Archive through April 19, 2011

Janny Wurts Chat Area: Arc 4: Sword of the Canon: Initiate's Trial: Initiate's Trial Status: Archive through April 19, 2011
   By Sleo on Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 07:26 pm: Edit Post

Laneth, I don't think it matters as the publisher is Harper Collins who's based in the UK. It's total sales that matter. And it wasn't poor sales that interrupted the publishing of the series, but upheavals in the publishing company. Janny's been with Harper Collins for years. The book is being published in the UK, sold there, and then exported to the US for sale. It's the same book. Janny has a US distributor, a UK publisher. Or at least that's my understanding of the situation.

   By Laneth Sffarlenn on Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 07:37 pm: Edit Post

Hey Sleo,

Thanks for that - firstly, I honestly didn't mean to insinuate poor sales in any event!

As for the publisher being based in the UK, that's brilliant. Puts my mind at rest regarding the order counts / continuity of the series being distributed.

Regarding the US distributor, it's a little strange that they cannot ship/distribute on the UK launch, but then I am not really in the know so I'll back to lurking.

   By Annette on Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 10:05 pm: Edit Post


The "US" Edition does not exist - it IS an imported title from the UK, distributed through Trafalgar...the question in progress is, when the 'export' from the UK will go on sale in the USA...

Trafalgar Square Publishing? Who were brought out and are now IPG.

Why have they listed all the WoLaS books as trade paperbacks when they are the normal mass-market paperback size?

   By Janny Wurts on Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 11:45 pm: Edit Post

Annette - IPG, yes...

The release pattern is (now) following the UK pattern, all along - they released hardback and trade paperback simultaneously, then did mass market at a later release...

Publishers measure books (and series) by HOW WELL THE LAST ONE, if you love an author or a series, or want the next in hardback - buy the format you want, new, ON RELEASE or pre-order...publishers are not charities, they print for profit and 'how good' a work is doesn't add up or make their bottom line.

Without a publisher doing the work of printing/warehousing/distribution, etc, I could not write books/a series of this depth and quality - it's a full time endeavor. The more readership and appreciation a series gains, then, the more 'buffer zone' a book or author's name has, to see it through setbacks, economic shifts, price changes, and publisher upheavals.

I write the very best books I can/ensure the quality and deliver a solid plotline and characters and ending to each book - after that, it's the bigger picture. I cross my fingers and trust to faith that there will be enough readers, fast enough, to stay on top of the curve.

The hardback for Stormed Fortress missed the curve by a VERY narrow margin - it shouldn't have, but it did...the bar got moved, it was on the wrong side of the numbers game, and there was no US market to bolster the setback....I will keep working forward to remedy that lapse - the easiest and slickest 'fix' to the problem is more reader demand and a growth curve upward...there are other ways, but the road to accomplish that is a lot harder OR a lot iffier - reader satisfaction is the best backing - and if I do my job, the cream ought to rise.

A new book bought on release Anywhere, this side or that side - works to support the new title. New readers who start the series today and read through - and love it enough to draw in more new readers - THAT also builds reader expectation - builds for Initiate's Trial before pub date.

And I know there are many of you here who are the very best backing I have going, and even, are some of the reason I am still here at all, even through publisher shake ups - so thank you all for your caring about these books!

Let me say - the new posts in the General Discussion are AWESOME!!! Do feel free to jump on board at GoodReads - the series group discussion is complete, but can still take posts (and some readers are still working through) and the one at Beyond REality is in the last lap of Stormed Fortress.

I am painting cover art! :-)

   By Paige Madison on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 06:25 pm: Edit Post

I have changed my order to the Book Depository. Publishing is definitely a weird business sometimes. You would think that HarperCollins would just print it on both sides of the pond and distribute it accordingly, but that shows you what I know.

Janny, this series is so amazing! I can just read it over and over! I really appreciate your efforts and Oct 27th can't came soon enough!