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Old 05-19-2012, 06:43 PM   #16
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Does it feature a plucky young heroine? (Dystopias with PYHs are big these days)
Is thirty-something young?

It is to me, but I'm not a Hollywood exec...

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Old 05-19-2012, 07:09 PM   #17
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I wouldn't worry about dystopia ever becoming non-profitable—in 5, 15, or 35 years. Do you really think it's just a fad? It's been a consistent moneymaker since Soylent Green (and probably much earlier).
(Not that I'm saying this movie is a sure bet by any means)
Yes, we seem to have a fascination with our doom.
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Yes, we seem to have a fascination with our doom.
Which one? We have so many.
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:58 AM   #19
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Heh. You're an optomist. For every movie made, there's a hundred that have money spent putting them in production. For every movie in production, there's a hundred movies that get scripts written. And for every script written, there's probably a thousand books optioned. In many cases, a studio will option a book because they've got something else in production that's similiar, and they want to make sure the book they option isn't turned in to a movie in time to compete.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2008/.../awaydays-film

Kevin Sampson's account of getting his (brilliant) book made into a (not very great) movie. Warning - will put you off using hedge-trimmers.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:50 AM   #20
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i want movie(s) made from the Nightrunner series author mentioned it before, but had to back down since they couldn't get a financier
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:32 AM   #21
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Sonds like an intersting read. But i can't find the book somewhere I can get it. Amazon wrong format, Apple have drm i can't read, barnes and noble is US-only...
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:41 AM   #22
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Sonds like an intersting read. But i can't find the book somewhere I can get it. Amazon wrong format, Apple have drm i can't read, barnes and noble is US-only...
Calibre and Apprentice Alf?????
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:43 AM   #23
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Apprentice Alf not necessary. I do believe the books are DRM-free (at Amazon at least).

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Old 05-23-2012, 06:06 AM   #24
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Apprentice Alf not necessary. I do believe the books are DRM-free (at Amazon at least).
I don't want to bother converting. Not my job as a customer. And calibre converted ePub usually needs some time with sigil to get something correct.

Guess i'll just read something else.

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Old 05-23-2012, 07:03 AM   #25
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I don't want to bother converting. Not my job as a customer. And calibre converted ePub usually needs some time with sigil to get something correct.

Guess i'll just read something else.
Your choice of course... just throwing out options.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:46 AM   #26
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Sonds like an intersting read. But i can't find the book somewhere I can get it. Amazon wrong format, Apple have drm i can't read, barnes and noble is US-only...
He's just coming off having it as an Amazon exclusive recently so hopefully he'll add Smashwords into the mix soon, although he's not happy with his sales at the other outlets .vs the benefits he got from being only at Amazon so who knows he may go back the other way.
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He's just coming off having it as an Amazon exclusive recently so hopefully he'll add Smashwords into the mix soon, although he's not happy with his sales at the other outlets .vs the benefits he got from being only at Amazon so who knows he may go back the other way.
What kind of benefits can you get from being amazon only ? Seam like a lose-lose situation to me.
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What kind of benefits can you get from being amazon only ? Seam like a lose-lose situation to me.
He had it available in the Kindle Lending Library and it had a huge effect on the books rankings as apparently a lot of people were borrowing it which then led to more sales plau Amazon pays something??? each time the book is borrowed.
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He had it available in the Kindle Lending Library and it had a huge effect on the books rankings as apparently a lot of people were borrowing it which then led to more sales plau Amazon pays something??? each time the book is borrowed.
According to this post it was $2.48/download, so not bad. At $2.99 for a book you would only get $2.09 if you sold the book through Amazon (I think the 70% rate applies for this price range?), so it does make at least some sense to do this. At least for a while to get some name recognition.
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I don't want to bother converting. Not my job as a customer. And calibre converted ePub usually needs some time with sigil to get something correct.

Guess i'll just read something else.
So for Hugh Howey (the author), there goes that market that gives about 1% of a crap about his book. He's made it available at a good price, without DRM, and all you have to do is load it into Calibre, click a button and send it to your device. Less trouble by far than, say, driving to a store to buy a printed book.

But you don't care that much. That's fine! Really, I'm not being sarcastic. There's a bar that you have to get over to buy any book, and Howey's set the bar a little too high for you. Nothing wrong with that at all.

In return, for 90 days he gets to promote his book through Amazon with free days, he gets it listed on the Kindle Lending Library where people can borrow it for free (but he gets $2.48 or so for each loan), and there's the always mysterious effect on the Amazon algorithms.

He's made a business decision. Lose the 1% that won't cross the street to buy his book, in order to gain exposure to a wider audience that doesn't have to cross the street to buy his book.

So you read something else, he sells to many other customers. It's a numbers game.

As for the movie option...hey, tell me about it. I've optioned my book five times. Howey is in a whole different ball game, though. Ridley Scott and screenwriter Steve Zaillian (Google him) are major players, the kinds of people who attract money, who can get movies made. This kind of option is a big deal indeed.
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