the Second Edition adventure begins

I am happy to announce that The Masters, the first volume of the seven that will constitute the Second Edition of The Stone Dance of the Chameleon, is now live as an ebook on all Amazon stores, and as a paperback on Amazon in the USA, the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Japan and Canada.

The First Edition took me at least ten years to write, and the Second Edition a further two—the traditional publishing industry will consider this madness—and it certainly has not made the slightest financial sense—but it is a labour of love and, constitutionally, I seem to be incapable of doing things half-heartedly. So, from my heart, I hope that you will join me on this journey. I intend to publish all seven books throughout 2020 and have some notions for little extras that I will release here as we go along.

20 thoughts on “the Second Edition adventure begins

  1. Ricardo,

    I’ve picked up the first book already on the Kindle store – was wondering if you could tell me: is there any chance of your books being released on the Kobo store, so that I can own a DRM-free copy of your books?

    Also: what’s the status of actual physical copies? If I wanted to order a print copy – what’s the best way to go about doing so?

    Thank you!

    (I’ve loved this series since I discovered it at my local library as a teenager back in the late 90s, so I’m *very* happy to see this re-release happening.)

    1. Hi Ilya,
      at the moment—being new to this self-publishing malarkey—I’m keeping things simple, by keeping everything on Amazon. This may change in the future. But, as far as I know, these Kindle ebooks are DRM free… I certainly set them to be so when I published them. If they’re not, do please confirm this, and I shall try and see what I can do.

      1. I had a look on the Amazon store where I picked up the first book (the *.au store), and it seems like they’re DRM’d, as I can only download it to my device of choice, but am unable to download an actual ePub/Mobi/PDF edition. Amazon does give you the freedom, as an author, to request DRM-free editions, but the default setting is to have all content be DRM’d.

        1. as far as I understand it, what you’re describing probably has nothing to do with DRM—I’ve definitely set them not to have it—but that it’s only available in .mobi format… there are no editions in any other format at the moment.

          I don’t really understand in what way you could download from Amazon rather than to a Kindle device/app…?

          1. I guessed it might be like the Kobo store, where I could download a book purchased directly to my computer, for example (to store in my eBook library, Calibre), rather than exclusively to a eBook device. My knowledge of how DRM works is *clearly* lacking – my bad.

  2. This is amazing! I love love love this series and. So excited that it’s being rereleased. Just bought book 1 and can’t wait to read the entire series again. Wonderful news Ricardo. Thank you for bringing it to us again.

  3. thanks for the comments, guys. Personally, I prefer the paperback to the ebook—even though it’s likely to be a small part of the overall sales. It’s what I’ve put most effort into; control over the Kindle layout is limited. The paperback seems to be live, though unconnected to the ebook… teething troubles!

    As for why I’ve not published outwith Amazon so far, Guy, that’s because it’s been an uphill slog mastering the myriad obstacles to getting a book published, so I’m sticking to Amazon for now for simplicity’s sake. As I become more confident with all this malarkey, I shall, no doubt, get all fancy and branch out in all kinds of ways *wide grin*

  4. Paperback has gone live on amazon! Will be here monday! Cant wait to restart my adventure with carnelian again, thankyou ricardo!

  5. Very excited! Glanced at the first two pages online in comparison to my copy of the original edition and already notice quite a few revisions that seem to reflect the different style you mentioned in one of your posts. Eagerly awaiting the paperback edition to go live on amazon in US.

  6. Congratulations! I’m abroad for three months so I’ve bought the kindle for now – hope to buy the paper copies as well. Echoing the other commentators, the three originals were a read I’ll never forget. I’m excited for their new incarnation.

  7. I also just bought the ebook. It’s been a while since I read the original version, so looking forward to re-discovering it.
    I was wondering, ‘though, you are making it only available on Amazon and not also on Apple’s bookstore and other venues?

  8. I like to hold the book in my hands. Somehow the words seem more permanent, for want of a phrase. Oh the wait. 🙂

  9. Just purchased the ebook now. Can’t wait to start it. I might even pick up the paperback too. Congratulations. One of the most memorable series I’ve ever read.

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