Hi Karen (and everyone),
I started my reply to you as a new topic, so I could title it appropriately ... (adding different titles is probably the one thing I miss about Network54).
I was going to wait for Marc to give us the "official go ahead," but it will be fine to mention it now.
Yes, your information is correct. Marc recently wrote with the good news that he is working on a new updated I SPY book.
He wrote that, "I have a publisher interested in putting out a revised, expanded, cleaned up, better illustrated version, with our preferred title and cover. And it will be a hardback! ... Tentative publishing date will be early next year -- and the estimated page count of the new book will be 750. It's going to be a mighty tome!"
As you have gathered from past postings, this book is pure wonderfulness - our I SPY bible. The information included in it is extensive and amazing, and we were so lucky that "our" book was in such skilled and talented hands. But it was not without some problems ...
Marc and Linda were never happy with the way the publisher McFarland handled the book. First they kept postponing the original print date, and then rushed it through with little warning. Marc and Linda were not able to add final edits - and MacFarland didn't either. They were unhappy with many things, including the lack of proofing, and charging a hardback price for a paperback, never putting it on sale, and never doing any promotion, among a long list of other things ...
He also wrote, "I've already done weeks of additional research, collected dozens of pictures -- actually, more like hundreds -- and have started the rewriting ... What I did not have back in 2004 and '05 when I did all my research for the original book was the great online newspaper archives that we now have. I spent a couple of weeks on those, searching for announcements, reports, and articles -- on Culp, Cosby, Leonard, and then, beginning in 1964, I SPY. I've come up with hundreds of items, concerning their early careers and time together doing the series. I've conducted additional interviews over the last 12 years ... and just have more to say about the subject now that I've become better educated as to all that was going on in television (and the world) in the 1960s. That is one reason why this version of the book will be bigger, because of all the additional materials now available to me ... and I'm seeing it through fresh eyes.
I'll keep you updated. And I'll be visiting your website a lot! The pages where you posted pictures of your travels, showing then and now info on the locations, as well as identifying many of the locations, is proving very helpful. I'm expecting there is lots of other stuff there which will prove helpful!"
I know both Lisa (Our Consummate Culp) and I have already been in contact with him about additional photos, especially of NBC promotional materials. And Bulwer-Lytton and I had sent him numerous edits about the original book.
How very, very nice to be able to have a second chance to do something - and - to make it even better!
Marc has been a good friend to the FORUM, and he's a very nice person. His newest book is about the "Moody Blues," and since his I SPY book, he's done a very successful trilogy on STAR TREK. These are available on Amazon.
OK ... the biggest caveat to this all is I have no idea what the impact of Mr. Cosby will have on all of this. We can expect there will be challenges, and further court proceedings, and appeals, etc. Who knows the time frame for all this. And who knows if the atmosphere will be receptive to putting out this book when Marc expects to release it.
Also Karen, I have no idea what the cost will be for this larger, expanded hardback book when it comes out. I also looked around for you at some second-hand book sellers, and they were no less expensive. But there were some used ones "in good condition" from "other sellers" on Amazon in the $30 range.
Good luck, it is really a great book to have!!
All my best,