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07-31-2012, 10:23 AM
Atlanta Nights remains one of my favorite anecdotes, even after all the years that have passed since I first saw it described on this site. I was thinking of recording one of my videos to discuss this little tale for my Youtube channel, maybe refresh the minds of the younger people on there, because a story like it is too good to let fade away.

My only real question is whether I'd be stepping on anyone's toes by discussing this. I never knew whether one of the original participants in the incident posted the initial description as to what happened, or if this was just word passing down the grapevine. Does anyone know for sure? Is there someone's position I should get before trying to tell the world (or the three people subscribed to my channel, anyway?)

For the record, yes, I would totally be telling everyone where I first heard the story. And putting a link to this forum on the video, if that was all right. ^_^

07-31-2012, 10:45 PM
Why not look at the Atlanta Nights Website? There's a Contact address there.


And the Making Light posts:



08-01-2012, 10:56 AM
Arrrgh... tried the Contact link on the Travis Tea website, but unfortunately the link sees to be a dud; it just took me to the SFWA's website, and poking around there didn't bring me any luck. I do figure that, since the last activity in the Travis Sightings was back in 2006, it might be that they've stopped updating, or even more or less abandoned the persona.

Which just made me realize that, without a Travis Tea master account to contact, I have no bloody clue WHICH Travis I should set about tracking down. It was entirely a joint effort, so unless there was a Commander In Chief I'm not aware of, would I need ALL of them to agree? @.@

...all of this just to talk about what they did on a Youtube video blog! D:

08-01-2012, 10:59 AM
I'd suggest you send a PM to James Macdonald here at AW. He was involved with Atlanta Nights.

08-01-2012, 02:34 PM
Ooo, thank you, will do! n.n

08-01-2012, 08:38 PM
Arrrgh... tried the Contact link on the Travis Tea website, but unfortunately the link sees to be a dud


It's a Contact link that opens a mail form. You can send an email from the site.

James D. Macdonald
08-01-2012, 11:27 PM
I was the coordinator of Atlanta Nights. The idea of doing it was mine; I found the authors, wrote the chapter prompts and character descriptions, and assembled the final manuscript. The entire project took place under the auspices of Ann Crispin and Writer Beware.

Aside from the bit quoted in the reveal, the origin of the project was apparently lost in one or another of the board moves. It was in a thread called "Did PublishAmerica Reject Your Manuscript."

The hoax is revealed: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?p=7036#post7036 (et seq.)

08-03-2012, 12:51 AM
I Finally bought a copy of Atlanta Nights!!! It was awesome! I laughed during every chapter, except for the computer generated one which I could not finish because it gave me a headache.

My son kept asking what I was laughing at, but couldn't give him many details. He was very amused, however, with the part I shared with him about the penguins of the Sahara.

Yay Uncle Jim! :D

08-03-2012, 08:49 AM

It's a Contact link that opens a mail form. You can send an email from the site.

Erp, sorry; my laptop can be a bit wonky, particularly when it comes to anything beyond simple navigation; all I know is that the link took me to the SFWA's website, and the page it showed had not a mention of Travis Tea on it. x_X No mail form presented itself.

Ah well, moot point now, video's almost done. ^^

08-03-2012, 04:24 PM
Aaaaand here it is. Wasn't sure where else on the site to post it. Keep in mind that it's intended more as an 'Introduction To The Nightmare That Is PublishAmerica,' so it doesn't go into as much detail as obviously exists in a 1200 page forum thread. <_<;


09-17-2012, 04:54 AM
Thought I might as well update everyone, since the video I made actually got a surprising number of views; just did a follow up vid on another PublishAmerica incident, this one back in 2011 involving J.K. Rowling.


01-25-2016, 08:20 PM
It's great when we can find good material that makes us laugh. Wish I was better at writing humour.

03-05-2016, 05:42 AM
I wished that I could have participated, but wrote my own homage.