At the start of January, Samhain, my publisher of the past six years, began to close up shop (they’re now fully out-of-business). That took my last four releases temporarily out-of-print. I decided to re-issue them on my own imprint, Dark Arts Books, which has been publishing other people’s work — from Jay Bonansinga, Sarah Pinborough and Martin Mundt to J.A. Konrath, Michael Marshall Smith and Brian Pinkerton — since 2006. Why give my catalog to another small publishing label, when I already had my own? (No big imprint was going to take a handful of “old” books and reissue them with any big distribution… so why not just DIY?)
The new e-book editions were all available by the end of January, but it took me a bit longer to do the paperbacks. I love print book layout (desktop publishing is how I started my professional career) but it takes longer to do. And I kept futzing on little color tweaks on the covers, so I ended up ordering a couple different versions from the printer of each book (and each time you do that, it killed a week for printing and mailing!).
In any case… I got the final edition of Violet Eyes this week, so I can now firmly say that NightWhere, Violet Eyes, The Family Tree and Sacrificing Virgins are fully “back in print” and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! I also finally updated the e-book, print and audio book links on my website’s Books page.
Here’s what the new wrap-around covers look like:
While I opted to go with new covers for the previous three books to get them closer to my original vision for them, I went ahead and licensed the original cover art for Sacrificing Virgins, since it was made by Samhain exactly to my original specs. The text treatment on the cover did change a little — new blurbs on the front and back and a slightly different spine:
Hoping that readers will respond well to the new covers! I still have some copies of the original NightWhere and Family Tree editions, so I’ll be putting the old and the new editions out side-by-side at conventions over the coming year. It will be interesting to see which sell through faster!