Map and RPGs

Tue Jun 4 21:11:03 PDT 2002

At 11:45 PM 6/4/2002 -0400, Beldarrin at aol.com wrote:
>~ Steph (who, by the way, is also waiting for "Issola" to come out in

It is taking Tor a *long* time to bring out the paperback.  This is because 
the hardcover has been selling extraordinarily well, and they aren't stupid.

To be honest, I have mixed feelings about this.  I like the idea of the 
books being available as cheaply as possible as quickly as possible.  I'm 
all for libraries and used book stores.

On the other hand, paperback sales (for everyone, not just me) have been 
catastrophic since the jobbers and wholesalers have all bought been 
up.  Writers a lot better than I am have had to get day jobs.  The only 
reason I have been able to continue writing full time is because, for some 
reason (I think Tor has something to do with it), my hardcover sales took 
off just about the same time as the paperback market collapsed.

So, as I say, I have mixed feelings.  I really hate the idea of having to 
get a day job, but I'm not entirely happy with asking people to pay 
hardcover prices.

So my tentative conclusion is: I'll write them, and let Tor worry about 
selling them, and let the readers do as they think best.

Anyway, those are my thoughts on the paperback delay, in case anyone is