Re: NANFA-L-- Fishes of ______ books

Irate Mormon (
Wed, 30 Mar 2005 00:51:16 -0500

Quoting Fritz Rohde <>:

> It has been interesting and,-in-times amusing, reading the posts
> regarding Fishes of _____ books, in particularly one for GA. As one who
> has co-authored one book and currently working on another one, I feel
> that I can comment on what is involved,-in-least from what we have done.
> First, there is little to no money involved. Thus, little incentive,
> expect personal and professional pride, to really push hard to get these
> books done.

Fritz, and other interested parties,

I know I am quite naive about these things. But I never envisioned that anybody
would write a state fishes book expecting to get some sort of monetary reward.
What does surprise me is that there is no great rush to be the first to publish
a comprehensive Ga. book. I was somewhat surpised by Peter's implied statement
that there is little prestige attached. I am glad that someone is undertaking
the task. I guess I thought that these state books were important enough so
that they would be well funded so that the researchers' time could be largely
devoted to them, with time off to publish the occasional paper so they could
stay employed. Like a lot of hobbyists, I don't have the time or money to read
professional journals, so state fish books are my main souce of information. I
guess in the real world it is just not that important. But believe me, I
appreciate the 20 years that Steve Ross put into MY fish book, and all the work
that went into the S.E. books that I own (which is all of them). Sometimes in
my zeal I forget that to everybody else in the world, non-game fishes are just
"fishin' minners".


"In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there
is." - Yogi Berra
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