Once Upon a Time, there was a book called Dun Lady’s Jess.
My first book sale.
Upon first publication, it won the award for best first SF/F/H of the year (The Compton Crook). It stayed in print for a good long time, it birthed a number of sequels, and when it went out of print, it turned into a collector’s item that drew (and still draws) startling prices online and in convention dealer’s rooms.
And lo, a most wondrous editor chose to reprint Jess at a new publishing home. But for various reasons, the book didn’t fit well in its new home. It never made it to bookstore shelves as expected, and soon it was all but impossible to come by. I began the efforts to regain the rights.
As many of you know, that particular road has been a long one–and it’s not a road I can discuss any longer. That’s not what this post is about.
This post is to say that as of now, Dun Lady’s Jess is mine again, and I am SO HAPPY.
As soon as I can, I’ll have both Jess and the sequels in production for backlist release.
Come join the party?