New editions of the Caretaker Series

Changes are in the air, as they always are around me (not always my fault, just saying). The Caretaker Series is proving to be more popular than I thought it would – around 800 have sold across the three titles! – and I’ve had time to consider how they are presented.

I love the illustrations by Jane Thorne, and Chris at Book Printing does an amazing job of binding and printing them, with lovely recycled paper. However, I’ve noticed that children older than primary school age tend to dismiss them as childish, so it’s been in the back of my mind to change the covers. Also, as lovely as they look in person, they’re just not great at thumbnail size.

The other reason is entirely based on money. I’m paying royalties, which as well as paying the actual royalties is another administrative job to do. So, the new editions will have a simpler, older cover design, and they won’t be illustrated. They’ll be done through a print on demand company, which will allow me to sell overseas more easily and buy smaller runs at a time.

Now, the old editions of Lucy’s Story are all sold out (there are a few left at the Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop if you want to snap them up!) BUT there are a dozen or so copies of The Caretaker of Imagination left, and a bunch of Beyond the End of the World. There are also the gorgeous special editions – illustrated, printed on recycled paper, hand-bound right here in New Zealand, and signed by both myself and Jane – which are limited to fifty copies for sale. If you’re interested in any of these, you can get them from my Felt shop. Once they’re all sold, that’s it!

So this is what the cover of Lucy’s Story will probably look like. I’ll be ordering a proof shortly, and then it will be available for purchase. I’m hoping to get this out by June this year 🙂

New cover for Lucy’s Story: The End of the World

2 Responses to “New editions of the Caretaker Series

  • I love the look of the new editions! While I’m sad they will no longer be illustrated, I think it is a wise business decision and could enhance the size of your audience. As always, I’m so proud of all your accomplishments and enjoy watching you grow as a writer and person! You are such an inspiration to all those around you 🙂 Stay true to yourself!

    • Z.R. Southcombe
      6 months ago

      Thank you for your comment, Amanda. I’m a little bit sad about that too. The intention was to illustrate them myself, but they sold out too quickly! I will reintroduce an edition illustrated by me at some point in the future.

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