Interest Star Trek The Next Generation - 'Hotel Royale' Novel

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DB537

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UPDATE: I have found an uncropped version of the photo that has all of the missing details from the right side. More info later.
 

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DB537

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I would have given low odds on finding the photo. I'm very glad I was wrong !!!! :D
I gave myself low odds on it as well. McFlyte and Mike J. helped me figure out what I was looking for and I could not have found it without their help

Here's the low res version. I'll have a sharp clean print in a few days. There was one copy of a 1988 ad with this photo available for sale on eBay and I just bought it.

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The area to the right is a PARKING LOT. I couldn't figure that one out.

Looking forward to the book.
 

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Did a little more work on the text with the low res image. In 1989 the original artwork for this cover would have either been
A). An existing typeface for print OR B). Painted text over the image in the style of the typeface.

The text as it is looks about 80% right to me. The font I used was 'Century Old Style' with some modifications.
Caslon doesn't work for this because the shape of the top of the 'A' is incorrect.

Hotel Royale Mockup 2.jpg
 

DB537

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I believe I have found a suitable source to use as filler for the interior pages. It will take quite a while to edit and paraphrase the existing content properly, and I'll need to have the final outer dimensions of the book figured out before I can start preparing to format the pages.

The plan is to alter the names and locations and to modify the first and last few pages and some of the inside content to better fit the book as described in the episode. I'm not a great writer at all, so when I am done making the necessary alterations, the rest of the material will probably be extremely hacky and possibly incoherent, but it should be acceptable for random filler. Some new material will also need to be written and edited into the filler pages to match the storyline described by Data.

One of the details from the episode that will not be 100% exact is the appearance of Mickey D on page 244, which is supposedly right at the end of the book. You can tell from the screencaps that this is much too thick for a book of fewer than 300 pages. I will include the incident from the episode so that it appears on the correct page as mentioned in the show, but it will also repeat somewhere near the end of the book.
 

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There's another version of the book that was created later for set dressing for one of the shows or movies.
It's not anything like the version seen in the episode, but I might do something similar with the synopsis and publisher details since the back cover isn't visible.

The cover photo continues to the spine in the screencap and is actually large enough to go all the way around the back cover, which I believe is accurate to the original.

Here is the back cover from the later alternate version of the book.

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And here is my latest revision to the mockup of the cover, still using the low res image as a placeholder.

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EDIT: When Riker holds up the book at the end, he flips it around so that the front cover shows, but for a single frame you can see that the full photo goes all the way around the back cover as I had guessed. There is also text formatted similarly to the synopsis on the later version from the auction photo.

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DB537

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Interest list has been updated. The ad with the cover photo should arrive tomorrow.

I'm considering offering 2 different editions of the book:

Option 1: Mostly story relevant content, with a plot inspired and paraphrased from a similar existing novel. The content would be extremely modified and altered to ensure that there are no copyright issues. This would not necessarily be sold or offered as a coherent/logically written story, but would more closely resemble a real book. It would obviously take a lot longer, because I can realistically only write and edit about 5-10 pages of material per day. This edition would cost $40, and most likely would not be ready to have printed or shipped until sometime in late November or early December.

Option 2: Mostly filler content, with plot relevant material in the first and last few pages and on page 244 as described in the episode.
This edition could realistically be finished and ready to ship in less than 3 weeks, and would be approximately $25 shipped in the US.

I'm planning to offer both versions of the book, so that anyone can have their preferred option.
The prices listed above are estimates currently and might possibly be subject to change.
 

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Since I'll be selling through Etsy, I'll let everyone in the list know when each version is ready so that you can pick your preferred edition of the book as they become available. I'll also be updating the info here as the run progresses. It should be easier for me to keep track of it that way than updating the list.

EDIT: The ad with the cover photo has arrived and the image quality is very good.
I'll update my mockup with the better photo later this evening when I have time to scan and work on it.
 
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