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« Reply #30: April 10, 2008, 12:44:49 pm »


Whatcha mean?  I got copies right behind me .. I can send you one ... Cheesy  *keeps on running* Cheesy

Heh! Cheesy

In all seriousness, I can point him in the direction of your site; I don't know whether it would be his style or not, but hey, can't hurt.
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« Reply #31: April 10, 2008, 01:09:02 pm »

Heh! Cheesy

In all seriousness, I can point him in the direction of your site; I don't know whether it would be his style or not, but hey, can't hurt.

I'd love that.  and I'd be QUITE happy to send a free copy to his library if he'd stick it on the shelf. Smiley
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« Reply #32: April 11, 2008, 12:10:29 pm »


I'd love that.  and I'd be QUITE happy to send a free copy to his library if he'd stick it on the shelf. Smiley

I'll totally let him know; if he decides he wants a copy (because it still would take some money out of his budget, since it costs money to process it) should he just email you through your website?

It occurs to me, actually, that if you can find some library-working acquaintances in college towns (which mine kinda is, so no worries there), and HS libraries, who're allowed to pick out stuff, that would be the best place to send free copies.  Get 'em while they're young enough and they'll be loyal readers forever. Cheesy
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« Reply #33: April 11, 2008, 12:12:41 pm »

I'll totally let him know; if he decides he wants a copy (because it still would take some money out of his budget, since it costs money to process it) should he just email you through your website?

It occurs to me, actually, that if you can find some library-working acquaintances in college towns (which mine kinda is, so no worries there), and HS libraries, who're allowed to pick out stuff, that would be the best place to send free copies.  Get 'em while they're young enough and they'll be loyal readers forever. Cheesy

ah, don't email through my website right now.  I can't get at it.  argh.  if he's interested, PM me with where to send it. Smiley

And that's not a bad idea ... muahahahahahaha .....
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« Reply #34: April 11, 2008, 12:19:49 pm »


Most of the Japanese work I know is comics ... which, even if it counts, I believe a library should have the whole set, which can get pricey.

Actually, whoever buys the comics has really gone the extra mile to get manga that's appropriate for teenagers (they started out as part of the YA section before we got so many they had to be moved into a place of their own), and to get complete sets.  But they also get most things at a 40%+ discount because they're a library, so that probably helps.

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« Reply #35: April 11, 2008, 12:29:00 pm »


ah, don't email through my website right now.  I can't get at it.  argh.  if he's interested, PM me with where to send it. Smiley

Can do. Smiley

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Well, god knows it worked on me. Cheesy  Elementary age is a bit too young, but middle and high school are, IMO, the best times to hook a kid on fantasy or sci-fi.  In 30 years today's kids could be in bidding wars over first editions of your stuff. Cheesy
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« Reply #36: April 11, 2008, 01:33:38 pm »

Well, god knows it worked on me. Cheesy  Elementary age is a bit too young, but middle and high school are, IMO, the best times to hook a kid on fantasy or sci-fi.  In 30 years today's kids could be in bidding wars over first editions of your stuff. Cheesy

*sigh*

Why did I have to write adult books?  Oh, wait, it's because I hate kids and love sex, violence and cuss words Grin

Still, tapping into the YA market doesn't seem like a bad idea from the POV of someone who (shamelessly) likes money.

Just thinking out loud, we now take you back on topic.
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« Reply #37: April 11, 2008, 02:49:06 pm »

Actually, whoever buys the comics has really gone the extra mile to get manga that's appropriate for teenagers

Dang, now I wish I had your library. Ours has about 1 volume each (usually volume 2 or 3 Huh)of a bunch of second-tier titles, most from the same publisher. It looks like someone just said "oh, we should get manga" and ordered one each from "this month's new releases". Makes me wonder if *someone* also didn't realize that manga comes in volumes, not in series like novels. That kind of clueless would not surprise me.
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« Reply #38: April 11, 2008, 06:57:20 pm »

Still, tapping into the YA market doesn't seem like a bad idea from the POV of someone who (shamelessly) likes money.

Until the book tour comes along, or the local schools/library calls and wants [given author] to present a program (a paying gig, natch) to real live kids.  I wonder how attractive the money will look then...  Wink

I help schedule similar programs as part of my job, and I can tell you how badly things go for the kid-haters who attempt to wring a few extra bucks and book sales out of their audience.  Kids know, believe me (and so do their angry parents).

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« Reply #39: April 11, 2008, 07:11:12 pm »

Until the book tour comes along, or the local schools/library calls and wants [given author] to present a program (a paying gig, natch) to real live kids.  I wonder how attractive the money will look then...  Wink

I help schedule similar programs as part of my job, and I can tell you how badly things go for the kid-haters who attempt to wring a few extra bucks and book sales out of their audience.  Kids know, believe me (and so do their angry parents).

