Frequently Asked Questions

There is a FAQ on this website, of course. But sometimes the frequently asked questions are fairly time sensitive, so they don’t really belong in a permanent or semi-permanent FAQ.
Anyway, here are two I’ve been receiving as comments and in my email.

Will there be another Rain Wilds book after Dragon Haven?  Or, What are you working on now?

I’m working on a book set in the Rain Wilds.  My deadline for the writing is December 2010.  It will probably appear in print in May of 2012.  It doesn’t have a title yet.

 The next book that will be published is  a story collection called The Inheritance.  It features short works by both Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm. Some of the stories have been previously published and others are new.

I went to a webite to order your  (book, e-book, audio book) and it said I couldn’t buy it because I live in the (US, UK, Australia, Other Country).  Why?

Publishers buy certain rights or licenses to my works.  EOS buys the right to publish my manuscripts as books in the US.  Voyager buys the right to publish my manuscripts as books in the UK and Australia.  E-books and audio books  are published under similar licenses.   One side effect of this is that English and sometimes Dutch readers can buy my books months before they are available in the US.  And the same thing can happen with audio books.  They can be available in one country and not yet (or never) published in another country.

And that is because the (publisher, author, agent) is greedy, right?

No, not really.  It is how it has always been done.  It’s just a bit more apparent now that the Internet exists.  When a publisher or audio book publisher or graphic novel adapter approaches my agent or publisher, they make an offer on what rights they wish to buy.  In my experience, no one offers for World Rights for anything because no one is in a position to sell Audio Books or Paper Back Books to the entire world.  So they make an offer for the licenses they wish to buy, and if we can agree on a price, they get those rights and then they sell those items in that particular market.

Those sales don’t always or even often go directly through my agent.  Usually they are sub rights sold by the publisher. And that is why sometime a reader knows about a situation with an ebook before I do.

The author generally does not have control over whether an e-book is issued in a ‘protected’ form or with ‘spoken voice disabled’.  Those are publisher choices.  Just as a publisher can decide to make a free Kindle version available, for example.  Or offer to bundle books and discount them. Promotional decisions like that don’t belong to the author.  If they did, for example, there would be uniform hard cover editions of The Farseer Trilogy in the US!

The surest way to find out what formats the books are in for your region is to check the publisher’s website.  Although EOS andVoyager are both ‘HarperCollins’ They are not the same at all. 

Although I do not endorse Amazon over any other retailer, checking Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk is another way to find out what forms of a book are available for your region.  (Or another Amazon for your particular country.)

I hope that explains a very confusing subject!

As always, thanks for being interested enough to ask!

Robin

10 Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I’m sorry but this post is confusing…will there be or will there NOT be a DIRECT SEQUEL to Dragon Haven?

    I’m dying to know. I just read this is the mall the other day and I’m completely in love with this universe you’ve created. I love the characters (especially Thymara and Sedric). I love all the dragons (even Kalo).

    I really hope that you’re working on more novels set within the Rain Wilds universe. Specifically I hope that there are more stories about this group of characters and their dragons.

    So you could just clarify for me. Is Dragon Have the last book in this series or will there be more adventures about Thymara, Sintara, and the rest?

  2. I too am glad that is cleared up. I shall look forward to it all the more knowing it is coming. Ever since I first picked up my first Liveship Trader book I was always looking for the next one.
    Commonly, your books have always contained maps. I love maps, and enjoyed as much what wasn’t on them as was. The imagination and the story would help me X the spot if I really felt I must know.
    Therefore, the only ‘disappointment’ I felt with the Rain Wilds Chronicles so far, was that there were no maps! I know that previous books have ones that would suffice, but I am hoping that there will be one yet?

  3. I too am glad that is cleared up. I shall look forward to it all the more knowing it is coming. Ever since I first picked up my first Liveship Trader book I was always looking for the next one.
    Commonly, your books have always contained maps. I love maps, and enjoyed as much what wasn’t on them as was. The imagination and the story would help me X the spot if I really felt I must know.
    Therefore, the only ‘disappointment’ I felt with the Rain Wilds Chronicles so far, was that there were no maps! I know that previous books have ones that would suffice, but I am hoping that there will be one yet?

  4. Robin,
    Congrats on creating a universe that not only shakes the walls of our world but inspires us to see things in new ways. I have read every one of your books (as many have) and I am happy you are writing so successfully. Good luck with the kids.

  5. Am an old fan and have read all of the RH trilogies.

    Just purchased DRAGON KEEPER and DRAGON HAVEN from my favorite bookstore in San Diego, Mysterious Galaxy. It so happened that soon after, I was struck down by a bad flu/cold/whatever and so I have been holed up at home in quarantine, and devouring the dragon stories.

    Thank you for creating an extension of the intensely addictive Rain Wilds tales. Immersing in these vivid otherworlds makes me completely forget how rotten I feel.

    Your books are good medicine!

  6. Hey Emily, we seem to be of an accord in our verbatim love of maps?
    Seems like we might have to wait and see!

  7. Thank you for answering about the Rain Wilds! I just finished, and was pretty heartbroken at the thought of leaving those characters. So happy to hear we’ll be seeing them again.

  8. Hi Emily and Phil,

    My drawing abilities are very limited! So, the maps you see in the book are the interpretations that artists have made from my very rough sketches.

    As the Rain Wild River is largely uncharted, well, there are no charts!

    And bear in mind the Verity’s map, that appears in the front of the Farseer books, was unfinished, and that he had to rely on hearsay and other people’s data for the areas that lay beyond his personal experience!

    Best to you! wish me luck. Tomorrow I fly off to Italy!

    Robin

  9. I have read both of the rain wild books, can’t wait to read the next book.

    as a map though, could you not include the one that Leftrin the captain was supposedly making, as that could be draw with any quality and only shows the area that is mentioned in the book.

    and is the sequel the book that you mention in the FAQ, and you hope to have it out in 2012?