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Jerem Lassen
Posted on Friday, February 25, 2005 - 09:51 am:   

http://www.livejournal.com/users/matociquala/449536.html?thread=3715072#t3715072

Somebody seems a bit defensive. I think Rick makes a good point... $50 for a novel? Isn't it a bit deceiving to sell a book, and end it with (oh, I'm sorry, did you think you were going to have a complete novel here? sorry. Pony up another $25 if you want to see how it ends).

Do the publishers or retailers fear any kind of backlash against this practice? What is the sales rate of a vol. 2, vs a vol 1 of a split novel? Is there a significant drop off in sales? Scott Westerfield's one of the first titles I remember this happening to. Anybody got some hard data on What recent titles have been split, and what the vol. 2 sales have been like?

I totally understand the marketing pressures that make this type of thing necessary, but PNH's tone seemed a bit... well... defensive. There are downsides to every choice made due to market pressures, and I think Rick was just pointing one out... Rick's point had nothing to do with Publishers/Chains being EVIL. Perhaps shortsighted, but not EVIL.
-JL
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Nels
Posted on Friday, February 25, 2005 - 11:56 am:   

When I saw this thread title, I immediately had thoughts of the three stripped to the waist, slathered in baby oil and fighting to the death in a brutal no-holds barred cage match, like Nihilistic_Kid would like.

Then I went and read the page. Sorry. I can't help but envision people stripped to the waist and fighting whilst slathered in baby oil lately.
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gary 'slaughterhouse' gibson
Posted on Friday, February 25, 2005 - 12:15 pm:   

"people stripped to the waist and fighting whilst slathered in baby oil lately"

Crap! Didn't anyone tell you about the first rule of Convention Fight Club? DON'T TALK ABOUT IT.
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Niall
Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2005 - 11:01 am:   

"What is the sales rate of a vol. 2, vs a vol 1 of a split novel? Is there a significant drop off in sales?"

Warning: possibly apocryphal story ahead.

I'm sure I have, somewhere, seen Mary Gentle talk about what it was like to have Ash split up into four separate volumes for US publication. Apparently the stock-control system that decides whether to reprint books is automated, and because there's a natural drop-off of sales with each volume, there was a risk that it would decide to put volume 4 out of print (while keeping the first three in print). I'm not sure whether it ever passed 'risk' to 'actually happened'.

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