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Lucky for me I like the little monsters. Cheesy

I'm actually writing a novel that looks like it might fall into the YA category.

.... paid gigs? Cheesy
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« Reply #40: April 11, 2008, 07:27:58 pm »

Until the book tour comes along, or the local schools/library calls and wants [given author] to present a program (a paying gig, natch) to real live kids.  I wonder how attractive the money will look then...  Wink

I help schedule similar programs as part of my job, and I can tell you how badly things go for the kid-haters who attempt to wring a few extra bucks and book sales out of their audience.  Kids know, believe me (and so do their angry parents).

Damn, and I'm such a bad actor that I could never pull it off.  Oh well, I'll just stick to my Plan A to get rich (ie, publish something that would piss off the RR).

That reminds me, I have to get back to it one of these days.
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« Reply #41: April 12, 2008, 11:27:44 am »


I just remembered that Stephen King wrote some fantasy as well.  Try his Dark Tower series (which is a blend between fantasy, scifi, horror, and some western) and the two books he co-wrote with Peter Straub, The Talisman and Black House (both dark fantasy).
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Why did I have to write adult books?  Oh, wait, it's because I hate kids and love sex, violence and cuss words Grin

Do you actively hate them on general principle, or just not really want to be around them?  Because I may say I hate kids, but it's more that I don't really want to be around them much.  I didn't really like them even when I was one, at least in part because, much as adults idealize childhood, a lot of them are real little bastards (those 6 girls and their 2 male accomplices who beat the shit out of 1 girl for mouthing off on myspace being a prime example, Bill Maher's attitude on it notwithstanding).  And just like everything, there are a (admittedly scant) handful of exceptions to my general dislike of kids.

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Still, tapping into the YA market doesn't seem like a bad idea from the POV of someone who (shamelessly) likes money.

I don't know that it's necessarily always shameless money-lust; if I owned an SFF & comic bookstore you bet your ass I'd be doing my best to bring in the middle and high school age kids, partly to ensure some lifelong customers, but also for sheer love of the genre. Smiley  As well as for the sake of the few kids I do like.

I just remembered that Stephen King wrote some fantasy as well.  Try his Dark Tower series (which is a blend between fantasy, scifi, horror, and some western) and the two books he co-wrote with Peter Straub, The Talisman and Black House (both dark fantasy).

Don't worry, we have them all; if Stephen King was involved in it, we have it.
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« Reply #43: April 13, 2008, 01:22:23 pm »


I help schedule similar programs as part of my job, and I can tell you how badly things go for the kid-haters who attempt to wring a few extra bucks and book sales out of their audience.  Kids know, believe me (and so do their angry parents).

I know you can't name names, but how do people writing for adults try to wring a bit of extra bread outta kids?

And how can the kids tell said author isn't a big fan of them?  And why are parents pissed off about it?  I mean, a lot of people don't like kids, it's nothing personal (usually) against their little Johnny/Susie.
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« Reply #44: April 13, 2008, 01:32:06 pm »

Do you actively hate them on general principle, or just not really want to be around them?  Because I may say I hate kids, but it's more that I don't really want to be around them much.  I didn't really like them even when I was one, at least in part because, much as adults idealize childhood, a lot of them are real little bastards (those 6 girls and their 2 male accomplices who beat the shit out of 1 girl for mouthing off on myspace being a prime example, Bill Maher's attitude on it notwithstanding).  And just like everything, there are a (admittedly scant) handful of exceptions to my general dislike of kids.

Let me put it this way:  As someone who values silence, I tend to don't like being around loud things.  And seeing as how no one teaches "children should be seen, not heard" anymore the little bastards tend to get on my nerves.  I even can't stand being around high school kids because they act like apes (didn't like them even when I was in high school).

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I don't know that it's necessarily always shameless money-lust; if I owned an SFF & comic bookstore you bet your ass I'd be doing my best to bring in the middle and high school age kids, partly to ensure some lifelong customers, but also for sheer love of the genre. Smiley  As well as for the sake of the few kids I do like.

With me it is money lust.  Aside from selling books in a lucrative market, I could potentially earn life-long fans and sell more of my adult books.  Now that I think about it, that sword and sorcery I'm toying with could potentially fit into the high school crowed.  If I cut out some of the cussing and potential sex scenes than it could also be for middle schoolers.

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Well I figured your friend would have some of his stuff.  He is one of the most popular writer of our time, after all.
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