Today is the release day for STEEL’S EDGE. We hope you’ll like it.
For UK and Australian fans: we’re at the upload stage and the book should show up for purchase in the next few days.
For audio fans: Steel’s Edge will be delayed. We try to be fair, and when the publisher is unwilling or unable to discount a book, we try to include extra content or provide free fiction to make sure that you are getting your money’s worth. For example, right now we are actively blocking the move to hard covers for Kate series. You have waited a long time for Magic Rises and we don’t feel it would be fair to charge you hardcover prices for it. We will see if we lose this fight or not, but our publisher is willing to work with us and my hope is that they won’t move us to hardcover without our consent.
Our audio books are managed by our publisher, who then sells the rights to audio companies. We have to sign off on the contract. Tantor’s offer for STEEL’S EDGE and MAGIC RISES was not in line with our sales, so much so, that our publisher advised us that accepting it is not in our best interests. We considered it very carefully, as we didn’t want to cause a delay, but in the end, we couldn’t accept the offer. Just as we try to make sure that our work is available to you at fair prices, we also try to make sure that we are paid a fair amount.
This is in no way a criticism of Tantor. They are looking after their bottom line and trying to make the maximum profit but so do we. This happens often in business and there are no hard feelings. We regret that we couldn’t come to the agreement as we believe that Tantor produces a quality product.
The audio book will be brought to you by Recorded Books. Right now there is no ETA but we did request Renee Raudman as the reader. I’m not sure if Recorded Books will be able to get her or not, but we did ask.
We apologize for the delay. I will do my best to find out the release date.