It was bound to happen. The original, finished FutureFish filled 657 word-processed pages. Not only is such a voluminous manuscript very difficult to sell to (at best) a select readership, it would be nearly impossible to peddle so large a book to a fast [mind] food public. Not just this, but a "perfect-bound" volume (in publishing parlance) ought not to exceed 500 pages. At the close of 1999, I was--pardon the pun--in a bind.
What to do? Looking again at the greater FutureFish, I discovered a natural divide; out of one large manuscript two lesser books could be created. I am a hopelessly "Second Wave" type of fellow barely able to type but, with some inspired cutting, pasting, and juxtaposing, I have been able to produce (i.e. extract) one volume ready for immediate publication - FutureFish 2000: The North Pacific Fisheries Handle Coming Trends, Radical Environmentalism, and Digital Cyberspace (1991-1992, 1994-1997).
FutureFish 2000 deals with the three main topics contained in the subtitle, but also discusses Scandinavian fishermen of north Seattle and Southeast Alaska; the new physics and the New Age; evolution, scientism, and Christian apologetics. A second volume, gleaned from the second half of the parent FutureFish--plus an addended chapter on Micronesian seas--will be completed by 2001. It will feature Asian markets, the Can-Am Salmon Treaty, and more Norwegian Americana.
Lastly, I thank Mr. Francis E. Caldwell of Port Angeles, Wash., for bringing to my attention Trafford Publishing of Victoria, B.C. and their on-demand self-publishing service. What an opportunity for those of us who have for years literally laboured in obscurity! A method of publishing, promoting, and distributing which avoids the terrible tyranny of The New York Times, Kirkus Review, and the sorry sight of 25,000 hard-cover copies gathering dust in a Fun City warehouse.........is truly millennial and "Third Wave"!
Port Angeles, Wash.