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Any idea what the typical delay between acquisition and publishing was back in the early 1980s? I have a (January 1984) books from Ace that really feels like Jim Baen would have acquired it but he founded Baen in 1983.

Date: 2017-05-19 05:11 pm (UTC)
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The delay could be up to two years. However, Baen was often much faster than larger publishers. I remember being so envious of Lois Bujold because Baen had no problem with publishing her first three novels in the space of a single calendar year; whereas Ace/Berkley, even if they had been as excited about my stuff as Baen was about Lois's, which they understandably were not, would have fainted dead on the floor at the very idea.

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Date: 2017-05-19 06:46 pm (UTC)
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I believe a huge part of that publishing spree was that all the three novels were already (or nearly so) written when Jim Baen bought Shards of Honor.

Checking the timeline, per the Bujold's afterword in the Cordelia's Honor omnibus, we get the following:

In the late summer of '85, about the time I was finishing Ethan of Athos, Warrior's made it in over the transom at Baen Books, and I was abruptly elevated from slush-pile wannabe to real author with three completed books sold. The re-titled Shards of Honor was published in June of 1986


So I think we get circa one year of lead time for Baen just as they were starting up, and didn't have many authors to work with yet.
Edited Date: 2017-05-19 06:46 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-05-19 06:54 pm (UTC)
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I also had several books ready, but Ace was unimpressed.

It's a good point about Baen's just starting up then and therefore not having a huge backlog. Also, I think they probably recognized a unique talent. But my recollection, for which I have sadly no other immediate specifics to back it up, is that Baen was generally much faster than other publishers.

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Date: 2017-05-20 05:38 am (UTC)
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Also, speaking as someone who worked production for Baen, Jim kept us under a (sometimes brutally) tight schedule on the production end of things.

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