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Janny Wurts Chat Area: Arc 3: Alliance of Light: Fugitive Prince, Grand Conspiracy; Peril's Gate & Traitor's Knot: Traitors Knot Discussions: Status report

   By Trys on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 04:08 am: Edit Post



And will let you know how it tasted later.

What?!! The carrier's face?! ::wink::


   By max on Saturday, July 16, 2005 - 02:51 am: Edit Post

No Trys, the taste of the book [grinning] however I'm still chewing. I am pretty sure it tastes much better than the carrier's face as he probably tastes like aftershave or something. [HHMMM, I wonder how Aramis tastes!!??] [grinning at ya]

   By Scott W on Monday, July 18, 2005 - 08:41 am: Edit Post

Well, I posted on this forum in mid-June. I had moved roughly the same time MM sent out TK. So the book went to my old address, unbeknownst to myself. Of course they sent it back to MM. When I finally realized that the book had come out, I sent an email to MM and posted something on their messageboard. These, of course, went unanswered for about a week or so, until I received a very curt response via email: 'I'll look into sending out another book to you.' That was June 15. Since then I have not received the book, nor heard anything back from MM. They have not responded to any of my numerous emails. I did receive the bookplate, however, because my mail was forwarded.

So I suppose that this is where my readership ends. I have given up on hoping to read TK. I refuse to purchase another copy, based purely on principle alone. My money will be supporting other small presses.

I would implore Janny to search out another small press for Stormed Fortress. Night Shade, Subterranean, PS publishing, Golden Gryphon, or Four Walls, Eight Windows. Anything but MM.

   By Janny Wurts on Monday, July 18, 2005 - 09:02 am: Edit Post

Scott W -

I am not sure what intent you had in creating the above post.

You are the ONLY reader I have yet seen who has not received the book, when ordered (and it was sent, once, just what may have happened on the rebound, I don't know)
If you wished (me) to check and see what may have gone wrong, a slap in my face isn't much motivation.

The loser in the end - you decide. If you wanted to make everyone feel bad because something isn't running right - well - fixing it is better to my mind.

I won't try to change yours.

If not for Meisha Merlin, this book would NOT be available in the US at all. Of the two employees, one is MEANT to be on complete maternity leave, but was in with infant in tow shipping these books. Stephe was on the road for two major national trade shows (BEA and ALA) which are critical to the expansion he's undertaken. Both required far more effort than the "actual time" he was on the floor in Chicago and NY.

The company is in expansion - growing pangs are normal. I have not heard of anyone else not receiving a book - genuine inquiries are followed up on.

Quitting tempests don't leave me much option, do they - ?

If you want help, then ask. If you want to lash out for no other reason than angst for a problem that could, quite easily, become rectified - I refuse to be intimidated.

I respond to even unpleasant (private) e mails, and have always assisted my readers, where possible.

I will ask, since you are (perhaps) just over the top due to intense frustration and disappointment: (a move can be stressful enough, I'll grant that :-)


   By Scott W on Monday, July 18, 2005 - 11:11 am: Edit Post

Let me apologize for my earlier post. I was just venting a little, because quite frankly, I find the whole situation very frustrating. Poor customer service is a big pet peeve of mine. The only email addresses that I have for MM is and The only one that seems to work is the orders one, and that is sporadic. The rest of my emails get bounced back to me. My only communication back from MM was this:

I'll see about getting you sent a new book because it was shipped to your old address

[quoted from email]

that was June 15. I have heard nothing in over a month. At any rate, I was just venting. If you do happen to have an opportunity to pass along information to MM my email is:
drbloodmoney [at] gmail [dot] com
I purchased the book from their website on February 1st, 2005 with a visa.


   By Janny Wurts on Monday, July 18, 2005 - 12:42 pm: Edit Post

The problem is being addressed.

   By Kitsune on Tuesday, July 19, 2005 - 01:52 pm: Edit Post

I'm glad that things are being worked out for you, ScottW. As a veteran of many moves myself, I can understand how the smallest thing can be somewhat offputting. But you don't want to give up on the whole series because of one bad experience, do you? :-)

And Janny, needless to say, I think it's cool the amount of dedication that you show not only to your craft but your fans.

