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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. 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.

There are no rights attached to Artist editions, and they are available to pre-order on the day 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 them 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

We have been asked whether there will be any future Numbered editions published with a 250 print run. The answer is yes, there will be. We currently have three books under contract which are locked in at 250 copies. In all three cases, these titles have been under contract for approximately 2 years, and at that time, our print run for Numbered editions was 250.

We had several other titles which were in the same boat, and when demand for our books began increasing rapidly, we went back over our agreements, and wherever we could increase the quantities to 350, we did. But there were three titles which remained at 250, and which could not be increased for several reasons. Although we cannot say there will never be another 250 copy print run on future titles, we have no more Numbered editions currently under contract at a 250 print run beyond the three mentioned.

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 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.

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 September 21, 2021

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