A little later than I’d originally planned, due to the absence of electrics in my office, but here’s the latest news regarding Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Signature Edition story collection (inaugurating a new line of books from Spectral) that’s currently projected to be published in early 2013.
It is envisaged that there’ll be two versions:
1) A ‘Deluxe’ edition, limited to 100 illustrated, signed and numbered copies, which will have the signatures of both the author and artist (and possibly mine, too); and
2) An ultra-limited ‘Flash-Fiction’ version of just 10, which will feature a hand-written flash fiction piece by Simon in each copy (and each of those stories will be unique to boot), illustrated around the margins by the illustrator.
Six of the 100 ‘Deluxe’ edition have already been spoken for and, although there’s something like 22 months before publication, it wouldn’t do you any harm to put your name down for a copy now. Send me an email to spectralpress[at]gmail[dot]com to let me know you’re interested. The same goes if you want one of the ‘Flash Fiction’ editions – those will be allocated on a first come-first served basis.
Pricing has not yet been fixed, but the envisaged payment scheme will be something like this:
Between now and the end of December 2011, email me on the address above with an expression of interest in acquiring a copy, and your name will go down on a spreadsheet (I would use a piece of paper, but I know I’d only lose it somewhere along the line). If there are more than 100 people interested, there will be a reserve list for the ‘overspill’, so to speak, in case anyone drops out. Then, starting in January 2012, I will be asking for deposits of 50% of the purchase price – this will definitely secure you a copy. Then, when it gets printed and it’s a couple of months prior to publication, I shall be emailing people for the balance. That way, as the book(s) are likely to be expensive, it means you won’t have to look for a lump sum of money to pay out in one go. Postage will be extra.
If anyone drops out at any stage, they will have any monies refunded if they’ve paid any, and that copy will be offered to the first person on the reserve list.
If anyone needs more information, then please don’t hesitate to email me at spectralpress[at]gmail[dot]com for more details….