From: joel garry <>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 14:46:55 -0800 (PST)
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On Feb 6, 2:03 pm, Mladen Gogala <> wrote:
> On Fri, 06 Feb 2009 06:36:36 -0800, ddf wrote:
> > Yet another offering from the Burleson camp of 'trust me I've been
> > spelling Oracle for over 20 years and my words need no verification'.
> > Buyer beware.
> > David Fitzjarrell
> David, no matter what your opinion of Don Burleson might be, I have
> nothing but respect for Mike Ault. Rampant Books also published books
> by very respected authors, like Mike Ault, Tim Hall and Arup Nanda.
> Rampant Books is owned by Don Burleson and your opinion of him obviously
> isn't very  good, but that doesn't mean that you should dismiss the
> entire company and all the books it has published so far.
> For instance, I have published a book for Rampant Books but I have no
> affiliation with Don Burleson, I have never even met the man. Should

That makes no sense. If he is your publisher, aren't you affiliated with him? Does he not send you checks? Aren't some other people upset because he's abused this type of relationship?

> my book be dismissed as a garbage just because it was published by
> someone who you don't like? If yes, have you at least read it? I haven't
> read  Mike Ault's book but I do have an enormous dose of respect for him,
> based on his numerous books and articles. Whatever your problem with
> Don Burleson might be, please take it with him, do not take it out on
> the people who have nothing to do with your crusade against Burleson.

I agree with your sentiment, judge the book not the publisher, but I also think less highly of, say, millions of people who say "kill all juice!" even if they might be nice people in the singular. They would need to disavow that killing stuff _and_ the leadership involved. So that means I respect your opinion and your book, but expect you to have hoof-in-mouth from lying with horses you have never met. I respect David and his opinions, but a bit less from painting all those writers with the same brush. But I also understand his point. I have been repeatedly surprised by the depth of dislike for DKB by various people who have directly interacted with him professionally.

Anyone can be a publisher these days, though to be a profitable one is another tin of fish. Organizations with decent technical editing ought to be rated higher, and their authors ought to bask in the reflection of that. The converse appears to be true, but there seems to be little relation between quality and success, perhaps even an inverse one.


-- is bogus.
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