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DavidDvorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-11 06:59 PM
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Star Trek royalties
Edited on Wed Jul-20-11 07:04 PM by DavidDvorkin
Just got a $27.28 royalty check for my Star Trek novel "The Trellisane Confrontation", which was published in 1984.

There was a much smaller check for the same book, six months ago, and nothing for years before that.

It might have something to do with reserves being released, despite the long time that's passed, but I'll pretend for now that the book is taking off again. So the next check, six months from now, should be in the $10,000 range. I'll be counting on that.

Now I don't have to worry about possible reductions in Social Security payments. I'm so relieved.
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DavidDvorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-11 07:32 PM
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1. Damn. I misread the check.
It's $2.28. Hawaaii's out.
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-11 12:01 PM
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2. But now you can afford
to download one of the bargain e-books! Your only problem will be which one to choose.
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-11 06:35 PM
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3. Congratulations, I think
I hope you see that 10Gs in 6 months. I'm curious about whether you have a following among Star Trek fans for writing that book. Or whether any of them complained that it wasn't canonical enough.
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DavidDvorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-11 08:37 PM
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4. I think that most of the readers of the books were fans of the shows
I was a fan of the original show from the beginning. I was delighted to be given the chance to write a novel, when the show had gone off the air.

Paramount made sure that the books were reasonably canonical, at least later on, when later versions of the show became big moneymakers for the studio. The books had to be approved by Paramount before publication. In the case of one of my ST novels, Paramount insisted on a minor change because they didn't think it fit the ST universe properly as written.
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