[B5JMS] ATTN JMS: What happened to the Quote Book??

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Wed Oct 19 04:31:55 EDT 2005

From: Wendy of NJ <voxwoman at gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2005 13:06:07 +0000 (UTC)
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Newsgroup lurker, Dale Jelinski, asked me to post this email that he
received from Amazon.ca:

[begin quote]
Hello from Amazon.ca.

We're sorry to report the release of the following item has
been cancelled:

  J. Michael Straczynski (Author) "But in Purple, I'm Stunning... :
The Babylon 5 Quote Book"

Although we'd expected to be able to send this item to you, we've
found it won't be released after all.  Please accept our sincerest
apologies for any inconvenience we've caused you.
We've cancelled this item from your order.

Please note, if you took advantage of a promotional offer when placing
this order, this cancellation can affect your order's eligibility for
that offer.  To view the current status and the costs associated with
your order, please visit the Your Account page at

Your credit card will not be charged for this item, because you only
for items when we ship them to you.

Please note: This e-mail was sent from a notification-only address
that cannot accept incoming e-mail.  Please do not reply to this

Thanks for shopping at Amazon.ca - we hope to see you again!
[end quote]

He goes further to say that both Amazon.ca and Amazon.com report that
the book is "not available" when one searches for it.

So Joe, what happened to the quote book?


From: jmsatb5 at aol.com
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2005 08:36:00 +0000 (UTC)
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Wendy of NJ wrote:
> So Joe, what happened to the quote book?
> -Wendy

The book was going to come out from Simon and Shuster under Byron
Preiss' ibooks imprint...but just as things were being finalized, Byron
was killed in a car accident, and the whole reason I'd placed that (and
the other books of mine) with ibooks was because of Byron being there.
So when he was gone, there was no reason to keep it there, and I'm not
sure what the future for ibooks is going to be without him there to
oversee it.

We are, however, considering bringing it out via the same venue as the
B5 script books, should that initial publication work out as planned.

And speaking of...the babylon5scripts.com site is scheduled to go live
at the end of the month.  I've finished writing the last bits --
captions for some of the behind-the-scene photos I took back then,
including the first makeup tests of G'Kar, Londo and Delenn, candid
shots of the cast and crew, the first time we assembled everyone...it's
quite a cool look back, and stuff nobody's ever seen.

But the main thing, again, is the publication of the scripts.  It's
been an exhaustive process, gathering up all the script files, cleaning
them up, and writing introductions for all of the episodes.  (The
intros are now averaging about 40-50 pages each per volume...so that by
the end, there will be enough new content in the intros to make a whole
book all by itself.)  It's a real chance, with the passage of time, to
talk about stuff I could never talk about before, and other stuff I can
now discuss in more detail than could be possible in an article or a
convention appearance.

So keep an eye out...the site goes live in about ten days....


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