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Meisha Merlin is closing

From the front page of the Meisha Merlin comes this announcement:

Dear Fans,

I am sorry to say that due to major distribution problems Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc. will be closing their doors in May 2007. Both Kevin and I along with the entire staff here at Meisha Merlin want to thank all our fans, customers, authors, & artist for your support over the past eleven years. We are sorry to have to do this, but events beyond our control have forced us to make this decision.

ATTN: For those of you who have purchased The Virginia Edition. The Robert A. & Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust has worked out an agreement to continue publishing The Virginia Edition. You can expect a letter from them within the very near future & volume seven will be arriving to you in late May or early June.
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Among other things, this means that _Web of the Trident_, at one point scheduled for hardcover release by Meisha Merlin on March 15, *WILL NOT APPEAR*. Also consider as canceled the scheduled follow on to _Balance of Trade_. We are not necessarily giving up on these projects, but all novel length Lee & Miller work is currently marketed by our agent, Jennifer Jackson of Donald Maass Agency, and new arrangements for any or all of our novels previously published by Meisha Merlin will be made by her. Watch for news as it develops.


And from Sharon Lee and Steve Miller:

As we are ...unlikely... to ever see royalties from bookstore sales of *Meisha Merlin books*, and since we have this Big Pile of Books in the basement, we'd ask that folks please consider buying from us (http://www.korval.com/specialbooks.htm) first. If you want the money from your purchase to support and encourage the authors, this is the Numero Uno Very Best Way to be sure this happens.

Next best venues are the independent bookstores*. While money spent there will, as above, likely /not/ trickle down to the authors, you will be benefiting and supporting the store -- which is A Good Thing.

***Note: The above is relevant to *Meisha Merlin* editions ONLY***. By all means feel free to purchase electronic copies via Baen Webscriptions (http://www.webscription.net/s-117-sharon-lee.aspx) and mass market editions from Ace.


Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have sold romantic fantasy _Duainfey_ and an untitled sequel to Toni Weiskopff at Baen, through their agent Jennifer Jackson of the Maass Agency.

Excellent response to Fledgling continues. Thank you all! We hope you're having as much fun as we are in discovering young Theo. Chapter 13 will be posted on Monday, April 30, at http://www.korval.com/fledgling and released as a simultaneous podcast from Fireheart Foundry: http://fledgling.fireheartfoundry.com/.

Donations have guaranteed installments through Chapter 36, projected for a November 12 publication. From this point onward, the authors guarantee publication of a chapter a week until the draft is, in their professional opinions, completed. The authors shall be the sole judge of when the draft is complete.

Yes, you may still donate!

Those readers donating a total of $25 will receive a trade paper edition of the book when it is published. Other monies will go into a fund to offset art and postage costs.

We remain extremely grateful to Sam Chupp of Fireheart Foundry for taking on the work of reading and producing the podcast edition.

A book dealer returned several unopened cases of _Liaden Universe® Companion, Volume One_ to SRM Publisher and we're again down to about a case and a half. Due to recent events our plans on future printings are not firm.

Advance subscriptions are now being taking for _Liaden Universe® Companion, Volume Two_, scheduled for an August release from SRM Publisher, Ltd. As of this writing, advance subscriptions have funded about 2/3 of the amount needed to go to press.

This project collects Changeling, Phoenix, Heirloom, Naratha's Shadow, Veil of the Dancer, Quiet Knives, This House, Lord of the Dance, Sweet Waters... in one full-size hardcover/trade paper volume due this summer.

The success of the project depends on *you*. Pre-subscribers will not only get their books signed, they ought to have them long before local used bookstores see them.

Jim Baen's Universe (http://www.baens-universe.com/) has commissioned a Liaden Universe® story about the weatherman and what befell him. That story is scheduled for the October 2007 edition.

Theo_Waitley is the discussion group for readers of _Fledgling_: http://community.livejournal.com/theo_waitley/

Steve Miller's blog, Journeyman: http://kinzel.livejournal.com/

Sharon Lee's blog, Eagles over the Kennebec: http://rolanni.livejournal.com/
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