Re: RARA-AVIS: Reintroducing myself & some questions about John Trinian

From: David Moynihan (
Date: 16 Jan 2005

On Sun, 16 Jan 2005 19:58:15 -0600, Jeff Vorzimmer
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> > Current reading: Frederic Brown's MURDER CAN BE FUN, which is noirish
> > at times, although Brown's sense of humor sometimes disrupts the
> > mood. Not that I'm complaining, since it's a very entertaining
> > read. I am reading the Blackmask Online POD edition, and while I
> > applaud the fact that they've made it available again I have to say
> > the number of typos is astounding (averaging 1 every other page).
> I've had the same experience. Typos to the point of being almost
> unreadable.

> This guy runs OCR software and then doesn't correct the text.

Oh, really? Didn't know that. Must be why all the page breaks are still there.

I confess I may have been too cocky in the past, as folks like Wildside Press, and, umm, Jeff Vorzimmer, have been known to just grab texts from me and print/resell them. Some of the ones I did that ended up on Wildside (say, the Dr. Nikola series in its entirety and tons of Walter Scott whose source-texts weren't Gutenberg compiant) are among that firm's bestsellers, so I perhaps assumed they were in better condition. Neither Jeff nor Wildside spent any additional time editing, as far as I can tell, but of course they also didn't issue a thank you.

Now I know why.

I suspect my titles have improved with time, (Fast One, in particular, I made any number of corrections too, but after a sever move the original version somehow ended up in the wrong place... apologies I have a lot of files on my server), and of course, I've been gradually acclimating to things like '50s Gold Medals (just try finding a firm in East Asia or Panama that can handle the scanning of a Gold Medal original, let alone OCR).

Refunds are always available, and if I'm really so terrible, umm, Blackmask isn't my largest revenue source anymore, nor has it been for a year and a half now, so, while there may be a distribution deal with a fairly large house in the future, there might not, and, cheers.

Oh, and Tim O'Brien's best book, by far, was Going After Cacciato... I found Lake of the Woods tedious.

David Moynihan
Disruptive Publishing (forthcoming)

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