Bits and pieces of news

I’ve been informed by DAW that my DAW backlist — the eight books that comprise The Sacred Hunt and The Sun Sword — should be trickling into the ebook channels in four weeks. They were total conversions, in that they had to be scanned from paper copies.

This means that all of my novels to date will be available as ebooks.

Huntbrother was on Barnes and Noble as of last night. Echoes which was sent by Smashwords in theory on the same day still hasn’t appeared. On the other hand, Echoes is available at Kobo.com, but Huntbrother isn’t.

The contracts for the audio versions of the first three Cast novels have been sent, so it looks like the first five novels will be available at Audible sometime in the not-distant future.

I am just in from Confluence 2011, and I had — as always — a lovely time.

But – and there has to be some bad news – I’ve had to pull out of the Worldcon this year =(. With luck, things should be more stable in the household in October, so World Fantasy is still a possibility, but it’s no longer a certainty.

Also, on a totally unrelated note, the cubic volume of mosquitoes has risen precipitously in the West backyard. You probably heard the shrieks of dismay (mine; mosquitoes only buzz).

28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sascha
    Jul 25, 2011 @ 21:36:24

    omg. You have no idea how thrilled I am that the West Books are coming on ebook. It’s so worth it to me to have them in portable format.

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  2. technomom
    Jul 25, 2011 @ 22:08:46

    Marvelous! I didn’t realize that the Books of the Sundered had been published as ebooks. I had tried to find them for years (I guess they were out of print?) then tried to find them as ebooks when they came back into print, but never managed it, so I bought the trade paperbacks. They were definitely worth reading – I just prefer to have digital versions, for ease of re-reading whenever the urge might strike.

    This may be a stupid question, since you’re going through and publishing all of the stories individually, but have your anthologies been put out as ebooks, or is there any hope of that? I haven’t managed to find copies of some of those, either (one reason that I’m excited about what you’re doing with the stories).

    My father would tell you to encourage bats to settle near your house – they love mosquitos :-) I rely on Burt’s Bees Herbal Insect Repellent, myself, in addition to being really careful about not letting any water stand long enough for the little nasties to breed. Do y’all have to worry about West Nile virus up there?

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    • Michelle Sagara
      Jul 26, 2011 @ 00:14:23

      @technomom: when they first came out, they were 9.99 each. I *think* they’re on sale still – they dropped to 0.99 for book one, 2.99 for book two – I think book three was at 9.99 and book four was again, on sale – but I could be misremembering. I don’t set prices for those, but it’s a smaller publisher, and he’s been experimenting with prices because he can. It’s harder for the larger publishers to randomly shift things around.

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      • technomom
        Jul 26, 2011 @ 01:18:55

        Interesting. Book 3 isn’t showing up as having an ebook version on Amazon, and when I’m on the BenBella site, I don’t see any indication that the ebooks exist! I’m sure the Kindle versions weren’t showing on Amazon a few years ago when I purchased the books, either.

        Now that I know about them, however, I can put them on the “replace the dead tree version” list – hopefully book three’s ebook will show up by then.

        Thanks!

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        • Genna Warner
          Jul 26, 2011 @ 12:30:11

          I actually have a lot of issue trying to find eBooks on Amazon’s web site. Had I realized that I would have to search five ways to Sunday to try and find an eBook only book, I might have gone with something else besides the Kindle. But I find that if you search for the regular/printed book, then go from there to the Kindle format it is much easier. This of course doesn’t help when looking for a book that is in eBook format only. I also find that for some reason Michelle’s author page on Amazon doesn’t list her full list of books.

  3. Genna Warner
    Jul 25, 2011 @ 22:16:36

    This is fantastic news. My pocketbook won’t like it, but I do. And I hope the reasons for you needing to pull out of Worldcon and possibly World Fantasy straighten themselves out without issue.

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  4. lyssabits
    Jul 25, 2011 @ 23:10:33

    Huzzah! I’ve found since the baby got old enough to decide books were awesome toys for him that I can only read them when he’s asleep and I’m awake, which is basically NEVER. E-books work out much better, he loves the iPhone too but it’s much harder for him to rip the pages out of it. ;)

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    • Michelle Sagara
      Jul 26, 2011 @ 00:15:34

      I just want to point out that my oldest son chewed the heck out of my very first cell-phone, and eventually corroded the leads. Umm, not that this would happen to your iPhone >.>.

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  5. Theresa
    Jul 26, 2011 @ 09:27:25

    Hi Michelle. I wanted to let you know that “Memory of Stone” was part of “The black Ospreys” ebook (after your listing of short stories). I don’t think you intended that.

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  6. Rasmusb
    Jul 26, 2011 @ 16:58:43

    I am so thrilled! I love the length of your books but the length plus paperback plus frequent re-reads === increased fear/possibility of book death!

    Hopefully they will be up on Kobo like your cast books are — so I can grab them and a book I don’t have to worry about reading to pieces. :)

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  7. Fyreink
    Jul 26, 2011 @ 19:16:34

    Black Osprey’s is on iBooks now :)

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  8. Aaron
    Jul 26, 2011 @ 20:09:45

    I can confirm Theresa’s observation (oops) for the Kindle. I had been reading through the short stories as breaks between Dance w/ Dragons. Oddly enough, just this morning I was wondering why I was *still* only a third of the way through The Black Ospreys.

    Can you retract the original and publish Memory of Stone separately?

