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Re: New and Upcoming Releases Volume XII: Baker's Dozen
« Reply #330 on: 09 March 2018, 11:16:58 »
Okay, maybe I am confused . . . I thought it was supposed to be all new fiction, but I see reviews on Amazon for this book going back to 2014?
This book had a Kindle edition for a while (2014).  Before that it was released as a serial on Battlecorps (2012-2013). It was just released in print.
It's not the new fiction that has been talked about.
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Re: New and Upcoming Releases Volume XII: Baker's Dozen
« Reply #332 on: 09 March 2018, 12:01:51 »
It's not the new fiction that has been talked about.
Jennifer is currently working on a new trilogy (new characters, new story, set in the opening stages of ilClan), then there’s Blaine’s novel (spanning Twilight of the aflame through Dark Age) in the final stages for publication, as well as new novellas/novels by Blaine and Jason Schmetzer in development. 

Should have a press release for everything in development as soon as…soon as I review and give the green light.
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Re: New and Upcoming Releases Volume XII: Baker's Dozen
« Reply #333 on: 09 March 2018, 12:32:53 »
The important thing, to me, is that the novel is available in physical form. That's a solid step forward, even if the material is a few years old.
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Re: New and Upcoming Releases Volume XII: Baker's Dozen
« Reply #334 on: 09 March 2018, 12:38:56 »
Not sure print matters any more for fiction . . . afaik, most new releases put out the hardback and epub at the same time.  They still delay the paperback as they used to in the old industry model.
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Re: New and Upcoming Releases Volume XII: Baker's Dozen
« Reply #335 on: 09 March 2018, 12:54:51 »
good number of people I know read e-pubs or get the audio book.
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Re: New and Upcoming Releases Volume XII: Baker's Dozen
« Reply #336 on: 09 March 2018, 12:56:55 »
I don’t have time for anything but audiobooks anymore.
I’ve listened to more books in the past 8 months than I have read in nearly the last decade. Another few months and I’ll surpass it.
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Re: New and Upcoming Releases Volume XII: Baker's Dozen
« Reply #337 on: 09 March 2018, 13:00:29 »
Not sure print matters any more for fiction . . . afaik, most new releases put out the hardback and epub at the same time.  They still delay the paperback as they used to in the old industry model.

There's a difference between print isn't everything, and print doesn't matter. 
https://www.statista.com/topics/1474/e-books/
"By 2018, e-book sales are forecast to account for about a quarter of global book sales."

https://www.statista.com/statistics/426799/e-book-unit-sales-usa/
For the last five years, ebook sales have been flat or even decreased. (The link above only goes to 2016, but I've seen numerous articles about 2017 and ebook sales slipping.)  At less than a quarter of all books.
Not having print is leaving you out of the majority of the book market.
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Re: New and Upcoming Releases Volume XII: Baker's Dozen
« Reply #338 on: 09 March 2018, 13:01:40 »
Yup.
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Re: New and Upcoming Releases Volume XII: Baker's Dozen
« Reply #339 on: 09 March 2018, 13:17:23 »
There's a difference between print isn't everything, and print doesn't matter. 
https://www.statista.com/topics/1474/e-books/
"By 2018, e-book sales are forecast to account for about a quarter of global book sales."

https://www.statista.com/statistics/426799/e-book-unit-sales-usa/
For the last five years, ebook sales have been flat or even decreased. (The link above only goes to 2016, but I've seen numerous articles about 2017 and ebook sales slipping.)  At less than a quarter of all books.
Not having print is leaving you out of the majority of the book market.

Is that just major publishers or does it also include the self-publishing that happens?
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Re: New and Upcoming Releases Volume XII: Baker's Dozen
« Reply #340 on: 09 March 2018, 14:38:11 »
I don’t have time for anything but audiobooks anymore.
I’ve listened to more books in the past 8 months than I have read in nearly the last decade. Another few months and I’ll surpass it.

