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Major Announcement 
1st-May-2012 12:04 pm
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So, yesterday I mentioned that I had something to announce today, and I've mentioned over the past few weeks that I was working on business-type stuff for a project. Well, drum roll please …

Book 5 in the Enchanted, Inc. series will be coming to electronic bookstores this summer.

Is that big enough for you?

I actually wrote this book a few years ago. My Japanese publisher wanted to continue the series, even though the American publisher didn't, so that book has been available in Japanese for a year or so. I had some qualms about e-publishing and self-publishing, but then earlier this year I started noticing a distinct shift toward e-books in my royalty statements for the first four books. Meanwhile, my agent has put a program in place to make it easy for her clients to digitally publish. I'd worried about self-publishing the fifth book while the first four books were controlled by another publisher, which meant they have much higher prices, but then I re-read this book and while it isn't necessarily an ideal entry point for the series, I think someone could start there without being totally lost. You might miss some character nuance, but the story stands pretty well on its own. Then my agent beat me about the head and shoulders with the clue stick and mentioned how much some of her other clients were making from publishing this way, and I thought, well, the book is just sitting on my hard drive, and lots of people want to read it, so I might as well go for it.

The cool thing is that we managed to keep the Dream Team together. The copy edit is being done by the same copy editor who edited the previous books in the series. The same artist is doing the cover (and I've seen the preliminary sketches -- the frog is back!). This means that it will be the same quality you'd get from a major publisher, only at a lower price and with me making more money per book.

All the specific details, like price, exact release date, etc., are still being worked out, but it should be available via all the major e-book outlets, like Amazon, B&N, the iBookstore, Smashwords and possibly even OverDrive for libraries, and I'm pretty sure it's going to be global instead of just US, so if you can read English, you're set. There may be the possibility of print versions, but I don't know about that yet. There is even a precedent for major publishers picking up the print rights for highly successful e-published books, so if my legions of fans swarm to this book and if new readers give it a try and it becomes a best seller and I get to do the Dance of I Told You So (I'm already working on the choreography), I may get to live out my fantasy of the publisher begging for this book after all. I like to dream big.

Of course, if all that happens, I'm sure my agent and a lot of fans will be giving me the Dance of I Told You So, but I can live with that. I want all of you to be right.

There's actually more good news beyond this, but I want to save it for later because I like to spread out good things. I'll also announce details as I get them, but I wanted to start getting the word out so maybe I'll get fewer "you should totally self-publish it" e-mails. Feel free to spread the word to other fans of the series you know or to throw virtual confetti.

I'll share the title and some info on the plot later. Again, stringing things out is fun! (And it will force you to keep checking up on the blog to make sure you don't miss anything. I'm evil that way.)
Comments 
1st-May-2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
Yes! You've made my week!
1st-May-2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
Hooray! I'm so glad my husband has a Nook - I'll be stealing it from him when this comes out. Yay! Glad to know the story still continue, and god for you on getting a bigger cut. Here's hoping this performs really well!
1st-May-2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
YAY! The first books I bought for my kindle were the Enchanted, Inc. series.
1st-May-2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
Yay! This is most excellent news! I've been hoping for book five for ages...
1st-May-2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
Wow, just saw your icon. Excellent taste. :)
1st-May-2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
And for this reason alone I will now have to buy an ereader. YAY Shanna!
1st-May-2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
I don't even have one yet, other than on my phone. Thus my resistance for a while to the e-publishing thing. If I make enough money from this, I guess I can finally buy a reader.
1st-May-2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
Congrats! I hope all those things happen and then some. I can't wait for the book, but I will. :)
1st-May-2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
So exciting! I'm very glad you're doing this. Over the last year I have gone 100% digital for all my fiction reading, and to be able to read Book 5 is a bonus!!
1st-May-2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
Yipeee. Will the others in the series be available in the UK anytime soon. I've been checking periodically for my kindle but can only see the US version.
1st-May-2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, the first four books are still under contract with the original publisher, and that contract is region-specific, so they aren't supposed to be selling in any countries other than US and Canada. No UK publisher has picked up the series (though I suppose if this e-book is a smash, that might improve the chances of a UK publisher being interested).

I don't know if the region-specific nature of the rights means that I could do an e-only UK release on my own, but I suspect that would be rather touchy, since it's really hard to limit Internet distribution regionally, and I'd then be in competition with my own publisher. I have a feeling that if it were legal/ethical, my agent would already be all over doing it.
1st-May-2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
YAY!!

YIPEE!!

WOOHOO!!!

WOWEEEEE!!!

Edited at 2012-05-01 06:48 pm (UTC)
1st-May-2012 06:58 pm (UTC) - Great news!
Yippee!!! :)
1st-May-2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Omigod YAY!!! I've been holding out on getting an ereader, but this seems the perfect reason to take that step! THANK you!
1st-May-2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
that's awesome! congrats!!!
1st-May-2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
Hurrah! Look forward to getting it in the UK for my Sony eReader.
1st-May-2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
Huzzah! Can't wait to see what happens next in the series.
1st-May-2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
Great news! I guess I had to reread book 4, huh?
1st-May-2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
Hooray! This is such wonderful news :D!

I really hope this works out well for you, because I'd love to have more of your wonderful stories. I suspect cutting out a few layers of middlemen with methods like this will mean more books for the fans and more money in your pocket.
1st-May-2012 09:10 pm (UTC) - Well done, Shanna!
Will look for it.
1st-May-2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
WOOHOO!!!

OH this is a lovely day of lovely good news so far and this is at the top-- I so VERY adore this series...

.... ok, so kill me, I have a major crush on Owen, but come ON, the man is so the woobie :D

Congrats and again, YAY!!!
1st-May-2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, you're gonna love this one then ... :-)
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2nd-May-2012 12:57 am (UTC)
Congratulations, Shanna!
2nd-May-2012 03:17 am (UTC)
Anonymous
Great news! I'm very happy to hear this!
2nd-May-2012 03:30 am (UTC)
Anonymous
That's great news! Wishing you all the best, Shanna!
2nd-May-2012 05:58 am (UTC)
This is so totally incredibly AWESOME! I am thrilled, absolutely thrilled! I read the series over 3 years ago but still remember it incredibly vividly... Of course I'm still going to re-read each book in preparation for the fifth, because each book is just a blast of fun. SO AWESOME!
2nd-May-2012 03:20 pm (UTC) - Yay!!! Congratulations !!!
Anonymous
This is great news !!! I have iBooks and Kobo !!! Can't wait !!!
2nd-May-2012 11:25 am (UTC)
Great news Shanna! Keep me updated, I'll link it on Voice of TV (the new website re-launch will have a spot for that kind of thing)
2nd-May-2012 11:37 am (UTC)
Just adding my "yay!" to the list. I'm actually one of the few who found the first book in this series electronically and then went scrambling out to buy the print books. So hopefully others will come to it that way too! Can't wait...
2nd-May-2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
Yay! I have been a big fan of your series for a while now. I cannit wait to read your 5th installment
and tell my family members who have also read the series know about it
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