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How to Acquire and Retain Rights to a Suntup Editions Publication

Suntup Editions sells Numbered, Lettered and Roman Numeral editions using a “Matching Rights” system. This means that each book you purchase will be automatically matched to the same number or letter provided you purchase each book in order of announcement.

There are no rights attached to Artist or Classic editions, and they are available to pre-order on the day of announcement.

Before a new title opens up for public pre-order, owners of the previously announced title are given an opportunity to place their order two days before the public pre-order. This system grew out of requests from customers who wanted to match their number and/or letter to the next publication.

When the title opens up for public pre-order, if any copies of a Lettered or Roman Numeral edition are available, those are sold through a lottery only, and depending on quantities, the Numbered edition will be available for purchase either by lottery or directly through the online store at 9am Pacific on the Thursday of the week of announcement.

Our definition of “rights.”

The ability to purchase the next book and match the number or letter to the previous book. Taking it further, having “rights” to a book simply means that you will be included in the Matching Pre-Order email that is sent to owners of the previous book, thereby providing you with the opportunity to purchase the new book before it opens up for public pre-order.

Acquiring Rights

Rights to the next publication are acquired when you either purchase the most recently announced Numbered, Lettered or Roman Numeral edition directly from Suntup Editions, or you purchase it from the current owner, and that person transfers the rights to you using the Seller Transfer Form. The transfer must take place before the book opens up for public pre-order.

The only time when rights will not transfer from the current book to the next book, is if your designation does not fall within the total print run of the next book. For example, if you are designated number 251 and the next book has a limitation of 250, then you could not match to that title. We will automatically match you to the next title that is greater than 250.

Editions With a 250 Print Run

Our Numbered editions are limited to either 250 or 350 copies, depending on the anticipated demand for the title. If you hold a number above 251, and would like a number below 251 you have three options:

Provided that the most recently announced title has not sold out, and there are still numbers below 251 available, you may contact us and request that we switch you to a lower number. If we do that, the new number will be your designation going forward.

Alternatively, you can purchase a lower number on the secondary market with rights, but be sure to have the seller submit the transfer form.

Lastly, if your designation is between 251 and 350, and the next book being announced is limited to 250 copies, provided there are still copies available when the book opens up for public pre-order, you can place an order or enter the lottery when it opens up at 9AM Pacific time on the Saturday during the week of announcement.

Retaining Rights

Rights remain with the physical book, and only apply to the most recently announced edition, or to Misery by Stephen King. If you own the latest Numbered, Lettered or Roman Numeral edition that Suntup Editions has announced, we will automatically match your number and/or letter to the next release, provided you place your order during the Matching Pre-Order.

In order to retain these rights, each book must be purchased sequentially in the order in which they are announced. An exception to this rule is if there are fluctuations in print runs. Ordering each consecutive title is entirely your choice. You are not required to purchase every book.

Due to fluctuations in limitation between titles, the matching may be to your last designation or to the designation you have the most. Lettered designations are guaranteed provided you place your order during the Matching Pre-Order. If you pass on the new release, you relinquish rights to that number or letter for future releases.

Part 2: Buying, Selling and Transferring Rights.

Updated on July 7, 2024

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