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Bookplates ahoy! Barnes & Noble Promo Prizes are in Transit

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in admin | 0 comments

Bookplates ahoy! Barnes & Noble Promo Prizes are in Transit

Thanks to everyone who took advantage of the Barnes and Noble promotion that ran the first two weeks of release of THE MIRROR EMPIRE. I’m pleased to say I shipped everyone’s bookplates (the first reward) today. If you don’t receive yours within two weeks, please email pa@kameronhurley.com and we’ll see about getting that sorted. It was super fun to put these together and it really helped first week sales (we need a reprint already!) . So thank you! The second half of your reward will be sent to the email address you...

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THE MIRROR EMPIRE: Reprint Delays, Rumor Mill, etc.

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in admin | 0 comments

THE MIRROR EMPIRE: Reprint Delays, Rumor Mill, etc.

So back in June Angry Robot Books, publisher of THE MIRROR EMPIRE, closed its ancillary imprints, Exhibit A and Strange Chemistry. This was part of a wider cost-cutting exercise initiated by Osprey, Angry Robot’s parent company, which was going up for sale along with Angry Robot. Angry Robot has since pushed out its fall releases while wheels turn behind the scenes on this.  Now you know about as much as I do about that, all of which is public knowledge. Mergers and acquisitions happen all the time in publishing. This is a business,...

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Thanks for all the Fish: Mirror Empire Update

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in admin | 0 comments

Thanks for all the Fish: Mirror Empire Update

So a lot of you know it’s been a long slog for me to stay in the publishing game, and THE MIRROR EMPIRE was a new opportunity for me to get back into the game. This book was almost not published either, but the folks at Angry Robot took a chance on it, and gave it a great cover, a great edit, and great marketing support, especially for a publisher of their size. I’ve also been working relentlessly to both improve and promote this book, and have been scheduling promotional stuff since April and delivering on it since July, with the...

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MIRROR EMPIRE is out! Buy from B&N & Get Second Book… FREE

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Mirror Dark | 0 comments

MIRROR EMPIRE is out! Buy from B&N & Get Second Book… FREE

Yes, you read that right. We’ll be giving out up to 250 free digital ARCS (that’s Advance Reader Copies) to anyone who buys THE MIRROR EMPIRE from a physical Barnes and Noble location from August 26th-September 8th. You’ll be emailed your free digital copy of EMPIRE ASCENDANT BEFORE the book is available for general release – at the same time as general reviewers.  That’s fine, you say, but what do I get NOW? Well, for buying a physical copy of MIRROR EMPIRE from Barnes & Noble from August 26th-September 8th...

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The Little Book that Flew Away: Fly, Fly Little Book

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Mirror Dark | 0 comments

The Little Book that Flew Away: Fly, Fly Little Book

Tomorrow is the official release day for THE MIRROR EMPIRE, my fourth published novel and the first in a new epic fantasy series. Folks always want to know how you feel on book launch day, and the thing is, you know, I can tell you that on the *eve* of book launch day, I feel resigned. Not in a bad way, mind. But I’m content knowing that we all did the best we could to put out a great book. Thanks go to my agent, Hannah Bowman, for helping me yank this thing into shape with a full burn down and rewrite. Thanks also for talking me down...

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Writing, Editing, Inclusivity: We’re All in This Together

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in admin | 0 comments

Writing, Editing, Inclusivity: We’re All in This Together

I’m supposed to be hip-deep in writing content for other spaces right now, but I wanted to say a little bit about the role of editors in this whole push we’re seeing for more diverse books, especially after that wild Hugo weekend. I will likely have a little more to say about that later, too. But for now, here are my thoughts on the role of editors in building a brighter future for SFF. I was on a panel at Readercon about masculinity in fiction, which was nearly derailed when one of the male editors on the panel said he really...

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MIRROR EMPIRE Blog Tour is Upon Us: Here’s What to Expect

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Mirror Dark | 0 comments

MIRROR EMPIRE Blog Tour is Upon Us: Here’s What to Expect

So, I have this little book about blood mages, satellite magic, flesh eating plants, and the end of the world  called… THE MIRROR EMPIRE. In celebration of the massive launch of this massive new epic fantasy series, a bunch of folks have been kind enough to host me at their places over the next four weeks. If you’re someone I owe content to, do take a look at the list below and forgive me if your post ends up getting sent the night before. It’s going to be a wild ride! Here’s where you can find me:   Week of...

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Hugo Speeches: Thanks for All the Llamas

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in awards, the writing life | 0 comments

Hugo Speeches: Thanks for All the Llamas

So! How about those Hugos? As for me, I said what I wanted to say in the acceptance speeches, which I’ll reprint below for those who missed them. Thanks again to Kate Elliott and Tricia Sullivan for accepting in my absence, and to all the fans, readers, and colleagues who’ve supported me while I ranted my way out here along the margins. It’s an uphill slog, but you all make it worth it – and you made a popular award win possible, which, to be frank, I did not think was within the realm of possibility. Sometimes SFF...

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How People Really Talk: Language and Signaling Difference

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in assumptions, Mirror Dark | 0 comments

So just last week I happened across this video by Daniel José Older about why we shouldn’t italicize words in other languages while writing in English. If you have yet to see it, enjoy it here for the first time: I laughed my ass off watching this, because anyone who’s actually known people who speak more than one language will recognize that how people talk in real life – the fluidity of language between English and Spanish, or English and Hindi or English and Zulu, or Zulu and Spanish, or any other combination thereof...

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The Increasingly Poor Economics of Penning Problematic Stories

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 in assumptions | 0 comments

The Increasingly Poor Economics of Penning Problematic Stories

My spouse has been trying to get me to play Space Run for awhile. It’s just this cute little game where you build your own space ship and take it on missions. I played through the tutorial recently, only a little annoyed that I wasn’t able to choose a female gendered character. The tutorial was OK. I moved on to taking the first mission, which is given to you, the protagonist, by a female CEO. After getting the mission, my heroic avatar felt the need to comment to his android sidekick about how “hot” the quest giver...

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