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On Becoming What You Hate, Redux

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

On Becoming What You Hate, Redux

When I was 18 I was living in a shitty apartment, far from home, with an emotionally abusive boyfriend. I felt totally powerless in my own life. I contemplated suicide often. I would learn, later, that taking birth control pills had caused a debilitating state of depression, one I simply could not shake, no matter how much I willed it. Being mentally fucked up by my medication and entangled in an ongoing bullshit relationship with an asshole left me feeling I had no control over my own life. So I decided to be someone else. I did what a lot of...

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This is the end: RAPTURE UK Cover Reveal, Release Date

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in admin | 0 comments

This is the end: RAPTURE UK Cover Reveal, Release Date

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that the Bel Dame Aprocrypha isn’t quite wrapped up in the UK as yet. But we’re just about there? For those who’ve been waiting to complete the set, the final volume of the series, RAPTURE, will be out from Del Rey UK on February 26th, 2015. The ebook should be out a bit before that, so stay tuned. For those wondering about the cover, well, we’re sticking with the yellow/red/purple color scheme (though in the UK it’s red/yellow/purple). Here’s your final iteration...

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On Responding to Reviews

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in admin | 0 comments

On Responding to Reviews

I’ve been asked a few times recently – certainly more than I was asked with God’s War , Infidel and Rapture – to address specific responses to THE MIRROR EMPIRE. We all like a good author meltdown, I suppose. I think what some folks don’t realize is 1) this ain’t my first rodeo, and I’m very good at sorting GamerGate style trolls/imposters from real responses 2) I’m a pro author with a book due in February, and I seriously have better things to do. In any case, it seems to be requested more now...

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The End is Here: What Happens After MIRROR EMPIRE?

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

The End is Here: What Happens After MIRROR EMPIRE?

Today ends the 5-week whirlwind that was the dedicated promotion period I gave over to THE MIRROR EMPIRE. How am I still standing? Well, I didn’t give myself much choice. There was no possibility of failure, here.     In about five weeks I did: 30 posts 9 podcasts 5 radio gigs 4 blog/magazine interviews 2 events 1 web TV appearance Now I have no interest in speaking to any humans for at least three months. Which is a good thing because the sequel to THE MIRROR EMPIRE, EMPIRE ASCENDANT, is due in February. That’s a...

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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 XXXX 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 provided two...

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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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