Quick Update on the Book Plates

Bookplate final low-res

Back when I did the ARC contest for “Sworn in Steel”, one of the things I said I would do is 1) send out signed book plates to all the entrants, and 2) have contest to give a bunch away to other people. This is still the plan.

However…

It turns out there was a mis-communication with the printer, and the plates I got weren’t what I was expecting. On the plus side, the printer has been absolutely wonderful about correcting the error and I have new plates being run. This takes a bit of time, though, which is the reason for the delay. Once I get the new shipment in, I will contact all the contest entrants to get their mailing address, and then work on putting a contest up here for the rest of you.

Thanks for being patient.

Reddit AMA Tonight!

I’m doing a reddit AMA (AskMe Anything) over on r/fantasy tonight, starting at 7:00 pm CST. Stop by either beforehand or during to ask questions, hang out, and just have fun. Not sure when it will end, but I do know I’ll be drinking rum throughout. ;)

Hope to see you there.

Regarding the (lack of) audio book for Sworn in Steel…

 

(Cross-posted from the “Tales of the Kin” Facebook page)

I’ve had several people ask about an audio book version of SWORN IN STEEL, so I thought it would be a good idea to post here rather than answering one person at a time without the rest of you knowing what was going on.

At this point, the audio rights to SiS have not been purchased. Tantor (the people who did the a-b of AMONG THIEVES) only bought rights to the first book. I have no idea if they want to do the second book or not. Would I like them (or someone else) to? Yes. Do I have any control over that? Sadly, no. Its between my publisher and the audio book companies, and I don’t get to sit in on those negotiations.

So, the short answer is: Not right now. But that doesn’t mean one won’t be done down the line. I just have no idea if (or when) it will happen.

Needless to say, if the situation changes, I’ll tell you as soon as I know.

Video of “Sworn in Steel” U.S. release (or, “Author caught on film!”)

One of the cool things about a book release (for me) is being able to get out and interact with people. Yeah, the reading is cool, but I really enjoy the Q&A, the chatting while signing books, things like that. Even with family and my writer’s group and things like Twitter and Facebook, writing is still a solitary endeavor. At the end of the day it’s just you and the words.

Which is why things like this are so fun. And why I am so glad I can share it this time around.

My friend Sean Murphy was good enough to record the reading and Q&A session I did this Tuesday for the U.S. release of SWORN IN STEEL. I think it turned out rather well.

Thanks Sean. And thanks to everyone who came out for the launch. It couldn’t have happened without you! (No, seriously, it would have been me reading to a bunch of empty chairs, which is…yeah.)

Talking Fight Scenes at Minneapolis Comicon & C2E2 thanks

 

I’m going to be talking with Fated Blades author Steve Bein on a panel this Saturday at the Minneapolis Comicon. The topic? Martial Arts and the Art of the Fight Scene.

Steve and I got chatting after a signing at C2E2 last weekend, and he was good enough to ask me to join him on the panel. Steve has a ridiculous amount of experience in Eastern martial arts, which we both think will pair/counter nicely with my own more Western-based studies. We’ve been preparing in e-mail for the discussion, and I have to say, I think this is going to be a great conversation. I know there’s going to be ton going on at the con, but if you have time at 4:00 pm on Saturday, I urge you to stop by.

Steve was good enough to put up details about the panel on his site, so I’m going to be Lazy Author and direct you there for details.

Also, I just want to say thank you to everyone who either came to the panel, went to the signing, or stopped by the Penguin booth at C2E2. It was my first true comic convention, and I had a blast. We ended up giving away 500 copies of Among Thieves on Saturday (!), and I was able to spend some time at the booth signing copies for people. I’d forgotten how much fun it is to simply sit and chat with people at a signing, and this gave me a chance to do it in spades.

So thank you to the new fans or old, to people who stopped by just because the book was free or because you’d heard about it before. And thank you as well to the Penguin/Random House staff manning the booth, as well as my No. 1 son Evan, who did more than his fair part in telling people about the giveaway and pointing them in my direction at the con. It was a wonderful experience, and I can’t wait to do it again.

On signings, and ordering signed copies of SWORN IN STEEL

I know people have been asking elsewhere, so here is the signing/release information for SWORN IN STEEL (I still can’t believe it comes out next week. Eep!)

All the gory details, along with info on other appearances, can be found on this page of the site, but the basics boil down to:

Tuesday, May 6: Reading, Q&A and signing at the Har Mar Barnes & Noble in Roseville, MN. Things kick off at 7:00 and go until they go. Details, address & directions in the link. (We had so many people show for the AT signing, the store ran out of copies. They’ve ordered even more copies of SIS. Let’s see if we can make them run out again! :D )

Saturday, May 10: Signing at Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore in Minneapolis. This runs from 1:00 until 2:00 pm. Hugo’s is also where you can PRE-order a signed, dedicated copy to have it mailed directly to you. I will be signing all unsold stock there as well, so you can still get an autographed copy after the event; however, if you want it made out specifically to you, or you want a specific message put in it by me, you’ll need to order from Hugo’s before the 10th.

And that’s it. As much as I would love to do a tour, at this point any travel is still on me in terms of expense and planning. And since we have kids and I have another book to finish, it’s a bit hard to fit that in. I WILL be doing a signed bookplate give away some time after the launch (and I will send them internationally) — but if you want to be sent an autographed copy of the US edition of SIS (or AT, for that matter), Uncle Hugo’s is your best bet.

And as a final reminder: first week sales are critical for an author. Part of the reason Among Thieves is still stocked in BN (and has thus been able to keep selling) is the impact that first night made on the local manager, who then sent word on to Corporate, who tagged the book for automatic re-order when there is no longer a copy on the shelf. This kind of thing is a Big Deal, especially for a debut paperback, especially when they see the book moving in other stores during that first week as well. If you are planning to buy a copy and are able, doing so in the first week of release (or even pre-ordering it now) makes a big difference. Whether it be at BN or your local indie bookstore or even on-line, every sale is important. Just something to keep in mind.

Hope to see a bunch of you at one of the signings, and if not, to be signing a copy to be sent to you!