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REF: Hybridizing Book

From: Sharon McAllister <73372.1745@compuserve.com>

Message text written by Cindy Rust
Sharon, I can't believe you wrote a book and publishers weren't
interested!!!  Why would this be so?  There are books that have been
published on Japanese and Siberian iris (I have them and like them). 

It was viewed as not commercially viable -- and I do have enough background
in publishing to understand their reasoning.

>  Have
you told anyone in the Aril Society about your book? 

Of course.  Even offered it as a set of special publications, which would
have made it available to interested parties at an affordable price, with a
production plan that wouldn't have cost ASI a dime and could have earned
them a small profit.  Not interested.   Compared to the ASI that I joined
about 25 years ago, today's society has about half the membership and
vastly diminished interest in hybridizing.  Although the ASI Sale remains a
significant source of plant material, many hybridizers now registering
arilbreds don't even belong to ASI.  I no longer consider ASI to be a
viable means for the preservation of information.

> But this is a terrible
shame.  There must be something that can be done!  Any other iristalk
listers out there with a good idea?

When this came up a year or so ago, several offered to write letters in
support of the marketing strategy.  I did appreciate that, but the time for
considering commercial publication is past.  I no longer have time for the
requisite rewrites or the stock to take additional pictures.  For example,
I know of no one in this country who is still growing I. yebrudii v.
Edgecombii.  The photo I have of it isn't terrific, and wouldn't make the
cut for a traditional book even though it's the best now obtainable. 

But it's good enough to post on the web, so something IS being done!   I
started converting the mss to HTML many months ago and publishing the book
this way makes it possible to include far more photos than I could in a
conventional book.  Please bear with me.   Eventually, you should have the
entire book -- and at only the cost of Internet access.

Most of the stuff uploaded so far is from my various hybridizing notebooks,
because I believe that the specific examples will be the key to really
understanding the theoretical portions and this is the material of greatest
use to currently active hybridizers.

Sharon McAllister

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