I found out only this afternoon that the omnibus edition of THE DEED OF PAKSENARRION is out of stock, and being retired (after 25 very successful years in print!!) so that the debut of the 30th anniversary of edition of Sheepfarmer’s Daughter (to be followed at intervals by Divided Allegiance and Oath of Gold) can step onto the stage without the venerable edition sniping any sales. It’s unfortunate (in my eyes) that the stock ran out right before the holidays, when (as all authors hope) Christmas stockings are filled with our books (OK, my books are what I’m hoping people get as gifts…<G>) There are still a few copies at Amazon, and may be a few at some stores. If you hurry. But it’s not going to be reprinted. At least, not until the 30th anniversary books have had their run. I may have a box or two in the storage unit, and will look, but it’s not going to be hundreds of books. Right now, with Thanksgiving coming on, I don’t have time to look for them.
So what will be coming in the 30th Anniversary editions? Well, for one thing I wrote an essay for each book, which you’ll have to read to find out what it says. Trade paperback size, new covers, all that. And the omnibus is still available as an e-book, just not as an in-the-hand monster. Guess I should get busy and see if I can finish the BIG map and get it ready to print out as a poster. Someone might want to buy one, maybe? (The irony would be if, after I finished that map, painted it, and printed it up all prettified…I found the long-lost original map and they didn’t look anything at all alike. But as in real life, what one map-maker maketh, another map-maker re-maketh, only…differently.
Meanwhile, yesterday I dealt with some more (the last?) Inquisitor’s questions about INTO THE FIRE, sent those off, and got one of those auto-reply notices that they’re not there and are off the next day as well, which are sometimes more annoying than no answer. I mean, I know I emailed the reply after business hours on Thursday, so wasn’t expecting a reply, but being told “out of the office until X” after being told in the original question set to return the answers by Y (rather than “thanks for speedy reply” felt like a “Ha, ha, I’m off for a long weekend, low-life serf, and will attend to you at MY leisure…” with no acknowledgment. I guess my snowflake-ness is showing. But when I put in the extra effort to do something early…I’d rather have no answer until the X of return than making it clear the rush job I was told about isn’t a rush at the other end. Yes, I know. Not good attitude. And the auto-answer proved my email had actually arrived, so I should’ve been reassured by that. But the day had already included Microsoft’s update hanging up my computer for hours when I needed a phone number in it and had several urgent calls to make, plus some other problems including the determined idiocy of my Senators and Congressional Rep, so…I was already grumpy.
On the other hand, I have had in my very own hands an ARC of COLD WELCOME and it looks scrumptious. Unlike most of my other ARCs, it doesn’t have the generic purple-and-white cover that I’ve had before (with Del Rey logo all over it) but the actual cover art *in full living color.* Hot diggety dog! Despite having a friend sitting at the same table, helping me do prep for the big Thanksgiving dinner, I couldn’t resist opening it, checking certain pages, and so on. It is an uncorrected proof version–there are things to be fixed–but not only do *I* like it, but my agent (who called later to tell me about the DEED omnibus going out of print and explain why) says he read the first pages and liked it, too. So on the whole, the day was a good one, with much accomplished in the Thanksgiving prep, AND a new (gorgeous) ARC I can show off on Thanksgiving. So YAY!