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:
TRADE HARDCOVER EDITION
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.
SIGNED & NUMBERED EDITION
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.
AN ARC EDITION
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!