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Donaldson's Publishing Woes

 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 3:30 pm    Post subject: Donaldson's Publishing Woes Reply with quote

I was so sorry to hear that Steve is having trouble publishing The Killing God. Evidently the publisher (Berkley) is balking at the length of the novel and wants 30% of it cut to proceed. Wayfriend may be right; the publisher may be trying to get out of its contract since Steve isn't very profitable.

While all of this is very disheartening (especially for Steve), I was wondering if fans at Kevin's watch could possibly do something about it by writing letters to Berkley showing our support for SRD. I don't know the editor at Berkley who Steve is dealing with, but the general email for Berkley Publishing is: BerkleyNALpublicity@us.penguingroup.com. We could also inundate their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BerkleyPub/

Even if Berkley refuses to compromise, Steve can certainly try to publish elsewhere, where he may get a better title and an editor who respects his work. But why take the chance? Let's make some noise!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is what I posted to Berkley's Facebook page:

Please publish Stephen R Donaldson's The Killing God, and in a manner that respects his work. I have been a loyal fan of his for over thirty years. No other author has had such an impact on my life. It was one of the reasons I became a writer. Through all of Steve's works, whether fantasy, science fiction or mystery, one common theme can be found through them all; an exploration of what makes us human. When I learned that Berkley was balking at publishing his novel The Killing God (and the concluding volume of The Great God's War trilogy, no less) I was saddened and more than a little outraged. If this is how you treat your authors (and readers) then I will certainly look elsewhere when it comes time to purchase books.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2021 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not on Facebook but I'll gladly send an email.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr.Land wrote:
This is what I posted to Berkley's Facebook page:

Please publish Stephen R Donaldson's The Killing God, and in a manner that respects his work. I have been a loyal fan of his for over thirty years. ...


Nice! I would have "thanked" but...? (not in a quick FAQ search)
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