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Starting with The Night Country by Stewart O’Nan, I decided to offer our Lettered Edition collectors the opportunity to decide if they wanted to collect ALL of our Lettered Editions or just the Joe Hill Lettered Editions.
The reason for this is because I’m looking at the Joe Hill books as a “set” or “series,” so I’d like those collectors to be able to keep their set intact without feeling forced to buy other books just for the sake of maintaining their letter.
Forty of the Joe Hill collectors decided to order the Lettered Edition of The Night Country by Stewart O’Nan anyway, which means there will be 12 copies of that Lettered Edition available for other collectors.
When it comes time to announce the next Lettered Edition after The Night Country, the 52 collectors who bought The Night Country will be offered that next one first, etc.
This process will continue until the next Joe Hill book, at which point the collectors who bought 20th Century Ghosts will be given the opportunity to keep their Joe Hill set together. If a Joe Hill collector passes on his or her letter for the next Joe Hill book, that letter will then be offered to whoever purchased that letter for the previous non-Hill title and they can continue with that letter for as long as they would like including future Joe Hill books.
This is a little more complicated than I originally wanted, but it seems like the best way to handle things at the moment. If a better scenario for handling these editions presents itself in the future, we will look into that.
When you preorder directly through Lividian.com and the publication date is less than 90 days away (or the book is published by another publisher and we do not have stock yet), there is no prepayment required. You can simply place a preorder through the website and we will contact you for your payment information later.
When the order is ready to processed and paid for, you will receive an email with this subject line:
Your Lividian Publications Preorder Is Ready For Payment!
The beginning of the email will look something like this:
This email will include a personalized payment link (see the red arrow above), which you can click on to be taken to the website and pay for your preorder to complete your order. The sooner you complete your order, the higher you should be in the shipping queue.
Unfortunately, we cannot send this invoice early to anyone without sending it early to everyone, so you’ll have to watch for the email. We will also post a note on our News page when this email is been sent.
We will attempt to email you three times, but any orders not paid for when shipping begins will be cancelled and the copies sold to the Waiting List.
A few years back, I worked on a big research project involving surveys of a few thousand collectors, plus a detailed study of resale values of certain comparable Limited Editions, and there’s a surprisingly clear line between the point where individual numbers increase collectability and the point where they no longer help.
I cannot get into the specific details because this was paid research I did for a large trade publisher that was looking into the business model (they decided not to enter the field because the margins weren’t to their liking — paying for New York office space is expensive, and they didn’t have direct sales channels which meant either creating them or selling through distributors, which take a 50% cut), but obviously I benefited from the information, too.
One thing the research turned up: specific numbers for books do make collectors more willing to purchase books they don’t necessarily want, so they can “keep” their number, which actually isn’t something I’m particularly interested in as a publisher. I’d rather folks buy the books they really want. If a full set isn’t their thing, I’m okay with that.
So, if the print run falls in the range where it’ll make the book more collectible for the collectors, I’ll definitely do that.
If we end up well into the range where numbering doesn’t reward the collectors long-term, the odds are I won’t for the reason mentioned above and a few others.