Posted in Ebook News | Posted on 07-05-2012|
It’s been a little over a week since I released Conspiracy, the fourth Emperor’s Edge book, and we sold a thousand copies in the first week. That’s a record for me (I believe EE3 sold about 500 copies in the first week), and it was great to sell enough right off the bat to cover the cover art and editing costs. Thank you for your support, everyone!
As promised, I’m working hard on Book 5. Thanks to the, ah, slight cliffhanger at the end of 4, folks are asking when the next one comes out.
It’s a little early for me to post a date, but I’m going to shoot for the end of summer (maybe the first of September). I’m about 30,000 words into the rough of EE5, and it’s coming along well. I’ll post more details as I get closer to finishing the first draft.
There have been a few other questions of late, so let me go ahead and answer those here:
Will there be paperbacks for all of the Emperor’s Edge books? Do you make much on the paperbacks (i.e. is it worth buying them to support the author?)?
Yes, to more paperbacks. The formatting is almost done for Encrypted, and Glendon over at Streetlight Graphics (he does all of my covers) will be starting on EE4 soon. That shouldn’t take long since we’ll be using the same style as was used in the previous books. I do have plans to have all six EE novels turned into paperbacks.
At $11.99, they are fairly expensive to buy, but at 6″ x 9″ they’re larger than mass-market paperbacks, and I think they ended up looking pretty good. But, as far as what the author gets, I make about a dollar per sale on those (compared to $3 on the $4.95 ebooks), so unless you really want a hard copy, please don’t feel like you should spend more for my sake.
If you do want paperbacks, and would like them signed, please send me a note. I usually have some books on hand, and, because the author copies cost less than store-bought copies, I can sell them to you for less than that $12 per book, even including shipping (for those in the U.S. anyway). I’m also planning to have some custom book plates made eventually, so I can sign those and send them to you to stick inside the books (if you already bought the paperbacks elsewhere).
Maybe someday I’ll get on the ball and make a separate page on the site with details about this.
Will there be a sequel to Encrypted?
I want to finish up the six Emperor’s Edge books first, but, yes, I’m planning on a sequel. I may try another Kickstarter campaign to help support the cause, because sales of Encrypted are quite a bit lower than of those of the EE books, so writing more books with those characters isn’t as obvious of a choice. That said, I do want to pen at least one more adventure (we have to see what happens when Tikaya brings Rias home, after all).
I’m still working on getting goodies together for the last Kickstarter campaign, so this will likely be a 2013 project.
When will the next Flash Gold story come out?
Because I left Kali and Cedar in a better spot than the EE gang, I want to focus exclusively on EE5 this summer, but I do plan to get back to the Flash Gold stories before too long.
In the meantime, I’ll be publishing an ebook omnibus of the first three adventures this summer, and I’m planning to do a paperback version of that as well.
Will you do any more character interviews?
The Sicarius interview was quite popular, and I’ll absolutely do some more. Maldynado may be the next up to bat since he’s the secondary POV character in Book 5. I imagine he’ll be a tad more verbose than Sicarius was…
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