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unfettered-exclusiveHi Everyone!

It’s been a while since I have updated you all on Unfettered. It is time to announce a few things and upset some people, unfortunately.

Here is the update:


Unfettered is almost on track. I wanted it to come out in May. That isn’t going to happen. It’s going to be June now. I am still waiting on interior artwork to make this book something truly special and I should have it by the end of this month. Since the printer demands six weeks to get a book into their schedule and printed, that means the trade hardcover of the book will be published in June.


The signature sheets for the S&N edition of Unfettered are going around to the authors for signature. This just started and thankfully so. I should have sent them out three months ago but I was unsure about one of the stories making it in so I had to wait; I couldn’t very well send out signature sheets if the last story wasn’t going to come in and that person’s name was on the sheet. That said, it was good I waited. While I did get that last story from the author, another author name change had to happen last minute as well. Since his name was on the signature page too, that would have been bad.

I say this because the S&N edition will be late. But ultimately it will be late for the betterment of all. The correct authors will sign correctly and no time will be wasted for them—which means for you too. I don’t have a time period for when the S&N edition will come out but it will be done as quickly as we can get the sheets signed! I promise it will be worth your wait.

Yes, feel free to be angry at me. You can be. I misjudged the schedule and all the things that can happen during a book publishing. In all candor, I’m new at this. For those of you who only bought the S&N edition, I will be posting news soon giving 10% off the trade hardcover so you can at least buy that and read it earlier.

You should have a copy of that anyway; don’t read your rare S&N edition. As a bibliophile, that gives me the heebie jeebies.


I received some strongly worded emails from fantasy fans upset that they didn’t get a chance at the S&N Edition of Unfettered. Many of them asked me to produce more copies. I couldn’t do that, obviously. But I have another idea.

I am producing a high-end ARC of the book. It will be hardcover. It will lack the interior artwork that Todd Lockwood is finishing up. The stories will be largely correct although not proofed. Small changes may still happen. An Advanced Reader Copy. I will be sending these out to the various news organizations, fantasy blogs for reviews, etc. It will have a different cover on the book. And it will be limited fewer than S&N Edition but unsigned. If there is interest in this being something unique and special, I can print a few more copies and sell them for likely $75-100.

As I said, they would be rarer than the S&N—a collecting plus—but unsigned—a collecting negative. Although some of you could get the book signed and be savvy about it with each individual contributor…

I am throwing this out there. For those of you who didn’t get a chance at the S&N edition, would this make up for that? Be vocal. I want to hear. You guys are as much a part of all this as I am and I listen.

Phoenix Comicon Exclusive Edition

When I figured out that Unfettered wasn’t going to be done in time for the Phoenix Comicon—a convention at the end of May that I had promised to attend with the book along with four other contributors—I knew I had to create an exclusive for the convention. I had to have something there for the fans who were expecting it.

So I have thrown together a shortened version of Unfettered featuring only the stories by those authors who are attending the convention—Terry Brooks, Kevin Hearne, Peter Orullian, Brandon Sanderson, and myself. Five stories. It will be hardcover and be an exclusive for the convention only. It won’t be featured at San Diego Comicon or DragonCon. Any remaining copies left over will be sold on Grim Oak Press but I don’t think I’ll be bringing any copies back with me. I’m only having 250 copies done.

End of Update

Well, that’s my update. I do apologize for not having the book done by May. All of the authors were amazing in getting their contributions mostly in on time, editing them on time, and writing their introductions on time. The fault does not lie with them. Squarely on me.

The good news is all editions of the book are completely laid out and ready to go once I have the art and the signature pages. I am also damn near close to wiping out my debt and the taxes that come with that. Thanks to you. The one silver lining in all of this!

More when I know it! And I hope to see some of you at Phoenix Comicon!

22 thoughts on “An UNFETTERED Update

  1. No worries. Can’t wait to see how the S/L turns out. That ARC sounds very interesting! Congrats on getting that debt paid down.

  2. I am not angry or even upset. I would rather have it perfect than have it soon. What is that saying….Men make schedules and the Gods have a good laugh. This is worth the wait. I actually do have a few (ha, ha, understatement of the century) other books I can read while I am waiting.

  3. I too have one or two (hundred?) books in my to-read list, so while waiting is not my strong point, I will wait. There are several laws that apply to your planning:
    1. O’Toole’s Corollary to Murphy’s Law: Murphy was an optimist.
    2. The Law of THP: Things Hate People
    3. The Maximum Perversity of Nature Law.
    Also, remember the words of Bobbie Burns: “The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men, Gang aft agley”

  4. Not upset at all! I have been looking forward to this for a long time! I think I can wait a bit longer. I would also be interested in an ARC edition as a comicon edition but I believe I will have to settle for just the ARC if you decide to publish them. (I live no where near phoenix) Good luck as always!

