May 23rd, 2000

May 23, 2000

Posted at 6:32 PM by Jack Chalker

It was nice to see everyone at the two signings in late May (too late to put here, alas), one the zoo at Barnes & Noble Union Square in New York and the other at Borders in Sochi, Russia. Those kind of sessions keep me going sometimes.

There’s been little, really, to report that’s new. There will be no “next” Del Rey book; they exercised a technical clause almost never used in my contract and canceled Book 3, so I’ve switched to writing Books 2 and 3 of Three Kings for Baen. The book I was working on for Del Rey will be finished after those two and then submitted to various publishers and we’ll see who if anyone bites. It’s rough out there now and getting rougher, and this is in spite of the fact that my last four Del Rey titles all sold extremely well. That’s no longer enough in this day and age.

For the first time in 23 years, and while it was still selling strongly after thirty plus printings in the U.S. alone, Midnight at the Well of Souls was taken out of print at Del Rey. We have now asked for rights to all but the last two Well books back, and we hope to find a home for them, particularly Midnight and the subsequent four, as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, we’ll see some of you in Cincinnati at the end of June at Midwestcon, others at Louisville the end of July for Rivercon, and many more at Chicon, the World SF Convention, Labor Day weekend in Chicago.

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