Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hardcover editions of Riyria are going to be a reality


For those who don't know, all my recent books (those published since 2015) have had hardcover editions, but the original 5 books of Riyria were only produced in trade paperbacks. There were a few hardcovers produced as a book club edition, but they (a) sold out years ago and (b) weren't the best quality.  We've finally received agreement from Orbit to buy the rights to do a hardcover edition on our own (yeah, it's odd to pay someone for the right to publish books I wrote, but that's the nature of traditional publishing).

Now, there is a catch...we had to limit the print run (Orbit wouldn't let us base the number on demand). When we get all our ducks in a row, we'll be launching a Kickstarter, and since the numbers are limited, it'll be one of those first come first served things. So, we are have a sign-up form and all people on it will be told ahead of time the day and time of the Kickstarter's launch.  So, if you want copies, please sign up now.

Okay, a few things to note:

  • The books will have new covers, and I'm sure Marc Simonetti will be the designer for them (although I've not yet commissioned him for them, but he's always done any covers I've asked him to).
  • There will be two versions (a) a Rare edition (which should match the rare editions of The Death of Dulgath and The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter) and (b) a limited edition.
  • As for the covers of limited edition versions, they'll match the limited editions of the other books (full graphic rather than a small graphic with a color block). But, I'm also going to get pricing to see if we can offer a dust jacket that matches the hardcover edition, that way you can have a "match a set" even though we don't have three versions of the books like we do the other ones. No promises until I find out the printing costs, but that's my plan.
  • If you plan on getting a matched set of the limited editions, and don't already have the other two books, you'll have to hurry. We have about 50 copies left of Winter's Daughter, and about 75 copies of the Death of Dulgath. You can buy those limited editions here.
  • If you don't have a hardcover edition of The Death of Dulgath, there are 2 copies left at Amazon, but, we do have about 300 copies here and once those are gone, there will be no more of them. You can buy those limited editions here.
Well, that's about it. Robin's been working on this contract for over 2 years, and while the ink is not yet dry, it is being "written up" so we feel confident in making the announcement now. Hope you are as excited as we are.

7 comments:

  1. so awesome! I love that you work so hard to make such great things happen for fans (and yourselves - I'm sure it will be thrilling to have everything in hardback). So excited for Age of War in just a few months!

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    1. Great! I'm glad you are excited. And yeah, I wanted the hardcovers just as much (and maybe more) than everyone else ;-)

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  2. Awesome news! Since I just purchased the regular hardcover of Death of Dulgath and Winter's Daughter that have the color block dust jacket, I REEEEAAAALLLLLYYY hope you're able to print the dust jacket with the color block, otherwise the mismatching editions will drive me insane...!!! Seriously, I may be a broke college student but I am willing to pay more if that's what it takes for the color block dust jacket! Either way, thank you for making this a possibility! I want my favorite books in hardcover so they last me forever and ever!!!!

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    1. I think we will be able to. Robin is really good at making stuff like that work.

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  5. Hard cover editions of all of them available??? I recently became a grandmother and my children want me to create a reading library for my granddaughter! I need every one of these in hard copies for her library, and every new one coming out too! I haven't enjoyed a series of books as much since I read JRR Tolkien's epic. Keep up the great work!!!!

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