As those of you with tattered old mass-market paperbacks with the woman on the black horse on the cover know, Sheepfarmer’s Daughter came out in 1988, as did Divided Allegiance, and Oath of Gold came out in 1989. To celebrate 30 years in print, Baen Books is going to put out an Annversary Edition of them next year, and asked if I would write an introduction to each volume. Of course I said yes, and I’ve roughed out the first one and sent it on to Toni Weisskopf at Baen.
Toni would also like to include some comments from readers for whom the books had special meaning (other than just “a ripping good yarn” kind of thing. Some of you here and elsewhere have told me at times how the books had an impact on your life, but (lousy housekeeper that I am, mentally and in real life) I don’t have those neatly filed anywhere–and anyway, your permission would be needed to use them publicly.
So if the books got you through a bad patch, or sticking the big fat omnibus inside your jacket to keep it from being rained on meant that when someone shot at you it saved your life…and you’re willing to comment publicly…please let me know. If you’re a writer and the books inspired you to persist (“Dang that woman–I can write better than SHE can–watch ME get published!!”) that’s something else Toni would like to know about. Youngest reader? Oldest reader? (My mother read the Paks books, but she’s not alive to testify; she died in 1990.) Most-distant-from-central-Texas reader? Read it in _____ language first?
Aside from that, what would YOU like to see in an introduction? What questions about the books still nag at you? What about the person who’s never visited Paksworld…what do you think they’d like to read about the books, the process, the writer?
As y’all know from being here, I can rattle on at length about all sorts of things that may or may not be what you really wanted to know, so feel free to hand me some ideas I can talk over with Toni (who, being editor/publisher, will have considerable say in the matter) as I feel my way forward on the introduction thing.