publishing books (was Linnea's Strathspey (purchasing original copies))

Ian Brockbank

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Hi Steve,

Sorry for the delayed response - I've had to do real work...

> It would be interesting to hear what writers of dances think about the
> issue of sharing cribs or full descriptions of dances. I could see
> that there's possibly 2 different conflicting thoughts; first the
> desire for as many people as possible to dance your creation, and
> second, the need to earn back the publication costs through sales!

I am okay with this as long as I'm given credit, it's clear where they
can find the original source, and as long as they're not making money
from my work without asking me. If someone is creating a crib, I would
appreciate being told and getting the chance to give it a once-over.

I have no problem with people passing on my copies of my instructions
verbatim (again, with the provisos that my (cc) is kept, and they're not
making money out of it).

> And in this time of electronic publication, why does someone publish a
> book of dances in hard copy rather than sharing them through other
> means such as the internet? I have my own thoughts but am curious to
> hear others!

I prefer books to sheets of paper printed off - they hold together
better and are easier (slightly) to find in my bookshelf. Although my
dances are available from my web site
(http://www.scottishdance.net/dances ) I am planning to bring out a book
for several reasons:

- it allows me to "bless" and highlight the best dances, the ones
I think are keepers.
- it provides a record which people can keep, pass around,
discover in 50 years.
- it makes my collection "real" and validates it - particularly
pertinent locally where there seems to be little interest in
and indeed resistance to my dances. They are much more popular
around the world than here in Edinburgh.
- it makes my collection available to people who don't have easy
access to the Internet - which seems to include a lot of the
dancers around here.
- it makes my collection available without having to go to the
computer.
- it provides an alternative way for people to discover the dances
- if the books are available for sale at events, they may come
across them where they wouldn't come across them via the Internet.
- it makes my collection easy to give as presents, and more tangible
than just a web address; this makes it more likely to be at least
browsed.

I'm sure there are other reasons in the back of my mind, but those
are some of the major ones.

Cheers,

Ian

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