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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 09 Jun 2005 :  18:29:40  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Alisttair

Paul sir,
Will this follow up trilogy be first released in hardcover? I think you and Cale deserve it after everything you have done together thus far.



Alisttair,

I appreciate the vote of confidence but at this point I believe the release will be paperback. I wish it were otherwise, but it is what it is.
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BobROE
Learned Scribe

Canada
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Posted - 09 Jun 2005 :  18:54:56  Show Profile  Visit BobROE's Homepage Send BobROE a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Is there some benefit to having your book in hardcover over soft?
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Alisttair
Great Reader

Canada
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Posted - 10 Jun 2005 :  03:34:27  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage  Click to see Alisttair's MSN Messenger address Send Alisttair a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BobROE

Is there some benefit to having your book in hardcover over soft?



More money from royalties (whatever percentage of a 30-40$ hardcover is more than the same percentage of a 10-15$ paperback), as well as recognition and prestige. It also stands out more in the book store ("wow look at that nice big book there").

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Lauzoril
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Finland
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Posted - 10 Jun 2005 :  14:07:04  Show Profile  Visit Lauzoril's Homepage Send Lauzoril a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Greetings, Paul

I recently completed the Resurrection and I enjoyed it all the way to the end. You certainly brought out the devious nature of the Drow well. Other thing of note was the demons. From the Cale books and now this I've noted that you seem to have a knack for fleshing out various Abyssal creatures. They have their own devious and repulsive nature (from human POV), but still they're likeable in their own way. Especially when they've been given a personality, just like the lead demon of the story (sorry, can't recall the name right now).
One can only wonder Aliiza's cryptic comment about what to do with Pharaun's fingers.

"Death to the enemies of Bane."
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 10 Jun 2005 :  16:57:48  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Lauzoril, thank you. I'm pleased that you enjoyed the novel.

BobROE,

As Alisstair mentioned, if all other things are equal, hardcovers do generate more per-unit royalties for the author than paperbacks, but that's not really my reason (and all things are not equal, because paperbacks and hardcovers are not perfect substitutes in the marketplace). I think -- and I base this on no research and only anecdotal evidence -- that there is, for any given book, a potentially untapped market of readers, some of whom would be picked up by a hardcover release. Why do I say that?

Because for any given paperback release, there are some potential readers who don't buy it because they want to buy only those releases that they consider "big" or that are authored by what the reader perceives as one of the line's "top" authors. But "big" and "top" are subjective terms, and (I speculate) are somewhat determined by whether the release or the author previously has been published in hardcover. On that basis (and I acknowledge that I'm speculating far afield here), a hardcover release of a Cale trilogy might pick up some readers who otherwise don't pick up the Cale books because they are in paperback and tell more of a character's story rather than the story of an event -- ergo, they are in the readers' minds neither big nor authored by a top author.

Now I'll take issue with my own position: the authors that WotC publishes in hardcover currently (and I can think of only three: EC, Bob, and Ed) have proven sales records, write quality novels, and have done all of that first with paperback releases, with the hardcover releases following afterward, as their careers and audiences became well established. In other words, they earned the hardcover credits by establishing a big enough audience in paperback that it made sense to WotC to publish future releases (or rereleases) in hardcover. This obviously is somewhat at odds with my argument. So Paul, why don't you sell enough books that WotC will publish you in hardcover?

The short answer: Not sure, but I'm trying! The longer answer may be, in part, that the current marketplace is *very crowded* with fantasy. Lots of choices among a finite pool of readers means a smaller audience for any given author, unless that author is one of the biggies. And becoming a biggie is that much tougher in a very crowded marketplace. So I think (possibly) that in today's marketplace, a publisher willing to take a chance on one or more of their authors by giving him or her a hardcover release might actually expand that author's audience (for the reasons that I set forth above), rather than just reallocating it amongst hardcover and paperback purchasers in the previously established audience.

In sum, I guess I'm saying that given today's marketplace, it might make some sense for a publisher to try to create a new "big author" by pushing some releases into hardcover, thereby helping to distinguish the author, rather than waiting for a new author to become a biggie in an increasingly diffuse marketplace.

