Questions

August 2, 2010

 

Part of the challenge in building this new site is exploring the best ways for us to communicate and how to organize resulting information in a way that can be easily retrieved by others.

The Questions page is here simply to consolidate some questions and answers being posted on other places on the site.  (How we to eventually archive them under topic headings I will leave to the scientific minds at Fortsmouth Design.)

If you scroll down to the bottom of this page you will find there is a place to submit a question here. In the meantime, these are a couple that have come in:

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Yanming wrote on December 20, 2010:  ” Just bought the electronic version of  WEST END and I’m quite curious why the original ending has bothered you so much?” 

It has bothered me so much because the original editor, the book club, the original reprint publisher and the original English publisher were all in disagreement over Alexandra’s storyline and the resulting compromises weakened the book considerably, I thought.  At any rate, the end for Alexandra was hopeless, and I have only reinstated the original more upbeat final lines.

At the moment, the changes are only available in the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble NOOK editions, so you are a step ahead of the rest of the world.  :)

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slb wrote on September 29, 2010:   “I don’t know. In an odd way, Benedict Canyon (along with Any Given Moment) might be my favorite of these books because *all* the characters got happy endings, even the lesbian ones. I adored Riverside Drive and West End, but was always frustrated that Alexandra was left brokenhearted each time and wanted to metaphorically throttle Cassy for her own self-cluelessness.  And in Riverside Park where Alexandra finally gets her happy ending, I found it frustrating to be ‘told’ the narrative rather than ‘shown.’

Granted I know it’s hard to show ten years of history, but it did make me curious as to why Ms. Van Wormer chose to write a sequel to Riverside Drive’ rather than ‘West End.’  Especially since it ties in far more directly to her Sally Harrington (which I admit I read only for Alexandra) novels.”

Shhh. Don’t tell anyone, slb, but from the first I intended to someday write the fictional autobiography of Alexandra. The last book I was able to write entirely the way I wanted was Riverside Drive, and that is how I want to do “The Autobiography of Alexandra Waring.”

I don’t know if you have ever noticed, but Alexandra is the only character whose head we have never been inside of. We have had to judge her purely by what she says and what she does. It is going to take some time to write, but I will do it and I shall do it RIGHT.

I’m glad you like BC. In ways it is my favorite, too.

Riverside Park as a sequel to Riverside Drive was purely because of the ongoing deluge of mail over twenty years sking about characters in that book who did not appear in a substantial way later on.    

P.S. Please call me Laura!

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San H  in Nova Scotia wrote on August 10, 2010:  “I recently read and really enjoyed Riverside Park. Will there be more developments in Cassy and Alexandra’s story?”

Cassy and Alexandra will be back, but not for about four years.  Please see the above answer.

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YMJ wrote on August 1, 2010: I really enjoy your books, in particular, the stories about Alexandra. Wish that they could be bought in ebook format.

Never send initials to a novelist because then she will be distracted by making up names for you.  Yolanda May Johnstone, Yvonne Molyneux  Josselyn, Yvette Marie Jeanpierre…)  Dear YMJ, oh, but we are hard at work on this as you read this!

The e-rights, or electronic rights for fiction (to download to read on your Kindle, or Nook, or Sony Reader or iPhone or iPad or Whatever) is a relatively new thing.  Before 1996 or so the term didn’t even exist in publishing contracts. 

The first equivalent of rights controversy was in the music industry with the invention of the CD.  All artists whose contracts specified that any right not specifically mentioned in their contract remained with them, which meant record companies had to negotiate a new contract for that right and separately pay to reproduce music they had on LPs and cassettes onto CDs.   Those artists who did not have that clause in their contracts were therefore held to the terms of the original contract, which often were abysmal.

So this was a wake-up call with entertainment attorneis and when my first novel, RIVERSIDE DRIVE, was sold in 1987 to Doubleday, I had a clause in my contract which said that any rights not specified in it “throughout the universe” were retained by me.

So the long and the short of it is, on many of my books I do have the electronic rights and you may be assured that at least the first three novels Alexandra appears in, RIVERSIDE DRIVE, WEST END and ANY GIVEN MOMENT, will be published electronically before October and you will hear about it!

At this very second,  RIVERSIDE PARK,  WEST END, JURY DUTY and BENEDICT CANYON are available.

 

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Rick Hayward’s guestbook entry of  July 12, 2010 (Laura is my favorite cousin and we had tons of fun growing up. I miss her and hope all the best for her. I have all or most of her books in hardcover and her board game and proudly display them in my home in NJ) we received the succinct question: 

WHAT BOARD GAME?

 Ah, yes, yet another sidebar to my writing career was doing some licensing work for Lorimar in relation to the book DALLAS.  One assignment was to “Dallas-ize” a financial board game, which led to the game company allowing me to pitch an idea for a board game called Ladies’ Night™.

