Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Well, I didn't want to have to do it, but it became a necessity: I wrote today to both of my charming, wonderful editors -- Ginjer Buchanan in New York and Laura Shin in Toronto -- and asked for deadline extensions on Watch and Wonder, the second and third volumes of my WWW trilogy.

The extensions actually won't affect the publication dates of these books. Both Ace and Penguin Canada are planning to release volumes of the trilogy in successive Aprils (of 2009, 2010, and 2011). But my contractual deadline for Watch was just two weeks away now (way earlier than necessary for an April 2010 publication), and I'm nowhere near done.

I'm behind for a bunch of reasons, including some very cool professional ones that I'm not at liberty to talk about just now, but really are quite exciting.

Anyway, I won't get much writing done for the next few days. Tomorrow, I'm off to give a keynote to the Grey-Bruce Health Network about the future of health care, and Thursday, Carolyn and I fly to Calgary for the World Fantasy Convention. Hope to see some friendly faces there!

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At October 29, 2008 8:48 AM , Blogger Michael A. Burstein said...

I'm very glad to hear this won't affect the pub dates of the books...

At October 29, 2008 3:02 PM , Blogger .e. Jim Shannon said...

Hi Rob, when your WWW Trilogy is all said and done after the last book is published, will you be placing this trilogy into an Omnibus format?

At October 29, 2008 9:08 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Hi, Jim. It's the publishers' choice, not mine, but I very much doubt it. First, the total wordcount is 300,000 -- or 20% more than Gardner Dozois's annual years' best SF, which is already an unwieldy book. Second, frankly, why sell three books for one reduced price rather than sell each one separately?


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