' Shada and Baxter's The Wheel of Ice for publication in North America. (I presume they're going to pick up Reynolds book as well.) This is something BBC Books has wanted since the mid-90s, someone to publish and distribute the books in North America rather than have to deal with an importer (which was a constant source of frustration for them even as late as a decade ago).
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Old November 23 2012, 10:40 PM   #42
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Laurell K. Hamilton is a huge phenomenon and a multiple Times best-selling author with a MASSIVE following.
Apart from Nightshade I've never heard of her.

I need to get out more...
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Old November 23 2012, 10:42 PM   #43
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Laurell K. Hamilton is a huge phenomenon and a multiple Times best-selling author with a MASSIVE following.
Apart from Nightshade I've never heard of her.

I need to get out more...
She wrote the "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter" novels. The first few are fine, but then the series descends into "porn without plot."
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Old November 23 2012, 10:44 PM   #44
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Laurell K. Hamilton is a huge phenomenon and a multiple Times best-selling author with a MASSIVE following.
Apart from Nightshade I've never heard of her.

I need to get out more...
She wrote the "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter" novels. The first few are fine, but then the series descends into "porn without plot."
Sorry, still nothing...

Thanks anyway
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Old November 23 2012, 10:46 PM   #45
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Well no wonder they're popular then. That's what some people seem to like these days.
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