And, hopefully, Meisha Merlin will be past their "growing pangs" when it comes time for "Stormed Fortress." :-)

   By Janny Wurts on Tuesday, July 19, 2005 - 02:19 pm: Edit Post

That's the plan, in action. Part of the reason we won't "announce" what we are planning for the pub date for that volume, yet - we don't want the flack from people, if the date needs to be shifted (for whatever reason, including my own turn-in date).

It's not worth projecting a probable plan when folks get offended if what was probable isn't what turns out to be possible.

Another good writing day, today - and one scene from closing a main chapter. So my timing's on, anyway....:-)

   By Hunter on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 - 06:21 am: Edit Post

An "fun" balancing act between "as soon as possible" and "when it's ready".

Like the great scene in "The Incredibles" when Dash asks "are we there yet?" and Mr. Incredible says, with great restraint but immense frustration - "We get there when we get there.." :-)

   By Janny Wurts on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 - 10:18 am: Edit Post

Scott W - the happy ending is in sight. I spoke to Lynn at Meisha Merlin (Both she and Stephe were out of town, selling books at a convention, and yes, the infant in tow).

Your shipping label is printed with your new address, and the book will shortly be packed for Fed Ex shipment. You should have it in the next week/week and a half depending on pick up.

Out of all shipments sent, there were only three books returned for "change of address" reasons - the others went out. Yours tangled with the pack-up and return from two of the country's largest book trade shows, the con in Tulsa, and a holiday weekend...the catch-up factor at the home office understandably snowballed under that schedule (the trade shows being NECESSARY to the now national distribution Meisha has undertaken.)

(other things than you, and my book piled up - this publisher does more than one title, remember! and a George Martin title came out in roughly the same time frame.) There was no malicious or laggard intent, here.

May you enjoy the book, when it arrives. I have trust that the product will live up to your expectations.

Apologies for the delay. There are (at the moment) only so many hands to do the work. As this company grows, (and it is in the process!) this too will improve.

This company is on the track to becoming a serious contender - and I would like to have my books help be a part of assisting with that success.

   By HJ on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 - 04:28 pm: Edit Post

And so say all of us. As a British reader, I bought the British edition back in December, but I wish Janny and the Meisha Merlin guys every success in this and future undertakings. x

   By Scott Miller on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 02:39 pm: Edit Post

Well, here I sit still waiting for a trade paperback version of this book. The Meisha Merlin site is down, so no info there. (Sigh) Great story, but it is frustrating to know that I likely can't finish the series because I cannot locate a ( reasonably priced ) copy of this book !

If anyone has any suggestions or is willing to part with a copy of Traitor's Knot, please let me know:

Thank you !

   By Brittani Pasek on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 02:47 pm: Edit Post

Well I found my copy on ebay. Here is a link. not&category0=

And unfortunately I am not ready to part with my one and only copy of Traitor's Knot it was too hard to find the first time.

   By Lyssabits on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 04:12 pm: Edit Post

Heheh, I have an extra UK hardbound edition of Peril's Gate I could be persuaded to part with, but not Traitor's Knot, sorry. ;)

   By Hunter on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 04:38 pm: Edit Post

Meisha Merlin closed their doors last year so they don't exist as a publishing entity - ergo no trade paperback forthcoming.

I would suggest you have one of two options:
1. Find a library with a copy so you can at least read it
2. Buy it from somewhere where it's published and get it delivered - specifically I'm thinking of Amazon UK or similar.

   By Clansman on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 04:45 pm: Edit Post


I didn't see Hunter's post on my e-mail until I got here. I agree with him. is great for getting these books, and you could order Stormed Fortress at the same time to cut down on shipping and increase your reading pleasure. You could finish Arc III in one fell swoop! SF is published only in trade paperback format, much to my, and others', chagrin.

Also, e-bay for hardback, or for hardback from second-hand dealers are possibilities. However, you cannot get Stormed Fortress from, only from Might as well go to the UK and get both and save on the horrendous trans-Atlantic shipping costs.

Happy reading!

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