Here are all of your most Frequently Asked Questions about Lyra’s Books, our Imprints, the Rights system and everything else as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to all the questions we have had put to us thus far, and a few that we’ve dreamt up ourselves. We will add more questions as they are asked and answered, so check back now and then to stay up to date with the latest situation. There is always the chance that you have a query which you don’t find answered here. If that is the case then head to the Contact page and get in touch with us directly.
About the two Lyra's Imprints
Lyra’s Classics is a separate imprint from Lyra’s Press, both of which are owned by Rich Tong and come under the umbrella of Lyra’s Books.
Lyra’s Classics focuses on fine press editions of public domain books and is bringing in new illustrators for a fresh approach to classic titles.
Lyra’s Press focuses on publishing modern titles with an emphasis on more heavily illustrated art books, author signatures (if we can get them) and more modern and unique bindings. Dimensions of the books, designs and materials may differ from title to title for both imprints.
Due to many of the books having rights attached to them, we wanted to create a separate branch of titles. We are aware that not everybody wants to follow a contemporary book like Stardust with a classic literature book like The Picture of Dorian Gray. These are two very different titles. We don’t want customers to feel any kind of pressure to buy a book that is far outside of their normal area of collecting just to retain rights. These two branches of publishing also allow us to create two very different types of books for, possibly, two very different types of customers. You will have the freedom to choose between either imprint (or have both!). Another reason for creating this imprint is that dealing with and gaining reprint rights from publishers is a long and laborious task. Having a public domain imprint running at the same time will allow us to publish titles more consistently.
At the moment it is hard to say. Once we achieve some momentum with commissioning illustrators for future titles we would hope to release at least one a year, of the Classics. Perhaps one a year, if we can, of the Lyra’s Press. Richard is also extremely busy working with other publishers on their projects, so works coming directly from Lyra’s Books may not always be consistent and there might be large breaks between titles.
General Questions About Rights - What they Mean, and Which Books Have Them
Owning the rights to a Numbered/Lettered book allows a collector to have a window of time to pre-order the next published book with that matching Number/Letter before the public pre-order. This allows collectors to maintain a collection of books all with the same matching limitations, provided they continue to purchase newly published books.
Yes, the two imprints have separately maintained rights tracks. The Classics imprint now has established rights with the owners of The Picture of Dorian Gray; owners of Stardust currently have rights to the next Lyra’s Press book to be published in 2022 (Coraline).
No, not all. The owners of The Picture of Dorian Gray Lettered (all copies) and the Numbered edition (copies 1-150) have rights to privately pre-order the matching letter of the next Classics book. Owners of copies numbered 151+ do not have rights.
Lettered Edition – These copies will all have rights attached to them.
Numbered Editions – Copies 1-150 of the Numbered editions will have rights attached to them. This allows a quantity to be available to the general public while at the same time allowing long-term customers the ability to have matching sets in their collections. Since some copies will always be available via public sale, this approach allows all customers an equal chance at purchasing future publications without feeling the need to buy every single book.
Lettered Edition – These copies will all have rights attached to them. The rights holders of the Lettered Stardust will be offered the Lettered edition of Coraline first.
Numbered Editions – Copies 1-150 of the Numbered edition (formerly ‘Leather’ edition) will have rights attached to them (of 200 total copies). This is an increase of 50 copies that will have rights from Stardust. This allows for more people to purchase copies with rights if they missed out on Stardust.
For a couple of reasons. Firstly, we want there always to be copies available for public sale so that everyone gets an opportunity to purchase the books. Locking every Numbered copy into having rights could exclude new and occasional customers. At the same time, we appreciate that a lot of people want to have rights as it allows them less stress with ordering future titles. Hopefully, this way, we cater for as many people as we can and can keep the audience as broad as possible. Secondly, not having all copies tied into rights gives us, the publisher, the flexibility to vary the limitations from title to title – some titles will warrant lower limitations, while for others it will need to be higher.
Lyra’s Classics Rights
By entering a lottery for any copies that have rights but which were not purchased by the owner of the previous book.
Owners of Numbered copies 1-150 have rights to the next Classics book. Owners of copies 151-250 do not have rights to a private pre-order, but of course can always choose to purchase the next book at the public sale where copies will be available (copies numbered 151+ will always be available for public pre-order).
Any available copies of the Lettered edition can only be purchased via a lottery.
Lyra’s Press Books and Rights
For a Numbered or Lettered edition, yes. The Standard edition will be available for public sale on the website as it was with Stardust.
Due to the relatively small number of copies and anticipated demand, we have decided the fairest way would be a lottery. This gives everyone an equal chance regardless of their location/time zone, responsiveness of the website, and adeptness at filling in their information and checking out. If there are copies remaining after we hold the lottery then they will be added to the shop page when the Standard edition pre-order goes live.
Yes, or at least as fair as a live pre-order anyway, by way of a number of measures. Existing rights holders cannot enter the lottery for another copy of an edition they already own, and duplicate entries will be removed.
No, although Numbered and Lettered buyers will be able to purchase one copy of the Standard edition at the time of their other purchase if they wish to do so. This is something that also happened with the sale of Stardust, but this time there will be a ‘one copy per household’ limit in place.
There are no rights in the normal sense for this edition for a couple of reasons – firstly and most importantly, there may not always be a Standard edition. Secondly, this edition will not be numbered in the future, as it was with Stardust so it will be impossible to match numbers. Making an edition of 500 books or more, on top of the Numbered and Lettered editions, is a huge undertaking for our bindery. It is not something we will be able to cope with for every release. The inclusion of this edition will also depend on the title as well as whether we are able to acquire reprint rights from the publisher for this many copies.
Questions Raised by the Sale of Stardust
Other Questions Related to Orders
Customers will only be able to purchase one copy of the Lettered and one copy of the Numbered edition.
If you are already a rights holder, you cannot enter the lottery for another copy of an edition you already have. That is, if you have a Numbered Stardust and no Lettered, you can enter the lottery for the next Lettered Lyra’s Press book. If you have a Lettered and no Numbered, you can enter the lottery for the Numbered.
Lottery entries will be checked against existing rights holders, and duplicate entries will be deleted.
How the Lottery system works, and why
- For each and every lottery we hold on the website, whether it be for Lyra’s Press or Lyra’s Classics, there will be a strictly ‘one entry per household’ rule for each individual lottery.
- If there is a lottery for the Numbered and Lettered editions at the same time, customers may enter both with one entry per lottery.
- Anyone found to have made multiple entries in a single lottery will have all entries deleted and will be banned from that particular lottery.
- Anyone who makes repeated multiple entries across future lotteries will be banned from entering all future lotteries.
- Please only enter a lottery if you have the means to purchase the book.
- You are not eligible to enter a lottery if you are already a rights holder for that particular Numbered or Lettered edition, in that particular imprint.
All of these rules are in place in order to ensure everyone has an equal chance.