These are about to become collectors items
A funny thing happened the other day. I mean the other week. Actually, it was a few months back.
Early this year, I announced that I’d split with Night Shade Books. A few months later, the announcement that Night Shade’s assets were in the process of being sold (pending new author agreements being signed) was made. The buyers were Skyhorse Publishing and Start Publishing. Honestly, I don’t know all the ins and outs of the deal (I was no longer a Night Shade author, after all) but the basics were that Skyhorse and Start were buying Night Shade’s assets (the various book contracts) and splitting them such that Start would sell the e-books and Skyhorse would sell the print books. After much ballyhoo, the deal went through.
Jump forward a month or two. My agent and I spoke about the possibility of a print-only deal for The Lays of Anuskaya (The Winds of Khalakovo, The Straits of Galahesh, and The Flames of Shadam Khoreh). It seemed like a good match with Skyhorse, as they only received the print rights anyway, and they were a well respected publisher with established sales channels that were expanding aggressively into speculative fiction. Their wheelhouse had been in sports, history, humor, and more, and they’d established themselves as a good, viable, and growing publisher. So it seemed like a good potential match from my end, but I had no idea what their interest level might be. On the plus side for them, the trilogy was complete, was well received critically, and stood a good chance at making wider sales if brought out to the kinds of channels a publisher like Skyhorse could reach.
Russ looked into it, and it took a fair bit of back and forth over the next several months, but as it turned out, Skyhorse was interested. We hashed over details and just recently worked out the last few wrinkles in the contract. And today I signed the contract for that deal.
Funny how small the world of publishing is, isn’t it? Ten months ago I part ways with Night Shade Books, and now, in a way, I’m back in the fold. Obviously it’s under very different circumstances, but still, it’s amusing.
I’m very excited about this. The state of publishing today is a wonderfully complex and ever-changing beast. There are those that say the traditional publishers are the only way to go. Others say self-publishing is the wave of the future. The truth, as always, is going to lie somewhere in the middle. As I mentioned, Skyhorse is a relatively new publisher, but one who wants to make their mark in speculative fiction. I’m confident they’ll do a good job with the new books and bring them to a wider audience, which I would love to see happen for this series, one that I love and am very proud of. And in the meantime, I’ll continue to push on the e-book end of things, and hopefully there’s some good cross-pollination that helps us both.
What does this mean in the short term? Well, it means that the print copies of The Lays of Anuskaya will be taken off the market in anticipation of Skyhorse re-releasing them next year. I’ll have more news on this as things progress, and will share it here when I can.
Although the print copies will no longer be available for sale (beyond those copies already in various bookseller’s virtual and/or physical shelves) I do have a number of trade paperback copies here at home. If anyone would like copies, signed and personalized, I’d be happy to sell them for $15 each. I also have my short story collection, Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories, for sale for $12 each. Email me via my contact page if you’re interested and we can work out the arrangements.
I’m also setting up an online store to sell them with a bit more ease on your end. I’ll have that up hopefully within a week or two. I’ll shout the news once that’s up and running, and let you know how you can get limited edition hardcover copies as well.
In the meantime, upward and onward!