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  9. Kathy
    Jul 26, 2011 @ 21:37:39

    Uh…I’m really happy about your West books being epublised. Also, really sorry about the mosquitos. I live in Western Mass and we are being swarmed too. Not a lot of fun. But, where is the sample chapter for Cast in Ruin? I’m really looking forward to that.
    Thank you.

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  10. hjbau
    Jul 26, 2011 @ 23:12:40

    Oh could we get a chapter of Skirmish when you have the final copy? That would be awesome. Do you know anything about the cover?

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  11. Kurt Caesar
    Jul 27, 2011 @ 01:03:28

    As Ms.(Mrs.?) Warner talked about her difficulties locating ebooks on Amazon it occurs to me that you have no links of this blog to any of the places where we can purchase your work. Was this by choice or do you plan to include (or continue to not include) such at some later date Michelle?

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  12. Mark Galpin
    Jul 27, 2011 @ 17:10:34

    Very excited to hear about the rest of the West books in ebook form (my paperbacks are getting a bit worn. I’ve replaced both the Hunter’s Oath ones and the first several Sun Swords by this time, and one of them is looking to need replacing again, and its getting harder to do.)

    On another note, Black Ospreys wasn’t the story I expected… Or rather, it was, but I had thought that the incident with the rescue of the black Osprey’s in the Averdan Valleys was also where Evayne and the Kalakar met.

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  13. Kat
    Aug 03, 2011 @ 15:11:24

    Audible! Eeeee! I’ve taken to listening to audiobooks while at work to distract from monotony, and I’ve lamented the lack of any Sagara/West work. This is absolutely delightful. :)

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  14. w-b
    Aug 03, 2011 @ 21:11:07

    Awesome news for the audio format!!

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  15. Laura Foxworth
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 11:09:02

    Are the ebooks for Nook available yet for The Sacred Hunt and The Sun Sword? Haven’t been able to find them and I can’t wait to download them to my Nook.

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  16. Mohee
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 14:35:33

    Is there an ETA on The Sacred Hunt and The Sun Sword series hitting ebooks? I moved and am no longer in posession of my paperback copies and would love to re-read those on my kindle (which I adore!). So any guess-timate on kindle release dates for those?

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  17. Wendy
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 14:56:36

    I have been checking the iBook store (in the US) on my iPad for weeks and weeks for these – and still no love. :(

    I am hoping to re-read these before the next House War book comes out as a refresher …

    Loved the novellas / novelets though. :)

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  18. Mike Schooley
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 22:17:53

    Is there any news on these ebooks? I haven’t been able to find them on mason or barnes and noble…

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  19. Liza Ismail
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 00:39:30

    yes please tell us when the sword and hunt series will be out as ebooks been waiting and waiting and searching and searching (sigh) I NEED MY WEST BOOKS i am addicted

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  20. Laura Foxworth
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 08:53:41

    Same here – I’ve been searching for them about once a week since the original info was posted but haven’t seen them yet. Any idea when the Sun Sword and Hunt books will be available on ebook? Thanks

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  21. Liza Ismail
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 23:34:14

    if this is not the place for this i am sorry did try to find a general page where i hope my comments would be read by ms west

    i’d like to thank ms west for the author she is. her books have made me cry and laugh and sometimes wish that there are such worlds as painful and breathtaking and full of wonderment as she envisions them to be.

    on that note, i live in malaysia and books imported in are generally varied and up-to-date BUT for me a die hard fantasy fan (for over 30 years am 50 now) who looks for more than just sword & sorcery and dungeon and dragons, its been painful tho i have to admit the bookstores are slowly catching up in the last few years with r jordan, g r r martin, eddings, katherine kurtz, tad williams, anne bishop, janny wurts and of course, the grand dame herself, andre norton (to name a few of my fav authors)

    when i picked up my first west book (the sun sword) i was swept away. i have only ever been so captivated by LOTR but (again the BUT) i had to wait 5 years to get the next book (cos your style of writing was not the trend then). when i finally had access to the internet and Amazon i was amazed how many books you had. now i am the proud owner of almost all your books (even the short stories in various anthologies) tho had to wait 3 months for each book ordered to reach me.

    now with the invention of the ereaders and ebooks and downloadable format i am in seventh heaven cos now i will not have to keep reordering to replace the beloved but worn out and torn out books (my sisters, daughters and nephews are sooo into them too – brainwashed by me i guess) tho i may have to cos my girls reads them at the same time as i do.

    i have just finished reading hunt brother (yes i know that was so long ago but just downloaded it from smashwords). as a stay at home mom, books and reading yours are my passion and i try to drag out reading your books so that i always have something of yours to read in the free time and at night.

    i have just one question tho, will all the varied characters from hunt, sun sword and house war come together and be resolved and explained away in one final cataclysmic book (or books as yours usually are) or will we be left hanging and how do i get my hands on all the sun sword ebooks (oops i guess that’s 3 questions)

    i look forward to more of your books and to rekindle old ones. So with lots of love from me and my girls and good wishes and good fortune for christmas and the new year. health, wealth and happiness for you and your family.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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  22. R. Cottrell
    May 07, 2012 @ 22:47:46

    Hi there. Big fan of the books and a fellow Torontonian.

    Are the sunword and hunt brother books coming to ebook? I have them all in paper format (bought mostly from Bakka before it was Phoenix). I now use an ereader and it would be really nice to be able to purchase digital versions of the series. The Chapters/Indigo site has a few of your books in e-format but none of the 8 books have shown up.

    So is there an ETA we can look forward to?

    A permanent fan…

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