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Hourglass Mage Dispute Updates

Posted on 3/3/2008


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There have been some developments in the dispute between Wizards of the Coast and Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman over Dragons of the Hourglass Mage.

Mike Lescault, the community liaison from WotC, has posted a response:

Hi All. I received the following information to pass along. I apologize for not posting it earlier, but I am still out of the office from D&D Experience:

Wizards of the Coast planned to release Dragons of the Hourglass Mage in July 2008, as published in our catalog and posted on Amazon and other sites for pre-order. Despite our efforts, a manuscript was not forthcoming. Plans for the book are on hold; we have not recommissioned it. Today, we communicated this news to our distributor, and we expect that within the coming week retailers taking pre-orders for this book will cancel those orders.

We are always disappointed when our business partners don't honor their obligations to us, but we must move forward to ensure the continued success of our publishing business.

Tracy Hickman, in turn, has responded to Lescault:

I should like to clear up some misconceptions regarding the current state of 'Hourglass Mage.'

First is the misconception that the complete manuscript was submitted to Wizards of the Coast. It was not. We were approaching the publisher to determine a proper turnover date when we were informed that the book would not be accepted or even read.

Secondly, while there are a number of statements with which I would take issue in the above, this is not the proper forum in which to air them. Our hope in posting was to let you know that the July release book being sold and pre-sold with our name on it was not written by us. I know you want answers ... so do we ... and hopefully we'll all get them in time.

On one statement, however, I am in complete agreement: we, too, are disappointed when our business partners don't honor their obligations to us and we, too, must move forward to ensure the continued success of our publishing business.