Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a first edition and a first trade edition?

The first trade edition is the first edition that is sold to the public - the one found in stores. In many cases the first trade edition is the first edition. But sometimes publishers make special deals and sell specially signed and limited editions for friends of the publisher, friends of the author, or high end specialty publishers like the Easton Press. Quite often in those cases the first edition is considered to be the special signed/numbered edition, and the one sold in stores is called the first trade edition.