Way back in the mists of time (ok 1995), when the Dunnett pages on the then James Thin website were so new the paint was still wet, I started sending out notifications of new books to the loyal Dunnett readers. Back then selling books overseas was all done by letter and Dorothy’s new Niccolos used to come out 6 months earlier in the UK than in the US. Email was a revolution, and the website was siezed on by readers desperate for news – remember that Dorothy was doing the cliffhanging bit with the endings at the time and it was 2 years between books. To make matters worse for the poor readers the Lymond Chronicles had been out of print for quite a while due to a change of publisher.
Back then I knew little of the stories but was learning fast about the state of play with the books. That soon changed as the simple emails turned into newsletters which got longer and longer as I started reading. I liked to do things in person in those days so I deliberately didn’t archive the newsletters on the site but greeted each new subscriber with a personal message and sent them the laste few issues. Of course that was when the shop was running and I had time to do it. I kept this up for a while after the shop folded and I was out of work, but once I was working again time grew short so I archived them on the site and let people download them themselves. Later the job got a bit precarious and I had to devote more time to it in the evenings to help keep things going. The newsletters stopped and I didn’t even have time to acknowledge the new subscribers – something I was very unhappy about but could do nothing to fix without inventing the 36 hour day. After over two years without a newsletter I decided to turn the newsletters into a blog so that it would fit in with the limited time I have available these days. The old newsletters are all archived here in a form that hopefully makes them useable for those that want to see what went before. The comment facility will hopefully allow people to interact with the site in a better way than before, and the RSS feed should make it easier for you to keep in touch with new postings without the admin overhead of keeping the mailing list up to date. Hope you like the blogs.
slainte (Scots Gaelic for good health)