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james_davis_nicoll ([personal profile] james_davis_nicoll) wrote2017-05-19 11:54 am

Question for publishing grognards

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.
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[personal profile] pameladean 2017-05-19 05:11 pm (UTC)(link)
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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[personal profile] kjn 2017-05-19 06:46 pm (UTC)(link)
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 2017-05-19 18:46 (UTC)
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[personal profile] pameladean 2017-05-19 06:54 pm (UTC)(link)
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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[personal profile] editrx 2017-05-20 05:38 am (UTC)(link)
Also, speaking as someone who worked production for Baen, Jim kept us under a (sometimes brutally) tight schedule on the production end of things.

[personal profile] connactic 2017-05-19 05:16 pm (UTC)(link)
or the author didn't bother to send it to Baen because he didn't know it was a "Baen Book".
Edited 2017-05-19 17:18 (UTC)
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[personal profile] justphoenix 2017-05-19 06:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Sounds like Seattle is going the way of SF.
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[personal profile] justphoenix 2017-05-19 06:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Oops, this was supposed to on another person's entry. Disregard!
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[personal profile] ironymaiden 2017-05-19 07:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, I live there and now I'm curious!
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[personal profile] justphoenix 2017-05-19 08:10 pm (UTC)(link)
With regards to techie transplants coming in and the locals being out priced on real estate.
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[personal profile] mme_hardy 2017-05-19 11:15 pm (UTC)(link)
It's been going that way for years, hasn't it? At least according to my long-time Seattle-dwelling friends. Microsoft money sloshing all around, and now Amazon as well.
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[personal profile] scott_sanford 2017-05-20 12:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Soon Seattle will bloat up to two or three times its normal word count.

Angry gamer bros will rant feebly about the existence of women.

Leaving Seattle will become impossible due to arbitrarily extended sequels. You get on the highway and soon you're in Tacoma...and then Olympia...and then Centralia. The towns keep getting smaller and less interesting but you never get to the last one in the series.

[personal profile] eub 2017-05-22 10:17 am (UTC)(link)
The economics of large-scale middle-class apartment housing was gutted by the Thor Power Tool decision.

Seattle's demographics drift older and older, while Seattle looks down its nose at cities like Bellevue and their associated fanfic communities.

Some see the Space Needle as an effort to predict the future, others see it as using the idea of the future to entertain and comment.

Older people may reread 'Boeing Age' work for comfort, but young people who read it often bounce off the casual sexism and other Bad Fairy gifts.