When those of you in the UK started complaining about no access to ebooks of my stuff in the UK-European English-language distribution area, I went to Orbit UK, looked at their site, and then emailed my UK editor. (I am lucky to have two great editors right now, Betsy Mitchell at Del Rey and Bella Pagan at Orbit UK.) Anyway, Bella Pagan said she’d look into it, and time passed, and now I know the whole nitty-gritty story, as of her email today.
E-rights weren’t in the Orbit UK contracts, though they were in the US contracts. DUH. Everybody’s DUH, I think, including mine (did I read the contracts? I thought I had…) Orbit will be delighted to produce e-books of them once it’s legal to do so. This does mean trans-Atlantic shipping of actual paper for me to sign (some I’ve already signed) and then trans-Atlantic shipping back, and three different agencies are involved–my US agent and two UK agencies. So it’s not an instantaneous thing, and then the books themselves have to be converted to the appropriate formats, which isn’t as quick and easy as you might think. (Those of my writer friends now converting their own out of print stories and books to put up on Smashwords & others are making it clear to the rest of us what the snags are.)
The “frontlist” books now have scheduled e-book release dates as follows:
OATH OF FEALTY – 4th March 2010
KINGS OF THE NORTH – 24th March 2010 (approx release date of print ed)
UNTITLED PALADIN’S LEGACY 3 – 01 March 2012
THE DEED OF PAKSENARRION – 1st Jul 2010
A LEGACY OF HONOUR – 4th Nov 2010 (to match print date)
So: thanks to those whose complaints finally got my nose of out the current manuscript and into “Find out!” space, and many thanks to Orbit UK Editor for digging into the situation.
(And if I’ve gotten any of this wrong, UK Editor will set me straight and I’ll correct it.)