If you’ve been following Maggie Stiefvater on social media, you’ve probably noticed that she’s an artist. She regularly posts pictures of her art, which includes images of her characters. Most recently, she’s been working on an elaborate art project based on The Raven Cycle in order to give fans the box set of the series they have always wanted.
Back in October, Stiefvater took to Twitter and Tumblr to talk about piracy and the effect that it has on book production. The discussion was in large part sparked by a conversation about whether or not a Raven Cycle box set would ever be produced, with the short answer being no, at least for a hardcover collection. The long answer sparked an in-depth discussion about the effects of piracy in publishing – regardless of how well a book is received, a publisher will not opt to take on more books in a series or create a collector’s edition of a book, if sales numbers are low.
In essence, the box set hardcover edition of The Raven Cycle, which features four books, was canceled, as the sales numbers did not support its creation, despite the fact that the series is perhaps Stiefvater’s best known and well loved compared to her other publications. In order to give back to fans that have purchased the U.S. hardcover editions of the books included in the Raven Cycle (The Raven Boys; The Dream Thieves; Blue Lily, Lily Blue; The Raven King), Stiefvater took matters into her own hands by reaching out to Jakprints and creating the art for a limited edition run of a box that can be used to house all four books in the series.
Follow-up threaded for tidiness: the kickstarter is live: https://t.co/xE0bD7Vxhq
— Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) February 4, 2018
The Kickstarter for the limited edition slipcase featuring art drawn by Stiefvater launched February 3 and will run until February 17. While the funding period is quite long, the slipcase itself is limited in quantity to 4,000 and does not include the books.
To learn more about the slipcase and the artistic process, you can check out the Kickstarter here. As an added bonus, if you are interested in more from Stiefvater, The Raven King is being finally seeing its paperback release later this month which features a new short story, in honor of which, Stiefvater has drawn a tarot card which will be included if you purchase a signed, pre-order copy from Fountain Bookstore.
Ok! If you order the paperback edition of The Raven King from @FountainBkstore, it'll be signed & comes with a bonus Opal tarot card. All U.S. paperbacks of TRK will also include an 11k bonus short story. https://t.co/OXytiXiYqU pic.twitter.com/UmtGXyVdy0
— Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) November 24, 2017
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