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Entangled deciding to print its own mass market books.  Mass market books are pulped and returned for a credit.  Warehousing, taxable issues, and no refunds make mass market expensive.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

17 Comments

  1. KT Grant
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 06:16:50

    I think it’s great so many Indie books are gaining interest from Hollywood, but even if these books sell their film rights, the majority don’t always get made into films. I’m still waiting to hear if and when The Night Circus will be made into a film, which would be fabulous. Also, after the rush to sell Fifty Shades to film, what’s the hold up? I would expect everyone to scramble and start filming next year.

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  2. Nadia Lee
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 08:28:48

    @KT Grant: For most book-to-movie situations, getting the film rights is probably one of the cheaper if not the cheapest expenses. Hence the rush, then wait wait wait wait.

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  3. DS
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 08:50:05

    I’ve been glued to Popehat.com and Techdirt following the Carreon saga. It’s been grand entertainment.

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  4. DS
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 09:12:26

    @Nadia Lee: Well, there is also the fact that a lot of times the movie retains very little of the book. The movie made from Andre Norton’s The Beastmaster comes to mind. I was thoroughly disappointed that all of the book (except the talking to animals part) was essentially dropped.

    Then Bladerunner took the title from an interesting medical sf novel (Alan Nourse) and added it to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Bladerunner the movie was stunning though. Beastmaster wasn’t.

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  5. AmyW
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 09:28:42

    Is there a link missing for the Entangled mmpb news?

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  6. Jane
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 10:02:18

    @AmyW: It’s in the Variety link.

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  7. CourtneyLee
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 11:24:39

    I’ve been keeping up with the Inman/Carreon saga on Popehat, too. (thank you so much, Jane, for linking to that blog–it’s awesome) A bonus to the entertainment factor is the education I’m getting in frivolous lawsuits. Also, my respect for lawyers (except Carreon, of course) has increased. You guys have to have so much data crammed in your heads AND be able to use it effectively. I would never make it through law school.

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  8. Courtney Milan
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 11:36:41

    @CourtneyLee:

    You guys have to have so much data crammed in your heads AND be able to use it effectively. I would never make it through law school.

    No, not really. Most lawyers I know only speak off the cuff about things they deal with on a very, very regular basis. Everything else, they look up first, and then talk about. But most interactions people have with lawyers are structured to hide the look-up time.

    As a lawyer, you have to know how to access the stuff crammed elsewhere, and make sense of it quickly. But you don’t need to know what it is. As a general rule, I usually do a sanity check before I say anything, because my memory (which isn’t bad) is wrong about 20% of the time, and the law has changed from what I remember about 20% of the time.

    So it’s not what you can cram in, it’s what you can figure out. Put another way: people with strong google-fu make better lawyers.

    You can actually see this in action at the Popehat link. In the latest post, he throws something out there that he thinks is true, and then quickly recants. Notice how he cabined the original statement (about attorneys fees under the Lanham Act) with a caveat, and then went and researched it. Most of the time, lawyers don’t tell you that they’re researching things before they speak–they research and then speak, without mentioning the research, giving the impression they just knew the answer off the top of their heads.

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  9. Anon
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 11:39:57

    “So fatigued, in fact, she pressed Yea instead of Nay, casting the deciding 72nd vote in favor of the veto!”

    She should have been paying attention when voting on an important issue. She’s not making lattes, she’s making laws. 71 others pressed the right button…or were smart enough to pretend they did.

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  10. Helen
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 14:45:25

    @DS:
    OMG! I had no idea that movie was based on an Andrea Norton book. I watched that movie incessantly when I was a kid. It was one of the first movie rentals we had for our new betamax vhs (um, yeah…my parents picked the wrong hardware on that one!) I really loved that movie. We were on a barbarian kick in my family for a while and watched that along with all the Conan movies, Red Sonja, Sheena Queen of the Jungle, etc…
    Now I am off to get the book and see how it compares.

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  11. Moriah Jovan
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 14:49:20

    @Courtney Milan:

    …[they] don’t tell you that they’re researching things before they speak–they research and then speak, without mentioning the research, giving the impression they just knew the answer off the top of their heads.

    The first rule of Usenet warfare…

    Just sayin’.

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  12. MaryK
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 14:58:48

    @Helen: It doesn’t. Or at least, it’s an apples to oranges comparison.

    That reminds me though that there are sequels to the Norton book that I haven’t read. Partly because I wasn’t sure if they’d be as good.

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  13. DS
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 18:26:34

    @MaryK: Norton wrote the sequel to Beastmaster, Lord of Thunder. It’s worth reading. I haven’t read the co-authored sequels. The co-authored books I have read, the ones published near the end of her life and afterwards, have not impressed me in the least. .

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  14. Maili
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 19:01:25

    @Moriah Jovan: Nah, that’s the second rule. The first rule is there are no rules in Usenet warfare. So, fight as dirty or fair as you like. That’s where the second rule comes in.

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  15. AmyW
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 19:09:35

    @Jane: Thanks, I hadn’t read the article yet and thought I missed something!

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  16. Andrea
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 19:38:29

    @DS: Some of the co-authored Nortons are reasonable, but many are mediocre. A big problem is that none of the co-authors come anywhere close to capturing the unique voice Norton had when most of her space adventures came out. Beastmaster, Sargasso of Space, Zero Stone, Catseye – they all have this alien tone to them which works very well with her stories of outsiders.

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  17. Ann Somerville
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 20:46:36

    “Attorney Charles Carreon dropped his bizarre lawsuit against The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman today, ending his strange legal campaign against Inman’s humorous and creative public criticism of a frivolous cease and desist letter that Carreon wrote on behalf of his client Funny Junk.”

    You missed the best bit:

    while it may look like Carreon has come to his senses, Ars called Carreon to comment and found him declaring the lawsuit a success. “Mission Accomplished,” Carreon announced on the phone with Ars….After asking for comment on his voluntary dismissal of charges, Carreon lilted over the phone, “I’m famous, I’m notorious.” Which, from the looks of it, is exactly what he wants.

    Shades of Saddam ‘Mother of all Victories’ Hussein. And where is he now, hmmm?

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