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Charles Johnston III

I'd say that sounded about right, publishing is just one aspect. I my self have a 'book' out for free download, on how to use 'D-star' its aimed at ham radio operators who buy D-Star equipped rigs (Radios) and want to get on air with it, specifically around my area.

It is being used by a lot of people that I never intended it to. People on three different continents that heard of it by word of mouth only. I don’t have the time to run around to all of the different ham radio groups to 'promote it' to go to all of the other ham radio groups to pump it up and make people aware the book even exists.

That's what publishing houses do, they have people who's jobs is to do just that. If say ARRL (a very large ham club that does publish) picked it up and published a book form, sure I might make some cash that way and a WHOLE lot more people would have access to the information and know of its existence.
If another larger publishing house who has access to more brick and mortar places, course its going to sell a bit more etc.

Just common sense stuff so I agree with times article on those points.

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Some of My Books

  • : The Fall of the Republic

    The Fall of the Republic
    In a parallel timeline, 1990s America discovers the chronoplanes: parallel worlds at different points in history.

  • : Rogue Emperor

    Rogue Emperor
    The hijacking of the Roman Empire, 100 AD, by 21st-century Christian fundamentalists, in the second of the Chronoplane Wars novels.

  • : The Empire of Time

    The Empire of Time
    My first novel, published in 1978, but the last in the Chronoplane Wars trilogy.

  • : Gryphon

    Gryphon
    "Write a space opera," my editor said. So I did, with some nanotech thrown in.

  • : Tsunami

    Tsunami
    A companion novel to Icequake, set mostly in California.

  • : Icequake

    Icequake
    A disaster thriller (Antarctic ice sheet surges into ocean), dated but still fun.

  • : Eyas

    Eyas
    Originally published in 1982, and still the novel I'm most proud of.

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