I’ve just returned from New York City, where I met with the publicist for the AmazonEncore edition of The First Assassin. I took home three hot-off-the-press galleys–i.e., uncorrected proofs of the book. They go out primarily to reviewers, journalists, and other media figures. A galley is sometimes called an “arc,” which stands for “advance reader’s copy.”
This edition of the book has a new cover and a new interior design. The type is larger, so the book is thicker: the length has grown from 376 pages to about 450. But it’s also four cents cheaper! The first edition was priced at $14.99. The new one will retail for $14.95. Deflation usually occurs when manufacturing efficiency improves or consumer demand weakens. Let’s hope this is a case of the former and not the latter.