On a Sea of Glass

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Tad G. Fitch

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Hello, here is an update on Kent Layton, Bill Wormstedt, and my book, which is going to press, possibly as early as tomorrow. As such, TMB Studios is being asked to place our order for stock of "On A Sea of Glass" as soon as possible; we will be determining our stock levels by the number of pre-orders placed, and we are almost certainly going to be the only retailer who can get it to American readers in time for the centennial anniversary. Please place your order by Wednesday to help ensure pre-anniversary fulfillment:

tmbstudios com/proddetail.asp?prod=OASOG-Standard

The book will be released in the UK first, then several months later in the US. If there are any questions, please let me know.

Kind regards,
Tad
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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Thanks for the heads up Tad. I'm going to have to place my order ASAP.
 
J Kent Layton

J Kent Layton

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Just a quick note: based on previous experience, we do not believe that American retailers such as Amazon, Barnes, Target, etc., will have time to get the book in stock before the centennial. We will be getting our stock super-fast direct from the publisher, and will be weeks ahead of any other retailer on this continent. And our US customers won't have to pay any international shipping fees to get (quickly) from Europe.

A few more details of note:

A4 interior page size, hardcover with dust-jacket
Publisher's retail price: 50GBP/$80USD
440 pages + 16 pages of full color (total 456 pgs)
Approximately 300,000 words
Approximately 450 b&w photos/illustrations
Approximately 70 full color photos/illustrations
 
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Tad G. Fitch

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Thanks Michael, I hope you enjoy the book, and I'm sure you will find it interesting.

All my best,
Tad
 
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Tad G. Fitch

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I just found out from our editor that "On A Sea of Glass" is officially being printed, which means that it should be available soon. Here is the preorder link for those who haven't had a chance to reserve a copy yet:
tmbstudios com/proddetail.asp?prod=OASOG-Standard
 
J Kent Layton

J Kent Layton

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What I am not sure anyone can understand without actually seeing the book is just how many different aspects of the disaster are touched on in its pages, and just how much detail we get in to in the narrative and appendices. It is an unprecedented tome on the legendary liner, and I can't wait until it starts arriving in people's hands and they are able to read it for the first time!
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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Kent, what's good to see with the avalanche of books and re-releases of some of the movies is that there are some real gems coming out from the hands of the varsity teams of Titanic researchers. I'm already reading my copy of the Centennial Reappraisal and I'm learning a lot.

When I saw the names of the people behind On A Sea Of Glass, I knew this was going to be one of the "must haves."
 
J Kent Layton

J Kent Layton

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Thanks for the kind words, Mike! I've put up some preview spreads from the book so that everyone can have a taste of what this book will look and feel like in finished form. Hopefully everyone enjoys this sampling (although more will be coming through shortly, including the color section):

 
J Kent Layton

J Kent Layton

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Well, I heard a truck in my driveway this afternoon. Peering out, I saw the yellow truck with the letters "DHL" on the side. A clearly-overwhelmed delivery girl then proceeded to carry nine large and very heavy boxes to my side door. Seconds before I saw the tag with the return-address, I figured out what it was.

On A Sea of Glass had docked in America, finishing in four days the journey that Titanic could not finish one-hundred years ago.

I've already claimed my own copy and flipped through every page. The book is tremendously large, heavy and well put together. The publishers really knocked themselves out making this a top-quality book, and it was stunning to see the 300,000 words that Tad, Bill and I labored over during the preceding months and years in finished format.

Our own pre-orders have been flying through TMB and I've put up a few copies on eBay, as well. I think that most of our newly-arrived stock is already spoken for ... but there are still a few available. If you live on my side of the pond, we're sending them out starting first thing tomorrow...

Hopefully this book will help everyone to appreciate just what it was like to experience the birth, short life, and death of the Titanic a century ago. Enjoy, everyone.

Arrival Still smaller
 
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Jake Peterson

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When should I expect to see it in bookstores? I'll certainly look for a copy next time I'm there.
 
J Kent Layton

J Kent Layton

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Jake,

When it does eventually arrive State-side, it will be available everywhere. But that won't be for weeks yet. That's because the book is published in the UK and shipped to American retailers via 'slow boat'. We had ours shipped super-fast via air freight; not cheap, but we knew plenty of people would want to order and receive them in time for the 100th anniversary. Hope this helps!
 
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Jake Peterson

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Well, Amazon gives a Jun 2012 release date, so I guess y'all were able to get it published earlier than expected.

Will certainly look into buying a copy. I'll read through the descriptions and see if it's something I might be interested in getting.
 
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