Scott Oden

The End of an Era


I started my career as a writer in 2005, with the publication of my first novel, Men of Bronze.  The biographical novel Memnon followed in 2006; both were published by a relatively new house called Medallion Press.  I recall being flown to New York City to attend Book Expo in ’05 — which coincided, that year, with the release of Men of Bronze.  Medallion bought the cover of Publisher’s Weekly that April and proudly displayed the cover, the Corinthian helmet with its Eye of Horus, that became the brandmark for Men of Bronze.  A giant banner was hung from the rafters of Javitz Center; an invitation-only release party was held in midtown Manhattan, replete with actors dressed as characters from the book.  It was heady and intoxicating . . . the fairy-tale all writers dream about.


Memnon was met with far less fanfare.  While held by some to be my strongest book, it has been my least read book.  It struggled.  Its shepherd, my editor at Medallion, had left the company.  There was some chaos, and it lapsed into relative obscurity with only a single-printing in hardcover.

I moved on.  Medallion moved on.  Books were planned; some were written, some not.  Time marched on.  Then, this month, some twelve years after the first publication of Men of Bronze, I petitioned and was granted a reversal of all publishing rights.  Men of Bronze and Memnon are now, officially, out of print.

What this means: the Medallion editions will vanish from sales channels.  A few hardcover copies of each remain, and the e-book editions will be withdrawn from the various retailers.  But, it also means that in the coming months you can expect to see new editions from me — new covers and newly-edited texts, in print, digital, and hopefully audio editions.  All culminating in a prequel novella featuring a young Hasdrabal Barca!

While I’m saddened that the Medallion editions are no more, it’s exciting to see what the new world of hybrid publishing has to offer.