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Farewell Fantastic Books 
27th-Feb-2010 07:09 pm
At Vicki's
It now seems clear that my recently revived hopes for Fantastic Books were founded on exactly that: fantasy. More precisely, my hopes that my own association with FB would amount to anything have been--not dashed exactly, which sounds too definite--but allowed to wither away.

Citing a brutal workload, Marty Halpern has resigned as an acquiring editor for the series. Emails to others don't get answered. So I can't really say what's happening over there; but I do know that as far as my novel goes the answer seems to be nothing, and I no longer expect the situation to improve, at least not for me.

Once this is posted I'll delete the cover of the FB Pennterra from my roster of LJ userpics, and this will be my final update on the subject of Fantastic Books. (Actually more of a downdate, if you see what I mean.)

I'm not sorry I gave this a shot, or that a corrected and updated e-version of the novel exists now as a result. But, all in all, the experience has been really disheartening.
Comments 
28th-Feb-2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about that. I have another author friend who had a short story collection due from a publisher that went through similar mess, nobody answering emails, proofs being promised but never arriving, even supposedly fisnished copies being due in time for her attending a convention and then nothing. It must be so disheartening for you, but keep going. You have fans, you have eager readers. Marty gave you a great write up the other week, I'm working on a piece about the trilogy, there are others too.

28th-Feb-2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot for this kind and encouraging response. And yes, Marty is a mensch.

I'll be interested, to put it mildly, in whatever you eventually have to say about the trilogy; coming from you, I know it will be both well considered and worth pondering.
29th-Apr-2010 11:22 pm (UTC) - Any significance?
Don't know if you're aware, but I just noticed that Don Sakers reviewed (and very positively; I don't imagine you'll complain about a comparison to Ursual K. le Guin) Pennterra in the current, July/August, issue of Analog. (Analogsf.com, though their site is still promoting the previous edition.)

I'm wondering if you sent them the copy or if Fantastic Books might be getting its promotion act together.
30th-Apr-2010 12:30 am (UTC) - Re: Any significance?
Gosh, I don't know! I didn't send them a copy, but maybe somebody at FB did. Warren Lapine supposedly sent a batch of review copies out months ago. I guess it could be from one of those.

Anyway, thanks a lot for making me aware of this. I don't normally see Analog but I will hunt this issue down for sure.
30th-Apr-2010 10:57 pm (UTC) - Re: Any significance?
I don't normally see Analog but I will hunt this issue down for sure.

For some reason I thought you wouldn't (maybe only because, with one exception that I know of, no one on my Flist is much interested in that magazine). For what it's worth, it's a double-issue so you'll have a better chance of getting your money's worth.
1st-May-2010 12:19 pm (UTC) - Re: Any significance?
You guessed right (but what is a Flist?). All my short fiction, apart from the odd original anthology piece, has appeared in either F&SF or Asimov's, and I've always had the impression, rightly or wrongly, that Analog was for hardware stories. Hence my surprise at learning about the review, like, what's it doing in there? Maybe I'll find out from this issue whether I've been right about the type of story they do.
1st-May-2010 01:14 pm (UTC) - Re: Any significance?
I'll be interested in finding out what you think of it. It does love its hardware, but it's also a place that regularly publishes folks like Robert J. Sawyer and I think was one of the first places to put Lois McMaster Bujold into print. (And at the risk of name-dropping, Nalo Hopkinson once told me that Analog's former reviewer, Tom Easton, was responsible for some of the most perceptive reviews she'd received.)
1st-May-2010 06:36 pm (UTC) - Re: Any significance?
I'll make a point of letting you know.
14th-May-2010 11:51 pm (UTC) - Re: Any significance?
Still haven't been to town and seen a copy of the print mag, but the July issue is online now, and you were right about the review--it's great! Ironic, though, to read that mine "is a voice we haven't heard from enough." Publishers, are you listening? (N0.) Thanks again for alerting me to this. I guess Google will eventually, but good news can't come too soon.
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