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Question Robert M. Place - *unpublished*???


I don't get this at all!! If artwork of *that* caliber can't find a publisher (Llewellyn, *hello*?!), what hope in *heck* do *I* stand???!!! Ok, so it's a *very* different deck from the "Seventh Mystery", but still!!!!!!!!!!
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Well, it isn't all about the quality of the artwork. I totally agree that Robert Place's work is great, but a publisher has to decide on commercial terms first and foremost (it's sad, but it's also just the way it is - any publisher who is not business-like will not be in business long) and I think that it's possible that publishers feel that the market for this will be limited. I don't know why.

Sometimes bad decks sell well. Sometimes good decks don't. It's like everything - not always logical or fair.

But all the best with your own work. Don't be discouraged.
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Thanks for the kind words... Maybe the market is glutted right now with that sorta thing - after all, the "Gilded" only just came out. My sister says that Celtic is a big seller - I sure hope so! I can't afford to self-publish!
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Sorry, I'm confused by this thread. Isn't Robert M. Place the guy who did the Alchemical Tarot, Tarot of the Saints, and the recently released Buddha Tarot? All of these were/are published. Am I missing something?

He's one of my favorite artists, very spare but insightful line work.
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Hi - I think that it's the new deck that Danubhe is talking about. It is a bit confusing as I think this all refers to another thread on which it was said that no publisher had yet been found for the new deck:

http://www.tarotforum.net/showthread...t=robert+place

I also like Robert Place very much - so I hope a publisher will be found.
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Yes, baba-prague, that thread does explain things more. Thanks for the link.
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Hi,

I havenít been posting here for a while but I just noticed the discussion about my Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery and I wanted to answer some of the questions that I see here.

First of all, I could find a publisher in a day if I did not care about how much of an advance I was getting. It takes me a long time to make each illustration and I need to get enough money to cover the time it takes while I am working - so that I can pay my bills and live like a normal person. On each of the four decks that I have created I have not received enough money from the advance and royalties to cover the time that I have spent creating each deck. They have all been a labor of love which was partially subsidized by me.

For the time being, my strategy has been to work on the deck at my own pace without the pressure of a contract and a deadline. When a good deal of the cards are illustrated it will be easier for me to get it published with a smaller advance. Meanwhile I have been focusing on writing books on the Tarot without a deck. I feel that in this way my ideas and insights will reach a larger audience. I am excited about my new book The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, which will be out in March. And, yes I illustrated the cover.
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For the time being, my strategy has been to work on the deck at my own pace without the pressure of a contract and a deadline.

HalleluYA!

Look forward to seeing your new book, I am sure it will be excellent.

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Great to hear about the new book, I'll look forward to it.

It's interesting to hear your experiences Robert - I hope you do publish this next deck even if the advance is not large.

In general I don't want to go on yet again about the time it takes to design a good deck (I think anything I have to say I've already said), but it's interesting that most deck designers in print will tell you that their meagre profits don't really cover the skilled time put in - and that (judging by some pms I've had) many "starting out" deck designers continue to hope that this isn't really true!
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