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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.

51 comments:

  1. Wow! That's a lot in one post. I don't know where to go first! Congrats! :)

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  2. Great news - I have a lot of paper-loving traditionalist friends and family to introduce to the Trylle Trilogy! And your writing is worth more than we've paid for the ebooks.

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  3. Congrats! I love the Trylle series! =)

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  4. A movie, hm? Good luck! I can't imagine something much more exciting for you. Well done. :)

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  5. This is very, very exciting :) Best of luck with all of this!

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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  6. I loved loved loved this series!!! And I'm so happy for you! And a movie?! Yes please!!!!

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  7. That is amazing! I can't wait for the movie:) I recommend this series to my students all the time and would love for it to be easier for them to get.

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  8. sounds good to me. i have read them and i have be telling everybody about them. so now they can get the books as well. i am hoping there is a movie i can't wait to see a movie. i love all your books and i am a big fan. thank u for being such an awesome writer.

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  9. The movie will be awesome. It needs to get made and go to netflix so I can watch it TONIGHT while folding laundry. It's so hard to read and fold clothing. Just saying.

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  10. Congrats, Amanda! Fantastic news for you and your fans! I loved the series so I have my fingers crossed for a movie too. :D

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  11. There has been a lot of jabber of whether or not people agree with the decision you've made to go with St. Martin's. It makes a lot of sense handing it over to the people that will give it a serious push, since you want to see it on the big screen.

    Also, from your last post, Heroes in a Halfshell - excellent choice! (I still have my turtle sewer, and a collection of the ones that transform into cars, Splinter is the Turtle Van!) Who's your favorite? I'm a Mikey's-girl myself :)

    Best of luck, and I hope you get every actor you want in the movie! ;)

    YA: Cheat, Liar
    Adult: Shackled

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  12. A huge congratulations to you! It will be so wonderful to see the trilogy in stores. And I will definitely be buying the cleaned up versions for my Kindle and Nook. I can't wait to see how the polished touches affect the flow!

    The folks at St. Martin's are pretty awesome to be working with you (and your fans) on pricing the eBooks a bit lower and also letting your current versions stick around for a bit.

    I love all your books and I bought my niece a copy of Hollowland and she's read it 6 times and can't wait for the sequel!

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  13. We'll I am happy for your success and I look forward to having a physical copy in my hands to read and review.

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  14. Congrats. Between your current readers and those who are just discovering your work, a movie tie-in edition should do exceptionally well.

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  15. Congratulations Amanda, that's wonderful news for you and I hope that all your hard work really pays off for you in the future! I would love to see a movie adaptation of the Trylle Trilogy, that would be so awesome! You are a ridiculously talented writer, I've read everything you've written so far and am dying for the next books to be released and seeing some of your books come to life on the big screen would be such a thrill and I can't wait! Best of Luck!

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  16. Super happy for you but bummed about the second release. I bought all of your eBooks, then as many of the paperbacks I could get a hold of (even though I had already read them). Now I'm.going to have to buy them again! Not that I'm complaining...I'm looking forward to a more polished series. I'm going to have to buy a new bookcase if you keep it up though :)

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  17. I always knew you would get this far from the moment I picked up your "my blood approves series" You've got a very powerful raw talent to reach these fans when its hard to get noticed. You have made me want to finish my works and self publish so maybe I'd have the same luck as you. I'll always be a fan of your works no matter what you do.(I'm only 20 so I've got time to finish my works =3)

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  18. Congratulations. This is great news. I have read the trilogy and I would love to see a movie adapation. I have read all you've written and I am looking forward to reading more!

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  19. Deborah - Sydney, AustraliaMay 5, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Amanda this is great news. My kids are a little young to read your books but only a few years away. I dont' encourage e-reading with my kids at this age as they really should love the books for what they are before progressing to e-reading so I love that I will be able to readily buy your books and that librarys will probably stock them. I have no issue with paying more for your books, I'd be happy to pay cover charge knowing that your a wonderful author. Congratulations and keep your fabulous work coming!!

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  20. Congratulations, Amanda! You must be on cloud 9 right now. Wow.

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  21. How exciting! I agree, it's a good idea to get your books into stores if you can . . . a movie would be awesome!

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  22. Suh-weet! Congratulations. I think all of this is awesome news. Dude, being able to see the movie(s)made is the coolest thing ever.

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  23. Congrats, Amanda! Getting your work published by a publishing house and out on bookstores is such a great achievement in and of itself... getting the series adapted for the movies is simply amazing! I'm very happy for you, and wish you the best of luck on this new phase of your career! Have fun! :]

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  24. That's so exciting Amanda! I am so happy for you. You've worked so hard and set such a good example for other self-published authors!

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  25. I have all of your ebooks and I'd like to buy them in print too so I'm excited to have both. I hope the movie becomes a reality because I love this series. My only wish, is that it didn't have to end....Congrats Amanda!

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  26. Congrats! That is awesome. Is it just paperback and e-books or is there a possibility of an audiobook? Just curious because I would love to hear it on audiobook also. I am so excited for this. I can't wait to see how amazing the series will do when it hits the store shelves.

