I signed a contract for the book with Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company in 1980. In July, 1982, editor Susan Newman left B/C and my project was in limbo for a good 18 months. During that time, the evolving concept of my B-machine became a reality.
The new editor, Susan Nelle, was enthusiastic about the B-machine, but had trouble fitting it into the college market. Since the B-Machine was not the book that B/C originally contracted, we signed a mutual release in January, 1984. (The Macintosh was not yet invented, and PC's were not at all common.)
Ms. Nelle felt that B should be published primarily as software and referred me to other editors within Addison-Wesley. Instead, I submitted the same idea to Dilithium Press, here in Oregon, hoping to have a local publisher. After months, they concluded that it was too vertical, so I did not pursue. Also, 'pascal' was rapidly replacing BASIC as the language used in the classroom at the time — a trend that has since changed!
While I am not currently seeking a publisher for PIB, I am developing the B-machine.
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