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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com
 Subject: Re: Script Book Volume 1 Received
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 11/12/2005 5:19:10 PM  

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KoshN wrote:
> JMS, in the picture that features Michael, Pat and Jerry, who are the
> other two people in the shot?

Johnny Sekka and the woman who plays Sinclair's love interest, Blair.

jms
    From: jmsatb5@aol.com
 Subject: Re: Script Book Volume 1 Received
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 11/20/2005 5:40:55 PM  

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Amy Guskin wrote:

> >> JMS seems to be having a great time writing the volume descriptions. Check
> >> out
> >> http://www.babylon5scripts.com/Vol02.htm .
> >
> >
> > He's been looking at those blurbs for horror movies from the '50's
> > again, hasn't he? <<
>
> Which reminds me: if you haven't seen "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra" yet,
> run, do not walk, to your local video store and rent it. Now. I'm serious.
> It's incredibly funny, and should inspire many drinking games. It's a parody
> of 50s horror movies, but done by playing it as a nearly absolutely deadpan
> straight homage. It's just hilarious. Trust me. Go get it. Now.
>

I have to concur with Amy's description of the movie. I picked it up
on a whim on DVD and loved it. (The ancillary features are also pretty
funny.) If you know the SF/horror movies produced during the period
they're spoofing -- and sadly I've seen all of them, from the really
yucky stuff to the silly stuff, Attack of the Crab Monster, Robot
Monster, on and on -- then you're the perfect audience for this
particular movie, which also shows what you can do with something like
forty grand to make a movie. It's just fall-over funny.

jms
    From: jmsatb5@aol.com
 Subject: Re: Script Book Volume 1 Received
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 11/21/2005 12:01:53 AM  

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Jan wrote:
> And for those looking forward to Volume 2, the website now shows that it'll be
> available for ordering November 26 at 6:00 PM pacific.
>
> JMS seems to be having a great time writing the volume descriptions. Check out
> http://www.babylon5scripts.com/Vol02.htm .
>

Sometimes I get a little loopy, yeah....

BTW, a number of SF-oriented bookstores have started buying copies in
groups, so that they can get it at the discounted rate during the 7 day
window, and sell them thereafter at the cover price, making a ten buck
profit per book...something I hadn't thought about or mentioned as a
possibility until it began happening, which is actually kind of a cool
idea.

They've now sold copies to over 30 countries, including Zaire and
Saudia Arabia, which for some reason just astonishes me.

jms
    From: jmsatb5@aol.com
 Subject: Re: Script Book Volume 1 Received
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 11/21/2005 2:09:52 PM  

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Wendy of NJ wrote:

> If you have access to your web site statistics, it's always fun to see
> the list of countries that visit the site.
>

I'll get that info and post it.

> Is this the first time you've been so intimately involved in the sales
> end of your stuff?

I am and I'm not, both at the same time...the B5scripts sales team came
to me about five months ago with the idea of doing this, and they've
handled all of the production elements, assembling the book, proofing,
layout, working with Cafe Press, answering emails and
inquiries...basically doing all the heavy lifting. My job has been to
find the author's preferred drafts of the scripts, photos and memos,
send them on over, and write the intros and some of the web site copy
since they felt that this really needed to be in my voice. So in that
respect, it's really not *that* much different than when I've had a
novel published or the like. I don't really get into the sales aspect
of it much, except to receive periodic reports and updates, and to let
folks know when stuff is going up.

But it's been a fascinating endeavor, because this kind of venue is the
ONLY one where you could put out 14 volumes of this material, this
quickly. It's a bit tough keeping up with it all sometimes, but in the
end I think it's definitely worthwhile.

jms
    From: jmsatb5@aol.com
 Subject: Re: Script Book Volume 1 Received
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 11/21/2005 2:14:16 PM  

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As promised, here's the list of countries that have picked up the
script books:

Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
China (mainland)
Costa Rica
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Great Britain
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Latvia
Luxembourg
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Russia
Serbia
Singapore
Spain
Sweden
United States
United Arab Emirates
Zaire

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