I'll mail myself in a box to Lucas himself, and when he opens it...BAM! I'll leap out, grab him by his flannel shirt and haul him over to the nearest phone. Then I'll scream, "Now, you call those dumbells over at LucasBooks and order them yourself to release the Staff of Kings novelization! Either that, or give me everything you've got concerning development on Indy 5!"
Wait a moment...nah, that would never work.
Better to just pray to Shiva that a copy fall from the sky in an inflatable raft. Much higher probability of success.
So the petition and related early efforts to get this book published have evidently come up short. I'm still dying to read it, though, and I know I'm not alone . . . but it's pretty clear that Del Rey could care less. So I've been thinking: what can we do to get them to care? Del Rey is a business. They determined long ago that they weren't gonna make enough money on Rob MacGregor's Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings to justify the expense of publishing it. If we want to change their mind, we gotta show them the money.
I'm spitballing a bit here, but indulge me. What if we started a campaign at kickstarter.com to raise a sizable sum, enough to get Del Rey's attention? We could pitch it as "Indiana Jones needs YOU to rescue him" or something. Maybe we could work it so that a $50(?) donation gets you a copy of the book if the project succeeds; and maybe we could ask MacGregor if he'd be willing to autograph bookplates or something for $25 donations.
So here's the key question: how much would we need to raise to get Del Rey's attention?
I know. After some research, I remember now it was Escape from Dagu. Here's some history off the SW wiki:
The story was apparently completed when it was decided to scrap it in favor of Yoda: Dark Rendezvous, due to the greater public appeal of Yoda. However, Darc, Dagu, and Shaak Ti's mission were referenced in Republic HoloNet News Core Edition 14:3:22 and The Official Star Wars Fact File 116, making the general storyline of Escape from Dagu still canon.
Rob tried to get the project off the ground last year but Lucasfilm wouldn't allow it, citing production cost without a movie to generate profit. Of course, such paltry considerations never deterred the endless torrent of Star Wars merchandise released in the absence of a feature film (TV series aside), so unless Indy 5 happens, don't hold your breath for an Indiana Jones literary revival.