Last week I put up this post about the incomprehensibility of the unavailability of a lot of classic detective fiction. In that week it has already become the second-most viewed post on this blog, and has attracted more comments than any other post to date for which I thank you – there’s a lot of very calm, reasoned, and intelligent discussion there which has helped me get a sense of the situation. Now, if I see a problem that I might be able to fix, I like to have a go, and so I’ll admit that there was an element of research behind that post because I have a plan.
I am going to try to acquire the rights for a classic GAD novel and get it republished.
This will fulfil two aims. Firstly, and at the very least, it will hopefully give me some practical experience of an aspect of book publishing that I know nothing about – possibly I’m missing the point and it’s actually insanely hard and complex (which I fear may be the case…). Should that happen, fine, at least I’ll understand what I’m up against and will have even more patience for the gradual emergence of a lot of this work. Secondly, it will hopefully make available to those of us who wish to read it another book from this era that we are able to enjoy without shelling out hilarious amounts of money for. Which, y’know, is always a bonus.
At this stage I don’t know quite how much to say about it – I have the book in mind, somewhere between the Big Name Classic that will possibly be the subject of competition and the Obscure One With Great Reputation that me and about three of you would be delighted with and everyone else would ignore – but I think I’m just going to promise nebulous things and then reveal more details as and when and if they occur. I mention it now, in deliberately oblique terms, so that I have at least said it out loud and so don’t have the option if shying away from it.
I shall hopefully come up with a snappy name for this undertaking in due course, too, so that, y’know, I can refer to it in a more catchy way.
So, well, that is all for now. Watch this space…
Oh, and any advice gratefully received, of course. I mean, I have literally no idea what I’m doing or even if there’s an accepted way to go about it, before I give you too much of an Indiana Jones rugged-man-strutting-into-the-wild vibe.