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  27. Yes, I agree! You should consider doing audiobooks! But a movie, wow. That's amazing.

    Congrats on signing with St. Martin's! Every author wants to see just what their books are capable of. It's an adventure, every step of the way. I'm excited for you and eagerly awaiting what will happen next!

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  28. Congrats! I'll have to pick them up soon. Best of luck with the series/movie!

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  29. Wow, wow, and wow! Congratulations! I am so glad that all your hours and hours of hard work has payed off.Enjoy every minute.

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  30. A MOVIE!!!! This is all really exciting, congratulations!!

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  31. That is great news. I have read the trilogy and love it. I can't wait until the books are out more available, then I will be able to have an actual copy of the books instead of just e-book format.

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  32. That is awesome news!! When I finished the first book I thought to myself...I really wanna see this as as movie :) Love love love this trilogy!

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  33. I'm thrilled for you! Enjoy the ride! =)

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  34. YAY!!! Congratulations, friend! :D

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  35. Congratulations on your upcoming movie and paperbacks!!

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  36. Virtue sounds really cool. Can't wait. I can't get enough of good paranormal books, and I like what you've done with your blog. Feel free to stop by mine sometime and check it out.
    http://kasi-kcblake.blogspot.com

    I know you're busy, but you still love to read I'm sure, so check out the sample chapter of Vampires Rule on my site. It's got a bit of a different twist on the whole vampire thing. I hope you still love vampire books even though there are so many out there. I know I still love them, as long as they have something I haven't seen before.

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  37. I just finished the trilogy. I had never heard of the books. In honestly bought them because they were suggested to me on my reader and cheap. I ended up staying up ALL night (literally) because I just NEEDED to know what happened to Finn. I think a lot of people will really enjoy this series and once it's available in paper back the young adult community will devour it!!!!

    *Sigh* When I finally sleep tonight, I'll dream of Finn : )

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  38. Fantastic news! Congrats. Now I have to add the other two books to my TBR pile before St. Martin's skyrockets the price. ;-)

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  39. Congrats Amanda. That is wonderful news. I will have to add these books to my to-read list.

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  40. Congrats and good luck. I love your stories. Please keep up the good work and keep Living the Dream. You deserve it! Thanks for giving me more favorite books and more favorites to look forward to.

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  41. It's not a win for someone who just heard about you and wants to buy the books now, even at 2 1/2 or 8 times the price ($7.99 vs. $2.99 or $0.99). One of the strange things about e-books - it's like the books disappeared as of now in September 2011. If I want, though, I can read them next year.

    This is one of the reasons, I hope printed books don't go away completely. I can buy the book and I own it forever and can loan it to someone or sell it to someone and they can read it without any hardware. Still, ebooks are very convenient.

    Still, I can't blame you. I would have done the same thing in your position. And, please keep on creating.

    I'm glad that St. Martin's press didn't do this with all your existing novels.

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  42. My roommate works at Barnes and Nobles and she yesterday brought home the Advance Readers edition of your first book. She let me read it, and I couldnt put it down! Yes, the story is a very common one, but one I love reading. I am sure that you will be popular, and Im looking forward to a movie adaption. (I hope the actors dont ruin Finn... I am rarely happy with male actors looks...)

    Since Im here, might as well mention... Theres a mistake in the AR edition. Page 290, last chapter. '"Look, I hate it here too. It's a hard place to livein, especially this house..."'
    Your editor missed that error. There should be a space, 'live in', not 'livein'. Generally when theres an error in a book it distracts me from the story, and Im sure it does the same to others, so try to get this fixed before the final publishing. ;)

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  43. The new covers for The TRYLLE are fantastic!!! Wendy looks powerful and mysterious and lures you right into wanting to read the books! I love the sound tracks especially the one for "Ascend" why not add photos of beautiful Wendy!! That would make it more interesting to watch! I'd love to see more of her. GREAT JOB!!!!

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  44. Why didn't you let the publishing house do the paperbacks and keep your version of the eread books at $.99? Don't you personally only get about one of those nine dollars anyway?

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  45. I am just dissapointed that the ending wont change :( Dont get me wrong, I like the overal story but just not the ending. I am a Finn fan <3 not a Loki fan.

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  46. I have just recieved your book in a bonus pack with Dolly Mag earlier this morning. I assumed that Switched was just a regular book, so I didnt bother to have a look at first. Eventually I opened your book to read a few pages and before I knew it, I took the book with me everywhere, all day, reading and re-reading the pages. I'm loving the characters, the story, all of it! Although I'm not to sure if your going to be continuing the series after your 3rd book(I really hope you do!!) and I cant wait to see the movie!!!
    Please, as a new fan, continue with the series!!

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  47. I've just finished the Trylle trilogy - absolutely wonderful!! You are a very, very talented writer and I can't wait until the books come out as audio books so my daughter can listen to them! Your writing style is fascinating, and captivates readers from the beginning, THANK YOU for sharing your gift of writing!

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