Oct 24 2012
UPDATE on U.K. status of things to come…
I posted much of this earlier on the Jack Whyte Facebook Group page, and while I didn't intend to get into it there quite as deeply as I eventually did, once I started to roll with it, the piece kinda wrote itself and so I decided to cut and paste it into a Blog entry here, which it should have been in the first place. I'm not sure, though, how far the "bounce" effect will carry it–into other places–so if you find yourself reading it again elsewhere, in a slightly altered version, please make allowances for my confusion.
The explanation–part of an ongoing response to readers' questions–sprang from a need to respond, as promised, to developments in communication with the people at Sphere Books, who will soon be publishing my original series over there in a genuine First British Edition of the nine "Camulod/Dream of Eagles" novels… I've spoken now with the gentleman who has replaced my original editor, and he assures me that everything is proceeding as planned for the projected British release of the books in both electronic and print formats.
He tells me (and I'll take him at his word, since I've been gone from the UK marketplace for a very long time now) that e-Book sales are very rapidly outstripping traditional paperback sales over there, and that reality is reflected in Sphere's decision to release the Arthurian series sequentially as e-Books over a series of months, with print editions following quickly, all leading up to the print release of the second "Bravehearts Chronicle" book, RENEGADE, in Britain in January, 2014. Even REBEL, the first of that series which is already out there in e-Book format, will be re-released towards the end of 2013 with "a new look."
November 2, 2012 @ 7:34 pm
I must agree that the UK marketing thus far has been less than sparkling.
I have a first edition of Skystone in hardback that I've had for donkey's years, thus I was able to Amazon the rest.
But I think the 'times are a'changin'. Stories of the quality of the Camulod series deserve to prosper as they're well written and frankly fun to read. I will do my bit at every opportunity to promote them with comments – I want people I like to have the enjoyment that I've had.
So the UK are in for a treat. I asked Sphere books what was happening, and they had the courtesy to respond, and quite enthusiastically too. They are in business to make money. There is a LOT of money to be made in e-books in UK at the moment – it's going mad.
So best of luck Jack, it's all good news so far . . . it would be nice to see you achieve 'overnight success'.
November 3, 2012 @ 8:10 am
Thanks, Brian. "Less than sparkling" is a nice way of putting your point, but I'm confident now that the times they are a-changin'. I sincerely hope so, and I'm glad your response from Sphere was an enthusiastic one.