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  1. As a Law grad, I can tell you that big corporate entities do this all the time to avoid creating a precedent that becomes jurisprudence. They have legal budgets that amount to millions of dollars. Weis and Hickman don't. If the trilogy is already written or close to it, it would be in everyone's best interest to just go ahead and publish it. It would settle the matter and the "bad" publicity generated by this annoucement would actually be a good thing. Everything depends on whether or not Hasbro/WotC want to play hardball.
  2. Even if they ultimately lost, this could drag in court for a couple of years. And coming out on top after a legal battle, would the authors be interested in actually writing the series then? Probably not. Like minority shareholders getting it up the ass, they are trying to make themselves enough of a nuisance so that WotC and Hasbro consider this too much of an annoyance and decide that it's easier to go along and let them write and publish the books. They could then cancel everything else under which they're not under contractual obligation. Or, which can sometimes happen, especially if Hasbro's legal department gets involved, they could simply try to bleed the authors dry with countless procedures that could keep them in court for years. Then, at some point when they realize that it would cost them too much to continue to fight, Weis and Hickman might just abandon the lawsuit. Let's hope for the former and not the latter. . . :/
  3. Since WotC approved a trilogy's worth of ideas, characters, scenes, etc, I'm pretty sure they owned them and Weis and Hickman couldn't just tweek them and use them for another series. The lawsuit is probably a way to just make themselves a nuisance and hopefully push WotC to go along with the trilogy. Since all the contracts were signed, it would be easy to go ahead and do it. Otherwise they'll be in court for years. . .
  4. I just heard back from Margaret Weis and on advice of their legal counsel she and Tracy can't talk about the story that would have been covered by this new trilogy. :/
  5. Gotta feel for them. They went through hell when TSR was about to fold and stopped paying their authors royalties. Then they came back with WotC, put Dragonlance back on the NYT bestseller list. And now they were working on something new for WotC and they get it up the ass. . . Weis and Hickman deserve better than this.
  6. Best of luck to you guys! On my end, my pace has slowed down a bit. During the first 6 months of writing The Evil That Men Do, I maintained a pace of nearly 75 pages a month. The 7th month saw me write "only" 50 pages. Which is still faster than the fastest I used to write. For my second manuscript, I maintained a 32-page pace per month, so there's that. All of which now amounts to 503 manuscript pages and more than 140,000 words. My story is split into two timelines. In late April, after alternating between the past and the present since the beginning, I elected to focus on the past until I reached its end. Since that timeline is essentially the bulk and the heart of the story, I felt it was a good idea to do so. And it was! Finished that part in late September, and it was a bit hard to get back into the swing of things for the present timeline. But it now looks as though I've gotten my groove back and everything should get easier. If all goes well, I want to finish this novel before the Holidays.
  7. Another thing you guys can do promotion-wise: Peruse the people who review works similar to yours on Goodreads and who have big followings. Get in touch with them and ask if they'd be willing to give your books a shot. If they are fan of tales similar to yours, chances are they might be interested. A positive review from them posted on Goodreads could help you get more exposure and sell more books.
  8. Don't you have any complete work you can ask him to read and review. As I mentioned, an anthology comprised of stories from unknown and unpublished writers could be a hard sell. But if you have already written a book that he likes and reviews, then it could help get things in motion when the anthology comes out.
  9. My friend, seriously, if you're not willing to knock on doors, you'll never make it. The worse thing that can happen is he'll say no.
  10. Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Mexican Gothic is 2.99$ on Kindle (USA and Canada).
  11. Speaking of Werthead, have you guys asked Adam if he'd be willing to give your novels a shot?
  12. Unless you have at least a few hundred followers, a dedicated Facebook page makes little sense at this point. Otherwise, it would be a good idea. As Derfel is doing, post and comment on Reddit for a couple of weeks, and then you should consider reading and reviewing each other's works (if you like them) and see if that can entice potential readers to give the books a shot.
  13. The r/fantasy message board on Reddit has 1.1M members. Just saying. . .
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