It has long been an ambition of mine ... well, these past 4 years at least ... to have a special edition of the Broken Empire books. And when I say special I don't mean just a fancy front page proclaiming it to be a special edition - I mean SPECIAL.
The Broken Empire trilogy means a lot to me. It was an emotional thing to write and contains some of the best writing I'm capable of. I know it means a lot to quite a few other people too, because I've had hundreds of emails and messages telling me so. Both the book and the process of putting it into the world and interacting with its readers have been a journey - an epic journey - and I wanted something to commemorate it.
After a lot of nagging, set-backs, planning, failing, natural disasters, and blind luck, we've finally got there. It's coming!
Grim Oak Press are going to be producing an omnibus edition, the whole trilogy in one volume, a Big Book of Thorns! Shawn Speakman's the man in charge. He loves books, he loves these books, and he loves producing beautiful examples.
The plan is to produce a very high end lettered edition of 52 signed leather-bound books, and a high quality numbered edition of 1000 signed cloth-bound books.
All of the books will have internal art, multiple pages of it, by Jason Chan - the artist who did the covers for the US and UK Prince/King/Emperor of Thorns. Jason will also sign the books along with me.
I'm hoping to canvas reader opinion about any scenes they might like Jason to capture.
Graphic artist Nate Taylor (an illustrator who works with Pat Rothfuss) will create a thorn design for the cover and interiors.
I'm hoping that the finished product will be something like this (with cover design of course and some detailing on the spine. I've asked for spine ridges because, dammit, I like spine ridges!).
NOTE: Grim Oak won't be taking pre-orders on this until much later in the year, maybe December, and the plan is to put the books into people's hands in the first half of next year.
I'm sharing this now because recently I posted about the signed and numbered run of The Liar's Key - I posted multiple times on my Facebook page, the Prince of Thorns facebook page, Twitter, my blog, and Goodreads. The books sold out quickly and ever since I've been getting distressed messages from people who missed out because they didn't know about it. So, I'm getting the word out early!
Special editions are a labour of love. Compared to the sale of hardcovers, paperbacks, and ebooks they make very little money. I make more money on a fire & forget deal for the Lithuanian rights to Prince of Thorns or whatever. They cost a lot to buy because they cost a lot to produce. I'm pushing this because I love the idea of a big boxed leather-bound Book of Thorns. I want one. I hope you do too!
I'm also considering writing a new Jorg-based short story to include in the special edition but I'll canvas opinion on that. Do people want any extras, or just the core text?
But wait, there's more! When the print run sells out Grim Oak Press are going to donate $10,000 to the Children's Hospice charity that runs several wholly charity-supported hospices, one of which gives 14 days respite care a year to my daughter Celyn and cares for a great many other life-limited children. This is a very generous move, suggested by Shawn Speakman, and in-line with Grim Oak Press's track-record for charitable donation. I know that the money will be very well spent on the most vulnerable of children, putting some happiness into their short lives and being there for them at the end.
I don't have anything else to show you, except this sequence of photos I took recently when unwrapping my copy of the Unfettered anthology from Grim Oak Press. This should give you an idea of the type of thing they produce.
(check out their announcement)