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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-12-03 06:38
Subject: [sale] Foreign rights sale for MAINSPRING
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I am pleased to announce that I have received and accepted a German rights offer for my novel Mainspring Powell's | Barnes & Noble | Borders | Audible ], from publisher Bastei Lübbe, via my agent Jennifer Jackson of DMLA.

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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2010-12-03 15:32 (UTC)
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Sehr gut!
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The NewroticGirl: fireworks!
User: newroticgirl
Date: 2010-12-03 15:50 (UTC)
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Keyword:fireworks!
Yay!!
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scarlettina: Fantastic!
User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-12-03 16:01 (UTC)
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Keyword:Fantastic!
W00t! Congratulations!
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2010-12-03 16:24 (UTC)
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Das ist wunderbar.
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Jim C. Hines
User: jimhines
Date: 2010-12-03 16:25 (UTC)
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Congrats!!! Bastei Lubbe has been good to me -- I suspect you'll be very happy with 'em.
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jetse
User: jetse
Date: 2010-12-03 19:47 (UTC)
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Hervorragend!

Dafür öffne ich ein bier! (Oder zwei...;-).

Dayjobbery & technical geekery: doubly interesting as my company uses German gears (
Klingelnberg
) for our steerable thrusters: if adjusted correctly, these have a *lifetime* warranty.

Grundlich und punktlich!
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Keikaimalu
User: keikaimalu
Date: 2010-12-04 06:59 (UTC)
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Congratulations!

And a question: Why the notable lack of Amazon in your booksellers' list? Enquiring minds, etc.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-12-04 15:15 (UTC)
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Because Amazon abused their market power to punish me and dozens of other print authors in their ebook pricing dispute with Macmillan last spring. See here for a full discussion of the issue:

http://jaylake.livejournal.com/2042910.html
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Keikaimalu
User: keikaimalu
Date: 2010-12-04 17:42 (UTC)
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Ah, that's right. Thanks for the reminder.

Food for thought indeed.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-12-04 17:45 (UTC)
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I realize my one-man boycott of Amazon is truly pissing into the wind, but as I pointed out at the time, their pulling of the print titles wasn't even relevant to the ebook dispute. It truly was an abuse of their power, and not even a productive one in that the action was far more punitive to the authors than to Macmillan.
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Keikaimalu
User: keikaimalu
Date: 2010-12-04 18:08 (UTC)
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Actually, I respect your decision on this. If we all just roll over when we're mistreated, rolling over will continue unabated. But if Amazon -- and other retailers -- suffer financially from mistreating people, that might affect their bottom line enough for them to change their ways.

Has their been any evidence from Amazon of a rethinking of their strategies? The boardroom will always be any company's bottom line, but the boardroom's opinions are affected by the financial bottom line created by customers. (I'm remembering a Nestle boycott in the 70s or 80s to do with promoting their formula over breast milk for infants in countries without clean drinking water.)
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