  5. Thank you for the update! Great things come to those wait and I am more than willing to wait for this book!

    ARC – I WANT ONE. Please count me in!

    I would love one of the Phoenix Comicon editions but that trip will not be possible for me. Are you going to be with Terry Brooks when he come to Salt Lake Citym Utah, on July 17, 2013? It is on my calendar and I have scheduled the day off work. I have all three ARC’s in my possession from the Dark Legacy and I am going to bring them with me.
    Have a great day!!!

    1. I was thinking about going to Salt Lake City but since B&N isn’t carrying THE DARK THORN yet, it makes it a moot point for me to go sadly. 🙁 But I’m excited you get to see Terry though. He’s really looking forward to Salt Lake since he hasn’t been there for a while.

      1. I have already schedule the day off work. there is no way I am going to miss him. I have all three ARC’s for the latest Trilogy and I hope he will sign them for me. If he has time and is willing, I have a few other 1st editions I will bring, but the main items I would liked signed are the ARC’s. Slowly I am getting all of them…..
        As for B&N not carrying your book, it is there loss… seriously. They need to get on the bandwagon…..
        I was jumping up and down when I read that Terry is coming back to Salt Lake. It has been a while since he was here. I am grateful he is coming back!

        Your ARC – I hope I am not at work when you begin selling them or I will probably miss out. Would you take an advance payment order tonight? I really want one.

  6. Hi Shawn,

    Delays are understandable with such a project. No worries and thanks for the update.

    I have questions, if you don’t mind:

    1. When you say “author name change,” I was curious. Without details, does this mean one author dropped out and another was added? Did an author legally change their name (marriage/divorce)? Is this a pseudonym situation? What gives?

    2. This book is going to be amazing. It’s the dream team of fantasy authors! I know this is a venture to pay your medical bills so overhead is low and … you’re the distribution system. Will Grim Oak Press ever sell this work through other distributors, such as B&N or Amazon, so the book spreads worldwide in greater quantities?

    Thank you!


    1. Hey David,

      1. Can’t talk about it. The same amount of stories exist and no one was lost.

      2. It’s not up to me if the book is sold at Amazon and/or B&N. It’s up to them. 🙂


  7. Looking forward to seeing you (and the other authors) in Phoenix and getting that special edition!

  8. Shawn, definately not upset at all. I know the S&N is a special book and can wait on that. I definately want to get a copy or two of the trade, one for me (like you said, read that not the S&N one) and one for a friend. That ARC sounds cool and I hope it is something that others will want. That Phoenix Con version sounds cool and would be interesting to have. So, sounds like I should get on ordering some of the trade here soon!

  9. Thanks for the update :-). I would love an ARC. Thank you also for providing such a fabulous book for Fantasy readers. Can’t wait to read The Everwinter Wraith and the next after Song of the Fell Hammer.

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  11. Yes I would be interested in the ARC of Unfettered. Also if a limited is put up for auction please notify me.

    Thanks kindly

    Erich Levinson

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  13. No worries on the delay – The update is appreciated.

    My apologies if you have covered this question:

    Are there plans to have an ereader version of Unfettered?

    I imagine it would be more challenging with all of the authors involved, but I would certainly buy an e-version if available.


    1. Yes, there will be an e-reader edition for Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and iBooks.

  14. I’m getting excited for this. I was just putting away something I finished today beside “The Dark Thorn” and I got a shiver thinking about “Unfettered”.

    Are you getting excited Shawn, or are we still in nervous territory? You’re baby is almost there 😀

    Unfortunately I am no where near most touring locations and can’t afford to come see you out of country(one day I will!) but I am 100 percent interested in the ARC and am willing to pay you cash monies! Unless I can tempt you with a Sheep and a Brick. I may be willing to part with either an Ore or Lumber if need be.

    On a related topic, You can count on me signing up for an ARC and/or S&N copy of The Everwinter Wraith and The Splintered King.

    1. Thanks, Mark! And yes, my baby is almost here. But I’m not nervous. Giddy happy, more the like!

  15. A limited edition ARC sounds great! I’m in, where can I send the money. Will you send emails out to the people who bought the Signed limited edition so they have a chance at an ARC? Just a thought.

    1. The ARC will go on sale later this week. You’ll have to watch the website and/or Grim Oak’s Facebook page. 🙂

      1. I just ordered a trade edition of Dark Thorn. I just can’t bring myself to read my nice leather one for fear of damaging it. I look forward to receiving this book because I have a few weeks to read before college starts up again and limits my time…

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