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Post by PeterMac on 11.09.14 11:04

Difficult to believe, but true.

Amazon are selling it at £ 9.

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Post by PeterMac on 11.09.14 11:08

Some of the verbs seem to have been "whooshed" ! !

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Post by PeterMac on 11.09.14 11:18

No mention of half hourly, or even hourly visits,  just slugging it back till the early hours.

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(Thursday was NOT dry and warm, it was still fairly cold and quite windy as the weather reports clearly show.)
I love the idea of "the prospects for the rest of the holiday . . ." ONE DAY !
Rest seems to be copied and pasted from Kate's book.

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Post by Guest on 11.09.14 11:24

@PeterMac wrote:Some of the verbs seem to have been "whooshed" ! !

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One thing is quickly apparent. Whichever of Flanagan and Allen is responsible for that bit, they can't write for toffee.
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Post by PeterMac on 11.09.14 11:48

On the table. An open book. Blank pages. No facts.
Not even the insufferable confusion of the propinquity of a child and death could possibly have led to this miasma of lucre generation.
And so it sits. On the table, Unread. Disregarded. And. Vilified.

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Post by tigger on 11.09.14 11:56

@PeterMac wrote:On the table. An open book. Blank pages. No facts.
Not even the insufferable confusion of the propinquity of a child and death could possibly have led to this miasma of lucre generation.
And so it sits.  On the table,  Unread. Disregarded.  And.  Vilified.

So it's not going to be "the book at bedtime'on Radio 4 then? laughat

ETA having read the intro above .... Mills and Boon would have turned it down. Is it a child? Is it a puppy?  Is the search on for a man with incredibly strong and muscular arms? Is it a weighlifter?

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Post by BlueBag on 11.09.14 11:58

You should have been a crime writer Peter.
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Post by Guest on 11.09.14 12:00

@PeterMac wrote:On the table. An open book. Blank pages. No facts.
Not even the insufferable confusion of the propinquity of a child and death could possibly have led to this miasma of lucre generation.
And so it sits.  On the table,  Unread. Disregarded.  And.  Vilified.

Makes you wonder who actually is going to buy and read it. Perhaps barely anybody.
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Post by HelenMeg on 11.09.14 12:01

@BlueBag wrote:You should have been a crime writer Peter.
Yes I can see it now - lining Waterstones - the glossy novels of PM -

The 48 Unanswered Questions
The Scent of Death
Dont you Know Know it?
The Camera doesn't Lie
The Open Boot
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Post by whatsupdoc on 11.09.14 12:03

@PeterMac wrote:On the table. An open book. Blank pages. No facts.
Not even the insufferable confusion of the propinquity of a child and death could possibly have led to this miasma of lucre generation.
And so it sits.  On the table,  Unread. Disregarded.  And.  Vilified.

So that's a def NO from Peter .....looking for a thumbs down emoticon.

Prob be on the carboot tables @ the w/e for 10p. Nobody here is surprised. S&S track record and a fleeting 2 years of "researching" without interviewing the main suspects was pathetic journalism.
I think C & P would be a closer description than researching.
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Post by PeterMac on 11.09.14 12:11

@BlueBag wrote:You should have been a crime writer Peter.
I was.  Prosecution files.

I used to get criticised for beginning all my statements with "It was a dark and stormy night . . ."

Or try a Haiku
A dark night.  Cold.  Calm.
Somewhere a child cries and calls
She dies. No one comes.

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Post by aiyoyo on 11.09.14 12:23

@tigger wrote:
@PeterMac wrote:On the table. An open book. Blank pages. No facts.
Not even the insufferable confusion of the propinquity of a child and death could possibly have led to this miasma of lucre generation.
And so it sits.  On the table,  Unread. Disregarded.  And.  Vilified.

So it's not going to be "the book at bedtime'on Radio 4 then? laughat

ETA having read the intro above .... Mills and Boon would have turned it down. Is it a child? Is it a puppy?  Is the search on for a man with incredibly strong and muscular arms? Is it a weighlifter?

Ha Ha...a burly Mummy?  Never heard of such a thing!

Not one bit surprised the book didn't take off or fly off the shelf.
S&S are too late into the picture with such a book. If the contents are lifted wholesale from the process files and Kate's bewk, no one is going to be interested in a C&P book coming on the back of Redwood spotty-smelly-man and his 7 dwarfs still at large.

The tumbling price before take off is quite expected.
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Post by BlueBag on 11.09.14 12:27

I suspect the number of books sold is irrelevant.

That wasn't the point of the book.