Make any sense at all? Anyway, just an opinion, and we know all about those.

Edited by - PaulSKemp on 10 Jun 2005 19:02:10
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Alisttair
Great Reader

Canada
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Posted - 10 Jun 2005 :  17:27:52  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage  Click to see Alisttair's MSN Messenger address Send Alisttair a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

Thank you. I'm pleased that you enjoyed the novel.

BobROE,

As Alisstair mentioned, if all other things are equal, hardcovers do generate more per-unit royalties for the author than paperbacks, but that's not really my reason (and all things are not equal, because paperbacks and hardcovers are not perfect substitutes in the marketplace). I think -- and I base this on no research and only anecdotal evidence -- that there is, for any given book, a potentially untapped market of readers, some of whom would be picked up by a hardcover release. Why do I say that?

Because for any given paperback release, there are some potential readers who don't buy it because they want to buy only those releases that they consider "big" or that are authored by what the reader perceives as one of the line's "top" authors. But "big" and "top" are subjective terms, and (I speculate) are somewhat determined by whether the release or the author previously has been published in hardcover. On that basis (and I acknowledge that I'm speculating far afield here), a hardcover release of a Cale trilogy might pick up some readers who otherwise don't pick up the Cale books because they are in paperback and tell more of a character's story rather than the story of an event -- ergo, they are in the readers' minds neither big nor authored by a top author.

Now I'll take issue with my position: the authors that WotC publishes in hardcover currently (and I can think of only three: EC, Bob, and Ed) have proven sales records, write quality novels, and have done all of that first with paperback releases, with the hardcover releases following after, as their careers and audiences became well established. In other words, they earned the hardcover credits by establishing a big enough audience in paperback that it made sense to WotC to publish future releases (or rereleases) in hardcover. This obviously is somewhat at odds with my argument. So Paul, why don't you sell enough books that WotC will publish you in hardcover?

The short answer: I'm trying! The longer answer is, in part, that the marketplace is *crowded* with fantasy. Lots of choices among a finite pool of readers means a smaller audience for any given author, unless that author is one of the biggies. And becoming a biggie is that much tougher in a very crowded marketplace. So I think that if a publisher was willing to take a chance on one or more of their authors by giving him or her a hardcover release, that very fact might actually expand that author's audience (for the reasons that I set forth above), rather than just reallocating it amongst hardcover and paperback purchasers in the previously established audience.

In sum, I guess I'm saying that given today's marketplace, it might make some sense for a publisher to try to create a new "big author" by pushing some releases into hardcover, rather than waiting for a new author to become a biggie in an increasingly diffuse marketplace.

Make any sense at all? Anyway, just an opinion, and we know all about those.




Ah yes, a paradox. That's what this is. In any case, I believe Cale/Kemp is deserving, based on having read your stuff and from the accolades given you by a multitude of FR fans on message boards. I can't base this on sales unfortunately as I don't have access to such. I'm quite certain that Ressurection, like it's predecessors, is a New York Times best seller. It better be anyways lol (despite that it might be partially because of having R.A.Salvatore appearing on the covers as well).

Oh and on a different note, Paul good sir, Erevis Cale reminds me of the wrestler "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. A bald, bad ass good guy lol. That's about the only similarities though (unless you plan on making Cale wave his middle finger at demons before slicing them up lol).

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Lord Rad
Great Reader

United Kingdom
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Posted - 11 Jun 2005 :  09:40:43  Show Profile  Visit Lord Rad's Homepage  Click to see Lord Rad's MSN Messenger address Send Lord Rad a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well without a doubt, you're definately one of the top FR authors as far as i'm concerned and i'm sure many agree. I've said this before, but I believe that the flavor of FR novels has changed over the past few years to a much more mature and darker feel, and this was initially noticable with Shadows Witness (and indeed much of the Sembia series). Cale is an amazing character and i'd love to see him in hardcover some day. You certainly deserve it!

Lord Rad

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SiriusBlack
Great Reader

USA
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Posted - 11 Jun 2005 :  12:26:48  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Alisttair
I'm quite certain that Ressurection, like it's predecessors, is a New York Times best seller. It better be anyways lol (despite that it might be partially because of having R.A.Salvatore appearing on the covers as well).



