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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 03:16 pm:   

... pitched some book ideas to a publisher, that is.

My paid work is drying up (funding cut-backs in higher education - they don't want freelancers now, they just pile more work on the existing staff without having to pay any extra). But this is no bad thing for me at the moment as I need some time off to sort out my health and try to do some things (of the enjoyable variety) I've been wanting to do for ages. And one of those enjoyable things is to try to get more publications - preferably paying ones.

Now, you all know my love of Doctor Who? Well, I accidentally came across a small independent publisher a short time ago, when I was actually looking for something else, and he has published several Doc Who-related things (I've seen some of them at conventions I've been to, so he does get them out there) and is looking for new writers. His website clearly states that he isn't a vanity publisher and doesn't ask would-be authors for payments, so that looks promising.

Anyway, I have a couple of ideas for non-fiction books which I'd love to edit - I won't go into detail as I don't know if it will happen, of course. I dithered around for a while - should I or shouldn't I? But yesterday I finally pressed the "send" button on the email pitching the ideas to him.

Even if it doesn't happen, at least I've got over that first hurdle of actually thinking my ideas might be good enough and sending them off.

Now, many of you are much more practiced at this sort of thing than I am - is there anything I should be looking for, ie. if he does come back and say "yes", what should I be watching out for? I'm a complete novice at this kind of thing.

Wish me luck anyway ...
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.176.102.176
Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 03:29 pm:   

Good luck Caroline! Maybe we'll see you at a signing session at some point?
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.29.110.205
Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 06:48 pm:   

Telos, Caroline? Good luck!
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 06-2008
Posted From: 217.43.30.125
Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 08:01 pm:   

Rooting for you, Caroline.
des
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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 86.24.165.4
Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 08:54 pm:   

Best of luck, Caroline.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 09:44 pm:   

Cheers, chaps!

No, it's not Telos - I'm not brave enough, or confident enough, to aim that high yet. But this publisher has published a few interesting things. I don't want to give any more away though, in case it comes to nothing.

Funny you should mention Telos, but one of the things which inspired me to finally go for it was hearing David Howe talking (at a Doc Who con last year) about how he got started.

Another inspiration is someone right here on this board. I've seen (via his postings the Vault of Evil forum) how much enthusiasm and effort Johnny Mains has put into getting his publishing ventures off the ground. Now I know I don't have that kind of energy, but it's made me realise that - as long as I'm cautious about what I take on - I really CAN do something like this. I mean, if I don't actually pitch the ideas to anyone and try, it certainly isn't going to happen - so I might as well give it a go.

But even if it comes to nothing, I think having taken that first step will ensure that I can do so again with more confidence.

Mick - I reckon the only time you'll see me at a Doctor Who signing is standing in the queue waiting for an autograph!

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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 09:47 pm:   

That last sentence doesn't read quite the way I meant it. I mean, *I'll* be standing in line waiting for an autograph, not you waiting for mine!
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Johnny_mains (Johnny_mains)
Username: Johnny_mains

Registered: 04-2010
Posted From: 82.22.70.137
Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 09:56 pm:   

Caroline - thank you for your kind words! Any help I can give, just ask and I'll be there.

Is it Obverse? If so - they are brilliant.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 10:04 pm:   

Naughty boy, Johnny, angling for more info. I'm not going to give any more away about who it is (or isn't) or you'll work it out by a process of elimination!

And thanks, by the way.
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
Username: Mark_lynch

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.171.129.73
Posted on Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 09:04 am:   

Aw, go for it, Caroline. Worst anyone can do is say no, which only leaves you where you started so ain't any great loss.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 03:09 pm:   

OMG he's said yes - the publisher wants to publish my book! I'm going to be a Doctor Who-related author. I'm in a bit of a panic now ... eeek, what do I do?

Anyway, no time to look at the documents he's sent me at the moment - I'm dashing around to get to my teaching later today. I'm going to have to have a good look at the docs, and a long hard think about it, at the weekend.

Do any of the rest of you panic like this when you get an opportunity for a "proper" publication, or is it just me? I don't know whether to start grinning from ear to ear or burst into tears.
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 194.32.31.1
Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 03:32 pm:   

Congratulations, Caroline, get stuck in!!
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Hubert (Hubert)
Username: Hubert

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 78.22.232.127
Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 03:47 pm:   

Yes, congratulations! This may eventually prove to be a goldmine. I'd say stick with it as long as you can.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.182.229.104
Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 03:54 pm:   

Well done Caroline!
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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 79.64.121.35
Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 04:08 pm:   

Congratulations, Caroline!
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.37.199.45
Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 05:08 pm:   

Great news! Yes, it's easy to get the jitters when you realise you've committed yourself but that will pass, as the work gets done and the book becomes a reality.
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Chris_morris (Chris_morris)
Username: Chris_morris

Registered: 04-2008
Posted From: 12.165.240.116
Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 05:16 pm:   

Well done, Caroline!
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John Llewellyn Probert (John_l_probert)
Username: John_l_probert

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.142.146.96
Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 06:57 pm:   

Oh well done Caroline - I'm very pleased for you!

JLP
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Friday, April 30, 2010 - 10:36 am:   

Thanks everyone! I'm trying not to get too excited about this - there are still a few 'question marks', things I need to iron out. It's not a 100% certainty that it'll happen. But I'm reet chuffed, as they say up here in Yorkshire (which roughly translates as 'absolutely delighted').
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.166.117.210
Posted on Friday, April 30, 2010 - 10:45 am:   

Good on you, Caroline.
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Mark_samuels (Mark_samuels)
Username: Mark_samuels

Registered: 04-2010
Posted From: 81.129.143.153
Posted on Saturday, May 01, 2010 - 01:15 am:   

Is this a Sylvester McCoy as "Dr Who" analysis?

Anyway, well done to you Caroline.

I'll be after a copy of your book when it's out.

Mark S.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Saturday, May 01, 2010 - 02:03 am:   

>>Is this a Sylvester McCoy as "Dr Who" analysis?<<

Ha! No, sadly it's not. But there's a thought ...

Seriously, if this book gets off the ground (and it is still a big IF) it should be of interest to Doc Who fans no matter who your favourite Doctor is, or whether you're into Classic or NuWho.
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Steve Bacon (Stevebacon)
Username: Stevebacon

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 90.210.209.136
Posted on Saturday, May 01, 2010 - 02:05 am:   

Great news, Caroline. Best of luck with it.
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Mark_samuels (Mark_samuels)
Username: Mark_samuels

Registered: 04-2010
Posted From: 81.129.143.153
Posted on Saturday, May 01, 2010 - 02:17 am:   

Caroline, well I'll still be interested in the "Complete Guide to Housetraining K-9", if you're the author.



Mark S.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Saturday, May 01, 2010 - 08:40 pm:   

>>Caroline, well I'll still be interested in the "Complete Guide to Housetraining K-9", if you're the author.<<

I've just realised, I've sold my first copy and you don't even know what it's about yet. Can't be bad!

*makes note to self: "Complete Guide to Housetraining K-9" - great title for the sequel*

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