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Press Release: Orbit announces acquisition of bestselling self-published fantasy series

dalglishThe short version of this post is that I’m excited to announce the acquisition of David Dalglish’s Shadowdance series! For the formal version, the official press release is below.


NEW YORK, NY (February 15, 2013) – Today Orbit US & UK announced the international acquisition of the Shadowdance novels – an epic fantasy series by self-publishing success David Dalglish. The author has already digitally published the first four books in the series, all of which have been e-book bestsellers.

Dalglish said of the deal, “I’ve seen the limits of what I can accomplish self-publishing and hope that with Orbit I can reach the next level, both in the quality of my writing and the size of my audience. I’m thrilled with everything Orbit has offered me, and feel this is the next step I need to take in my career.”

The Shadowdance series includes the novels A DANCE OF CLOAKS, A DANCE OF BLADES, and A DANCE OF DEATH. Orbit will launch A DANCE OF CLOAKS in October 2013, and the two sequels will follow in consecutive months in November and December.

A dark, gritty epic fantasy, the Shadowdance series is a character-driven tale of assassins, thieves, and treachery. The series begins when Aaron Felhorn – the son of the greatest assassin of the age – is sent to kill the daughter of a priest, but instead chooses to protect her.

Acquiring editor Devi Pillai said, “We are looking forward to building on David’s self-publishing success and helping to make him a worldwide bestseller in all formats.”

  1. Paul (@princejvstin)

    February 15, 2013
    at 9:26 am

    Congratulations to David, who I see is following in Michael Sullivan’s footsteps in this regard.

  2. AM Gray

    February 15, 2013
    at 5:30 pm

    Congratulations, David! You bring hope to all self publishers out there! Pre-published no longer means untouchable.

  3. Mihir

    February 16, 2013
    at 9:37 am

    This is absolutely fascinating and huge thanks to Orbit for picking David up. Can’t wait to see the covers you come up with for these action-packed books.

  4. Scott Marlowe

    February 16, 2013
    at 10:54 am

    Fantastic! Good luck to David.

  5. Ken

    February 20, 2013
    at 10:59 am

    Fantastic news and congratulations David!

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