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Old December 14 2012, 04:07 AM   #16
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Re: Devil's Bargain cover and blurb

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Yeah, I'm so tired of yet more 5 year mission 'everything back in the sandbox' TOS novels. That's no criticism of Tony who may produce a great story, but if TOS books sell (and they obviously do) there's loads of gaps to fill elsewhere.

I'll no doubt buy it but compared to the depth of development of the 24thC. I can't get excited about this.

I think the fact that Vanguard sold should point the way forward...
According to Pocket Books, TOS novels set during the five year mission are the best selling Trek novels, which is why so many are published a year.
I?n which case, it's time to expand the 23rd century and have interconnectedness (i.e. like Vanguard) the way the 24th century does.
Thing is, I think the fact that they aren't interconnected is why they sell so well. It attracts more casual readers than the 24th century novels can.

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The blurb hasn't much changed from July:
http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=182840
As I said then, won't be interested if "Unexpected" means klingon/romulan.

Horta's an instabuy though!
The title makes me think it's the Hortas.
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Old December 14 2012, 08:28 AM   #17
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Re: Devil's Bargain cover and blurb

I really like the cover. The plot sounds like a combo of a number of different elements from TV episodes but it could work out. I get all the books but I've been pretty much focusing reading the 24th century novels lately but that cover could get me to read this one.
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Old December 14 2012, 08:40 PM   #18
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Thanks for the info about Devil's bargain I really like the cover art.
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Old December 16 2012, 07:55 PM   #19
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With the cover I noticed that under the TOS logo, they put "The Original Series". I guess S&S is trying to make people aware hat this book has nothing to do with he new franchise, but is connected to the 60's TV show.

But, when I first saw the planets name, it like the story might be along the same lines as "Star Trek Bridge Commander" from 2002 and the Vesuvius star system.
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Old December 17 2012, 06:23 AM   #20
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I think that is probably the case. Allegiance in Exile has the same subtitle and text style.
I was kind of surprised they didn't have anything on the covers of this year's TOS novels to let people know that it was a TOS novel, not a Abramsverse novel. I know they used the TOS Enterprise, but there have been cases of the wrong ship or uniform being used on covers.
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Old December 17 2012, 06:58 AM   #21
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I was kind of surprised they didn't have anything on the covers of this year's TOS novels to let people know that it was a TOS novel, not a Abramsverse novel.
They do show Leonard Nimoy as Spock, not Quinto so I consider that a hint. Yeah, I know Nimoy was in the movie but he's not the star and I seriously doubt Abramsverse novels are going to be advertised with Nimoy as the only character on the cover.
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Old December 17 2012, 07:06 AM   #22
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I meant The Rings of Time, and That Which Divides, both of which only showed the Enterprise.
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Old December 17 2012, 07:14 AM   #23
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I meant The Rings of Time, and That Which Divides, both of which only showed the Enterprise.
Oh, never mind.
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Old December 17 2012, 12:49 PM   #24
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I was kind of surprised they didn't have anything on the covers of this year's TOS novels to let people know that it was a TOS novel, not a Abramsverse novel.
Why would they want to do that? The whole point of cross-promotion is to get people interested in one work based on its similarity to another work, not ward them off by dwelling on its differences. The fact that they're in different continuities doesn't matter from a promotional standpoint, or indeed to the majority of readers/viewers. The dedicated fans may worry about what stories happened in which reality, but casual fans just want more adventures with the characters they like, and don't worry that much about how they fit together. My X-Men and Spider-Man novels for Pocket were both timed to be promotional tie-ins to the movies, but they were both set in the comics continuity instead.
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Old December 17 2012, 05:26 PM   #25
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My X-Men and Spider-Man novels for Pocket were both timed to be promotional tie-ins to the movies, but they were both set in the comics continuity instead.
Ditto for my Fantastic Four novel. Technically, it was set in the comic continuity, but I always had the movie audience in mind when I was writing it. I wanted the book to be accessible to the casual reader who might be more familiar with the movies than the comics.

And, yes, it was no coincidence that the book was published to coincide with one of the FF movies . . ..
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Old December 17 2012, 05:35 PM   #26
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^Right... I was told to put them in the comics continuity but write them like movies, i.e. as standalone, accessible adventures. Although my Spidey novel ended up being pretty closely tied to the comics continuity and was in fact a sequel to a comics story from the early 2000s -- but nowhere near as much as Jim Butcher's Spidey novel The Darkest Hours from the same line was a direct sequel to J. Michael Straczynski's first Amazing Spider-Man storyline. I made sure to explain everything clearly enough for the novice reader, though.
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Old December 17 2012, 05:45 PM   #27
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There were challenges, of course, like the fact that Reed and Sue have two kids in the comics, but not in the movies. I dealt with this by writing the kids out of the book as fast as humanly possible . . . as in a few pages into Chapter One!
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