It is, check the thread devoted to the novel or the author's blog for details.
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KnightErrantJR
Great Reader

USA
5402 Posts

Posted - 19 Jun 2005 :  02:49:44  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul, I know the following is a complete geek question, but if you would consider answering it would be much appreciated.

Jak Fleet mentions that he is from Mistledale and also mentions that his mother still lives there. Where might she live in Mistledale, and does Jak have other family there?

I often throw cameos at my players that is only background material to see if they catch the reference, and since they live in Mistledale I would love for them to bump into the Fleet family.

Thanks!

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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

804 Posts

Posted - 19 Jun 2005 :  15:16:33  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KnightErrantJR

Paul, I know the following is a complete geek question, but if you would consider answering it would be much appreciated.

Jak Fleet mentions that he is from Mistledale and also mentions that his mother still lives there. Where might she live in Mistledale, and does Jak have other family there?

I often throw cameos at my players that is only background material to see if they catch the reference, and since they live in Mistledale I would love for them to bump into the Fleet family.

Thanks!



KnightErrant,

My notes say that Jackert Fleet hails from a small, lakeside hamlet in Mistledale named Stumphill, called such for the dead elm whose leafless bole stands solitary sentinel on the village's "lookout" hill. Jak's father kept bees (and had a full-on apiary) and fished the lake. You won't find Stumphill on any map, however, because I invented it when putting together Jak's background for the Sembia series.

Jak's father passed to Halfling's Rest a while back, as did his elder brother Cobdon (Cob). His mother, last Jak knew (though he has been away from home a long time), was alive and well and living in Stumphill with Jak's younger, unmarried sister (Lis), and his younger brother (Holt). A couple aunts, uncles, and several cousins (all on his mother's side)also call Stumphill home, and at least a couple of the youngest cousins show some signs of having inherited the same wanderlust that infected Jak.

Hope that is useful.

Edited by - PaulSKemp on 19 Jun 2005 15:28:55
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KnightErrantJR
Great Reader

USA
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Posted - 19 Jun 2005 :  16:17:17  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you very much Paul, that was indeed helpful.

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KnightErrantJR
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USA
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Posted - 03 Jul 2005 :  18:57:12  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul, I just have to say, having read your blog, not only did you recently win me over as one of my all time favorite Realms authors with your Erevas Cale books, but anyone who is inspired by Led Zepplin lyrics (especially Led Zepplin lyrics inspired by Tolkien, which brings the whole thing around in a weird full circle) is a true Sage indeed.

"Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder."--Saint Thomas Aquinas

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 04 Jul 2005 :  19:22:22  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KnightErrantJR

Paul, I just have to say, having read your blog, not only did you recently win me over as one of my all time favorite Realms authors with your Erevas Cale books, but anyone who is inspired by Led Zepplin lyrics (especially Led Zepplin lyrics inspired by Tolkien, which brings the whole thing around in a weird full circle) is a true Sage indeed.



KE,

That does make a nice circle.
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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

804 Posts

Posted - 28 Jul 2005 :  15:17:07  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote

All,

I will not be checking Candlekeep.com in the future. So if you have a question or want to reach me, find me at my Q&A thread here: http://p197.ezboard.com/frasalvatoreforumsfrm8, my blog here: http://www.livejournal.com/users/paulskemp/, or drop me an email at: pskemp at sbcglobal dot net.

Alaundo, please lock the thread. Thanks, all.
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Posted - 28 Jul 2005 :  16:26:15  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp


All,

I will not be checking Candlekeep.com in the future. So if you have a question or want to reach me, find me at my Q&A thread here: http://p197.ezboard.com/frasalvatoreforumsfrm8, my blog here: http://www.livejournal.com/users/paulskemp/, or drop me an email at: pskemp at sbcglobal dot net.

Alaundo, please lock the thread. Thanks, all.



Locked at Paul's request. Hopefully Paul will return at some point in the future, at which time we will unlock this thread.

