I’m home after a terrific weekend at ConCarolinas. It was wonderful as always to see Faith, Misty, Kalayna, and A.J., as well as our wonderful friends and former regular MW contributors, Edmund Schubert and Stuart Jaffe. It was also great to see so many of our devoted readers and commenters — the party Saturday night that was hosted by Mud and Laura was a highlight of the weekend. Many thanks!!
Today’s post kicks off what I expect will be two full months of Thieftaker promotion. We are now less than one month away from the July 3rd release date, and I am excited, nervous and everything in between.
Let me say right now that I know many of you are probably sick to death of hearing and reading about this book. I can hardly blame you. To be honest, I’m sick of it, too. I wish the book was out [...]
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Writing: 25,000 words, all on “No Dominion”, the Kickstarter novella which has tipped over to a novel by breaking the 40K wordcount mark. I was hoping to have it done by today’s posting, but some Life Stuff has happened and I haven’t written since last Saturday.
Along those lines, I mentioned I was doing a “Febnowrimo”, a February 50K. I’m 15.2K into that, which, yes, I did all in the first 4 days of the month. The good news is that Life Happening hasn’t gotten me behind in wordcount because I had that initial surge, but I need to get back to putting words on pixels. How are your Febnowrimos going?
Work That Isn’t Writing: Spent the entire allocated work time of one Sunday packing up books to send out to contest winners. Or, more accuratly, I packed up about two books and some Christmas presents, and no, sadly, I’m [...]
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We have another Release Day coming up here at MW. My novelization of Robin Hood, Ridley Scott’s new treatment of the old legend, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, will be released tomorrow, April 27. The movie appears in theaters on May 14, after opening at Cannes on the 12th.
I’ve been asked many times about the experience of working on this book, and have already posted about it some. But I wanted to walk you through the process in the form of a Q and A, because I learned a lot from the experience, and perhaps some of you will find it interesting, too.
How did you get the gig? It was kismet, really. It certainly wasn’t anything my agent and I went after. Universal Studios was trying to sell the book license — often studios look to sell the book rights for a big movie that is based [...]
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As promised (or would that be “threatened”?) I’m doing another promotional post today, to mark tomorrow’s release of the third and final book in my Blood of the Southlands trilogy. The book is called The Dark-Eyes’ War, and it is, at least for now, the final installment in the long-running epic fantasy story arc that began with my Winds of the Forelands series. I hope that you’ll all enjoy the book. For those interested in trying to win a free signed copy, there is a contest up at my website (the contest ends today, by the way). There are also sample chapters posted on the site, in case you want to check out the opening passages before you buy the book.
In the context of the release, I’d like to write a bit about branding, which is a word you hear a lot of these days in publishing circles. Branding [...]
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This week I’m taking a short break from the “Writing Your Book” series to post about something else. Originally, this was going to be a simple self-promotion post. I have a book coming out this week — the mass market paperback release of The Horsemen’s Gambit, book II in my Blood of the Southlands trilogy. The third and final volume in the series, The Dark-Eyes’ War, will be released in hardcover in a couple of weeks, and I’ll be publicizing that in a future post.
The hardcover/paperback progression is not uncommon in publishing, though it is becoming rarer in this economic climate (more and more books are coming out as paperback originals or as trade paperbacks — the larger format paperbacks often used for more mainstream literary releases). Here’s how the hardcover/paperback progression works. The hardcover edition of The Horsemen’s Gambit came out last year around this time (January ’09). [...]
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Let me start by saying that I actually suck at self-promotion. I do a bit of it, and I know a fair amount about what I ought to be doing, so I can speak with some authority about it at conventions and such. I have my blogs (including this one and SFNovelists, of which I’m a part) and my website. I do some blogging at Amazon.com, though not as much as I should. I guest blog at the sites of other folks, I answer my fan mail faithfully, and I have done some leg work in local bookstores. I used to have an author forum, where I answered questions from readers, but it’s kind of gone the way of the Dodo. I do signings and go to conventions, and occasionally I get gigs at writers’ workshops.
But there are also things I don’t do that I probably should. I’m [...]
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