Okay, I’m doing it again. After letting the blog lie fallow for a couple of weeks (I was traveling for my day job last week; let’s blame that) I’m popping in with more news about the Milkweed books. But I have a really good excuse this time:
That’s right—Raybould Marsh and Will Beauclerk are going to be published in their home country. I cannot begin to describe how delighted I am… but let me try.
The full story of how this deal came about is a long and convoluted one, which I won’t detail here. Suffice it to say I’ve been extremely fortunate to have so many incredibly kind and dedicated people working on my behalf, including most especially my fabulous domestic agent Kay McCauley and my representative for UK/Commonwealth/translation markets, John Berlyne of the Zeno Agency.
We’ve been working with John behind the scenes for a while, but we waited until this new deal with Orbit UK became official before simultaneously announcing our new partnership with Zeno. In addition to Orbit’s announcement of the deal, linked above, Zeno issued its own announcement this morning. I think it’s safe to say that we’re all pretty jazzed about this!
Or, as John said to me at the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego a few weeks ago: “I love it when a plan comes together.”
The UK/British Commonwealth rights to the Milkweed books inhabited a Heisenbergian limbo for several years. So until relatively recently a separate deal like this wasn’t even theoretically possible. During that time, I met John at the Worldcon in Melbourne and again at the WFC in Columbus, both in 2010. We get along quite well and he expressed a lot of enthusiasm for Bitter Seeds. Many months later, thanks to Kay’s incredible negotiating skill, we found ourselves in charge of the UK/BC rights again, and John very kindly took up the torch and championed the books in the UK. And here we are.
Orbit does terrific work and I’m just plain thrilled beyond words that the Milkweed books have found such a fantastic home across the pond. (I’m also grateful to them for graciously overlooking the sheer audacity of a young and relatively unknown American author writing about British citizens living in London during the Blitz.)
The UK edition of Bitter Seeds will hit shelves in December, 2012, with UK editions of The Coldest War and Necessary Evil following in quick succession, so that the UK and US releases of Necessary Evil will be more or less simultaneous!
This, then, is the full release schedule as far as we know it right now:
December 20, 2011 (next month!) January 17, 2012: Audio edition of The Coldest War (Audible.com)
The audio “text” of this edition will differ very very slightly from the print edition, because I made some alterations to the wording in the galley pages, after the copyedited manuscript went to Audible. The changes have nothing to do with plot or story or the characters. Mostly it’s corrections to a few infelicities that slipped through the CEM because I didn’t read carefully enough at that stage.
May, 2012: US mass market paperback edition of Bitter Seeds (Tor)
This will contain two bonuses! In addition to a teaser excerpt from The Coldest War, the mmpb edition of Bitter Seeds will also contain the novelette “What Doctor Gottlieb Saw.” Dr. Gottlieb takes place between the prologue and first chapter of Bitter Seeds, and covers an event mentioned only in passing in the novels.
July, 2012: US hardcover/ebook edition of The Coldest War (Tor)
December, 2012: UK edition of Bitter Seeds (Orbit UK) ; Mayan Calendar Apocalypse
[Nov 26, ETA: This edition of Bitter Seeds will also contain extra material. I’ll be doing an interview with Orbit soon, and that conversation will be included in the end matter of the book.]
February, 2013: UK edition of The Coldest War (Orbit UK)
There will be an Audible.com release for Necessary Evil somewhere in there, too, but we don’t have it scheduled that far in advance yet.
Speaking of the galleys for The Coldest War, those are finished and back on their way to Tor. So that’s another hurdle crossed. And, for those who might be interested, TCW is looking very snazzy in Tor’s new catalog for Spring/Summer 2012.
I have to say this is a pretty swell way to usher in the Thanksgiving holiday. I’m definitely thankful to Kay and John and all the great folks at Orbit UK for being such enthusiastic champions of my books.