Serialisation... that's where the disinformation will be disseminated.
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Post by aiyoyo on 11.09.14 12:29

Clay Regazzoni wrote:
@PeterMac wrote:On the table. An open book. Blank pages. No facts.
Not even the insufferable confusion of the propinquity of a child and death could possibly have led to this miasma of lucre generation.
And so it sits.  On the table,  Unread. Disregarded.  And.  Vilified.

Makes you wonder who actually is going to buy and read it. Perhaps barely anybody.

PeterMac got mugged.... what ...£18.99?

Not sure whether he's going to read S&S's  crap swan song ?
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Post by aiyoyo on 11.09.14 12:32

@BlueBag wrote:I suspect the number of books sold is irrelevant.

That wasn't the point of the book.

Serialisation... that's where the disinformation will be disseminated.

The authors made a bundle and the Publisher lost a bundle.

The winner? The Mccans. About right, innit? That's the whole purpose of the book.

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Post by BlueBag on 11.09.14 12:36

Well we don't know what the deal was.

Maybe someone else funded the "research" and S&S offered it at low cost to the publisher.
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Post by aiyoyo on 11.09.14 12:45

@BlueBag wrote:Well we don't know what the deal was.

Maybe someone else funded the "research" and S&S offered it at low cost to the publisher.

Brian Kennedy ?
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Post by comperedna on 11.09.14 13:58

Just a thought... no significance if the book is very cheap on Amazon... often new books are tremendously discounted there.
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Post by jeanmonroe on 11.09.14 14:04

Don't do Amazon.

Is there a way of 'tracking' book 'sales' on there?
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Post by Guest on 11.09.14 14:13

@comperedna wrote:Just a thought... no significance if the book is very cheap on Amazon... often new books are tremendously discounted there.
No intention of buying it,but is it available through other outlets?
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Post by canada12 on 11.09.14 15:00

Just a few thoughts on traditional publishing (as opposed to self-publishers).

The publisher is a traditional one, therefore no one pays them to put the book in print. The standard contracts are that the writer(s) supply the manuscript, the publisher accepts, the publisher pays out an advance to the writer(s) against royalties and then a percentage (small) according to sales. The writer(s) have to make back the advance in sales percentage before they see any more money after their advance. If the book sells poorly, the writers don't get any more money and the publisher takes a loss. Serialization rights help the publisher and the writer.

Unfortunately there's a disturbing trend with some nonfiction publishers to put out "factual" nonfiction which is, in fact, just a rehash of existing published work. Occasional interviews conducted but otherwise, just requoting the stuff that's already out there.

It may be that the authors were approached and paid money independently to compile this account, because of their prior track record. They would have been able to easily find a publisher on the back of their prior record.

I think the publishers are taking a bit of a risk though, if they paid out a big advance to these writers. They may end up losing money in the long run if book sales fail to make up what they've paid out to the writers.
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Post by BlueBag on 11.09.14 15:58

@canada12 wrote:I think the publishers are taking a bit of a risk though, if they paid out a big advance to these writers. They may end up losing money in the long run if book sales fail to make up what they've paid out to the writers.

We have no idea of the deal.

The "advance" may have been quite small.

There may have been a pre-advance-advance from someone else.
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Post by Woofer on 11.09.14 16:30

@PeterMac wrote:Some of the verbs seem to have been "whooshed" ! !

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"........ a small child, warm from its slumber, still in nightclothes ".    Were S&S there then that night; did they actually touch the small child?  Well, they must have because they`ve stated it was warm.
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Post by PeterMac on 11.09.14 16:52

@Woofer wrote:
"........ a small child, warm from its slumber, still in nightclothes ".    Were S&S there then that night; did they actually touch the small child?  Well, they must have because they`ve stated it was warm.
Except that DCI Redwood has already said she was probably not alive when she left the apartment.
So he is wrong as well.

I get my copy when the next mule train arrives, possibly mañana - which for those who speak and understand Spanish does not mean tomorrow.
It usually means "At some unspecified time in the future . . . possibly . . . or possibly not . . . who can say."

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Post by Naz_Nomad on 11.09.14 18:03

@PeterMac wrote:
@Woofer wrote:
"........ a small child, warm from its slumber, still in nightclothes ".    Were S&S there then that night; did they actually touch the small child?  Well, they must have because they`ve stated it was warm.
Except that DCI Redwood has already said she was probably not alive when she left the apartment.
So he is wrong as well.

I get my copy when the next mule train arrives, possibly mañana - which for those who speak and understand Spanish does not mean tomorrow.  
It usually means "At some unspecified time in the future . . . possibly . . . or possibly not . . . who can say."

 The Cornish saying "Dreckly" (Directly) corresponds somewhat with "Manana", but has less urgency. big grin

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