Can we get Jason Hardy to do the audiobooks of the IlClan? I'm sure he'd make it dramatic.
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Re: New and Upcoming Releases Volume XII: Baker's Dozen
« Reply #341 on: 09 March 2018, 14:40:44 »
I don’t have time for anything but audiobooks anymore.
I’ve listened to more books in the past 8 months than I have read in nearly the last decade. Another few months and I’ll surpass it.


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Re: New and Upcoming Releases Volume XII: Baker's Dozen
« Reply #342 on: 09 March 2018, 15:22:44 »
Is that just major publishers or does it also include the self-publishing that happens?

I do not wish to run that errand for you. If you really want to know, I posted the links so you can check yourself.
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« Reply #343 on: 09 March 2018, 16:23:51 »
I apologize, it sounded like you were familiar with the work.
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Re: New and Upcoming Releases Volume XII: Baker's Dozen
« Reply #344 on: 09 March 2018, 16:50:15 »
Blaine’s novel (spanning Twilight of the aflame through Dark Age) in the final stages for publication, as well as new novellas/novels by Blaine and Jason Schmetzer in development. 

Should have a press release for everything in development as soon as…soon as I review and give the green light.
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Re: New and Upcoming Releases Volume XII: Baker's Dozen
« Reply #345 on: 09 March 2018, 17:45:19 »
The important thing, to me, is that the novel is available in physical form. That's a solid step forward, even if the material is a few years old.
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Re: New and Upcoming Releases Volume XII: Baker's Dozen
« Reply #346 on: 09 March 2018, 17:59:59 »
I apologize, it sounded like you were familiar with the work.

Nope. I really did not know the relevant ratio, it was surprisingly more difficult to find that I expected.  Lots of "ebook sales up X%" and "print sales down Y%", but it took me a while to find the actual comparison.  I hate how the momentum trend is always reported instead of the actual.  Makes the new always sound more of a big deal that it actually is, just so they can make it sound more impressive.
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Re: New and Upcoming Releases Volume XII: Baker's Dozen
« Reply #347 on: 10 March 2018, 01:28:17 »
Jennifer is currently working on a new trilogy (new characters, new story, set in the opening stages of ilClan)...

You’re going to make me read young adult novels aren’t you. You do realize I’m powerless against ilClan, don’t you? Damn you! Well, I mean thanks for the fiction set in that era. I’m glad to see new stories coming out to help push the universe forward (I hope.)...but still, damn you.

I’m sure Jennifer will do solid work, it’s just that I am no longer a young adult. I’ve had to read some YA stuff with my kids. It’s pretty clear that my tolerance for angsty, insecure teenagers is...a bit low. Hell, I have a hard time going back and reading about Kai and Victor in their early stories without wanting to slap some sense into the both of them!

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« Reply #348 on: 10 March 2018, 01:45:24 »
Nope. I really did not know the relevant ratio, it was surprisingly more difficult to find that I expected.  Lots of "ebook sales up X%" and "print sales down Y%", but it took me a while to find the actual comparison.  I hate how the momentum trend is always reported instead of the actual.  Makes the new always sound more of a big deal that it actually is, just so they can make it sound more impressive.

I also wonder how much of a impact things like Amazon's sort of library program is where you do not buy the books but can instead read them.  It would fit in with other trends away from owning to renting.  I have no idea how the Amazon program works, I just know that while I preferred to buy Kindle books b/c I wanted to own a copy of the stories I could look at any time my wife is the opposite in that she wants to read what she is interested in at the time and would not likely re-read books.
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Re: New and Upcoming Releases Volume XII: Baker's Dozen
« Reply #349 on: 10 March 2018, 02:05:50 »
I also wonder how much of a impact things like Amazon's sort of library program is where you do not buy the books but can instead read them.  It would fit in with other trends away from owning to renting.  I have no idea how the Amazon program works, I just know that while I preferred to buy Kindle books b/c I wanted to own a copy of the stories I could look at any time my wife is the opposite in that she wants to read what she is interested in at the time and would not likely re-read books.

My guess, completely insignficant.
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« Reply #350 on: 10 March 2018, 02:23:23 »
My guess, completely insignficant.

