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gothicangel
11-19-2013, 12:10 AM
http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/2013/11/when-is-a-book-launch-not-a-book-launch.html#comment-6a00d83451586c69e2019b014c077a970d (http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/2013/11/when-is-a-book-launch-not-a-book-launch.html#comment-6a00d83451586c69e2019b014c077a970d)

I really shouldn't laugh (I work for English Heritage, and the author is my top boss), but still . . . :tongue

Maryn
11-19-2013, 12:16 AM
Oh, my, that's wonderful awful!

Maryn, laughing

Maggie Maxwell
11-19-2013, 12:21 AM
Oh my god, the fact that it runs in his family just makes it better worse! Your poor boss!

ElaineA
11-19-2013, 12:48 AM
Thanks for sharing that! A funny, if disappointing, event highlighted by an author's aplomb and detailed by my heroine Mary Beard. Top boss implies that you might not run across him much, but give him a hug if you do see him. He deserves it.

Supergirlofnc
11-19-2013, 01:23 AM
http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/2013/11/when-is-a-book-launch-not-a-book-launch.html#comment-6a00d83451586c69e2019b014c077a970d (http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/2013/11/when-is-a-book-launch-not-a-book-launch.html#comment-6a00d83451586c69e2019b014c077a970d)

I really shouldn't laugh (I work for English Heritage, and the author is my top boss), but still . . . :tongue

Thanks for sharing! I wonder if the books are sealed in a waterproof container and will be salvaged one day by treasure hunters.

jjdebenedictis
11-19-2013, 06:47 AM
The cephalopods are enjoying the read.

SianaBlackwood
11-19-2013, 10:27 AM
Reminds me of an episode of Metalocalypse.

EMaree
11-19-2013, 12:49 PM
Aww, the poor author. It's definitely a memorable launch though!

gothicangel
11-19-2013, 01:06 PM
Thanks for sharing! I wonder if the books are sealed in a waterproof container and will be salvaged one day by treasure hunters.

Or English Heritage! :D

Torgo
11-19-2013, 02:25 PM
For me, still the one where Jonathan Franzen realised, mid-reading, that his UK publisher had printed the wrong draft of his novel. And then someone stole his glasses and ran off with them.

Phaeal
11-19-2013, 05:32 PM
Well, the books were launched, they just never landed.

At least the sharks have something to read now.

MookyMcD
11-20-2013, 02:24 AM
The optimistic/cynic (and lawyer) in me is thinking, if the first printing was shipped on "FOB shipping point" terms by the publisher, the publisher would keep all revenues, the author would get 100% royalties, an insurance company would pay for replacement, and the first printing just sold out (with no returns) in the blink of an eye.