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Black Sheep... A Competition?

Securing a deal with one of the many esteemed editors at publishing houses like Knopf or Doubleday or FSG seems like fulfilling a kind of New York–specific American dream. Visions of six-figure contracts, KGB readings and TV appearances dance through writers’ heads. Even better: no more office, no more boss.

“But then, it could completely disappear and sell five copies,” added Ms. McLaren whose own book was published to little fanfare as a paperback original in the States this spring. “And you’ll never be heard from again. You’ll disappear. And that’s the real risk of writing a book.”


The above quote is taken from an article about poor authors with book contracts and thirty to forty grand a year to live on. I feel for them, really, I do. I wouldn't lie about this. I mean, imagine not being on Oprah. Imagine if your book was published by the independent press. That would be horrible. There would only be suicide for you after that.

Totally unrelated, Sean Wallace (oldcharliebrown) reckons Black Sheep will be out next week. Place your bets.

In fact, lets play a game:

Pick the publication date of Black Sheep.

Closest wins a copy of the book, assuming there is a copy to be given away, and alla that disclaimer business. Void in Tennessee.

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kaolinfire
Jun. 7th, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)
I'll take June 18th. :heh:

And I'd have to say, disappearing sounds pretty dangerous, very Illuminati. Maybe I should stop writing.
benpeek
Jun. 7th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)
i have a cloak that i wave for my disappearances. i'm cool like that.
deborahlive
Jun. 7th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
Heh. We of the independent press are fully as capable of making writers disappear as the Big Boys and we mightily resent implications to the contrary.

But of course, we hug you first and you feel good about disappearing because you disappear on your own terms.

:)
kaolinfire
Jun. 7th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)
This made me smile.
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lyndarama
Jun. 7th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
June 18th, sometime in the afternoon. Just a feeling really :-)
benpeek
Jun. 7th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
you can't have june eighteen, someone already took that. i wish to remind you that the book has had publication dates from november and march already--so, ahem, yes :)
fred_mouse
Jun. 7th, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
June 14th.
benpeek
Jun. 7th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
noted :)
squirrel_monkey
Jun. 7th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
June 13.
benpeek
Jun. 7th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC)
such optimists here ;)
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tanuja
Jun. 7th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
June 15th - to cash in on the weekend crowd, oh wait am I thinking of film releases! I'll stick with June 15th.

BTW I love 26 lies!
benpeek
Jun. 7th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
sweet--that's really cool to hear :)
ataxi
Jun. 7th, 2007 04:06 am (UTC)
June 22. Betting against the spread. Or something.
benpeek
Jun. 7th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
so noted.
catsparx
Jun. 7th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
I wanna play! can I have 4th July?
benpeek
Jun. 7th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
isn't that a holiday in the states?
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ironed_orchid
Jun. 7th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
July 21st.
benpeek
Jun. 7th, 2007 05:36 am (UTC)
right.
elenuial
Jun. 7th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
I actually approve of that article. It at least tells the truth insofar that the writing life is miserable rather than glamorous. It'll help keep away the people who shouldn't be writing in the first place.
elenuial
Jun. 7th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
Oh, and June 27th.
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bodhichitta0
Jun. 7th, 2007 11:33 am (UTC)
June 29. If that's taken I'll take... July 11.
benpeek
Jun. 7th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC)
29th is fine.
buymeaclue
Jun. 7th, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
August 7th.

*g*
benpeek
Jun. 7th, 2007 11:51 am (UTC)
i see you've played this table before ;)
speshal_k
Jun. 7th, 2007 11:52 am (UTC)
Everyone's taken the *good* dates ::grumble::

I'll go June 20th.
benpeek
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC)
haha.
bluetyson
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:07 pm (UTC)
December 27th.
benpeek
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC)
playing the long odds, huh?
rachelholkner
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:11 pm (UTC)
I'll take July 15th thanks Larry.
benpeek
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
lets turn over the letter then, shall we.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
July 10

A passerby
benpeek
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
so noted.

and hello, nice to see you round still :)
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(Anonymous)
Jun. 8th, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
Buy.com has it listed for July 30th so if I can get it then or before then well...

---factory farmer
benpeek
Jun. 8th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
july 30, huh? all over the place, isn't it?
ellen_datlow
Jun. 8th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
I'll go for July 1st,if it hasn't yet been taken :-) and a single malt please !
benpeek
Jun. 8th, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
the casino of no tables no money no cards thanks you for your bet and will be round shortly with your beverage. please enjoy our complimentary film.
ellen_datlow
Jun. 8th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
And what is our movie tonight (or afternoon, depending on where you are)?--something good and scary, I hope.
ellen_datlow
Jun. 8th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
This, btw, has given me a great idea -I'm awaiting publication of Black Thorn, White Rose from Prime, too! I think a contest on my nightshade bb (no blog, I) to give away a copy to the one who guesses closest to its pub date!!! (sorry for stealing --I hope you don't mind!
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ex_chrisbil
Jun. 9th, 2007 11:45 am (UTC)
September 11th!
benpeek
Jun. 9th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC)
haha. good choice!
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