The signature sheets for Subterranean Press’s limited edition of Swords and Dark Magic came to my door yesterday, a whole box full. Having never been involved with an anthology of this kind before (having never before written a short story, in fact), I’d never participated in one of these group signings, and it’s kind of cool to think that they’d already been across the US, over to Australia, and will be going on around the UK before returning to the states to be bound into the books, presumably along with another set of sheets doing the rounds of the other authors involved:
Already signed, from the top down, are Jonathan Strahan, Steven Erikson, KJ Parker, and Garth Nix, and there’s my illegible scrawl of a John Hancock down there at the bottom. Now I have to send them on to Tanith Lee. They came from Steven Erikson. Which means I now have his address. Ha ha! My Uruk Hai hit squad is already on its way! Though I suppose it means he also has mine. Oh, hold on, there’s someone at the door…
Not sure exactly when the limited edition will be available – not for a little while yet, one presumes, since some of the pages are missing. It’s slated for end of July on amazon. The main US edition is due June 22nd, though. As far as I’m aware, there’s currently no UK publisher for the book, though, so if UK readers want it they will, alas, have to import it, I fear.
Also in the post of late, a veritable cornucopia of foreign editions of my books:
There’s a Polish paperback Blade Itself, a Swedish harcover Before They are Hanged (in two parts), and a Dutch hardcover of Last Argument of Kings. Just think, someone with effortless command of all those three languages could read the entire trilogy with these editions. Unfortunately, that person is not me. Or perhaps fortunately, since I have, in fact, read it before.
Also in the post of late, though there’s no point in showing a picture of this since it is an anonymous plastic box, has been a DVD of the unabridged audiobooks of the First Law, read by Steven Pacey. Which means they should soon be available for download. In fact, they may very well be already.
Now I really must answer the door…