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Alaundo
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Posted - 28 Jul 2005 :  17:20:41  Show Profile  Visit Alaundo's Homepage  Click to see Alaundo's MSN Messenger address Send Alaundo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well met

Indeed a sad moment to see Paul leaving the halls of Candlekeep. As Wooly Rupert stated, I also hope that Paul returns here soon. One of the greatest authors of the Realms, in my humble opinion.

I'd like to take this opportunity, on behalf of all at Candlekeep, to thank Paul for his time here at the library and for all the time and effort he has spent to respond to the numerous questions and queries from his fans.

This scroll will always remain here at Candlekeep for all to enjoy. In addition, please see the interview with Paul Kemp on his Shadows Witness and Erevis Cale novels.

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Posted - 15 Sep 2005 :  18:58:51  Show Profile  Visit Alaundo's Homepage  Click to see Alaundo's MSN Messenger address Send Alaundo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well met

Splendid news. Paul has returned to Candlekeep (somebody ensure those gates are firmly closed this time!) and is ready to take any questions and participate in the threads herein

I'm sure Paul needs no introduction, but for those who have missed it, his latest work has gained some interest over in the dedicted Twilight War Trilogy thread.

Welcome back, Paul, it's good to have ye with us again

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 16 Sep 2005 :  00:31:50  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Alaundo. If anyone has any questions, fire away.
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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

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Paul.....how do Pop-Tarts work?

Steven
Who actually does wonder just how far afield Erevis Cale has wandered across the Realms...or is he strictly an Inner Sea fella?

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Hammerfist
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Greetings to the author, I have certainly enjoyed reading your works and they are indeed fantastic pieces of work that really kind of captivated my imagination and dreams, especially the Erevis Cale Trilogy.

If the author does not mind my asking and permits me to ask this question, can I humbly ask is there any tips or snippets of information about the Twilight War Trilogy, I apologize if this question is found to be offensive. Thanks.

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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

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quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend


Who actually does wonder just how far afield Erevis Cale has wandered across the Realms...or is he strictly an Inner Sea fella?



Well, looks like he's heading to Anauroch in the next trilogy for a spot of tea and biscuits with the Shades of Thultanthar. Oh, and Paul please have the actual citizens of said city call it Thultanthar as per LEoF. Shade is so ... Slade and 2E.

-- George Krashos

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 16 Sep 2005 :  13:47:30  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Paul.....how do Pop-Tarts work?

Steven
Who actually does wonder just how far afield Erevis Cale has wandered across the Realms...or is he strictly an Inner Sea fella?



Steven, other than a sojourn in the Abyss, the Plane of Shadow, and Skullport, Cale has spent most of his life in the Inner Sea area (Westgate, Selgaunt, and a brief stint in Starmantle). The next trilogy may result in his becoming more widely travelled.
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 16 Sep 2005 :  13:51:04  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Hammerfist

Greetings to the author, I have certainly enjoyed reading your works and they are indeed fantastic pieces of work that really kind of captivated my imagination and dreams, especially the Erevis Cale Trilogy.

If the author does not mind my asking and permits me to ask this question, can I humbly ask is there any tips or snippets of information about the Twilight War Trilogy, I apologize if this question is found to be offensive. Thanks.



Hammerfist,

I'm quite difficult to offend generally, and certainly asking questions about my work is NOT offensive. And please call me "Paul."

First, I'm glad you've enjoyed the Cale books. They're a lot of fun to write.

Second, "The Twilight War" will pick up some threads established in "Midnight's Mask" (the third and final book of the first Cale trilogy) and will feature the surviving characters from that book (as well as some others). It will also feature the Shadovar of Thultanthar and events of significance for all of the Realms. Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to say much else at this time. Careful readers and loremasters of the Realms will no doubt deduce some things from "Midnight's Mask," when it is released in November.
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 16 Sep 2005 :  13:52:30  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos
Oh, and Paul please have the actual citizens of said city call it Thultanthar as per LEoF. Shade is so ... Slade and 2E.

-- George Krashos




Done!
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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

The next trilogy may result in his becoming more widely travelled.
Ooh! That's good to hear. You've got me sold on this new trilogy Paul. It's beginning to sound like a fine follow-up tale.

BTW, it's good to see you back at Candlekeep .

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