So, I’ve gotten those two chapbooks, plus the paper editions all lined up to go live on Monday at all The Usual Suspects, and comes the, by now, Usual Letter from Amazon, demanding that I prove that I have the right to publish said stories. They cannot accept my word for it, because Copyright! but need a reversion letter from my previous publisher (not applicable in the case) a copyright registration, a signed contract between myself and the author (author being Sharon Lee and Steve Miller), an email from the address of the agent representing these stories certifying that I have the right to publish, and a couple other pieces of Utter Nonsense that only shows a Profound Non-Clue about How Publishing Works.
It might be a little easier to bear if Sharon Lee and Steve Miller; Sharon Lee; and Steve Miller haven’t been publishing echapbooks on Amazon since the early days of 2011.
All That Said. . .
Please pay close attention, as this is complicated.
Cultivar: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 25 contains a short story, “Out of True,” and a novelette, “The Rifle’s First Wife.” Both of these stories were published in A Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume 3 by Baen Books in August 2015.
Heirs to Trouble: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 26 contains two novelettes, “Roving Gambler,” and “Code of Honor.” Both of these stories were published in A Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume 3 Baen Books in August 2015.
Now, you might say, with some justice, Why are the authors bothering to publish chapbooks containing stories that have already been collected?
And the authors would say unto you — In fact, this is a matter of Basic Housekeeping. We have been trying to be certain that all Liaden stories are collected into chapbooks. Some people don’t like to have big collections on their ereaders; some people just prefer the chapbooks; some folks only want to try a story or two, to see how they like ’em. Whatever.
Now, three of the stories above were first published on Splinter Universe; “Out of True” was published to Baen.com. In the usual way of things, we would have aged the stories off of Splinter Universe and into chapbooks back in 2013/2014. Somewhere in there, “Out of True” would have passed its six-month exclusivity period, and been chapbooked, too.
But! Baen made an offer for the third Constellation, and those stories, instead of going into chapbooks, were all swept into the collection.
So, now they are all properly in chapbooks; and Pinbeam Books, at least, is in Balance once more.
Now, for the details.
In Beautiful Theory, the echapbooks will all Automagically Appear at Baen Ebooks, BN, Amazon (unless they lock us out for crimes against copyright), Apple, Kobo, and a couple other outlets on Monday, December 4.
Also in Beautiful Theory (unless they lock us out for crimes against copyright), Amazon will be taking pre-orders for the ebook editions of Cultivar and Heirs to Trouble. If you pre-order the books, they will appear on your Kindle on Monday, December 4.
Also Also! Paper editions of both titles will be available for purchase from Amazon (unless they lock us out for crimes against copyright), on Monday, December 4.
Paper editions are only available through Amazon; pre-orders are only available through Amazon.
Everybody confused now?