It was a game of discussion about relationships, the winner being the person who could most accurately predict the answers of the other players.  Maruca Industries published it here and Hasbro in Canada.  This was years ago and the game company evolved into another entity and, well, the game went out of circulation.  Over the years I have overhauled the game for an entire new schematic…  Why, might you ask?  Because the ultimate challenge of the game, as Working Mother so ably pointed out, was having any friends left after playing the game!  (whoops)

Rick, hang onto your copy of Ladies’ Night.   It is starting to be worth a little money.

Oh, if anyone wants to nudge me about finishing the development of the new game, contact my agent, Loretta Barrett.

 

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Mary Ann McDermott asked on June 13, 2010:
I have read several of your books and have really enjoyed them. I started with Riverside Drive and would like to continue through the series in the order that you wrote them. Is there a place I can get that information? Thank you.

Mary Ann, dear, I think this entire site has been designed around the question of how can anyone make sense of all the books I’ve written.  If you were hooked on Riverside Drive, the ongoing link between novels is Alexandra Waring.  Hit that tab, “Alexandra Chronicles,” at the top of the splash page for that list.  Or you can type something like “order of novels” or “book list” in the search box. 

17 Responses to Questions

  1. admin on August 2, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Dear Ms. Van Wormer:

    You could arrange your topics under categories, which in turn can be organized by sub-categories. What categories to display can be controlled on the menu bar. The menu bar can also appear in a sidebar with a link to a page, ora topic, etc.

    Or you could build pages, that would appear off the drop-down menus, each with sections that link to sub-pages as a group. Don’t forget to embed links in your replies to point to other pages as a way to expand outward laterally. (you can delete this).

    • admin on October 4, 2010 at 1:41 pm

      Why would I delete this if I STILL haven’t figure out what you are telling me to do? LOL

  2. Susan H in Nova Scotia on August 10, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I recently read and really enjoyed Riverside Park. Will there be more developments in Cassy and Alexandra’s story?

  3. Yanming on October 7, 2010 at 8:55 am

    I was so excited about “The Autobiography of Alexandra Waring”, but then when I found that it won’t be out for another 4 years, I laughed out loud.

    You have always been tricky about Alexandra – we can only peek into her private life, see her flaws and fragility, but only get half of the story bit by bit each time – itchy, but have more room for imagination – Sort of fixing the puzzle myself as well, but never come close to the one you brought forward in “Riverside Park”. In one way, I felt “Wow, I never thought she would do that”, on the other hand, it does make sense and I love the way you wrote it.

    Look forward to the “The Autobiography of Alexandra Waring”. I know you will do it right. You have always been right about Alexandra, very protective about her.

  4. Yanming on November 29, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Do you think we could get before Christmas?

  5. Yanming on November 29, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Just wonder do you think we could get a kindle version of West End before Christmas?

  6. Brenda on December 8, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Hi, Can’t wait to buy your River Side Drive book. We are trying to sell our house here on Allen Ave and have an offer in on a condo on a street called River Side Drive. What a coinsidance.
    Good luck with all your books and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year.
    A neighbor,
    Brenda

  7. Yanming on December 20, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Just bought the electronic version of and I’m quite curious why the original ending has bothered you so much?

    • admin on December 20, 2010 at 1:34 pm

      It has bothered me so much because the original editor, the book club, the original reprint publisher and the original English publisher were all in disagreement over Alexandra’s storyline and the resulting compromises weakened the book considerably, I thought. At any rate, the end for Alexandra was hopeless, and I have only reinstated the original more upbeat final lines.

      • Yanming on December 21, 2010 at 8:36 am

        You make me want to buy the uncompromised version, he he.

      • Yanming on February 11, 2011 at 10:52 am

        Actually, I think hopeless is good for the character though. Alexandra is a nearly perfect person. A bit of misfortunate would make her vulnerable, and I like to see that side of Alexandra.

  8. Addie Gill on January 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    For someone who treasures her signed 1989 first edition of West End, is there any way that you could publish the new optimistic lines on your website, so that I can print them and place them in
    the back of the book? I agree, the ending really was a downer and Cassy was totally out of character.

    • Addie Gill on February 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm

      Thank you, Laura, for your reference to downloading the free Kindle software from Amazon! I immediately purchased “West End” and compared the new, improved ending to the one in the print edition. It definitely set up the possibility that their lives could change–as they did in “Riverside Park.”

  9. Lee McGuire on February 9, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Look at the stores ALL the time for a new book. When should we expect a new one?

  10. Missy on September 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I have really enjoyed the Sally Harrington novels. I hope there are more to come!

  11. Elizabeth Kairys on March 7, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    As a huge fan of Alexandra, I was hoping for an update on “The Autobiography Of Alexandra Waring”. And that that update might suggest an earlier publication date than 2014….

  12. Susan on March 28, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Am enjoying all your books, but an not able to find West End. I have bought a few of your novels through my Kindle but, West End is never an option.. Help! thanks. Having read the above comments I would like to add an Alexandra Waring autobiogrpahy would be a gas to read!/But oh my gosh.. not until 2014?…..

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