Thursday, May 5, 2011

And Yet Another Announcement...

Here's the press release that went out today:

Self-publishing phenomenon Amanda Hocking's USA Today bestselling TRYLLE trilogy, three young adult paranormal novels that the author previously published as ebooks, again to St. Martin's, for publication in both print and ebook starting in Winter 2012. 

So what does that mean for you, the reader? 
If you've already read the series, it doesn't change a whole lot. It'll just make it easier to get a paperback, if you want one, because the books will be in stores. If you haven't read the series, it will make it easier for you to find, and the books will have fewer errors.

What does this mean for the Trylle Trilogy? 
It will get a bit more polished with some editing (but don't expect the story to change. It will stay the same. It'll just be cleaner). The books will be more readily available for the people unable to find them and for the majority of the populace that doesn't have ereaders. And having paperback books stores, with publishing house sales behind it, will help ensure that the movie adaptation gets made.

Will the prices of the ebooks go up?
To be honest, probably, yes. I've talked with St. Martin's, and it sounds like they're going to keep the prices down from usual ebook prices. But because they are a major company with overhead costs, they can't really afford to price books at $.99. I will still be self-publishing the trilogy for the next few months at their current prices, though, so there is plenty of time for people to get them. Paperback prices will be about the same as what they are now, though, and that's a good thing.

So, why would I choose to sell a series of books that's already doing so well on their own?
Three reasons:

1. The movie. As soon as Terri Tatchell started talking to me back in January about a possible film adaptation, I knew I wanted to get the trilogy in stores. It needed to be selling in major outlets with a big publisher to back it so it would give a movie studio the confidence to green light the project. Getting this series turned into a movie would be a dream come true for me, and I've heard from a lot of readers who would be really excited to see a film version, too.

2. The readers. It's two-fold for you guys.
  • One part is because of the messages I get from people all the time who don't have ereaders and they want to read my book. Having paperbacks in stores will make it much easier to reach people I've been unable to until now. 
  • The other part is a proper editing. That's not to knock the people I've worked before, and I have a really great editor going over Hollowland. But I know there are errors that need to be corrected and things that can get smoothed over in the series. I want them to be the best they can be, and hopefully, my editor at St. Martin's can do that. People will get to read the Trilogy the way it was meant to be read. I think of it as going from a standard TV to HD. It's still the same product - it just looks better.

3. I don't know how to phrase this exactly, but I want to see what the books can do. The Trilogy has been selling really well in a small portion of the market, and I don't want to limit the books. I want to see what will happen if they have opportunity to reach the full potential audience.

If you've read the Trylle Trilogy and you liked the them, this is good news. Libraries will be more likely to carry my books. The movie will be more likely to get made. If you want to get your friends or family the books as gifts, it will be easier for you to find them.

If you haven't read the books and you want to, there's still time to get them at their current prices in their current form. And if you don't get them within the next couple months, they'll be back out in in early 2012, only with less errors, so it's still a win for you.

If you haven't read my books and don't want to, or you have read them and you hate them, then really it doesn't affect you at all. There's still plenty of other books out there for you to read and enjoy.

And that's what I have to say about that stuff.