Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows was a big deal for us. Never before in the Song of Ice and Fire community – or, just perhaps, in any fan community of any media property – had the leading voices from several different publications banded together to create an in-depth, thought-provoking, but nonetheless fun product, independent of any major publisher.
This last point is very important. The publisher of the ebook, Blue Buddha Press, is essentially run out of editor Marc N. Kleinhenz’s basement. No media consultants were consulted. No marketing blitzes were orchestrated. Hell, not even a dime was spent on advertising – not a single dime. In a time when the independents aren’t independent anymore, we’re ultra-indie.
To celebrate this unquestionable success over these past six months and to also satiate the near-constant demand from readers, we’re very happy to announce a special, print edition of the book. Call it A Flight of Sorrows: Collector’s Edition.
What makes it so special? Well, beyond being able to finally hold a physical copy in your sweaty little hands, we’re packing it full of additional content that, we feel, makes the second read-through worthwhile. Even better, all this extra stuff will be exclusive to the Collector’s Edition – you’ll never see it published anywhere else, on the net or on your Kindle, for the rest of eternity. Knight’s honor.
These extra treats include:
· Brand-new, full-length essays that delve even further into the nitty-gritty details of George R.R. Martin’s spectacular world, written by several of the original authors
· A behind-the-scenes walkthrough of A Flight of Sorrows’s genesis, production, and release, narrated by editor Marc N. Kleinhenz
· New special guest appearances by other big names from Ice and Fire fandom, which just may include a surprise or two
What truly makes this a collector’s edition, however, is the simple fact that it’s going to have a limited run – a very, very limited run. Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows – Collector’s Edition will be made available on October 1st, 2013, and it will be discontinued on November 1st, 2013 for the rest of time. No go-backs or redos, no second printings or double-dippings (or would that be triple-dippings?)… although we may have a contest here and there to extend the window of availability by a day or two.
Of course, a birthday celebration – even a half-year one – is all the more fun when more people cram their way in, so we at the Tower are even happier to make one final announcement: also due to an oft-repeated request, we’ll be coming back for a second outing at this whole ebook thing. In order to live up to the pretty high bar we’ve already set for ourselves, we’ll be changing up our lineup of authors, cramming even more content between the digital covers, and elsewise be having the biggest nerdfest you can possibly imagine this side of Oldtown (we are particularly excited to be delving into and dissecting George’s upcoming novella, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here).
Called Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring, it’ll be released on June 19th, 2014. Who will be in it? Well, we don’t want to put all of our cards on the table just yet, but we can tell you that Marc N. Kleinhenz will be returning as editor, Amin Javadi of A Podcast of Ice and Fire infamy will be returning as an author, and Steven Attewell from Race for the Iron Throne will be joining us as the first of our brand-new contributors.
We’re already immensely proud of the material that is starting to shape up, and we can’t wait to share more of it with you all as the months slowly tick by…