After A Quarter Century

by wjw on September 7, 2020

dealer_Page_1The Wild Cards anthology Dealer’s Choice is back in print after 25 years.  Normally I’d say “I have a story in it,” but Dealer’s Choice is a braided novel, a single narrative written by several authors, and one of the braids is mine.

Rich Grant September 8, 2020 at 9:33 am

I’ve never understood how individual books in a series can fall out of print when some readers crave every individual book but I’m not a publishing professional. More than one publisher involved? Books that were published before electronic publishing clauses became standard in contracts so the rights have to be negotiated now? The efforts to marketing the books expanding when a related series is developed for a streaming service?

wjw September 9, 2020 at 5:57 pm

Publishers’ decisions tend to be opaque, but it can just come down to the bottom line. Some readers may buy each individual book, but if there aren’t enough of them to support the whole line, some may fall out of print, and then that leads to declining sales, which leads to more books falling out of print.

Often the first book in a trilogy will fall out of print before the third is even released. It’s really stupid on the part of the publisher, but it happens all the time.

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