Friday, July 20

Your Chance to Invest in the 'Next Harry Potter' ?

Magyk Angie Sage Septimus Heap

First Edition Books - Septimus Heap or Tunnels to emulate Harry Potter ?

Autographed First Edition Book - Septimus Heap

In my previous post – Septimus Heap – I mentioned the seven book series Septimus Heap by Angie Sage and the fact that Warner Bros. have just signed the film rights. As a result of this contract people are hoping or expecting that Septimus Heap series will repeat the phenomenal success of the J K Rowling franchise.

Angie Sage's books are already international best-sellers and have been translated into 28 languages and given the public's love of all things magykal the films, which will undoubtedly be well-produced by Warner Bros., may well find as many fans as the Harry Potter films. After all new children are coming along all the time !

Autographed first editions of either the US or the UK edition of the books may well prove to be a sound long-term investment, as it is already becoming increasingly difficult to find signed First Editions of the first three books in the series, Magyk, Flyte and Physik.

In addition the Angie Sage PR machine seems to be getting underway, as she was interviewed on Sky News at mid-day today.


Another book which is causing a great stir is Tunnels by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams. As reported in the Hollywood Reporter, Relativity Media have already acquired franchise rights to develop and produce a series of films

Tunnels was first self-published in 2005 by Roderick Gordon and Brian Wilson under the title The Highfield Mole. It was subsequently published by Chicken House under the name Tunnels after undergoing some editing. Tunnels was released in the UK July 2, 2007 and is due to be released in the United States on January 1, 2008. The authors have already finished the second book in the series and are working on the third.

Their marketing campaign was rather unusual, Roderick Gordon says "I even went around leaving copies on buses and in taxis, and also carefully placing them on benches and in trees in the various parks that I visited with my children so someone would spot them and might take them home to look at. I reckon the squirrels were a little bemused when they chanced upon the tree copies!"

At the moment the only signed copy I can see is on offer at AbeBooks for £1,595.00 maybe I should check out a few parks !

Relativity hope to get several hit films from the novels and replicate the success of the "Harry Potter" series. "Tunnels" has more than $1 million in advance sales and prepublication rights in more than 21 languages.

The original self-published version is obviously the more valuable investment. As far as I have been able to discover there were 500 hardback copies printed and 2000 soft covers. A number of the copies were signed by the authors and 80 copies of the 500-copy hardback run were numbered and signed as part of a "Remarque" edition. These copies have a hand-drawn illustration by Brian Williams, an inscription by Roderick Gordon, and are signed by both authors. There is also a "Colony Leather Bound Edition" of ten hardbacks, numbered and signed, with a hand-drawn picture by Brian Williams bound into the book. (Wikipedia)

The authors on their website say that there are a number of errors in the Wikipedia description, but as Wikipedia is open access, they could just log in, change the errors and give the definitive chronology of events.

The book may well prove to be a good long-term investment of which The Oracle of Omaha himself would be proud if you can find one at a reasonable price. The most expensive J K Rowling on Abebooks at the moment is being offered for £ 245,000 although the second mos expensive is only £ 36,000 !

Angie Sage’s ‘Magyk’ is more affordable, if you can find a copy.

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Monday, July 16

First Editions of Septimus Heap by Angie Sage - Good Investment following Warner Bros. Film Deal

16 July 2007 - 14:54

First Edition Books
Septimus Heap (Magyk) by Angie Sage Good Investment for Collectors of First Editions after Film Rights Sale

If you are looking for a First Edition book to invest in then you could do worse than to have a close look at Magyk by Angie Sage. Why? Because Warner Bros. Pictures has just announced (12 July 2007) they have acquired the feature film rights to the seven-book fantasy series, Septimus Heap - the seventh son of a seventh son.

Signed first editions by Angie Sage, should therefore start to move north soon, as the filn deal does not appear to be general knowledge yet.

Magyk was the first in the series and Angie Sage has already written part II Flyte and Part III Physik. These books are all worldwide bestsellers and have been translated into 28 languages. Warner Bros. has made a lot of money from the Harry Potter films but they need something to replace them and have decided Septimus Heap is a good bet. More magic, mystery and wizardry with more humour thrown in in Angie Sage’s inimitable style.

The forthcoming film will be produced by Karen Rosenfelt who also produced the Devil Wears Prada with Angie Sage as Executive Producer.The Septimus Heap series tells the story of two babies that are switched at birth: one, a boy who discovers his birthright as the seventh son of a seventh son, and ultimately, a powerful wizard; the other, a girl who is destined to become Princess. Their stories are set in a weird and wonderful fairy-tale England and their journeys of self-discovery are filled with hilarious characters and clever charms, potions and spells."We are delighted that Warner Bros. will be creating films from the Septimus Heap series," said Susan Katz, President and Publisher of HarperCollins Children's Books (I bet they are !) « the producers share our belief that the world of Septimus Heap is … unlike anything else in children's fantasy."Magyk was first published in the US by Katherine Tegen Books an imprint of HarperCollins in March 2005 and then Bloomsbury purchased the UK publication rights from them. Magyk was published in the UK just a few weeks after the US version was published.. It was an international bestseller. It moved straight into the New York Times Best Sellers List at no. 3 and moved to no. 1 in its second week.
The book has also appeared on the bestseller lists in France, Sweden, Spain, and the UK.

As the US version is the first edition you might think it would be better to obtain the US first edition, but this is not necessarily so. Susanna Clarke’s book Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell was published first in the US but it is the UK version which gets the highest prices.

Magyk was also published in the UK in a special limited edition of just 1000 numbered copies, these will be more expensive and a better investment than the ordinary signed copies.

I wouldn’t expect Angie Sage’s books to command the same price as J K Rowling’s first editions, but they ought nevertheless be worth significantly more than they are at the moment. They are also quite hard to find, eBay – my primary source for cheap first editions doesn’t seem to have any at the moment.

To be sure of how prices are changing check out AbeBooks.

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Friday, July 13

Formula One Opus - Champion's Edition - Signed Special Edition Book

13 July 2007 - 19:24

Formula One Opus - Special Edition Book

News just out of an impressive not to say extraordinary First Edition book

Hatchards Special Editions

Hatchards is pleased to be able to offer the following Special Edition:

The Formula One Opus is a rare and unusual book; a celebration of over a century of motor racing, the definitive story of a sport that has seduced the rich and famous through the decades. Painstaking research, original interviews and specially commissioned photography brings the world of Formula One motor racing to life.

The Formula One Opus is half a metre square, contains over 800 pages and weighs over 30 kilos. It contains over 1,500 photographs and 200,000 words written by a selection of the finest motor racing writers in the world to ensure the quality and originality of the editorial. The publishers have scoured the archives of photographic agencies and private collections worldwide to uncover rare and previously unpublished gems and commissioned shoots by some of the industry's most highly-regarded photographers. Words and images are printed on the finest 200gsm paper stock and enhanced by the use of silver leafing, spot varnishing and fifth-and sixth-colour processing. The Opus is bound in the finest leather and delivered in a beautifully crafted presentation box. This Champion's Edition, which retails for £20,000, is restricted to 100 copies worldwide. Each copy contains a page bearing the signatures of all the living Formula One World Champions (18 in total). This unique signature page has never before been attempted in the history of Formula One and is a true collector's piece.


To place an advance order for the above title then you will have to visit the Special Editions section of the Hatchard's website, Please
note that this title is only available to order through the website and not
through the shop. If you do decide to buy one please mention that you heard about it through this site - they might pay me a commission !