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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Good News, Everyone!

I'm home!

I had a great time at Comic-con, and everyone on the panel was super nice. But I'll go in to that in more detail in another blog, because I have more announcements to make. (Other than to say that I saw Charlie Hunnam and totally squeed).

My announcement is this: I'm taking down Switched today, which means that in approximately 24-72 hours, it will no longer be for sale, (EDIT: Switched is no longer for sale as an ebook) and I'll be taking down Torn and Ascend by Friday, August 5, 2011.

You may be saying, "Wait a second. I thought this was good news!"

But it is! Because first of all, you still have plenty of time to buy any of the books in their current state at their current price. And if you don't get a chance to get them or decide not to get them now, they will be available again in a few months.

In an earlier blog, I mentioned I would be taking down the books in August and September to get ready for the St. Martin's release of the Trilogy. After talking with the publishers, we've decided to move the dates up to July and August because there is a big cover reveal for the new books happening in August, and we thought it would be wonky if the old books were still up.

Basically, St. Martin's is going to start their big launch for the Trilogy, and it would be confusing and messy if my older versions were still available. So I'm unpublishing them.

Here's why this is good news for you, the reader:
  • The big cover reveal is going to happen in early August. (I'll let you know the exact date as soon I find out).  It's fun to see new covers. (Especially if you're Alex, who's been dying since I won't let him see him them yet.).
  • I'm also going to announce something new and fun with the Trilogy. I'm not going to tell you what that is yet, but I will at the same time as the cover reveal.
  • And remember, even if you don't get the books now at their current prices and forms, they will be available in a few months with less errors at only slightly higher prices. In fact, you can pre-order all three books in the Trylle Trilogy in paperback already, with the pre-ordering for ebooks coming soon. (The paperbacks are actually cheaper with St. Martin's).

Pre-order Switched: here
Pre-odrer Torn: here.
Pre-order Ascend: here.

For people who didn't know that the Trilogy was going to be published with St. Martin's, here's the blog where I discuss it from back in May: blog.

And now I am going to go spend some time with my dog and cats, who I missed terribly while I was away.

32 comments:

  1. Yay! I am very happy for you. It looks like I missed out, I was waiting for payday (Friday), but BN.com already has them down. Maybe this is a sign I'm supposed to buy the paperbacks.

    Congrats, again. Very happy for you!

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  2. congratulations! If we already own them on our kindle, are they going to disappear from there? I hope that's not a stupid question...

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  3. I hope it works out for you and you don't loose all of the sales momentum that you had built up.

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  4. So are the original versions that we can order right now e-book only, or hard copy as well?

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  5. @Nicole Yeah, sorry, that went down fast. It was within minutes, and I expected it to take at least a day or two. :(

    @Kim I am 99.9% sure it won't be removed from your Kindle. I think only the owner of the Kindle can delete books from it.

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  6. @Ashely The $8.99 paperbacks that you can buy now are the original versions. The $7.99 paperbacks that you can preorder are the St. Martin's versions.

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  7. thank you so much, Amanda!!! I'm waiting for my husband to read them :)

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  8. Ok awesome! Thanks for replying so fast. One more question: Will you have anymore signed copies of the original Switched before you un-publish it? I was going just about to buy the paperback, but I wanted to check about signed copies before I checked-out.

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  9. I'll just have to get both sets. ;)

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  10. I am so very happy for you! Great job, Amanda! Is Hollowmen being released by St. Martin's too, or is it only the Trylle Trilogy?

    Wish I could've made my way down to Comic-Con! :-(

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  11. Oh yeah, what Christy said. Is the actual Hollowland going to be taken down as well sometime or another? Or My Blood Approves?

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  12. You probably have already told us this...but I am slow. >.>
    Will the re-releases be re-edited, and proofed? I already have the ebooks and I LOVED the prologue, and first couple of chapters of Switched. I had to put it down so I could get to work on my own projects, but it really drew me in.
    I am really looking forward to the "new" editions! Congrats on all the wonderful things that you've worked so hard to achieve! Good things do happen to those who wait.

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  13. Congrats! You must be super excited!

    (BTW -- Amazon CAN delete books remotely from Kindle, if there's a reason. They did so last year with a couple of classics and people weren't too happy with the revelation that their purchases weren't "owned" by them. If the file is saved elsewhere or wi-fi is off, then it can't be deleted, but otherwise, it's at Amazon's discretion.)

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  14. @Ashley I am not planning to sell signed copies of my books online any time soon. Sorry.

    @Christy Hollowland and Hollowmen will continue to be self-published only, as will MBA.

    @Gabrielle Yes, the re-release of the Trilogy will be re-edited and proofed before being published.

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  15. Very cool. I am so happy for you. I am glad you are getting to have the books published in a trilogy. I can not wait to get them that way.

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  16. Awesome I can't wait for the cover reveal!

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  17. Your books are wonderful I enjoyed them thanks for a great story

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  18. Amazon deletion commentJuly 26, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    On the topic of Amazon deletion of Kindle books, Josin above is right. The New York Times and other news services covered this topic a couple of years ago. See, for eg., http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/18/technology/companies/18amazon.html

    Likewise, I would suggest backing up your Kindle books off your Kindle just in case.

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  19. Super cool! Glad you had fun at Comic-con!

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  20. Good luck to you. I'm sure you'll keep us posted as you go along as to how things are going--at least I hope you will!

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  21. very interesting, thanks for the kindle information. that kind of sucks.

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  22. Glad you had an awesome time at Comic Con. It's great that you're able to move up the dates. I look forward to the cover reveal. Awesome!

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  23. I might have missed this, but is there going to be a hardcover as well?

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  24. Sweet. I can't wait to see the new art for them.

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  25. hi amanda,

    i read the new york times article from june 17th and was intrigued. now i am hooked and have read everything except for letters to elise. i just finished hollowland this afternoon and literally can't wait for the sequel. each book i like more and more. congratulations on your success and keep up the good work. cheers,

    jules

    ps any chance of speeding up the release date of hollowmen? i am officially hooked :-)

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  26. I'm so glad you mentioned this. I just finshed reading Torn and I'd have been so disappointed if I had to wait months to know how the series ended.

    On a side note, I'm getting ready to put my debut novel on Kindel and wondered if you might have any suggestions on how to upload it. I'm struggling with some of the requirements and was wondering if you load your own books or have a company help with that. I'd love to hear back. Thanks so much!

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  27. Congratulations! Keep writing! We want more from you!

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  28. I posted to the other thread before actually looking at the pre order page.

    So the books my daughter bought for $0.99 are now $7.99 because of the 'benefit' of having a publisher ? I wish you success, but I can not conceive of how the value of these books went up 800% (while you by your admission make LESS per book) because they passed through a publishing house.

    What was an impulse purchase to buy a series now costs $24 for e-books. I have a bad feeling that this will have a real negative effect on your sales and audience, which is a shame.

    I respect your decision, but I do fear it's a mistake in the long run. Hopefully I'm wrong.

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  29. Thank you very much! I can sort of hear the final i on chiisai, though it's very faint. Having the romaji makes memorizing so much easier.

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  30. If we currently individual them on our kindle, are they going to disappear from there
    When you have nothing to do or unhappy? What should you do to spend the free time? How about the game? like to get WOW Gold in WOW, and how to have theCheap Gold for WOWwith less money, is there anyway to get the for us? We need to think about this.

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