At the UNVEILED launch party, I was asked when WILD CARD would see a print edition. This led to a brief discussion of my arrangement with Entangled Publishing. You can see that conversation in the questions here. As I've said time and again, I am nothing but thankful to Entangled Publishing for what they did for WILD CARD. However, after a few too many miscommunications and issues with them, the publisher and I are severing ties. The process began in December, and as of January 19th, the rights to WILD CARD have reverted to me.
Some of you were keen observers and noticed that WILD CARD disappeared from every possible sales outlet back then. You asked me about it publicly and privately, and I had to keep mum on the matter. And that sucked. I hated not being able to tell you guys, especially when asked point blank. It felt like I was lying to you in an odd way.
You might be wondering why it took so long to write this post. The answer to that is simple: Because contracts are sticky things. And that's all I can really say on the matter publicly.
Now, rights reversion isn't something everyone typically talks about around the water cooler or dinner table, so a lot of you are probably curious about what this means in real terms? Here's a quick and dirty rundown. (If you have any questions that aren't addressed here, please, by all means, ask them in the comments and I'll respond if I am able.)
- WILD CARD's disappearance from the world is temporary. As Entangled no longer has rights to do so, they have stopped selling the book across all formats. The links on Kobo, B&N, Amazon and iTunes have all been taken down and it is, as of this post, not available for purchase.
- Entangled's rights to Wild Card included print, digital, audio, translation and film. Now that all of those rights have returned to me, I am in control of all of the above. (So anyone interested in producing a Cat Sharp film, RPG, or graphic novel should give my agent, Jennie Goloboy, a call.)
- Yes, I am going to self-publish Wild Card. I've been working on the formatting and grunt work of making that happen over the past few months while we've been struggling with the former publisher. A print version will be available via Amazon/Createspace for those interested in such a thing, but at present there are no plans to have it in stores with its sibling UNVEILED. (Why? Frankly, I don't have the bandwidth or resources to make that happen right now. I've got a lot of other projects demanding my time, energy and money. Another Kickstarter is just not something I can produce at the present time.) I do, however, hope to have print copies available for purchase at both Phoenix Comic Con and CONvergence.
- The cover art WILL change. The original cover image belongs to Entangled. The amazing artist who did the cover for UNVEILED last year, Nathalia Suellen, has already created a new cover for WILD CARD. In fact, you can see it below.
None of this crazy back and forth is what I wanted for Cat, Marius, Flynn and the stories in that world. But it's what I've got. Gotta make the best of it and tell you the stories in the ways that are available to me. As long as there are people who want to know what comes next, I'll keep working at making them.
As an aside, I cannot begin to express my gratitude to the ladies of Red Sofa Literary, Jennie Goloboy and Dawn Frederick. Seriously, navigating this insane quagmire without these agents would be incredibly difficult, confusing and disheartening. Authors wondering if they should spend the time looking for an agent? Situations like *this* are precisely why you want someone in your corner. I could not have done this without them.
So yeah, this is weird. Feels like going tightrope walking without a net, because I no longer have a publisher backing my novels.
It's good news, though. It's terrifying. It's exhilarating. It's what's best for me and my work.
We'll figure it out. Any questions?
PS: And yes, this is one of the big bits of news I've been sitting on since December.
UPDATE: 4/27/15, 4PM AZ time - WILD CARD is available again! The print version will take another week to go live, but the digital version is available on Kobo, Nook and Amazon. iTunes to follow in the next few days as it populates on the site. But it's live, baby!