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Reader Questions Answered: Emperor’s Edge 5, Paperbacks, Encrypted Sequel?

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It’s been a little over a week since I released Conspiracy, the fourth Emperor’s Edge book, and we sold a thousand copies in the first week. That’s a record for me (I believe EE3 sold about 500 copies in the first week), and it was great to sell enough right off the bat to cover the cover art and editing costs. Thank you for your support, everyone!

As promised, I’m working hard on Book 5. Thanks to the, ah, slight cliffhanger at the end of 4, folks are asking when the next one comes out.

It’s a little early for me to post a date, but I’m going to shoot for the end of summer (maybe the first of September). I’m about 30,000 words into the rough of EE5, and it’s coming along well. I’ll post more details as I get closer to finishing the first draft.

There have been a few other questions of late, so let me go ahead and answer those here:

Will there be paperbacks for all of the Emperor’s Edge books? Do you make much on the paperbacks (i.e. is it worth buying them to support the author?)?

Yes, to more paperbacks. The formatting is almost done for Encrypted, and Glendon over at Streetlight Graphics (he does all of my covers) will be starting on EE4 soon. That shouldn’t take long since we’ll be using the same style as was used in the previous books. I do have plans to have all six EE novels turned into paperbacks.

At $11.99, they are fairly expensive to buy, but at 6″ x 9″ they’re larger than mass-market paperbacks, and I think they ended up looking pretty good. But, as far as what the author gets, I make about a dollar per sale on those (compared to $3 on the $4.95 ebooks), so unless you really want a hard copy, please don’t feel like you should spend more for my sake.

If you do want paperbacks, and would like them signed, please send me a note. I usually have some books on hand, and, because the author copies cost less than store-bought copies, I can sell them to you for less than that $12 per book, even including shipping (for those in the U.S. anyway). I’m also planning to have some custom book plates made eventually, so I can sign those and send them to you to stick inside the books (if you already bought the paperbacks elsewhere).

Maybe someday I’ll get on the ball and make a separate page on the site with details about this.

Will there be a sequel to Encrypted?

I want to finish up the six Emperor’s Edge books first, but, yes, I’m planning on a sequel. I may try another Kickstarter campaign to help support the cause, because sales of Encrypted are quite a bit lower than of those of the EE books, so writing more books with those characters isn’t as obvious of a choice. That said, I do want to pen at least one more adventure (we have to see what happens when Tikaya brings Rias home, after all).

I’m still working on getting goodies together for the last Kickstarter campaign, so this will likely be a 2013 project.

When will the next Flash Gold story come out?

Because I left Kali and Cedar in a better spot than the EE gang, I want to focus exclusively on EE5 this summer, but I do plan to get back to the Flash Gold stories before too long.

In the meantime, I’ll be publishing an ebook omnibus of the first three adventures this summer, and I’m planning to do a paperback version of that as well.

Will you do any more character interviews?

The Sicarius interview was quite popular, and I’ll absolutely do some more. Maldynado may be the next up to bat since he’s the secondary POV character in Book 5. I imagine he’ll be a tad more verbose than Sicarius was…

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Also, if you’d like to chat with other fantasy fans, check out the Emperor’s Edge Forum that a nice reader set up.

Any more questions? Let me know in the comments. Thanks!

 

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Comments (22)

Oh good, I was wondering about the next Flash Gold book myself ;).

I’m so glad to hear about all of that! I can’t wait to get all the goodies and whatnot from the Kickstarter. Will those be coming when 5 is released?

But, if you DO end up doing some sort of super-cool collector’s edition for the series when the 6th book is released, pleeeeease make it so those of us who already have all the others can just buy the box of throwing knives or whatever it is to store our copies in.
I was SO. MAD. about that stupid trunk that all 7 HP books came in not being sold separately.

Haha, ok, Maria. I don’t know that I can get CreateSpace to put together a box-of-throwing-knives collectors’ set, but I’ll keep your advice in mind!

For the Kickstarter Campaign, I hope to have everything ready to go before then. The last thing to come together will probably be the audiobook. I have character information for a couple of the vignettes, so plan to start working on those soon. :)

:D Well, you know, the throwing knives is just an idea. It could be a collapsible steam engine that “blows up” whenever you take out a book.

Do they not just do boxes any more? :P I’ll have to consult with one of my tinkerer characters….

Only six books in the EE series? Is that set in stone?

I plan to wrap up the current story line by the end of the 6th book. After that, we’ll see how much interest there is in further adventures!

ohhhh I would love to see a spin off series involving a character or two from EE

Books and Maldynado as The Odd Couple? :P

Awesome! I’ve only read the first in the Flash Gold series, I think I’ll hold out for the omnibus though :)

Thank you. :-)

I’m delighted at the prospect of learning about Rias’ further adventures (and yay for a chance to come off the cliffhanger before 2013)!

Happy – and successful – writing.

Thanks for the update. I know you’re working hard on EE, but I’m really glad to know that more Encrypted and more Flash Gold is on the way, too. So, yeah, basically I want more of everything. :-)

All good news! I would love to see a sequel to Encrypted. And more character interviews would be a blast.

Lindsay, you are a machine. I admire your dedication and devotion to your books and especially to your fans. You have no idea how awesome it is to see an author truly care about her fans in such a way as to provide them with so many goodies!! And in such a short amount of time. Your work is fantastic. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the EE books and the first Flash Gold and Encrypted… and I can’t wait for more!! Keep up the wonderful work and thanks for caring so much about your fans! :)

Agreed.

Just don’t burn yourself out on us! You are allowed to take a short break after EE6. :D

Haha, thanks, but only after 6 is done, right? No breaks in between? :P

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What she said! I just borrowed Encrypted (love love love loved it), and I’m saving my pennies to buy EE4 (budget is really tight right now). I wish I could buy all the books, but thank you for enabling Kindle Lending for those of us who can’t! (I did buy EE3, and the short stories – hopefully one day I’ll be able to buy them all!)

Thanks for the support, Miriam! Yes, it’s too bad Amazon only lets people lend ebooks once. Not quite like a real paperback. I found a lot of my favorite authors via the library and used bookstores back in the day. :)

I’m a big fan of all your books, including the goblin adventures, but encrypted is my absolute favorite. would definitely contribute to a kickstarter campaign. address to request signed paperback? want one for a friend I’ve hooked on the series, thanks
sue
ps I second the comment on enabling kindle lending- that’s how I got said friend hooked.

Thanks, Sue. I’ll send you a note!

Love all your books! My sister got me hooked from the first Emperors Edge. Yours are quite honestly the only ebooks I don’t think twice about purchasing. Can’t wait till the next book comes out.

Thanks for the support, Racine. I’m glad you’re enjoying them! And now I better get back to writing 5!

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