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Starting to feel like a real book launch

Posted November 24, 2016 into A Girl In Time by John Birmingham

Just sent A Girl In Time off to the proof reader. Early next week it'll go a typesetter in Scotland for print layout. I could launch the ebook next week, but I'd like to have both print and digital ready to go together. Once it's sold a few copies and gathered some tasty 5 Star reviews, I'll get my agent to sell the audiobook rights.

Thanks to everyone who helped out in beta. It was great going through the final copy edit, seeing how much the original ms had been improved by your contributions.

I commissioned my old editor and publisher Joel Naoum (now at Critical Mass) to handle the print, and to put together a small press package for the book. I wouldn't normally bother for an indie title, but since this will probably be the first novel published in which Donald Trump is President, it seemed a reasonable outlay.

As soon as I have a final corrected version, I'll run up ebooks for all the betas. I'm using a piece of software called Vellum, which beautifully automates the process, but because this is the first time I've used it, I want to make sure it does the job as advertised.

I haven't settled on price points yet. The print copy will be the same as any trade published paperback, simply because of the costs involved.

The ebook with be five or six dollars full retail, but half price for bookclub members.

4 Responses to ‘Starting to feel like a real book launch’

Therbs mumbles...

Posted November 24, 2016
Just in time for some lazy summer reading. Looking forward to it.

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Dave W reckons...

Posted November 25, 2016
Definitely a contender for the hardest working person in fiction. Apropos of your fairfax article earlier this week, it seems like a well-deserved beverage is in order.

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Don Bagert puts forth...

Posted November 27, 2016
"Once it's sold a few copies and gathered some tasty 5 Star reviews..." That's us, right? LOL

Also, sorry to let you know this but here's an e-book released on May 20 with Trump as President

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted November 27, 2016
Damn it.

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Marshal Smith needs a new gun

Posted November 11, 2016 into A Girl In Time by John Birmingham

Those of you in the beta would know thaty he carries an 1875 Remington pistol. Just Jason points out that this would need to be cocked after each shot.

For narrative spoilery reasons I won't get into here, this cant happen. So he needs a revolver that a novice can just point and shoot.

But it needs to be period appropriate.


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Stuart mutters...

Posted November 11, 2016
Colt M1877 (as used by Billy the Kidd amongst others) or the plus sized Colt M1878, which had a similar design but was upsized to use the larger cartridges.

Don Bagert asserts...

Posted November 11, 2016
Unfortunately, Smith is from 1876 - and the Colt M1877 and M1878 did come out in those years.

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Kim collard puts forth...

Posted November 11, 2016
Try the Gasser Model 1870 Army Service Six-Round Revolver .... it fires and reloaded on one trigger action. Rgds

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jl mumbles...

Posted November 11, 2016
I found a solution- it took some doing, DA revolvers were not common in 1876. Check this out-

The Starr was one of the only US DA revolver designs pre 1877, most were percussion revolvers used by the Union Army in the Civil War. I wasn't aware that any of them were cartridge conversions, but I knew such animals existed in other designs. So I googled "Cartridge Starr Revolver" and came up with a no kidding 1870ish example of a Starr that had been converted. Can easily see this being used in the West.

Problem potentially solved.

Murphy_of_Missouri would have you know...

Posted November 12, 2016
We carried the reproductions at the Civil War Sutlery I worked at in grad school.

They were notoriously fickle and unreliable. Prone to breakage.

Been years since I've dealt with the revolvers of that era, but a study of the shootists from that early might reveal what I vaguely remember, mainly that the bulk of them preferred a single action as opposed to a double action.

Perhaps a better, more historically accurate solution to the problem, would be to modify the scene in question to match the probable combat tactics of a shootist from the 19th Century, rather than dressing a 21st Century style pistoleer in 19th Century clothes.

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dman69 has opinions thus...

Posted November 11, 2016
What about a Bulldog revolver? A british design, double action...

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Turlogh Dubh O'Brien asserts...

Posted November 12, 2016
Maybe the British Beaumont-Adams?

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Murphy_of_Missouri would have you know...

Posted November 12, 2016
It was not uncommon, especially during the Bleeding Kansas build up to the Civil War and during the Kansas-Missouri Border War for folks to carry multiple revolvers. Perhaps as many as four to six on the person, plus two more, "horse pistols," in saddle holsters, usually a Colt Dragoon or something along those lines.

That said, I doubt Marshall Smith is going to go into a gunfight the same way Caitlin Monroe might. He'll use the tactics he knows based upon the limitations of his technology.

Oh, and I suspect the reason many of them preferred single action was down to accuracy and reliability.

jl mutters...

Posted November 12, 2016
Murph, 100% agree that the vast majority of pistoleers in the 19th century preferred single action in America. The DA was popular earlier in UK, Europe. The S&W model 1899 (later model 10) made DA pistols popular in the US (there was a reason the 1877 Colt was known as the "gunsmith's friend"). And what you say is also completely accurate re: multi pistols, etc.

Simply trying to find a period correct DA pistol that was used in the Old West- the Starr was used by the Union Army, and some of them were converted to .45LC. Admit it is not a perfect choice, just period correct.

jl reckons...

Posted November 12, 2016
Gotta say it's tough 1876 and earlier. Single action, lots of picks.

Murphy_of_Missouri has opinions thus...

Posted November 12, 2016
The Starr is definitely period correct. Apparently the originals were far more reliable than the Pietta reproductions we carried.

I think there are two choices.

Modify the scene to match the limitations of a more probable weapons choice.

Decide how important it is to actually have a weapon that is period correct.

Option two would be easier to deal with in terms of rewrite. Option one would be more time consuming to rectify.

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Don Bagert mutters...

Posted November 12, 2016
JB, what would be the impact of moving Smith's departure up a year in order to use the Colt M1877?

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Gutz reckons...

Posted November 12, 2016
Um, i made some good stuff out of lego? but i have also been on the chug chug glug glug wowee sauce!

Why cannot he have TWO 1875 Remington pistol's and flip everything that is not tied down upside down using them?

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John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted November 13, 2016

Murphy_of_Missouri asserts...

Posted November 13, 2016
Excellent choice.

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Kristophr mutters...

Posted November 14, 2016
A Starr cap and ball revolver is a double action. It almost broke the company because people didn't like double actions at the time. When they made a single action version, it sold better, and made the company profitable again.

Another candidate would be the British Adams revolver:

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Ceramic asserts...

Posted November 17, 2016
If you're still looking for beta readers, i'm free and have a pc for dropbox.
You know what my special subjects are I presume.
Just in case, quantum physics, aspergers and god knows what else.
Just thought i'd put my name forward.

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