Yup. If it wasn't insignificant, the publishers wouldn't allow it.
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Re: New and Upcoming Releases Volume XII: Baker's Dozen
« Reply #351 on: 10 March 2018, 04:25:02 »
You’re going to make me read young adult novels aren’t you. You do realize I’m powerless against ilClan, don’t you? Damn you! Well, I mean thanks for the fiction set in that era. I’m glad to see new stories coming out to help push the universe forward (I hope.)...but still, damn you.

I’m sure Jennifer will do solid work, it’s just that I am no longer a young adult. I’ve had to read some YA stuff with my kids. It’s pretty clear that my tolerance for angsty, insecure teenagers is...a bit low. Hell, I have a hard time going back and reading about Kai and Victor in their early stories without wanting to slap some sense into the both of them!

I thought it an "interesting" choice to make it YA fiction.  Either CGL is intentionally targeting younger players or they have no idea what the average age of a BattleTech player is...

Still, in all fairness, I would consider the existing body of fictional work to be mostly YA fiction, so its not much of a departure from their past/current standards. 

That said, personally, I'm ready for BattleTech novels to mature a bit by addressing more serious themes in a darker, grittier, more realistic setting.

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« Reply #352 on: 10 March 2018, 05:21:50 »
About that book being Young Adult literature...
I've already said elsewhere that it starts out in clean Star Trek style; Nellus Academy is basically Starfleet Academy complete with Marik-purple spandex suits and Wesley Crusher is the next guy around the corner... before the book turns into Band of Brothers from one chapter to the next. Not exactly your YA fare anymore all of a sudden. My opinion at least. YMMV.
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Re: New and Upcoming Releases Volume XII: Baker's Dozen
« Reply #353 on: 10 March 2018, 06:14:32 »
That said, personally, I'm ready for BattleTech novels to mature a bit by addressing more serious themes in a darker, grittier, more realistic setting.

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« Reply #354 on: 10 March 2018, 08:41:26 »
I would listen to a Battletech Audio Book if there was one.
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« Reply #355 on: 10 March 2018, 08:59:13 »
I would listen to a Battletech Audio Book if there was one.

I think Audible has a few of the older ones, but my memory might be playing tricks on me this early in the morning.

You’re going to make me read young adult novels aren’t you. You do realize I’m powerless against ilClan, don’t you? Damn you! Well, I mean thanks for the fiction set in that era. I’m glad to see new stories coming out to help push the universe forward (I hope.)...but still, damn you.

I’m sure Jennifer will do solid work, it’s just that I am no longer a young adult. I’ve had to read some YA stuff with my kids. It’s pretty clear that my tolerance for angsty, insecure teenagers is...a bit low. Hell, I have a hard time going back and reading about Kai and Victor in their early stories without wanting to slap some sense into the both of them!

I can go either way on this.  On the one hand, my default setting on YA books is zero interest. On the other hand, though, the Hunger Games books (apart from the end) were pretty darned good.  I definitely get what you're saying, but I will remain... cautiously optimistic. 

I thought it an "interesting" choice to make it YA fiction.  Either CGL is intentionally targeting younger players or they have no idea what the average age of a BattleTech player is...

I think CGL is well aware of their player age.  We definitely need younger blood, though. 
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« Reply #356 on: 10 March 2018, 11:37:35 »
I would listen to a Battletech Audio Book if there was one.

There are a few on Audible. I have "Wolves on the Border" from there. It's very heavily abridged though. :(

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« Reply #357 on: 10 March 2018, 11:50:53 »
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Re: New and Upcoming Releases Volume XII: Baker's Dozen
« Reply #358 on: 10 March 2018, 11:51:46 »
Probably 90% or so of the existing Battletech novels would be considered "Young Adult" novels today considering their content. The label doesn't necessarily mean the protagonist is a young teen, just that the narrative is not filled with overly graphic content. I may be wrong, (I haven't read the anything specific about these books) but it shouldn't be an immediate refusal on anyone's part.

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« Reply #359 on: 10 March 2018, 12:34:34 »
It's funny how allot of veterans on this forum forgot that most of the older BT novels where written for a younger audience. (The BT cartoon wasn't aim at my current age group ether.) 
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