In a bit of an unexpected twist that just happens to coincide with the upcoming holidays, I’ve secured the rights to use the illustrations originally intended for use in the Chinese version of First Contact for a special illustrated English edition of the book (note: this will be in addition to the existing text-only edition).
Now, there’s a bit of bad news to go along with the good. The Chinese publisher had planned to publish the book with one illustration per chapter, which unfortunately proved to be an overwhelming task for the illustrator, so we don’t have as many illustrations as we’d hoped. Also, some of them were in a draft phase when the illustration idea was dropped from the project, but I plan to include those in the English version. Even though they’re not complete, they still convey a great “feel” for the scenes and I hate to see them go to waste.
The book will be available for Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, and Google Books, and will be flagged with “special illustrated version” in the title. I don’t have any immediate plans to publish a print version unless I can get higher resolution copies of the images. I’m going to work on getting the ebook version formatted today, so it should be available for purchase within the next week.
Before you ask if there will be illustrated versions of the others books (especially those featuring Reza and Esah-Zhurah!), the honest answer is that I don’t know. I would love to have illustrated editions of all the books, including the Harvest series, but that’s a huge undertaking under the best of circumstances. So, we’ll see.
In the meantime, for those who want to get a little bit of eye candy of the In Her Name universe, keep your eyes out for the new edition of First Contact!