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JeffV
Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 - 07:32 pm:   

We'll use this thread for Ministry news not connected to the Web site.

Jeff
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JeffV
Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 - 07:53 pm:   

Announcement:

Rhys Hughes' A New Universal History of Infamy, announced as an Album Zutique #2 for December, will be released as a Ministry of Whimsy hardcover in December instead. It will have an introduction by John Clute.

The Album Zutique series is being reimagined. It isn't going away, and it will come out as frequently as previously planned, but some projects previously thought of as "AZ" projects will be main Ministry projects instead.

More information soon.

Jeff
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JeffV
Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 - 09:38 pm:   

Announcement:

Michael Cisco's International Horror Guild award-winning novel Divinity Student and its sequel, The Golem, will be published in one volume by the Ministry of Whimsy in a hardcover edition during the first half of 2004.

The Golem was previously slated to be Album Zutique #3. That slot will now be filled by a new project, to be announced at a later date.

JeffV

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Nicholas Liu
Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 - 11:35 pm:   

Does this mean AZ will be sticking to an anthology format after all, or is there still the possibility of one-author issues?
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mastadge
Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 - 06:37 am:   

Glad to hear it. Not only do I prefer hardcovers, but it also solves the question of where to place these books on my shelf: with AZ#1, or with Rhys's and Michael's other books respectively.
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JeffV
Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 - 08:11 am:   

AZ will continue to exhibit the flexibility necessary to incorporate single-author volumes and, etc. With Cisco's work, for example, the opportunity to include the Golem with Divinity Student was too great to pass up--but it put it well over the word count for an AZ.

JeffV
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Nicholas Liu
Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 - 09:59 am:   

Good to hear. I've always liked the idea of a series wherein any one issue could be made up of absolutely anything.

What about Rhys's book, though? Why was that turned into a self-contained project? Just out of curiousity.
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Nicholas Liu
Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 - 10:08 am:   

Issue? I suppose "volume" would be a better word.
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JeffV
Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 - 10:09 am:   

It was busting out at the seams--it was about 49,000 words and 50,000 words is about all we can fit. There will be an introduction and an afterword as well. It's not as clear a leap of logic on the Hughes. But there are also some branding issues involved.

JeffV
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JeffV
Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2003 - 08:17 am:   

I should add that we will be doing limited, 100 to 150-copy editions of all or almost all Ministry books in addition to the trade hardcvoer.

JeffV
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Mastadge
Posted on Monday, June 30, 2003 - 02:22 pm:   

What'll be different about the limited editions?
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JeffV
Posted on Monday, June 30, 2003 - 02:41 pm:   

Signed, probably numbered, probably illustrated endpaper. Possibly bonus material. Haven't decided yet.

JeffV
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JeffV
Posted on Monday, June 30, 2003 - 04:26 pm:   

Actually, to answer your question more fully, it would appear (don't hold me to this until it's finalized), limited editions (that is to say, the limited edition of a trade hardcover from the Ministry, as opposed to a book that only appears as a limited edition), will have the following special features:

-bound in bookmark
-extra exclusive material
-signed by author
-numbered


Jeff
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JeffV
Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2003 - 06:32 pm:   

Another announcement:

The Ministry has bought Michael Cisco's novel The Traitor for publication in late 2004, early 2005. The Traitor is, for my money, best described as Gene Wolfe meets William Burroughs meets Kafka meets Samuel Beckett in a supernatural dark fantasy. It contains scenes of absolutely mind-bending surrealism and horror.

JeffV

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