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The Blackest Death III (RIP)

December 2, 2008 by Richard Wright in Journal, News, Writing

(I know, it’s been a while, I’ll try harder to update, etc…)

If you’ve been reading here for a while, you’ll remember that I have a story due out in the anthology The Blackest Death III, from Black Death Books. You might also recall that it’s been a hell of a long time since I announced that sale, and be wondering what happened to the actual book.

Alas, the book is no more. It is an ex-book. I heard from the publisher today that the book is no longer going ahead, and indeed, the previous Blackest Death volumes are going out of print. There are various reasons for this, including the fact that anthologies don’t sell as well as longer works, and economic times are too tight for them to invest in the level of publicity that could make a success of the book. Sad news, but given the current state of the publishing industry on all levels, not really a surprise.

A very few of you may actually have pre-ordered the book, when it was offered for pre-order sale by the publisher in 2007. Hopefully, you’ll have heard from them by now about a refund. If you haven’t, give them a couple of days to sort things out, and then drop them a line. They’ve assured me that all refunds will be promptly offered, and they’re a good bunch, so I’m confident this will be the case. Let me know if you find otherwise.

I know, so long without an update, and it’s bad news. Ah well.

Does anybody want to buy a story?

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3 Comments

  1. JackieDecember 3, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Although I am thrilled to see an update in your corner of the Web, I’m equally disappointed in this news. I have no doubt that you’ll sell more stories soon, but for now, the economy/market is probably tightening their belts a bit.

    I have no less than four books with your writings on them in my bookshelves. I’m anticipating many more in the upcoming years. 😉

  2. JackieDecember 4, 2008 at 6:55 am

    Um, why did you tag this one with “wedding”? 😉

  3. Richard WrightDecember 4, 2008 at 8:08 amAuthor

    Ahem… fixed…

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