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VCon

4 years ago, in the evening

I am just about packed – with all the morning essentials (toothbrush, meds, etc.) propped in their DON’T FORGET TO BRING ME places and all my costumes rolled, squeezed, and in the case of the crinolines – secured with rubber bands for maximum travel compression.

Tomorrow I will get up at Oh-God-Thirty (thanks, Amtrak!) to catch a train to Vancouver, and from Thursday afternoon onward, you can catch me participating in VCon 35. And I’m not gonna lie. I am totally psyched. I’ve never been to Vancouver before, I like riding on trains, and I get to play dress-up for several days. I tell you, this couldn’t win any bigger unless it came with a tiara and a pony.

Anyway! How will this affect bloggery and/or twittery? Well, to be honest, I’m not sure. I’ll be bringing my laptop, as I have a metric assload of day-job work and writing work to do when (a). I’m en route, or (b). find spare moments of downtime; and I am likely to suck it up and pay for hotel internet, for I am neurotic that way. But I am equally likely to be running around having an awesome time and doing programming-stuff, so if you don’t hear from me for the next few days, hey. Don’t worry. I haven’t fallen off the planet or anything.

So, yes. Thanks for reading, thanks for ordering my new book, thanks for being awesome. I’ll be back Monday afternoon!

:)

September 28, 2010

4 years ago, in the evening

Whew! What a day it’s been – and all in all, a very fine bookday for Dreadnought. Thanks again (many times over) to everyone who was kind enough to endorse, repost, retweet, and link the previous blog entry – you’re 100% awesome, each and every one, and I’m terribly, terribly grateful.

Of course, when it rains, it pours. In addition to the news of Dreadnought‘s release, I was also greeted with two new bits of groovy news – as follows:

  • Editora Underworld has officially picked up Brazilian translation/publication rights for both Boneshaker and Dreadnought – making this Dreadnought‘s first official foreign rights sale, on its birthday and everything :)

  • Clementine arrives in ebook form – Click that-there link for the Kindle listing (where it’s being offered for $2.99), and I am led to believe that it will debut in other digital formats sooner rather than later. I’ll keep you posted as I know more.

[:: throws confetti ::]

And … because no matter how busy the day gets, at this point I absolutely must get some writing done every single day between now and November first …

Here’s today’s progress on my Hunley version 4.0 submarine book about Andan Cly and his crew having a damp misadventure in a Texian-occupied New Orleans, plus Bonus! guerrilla warfare, other assorted historic pirates, and an octoroon madam who moonlights as a Union spy.

Project: Ganymede
Deadline: November 1, 2010
New words written: 2501 (marginally respectable)
Present total word count: 82,009 words




Things accomplished in fiction: Things were very, very tense.

Things accomplished in real life: Day-job work; interview with a nice fellow via phone; wandered through my internet presence correcting my bios, updating my links, and tweaking all those little things that change when a new book comes out; processed (checks gmail real quick) approximately 200 emails re: same book’s debut; received and sorted new day-job project; went to postal shop and mailed a handful of packages (mostly books); went to Walgreens for supplies and hydrocortisone cream following a vicious spider attack that left me looking like I had chicken pox; did laundry including bedding; went to supper with husband and had celebratory mai-tai.

Other: I’ve officially tweaked the status/goal bar. Draft Zero of this book will easily run 120,000-130,000 words. The final product will be smaller, yes, but it will take at least that much to get it complete.

Total Official Word Count of 2010: 210,620 words

Dreadnought’s Birthday

4 years ago, in the morning

Dreadnought Revised Cover Today Dreadnought is officially released into the world! It seems like just yesterday that I wrestled the first few chapters into position … and now, it’s a real live book out there in the world where anyone can pick it up and give it a read.

This is terrifying in a general way (what if people don’t like it?) and exciting in a big way (yay! my ninth book is born!), with a dash of nerve-wracking (God, I hope people buy it) and a side of relief (I no longer have to say “It’s coming soon!”).

With all my heart, I want readers to enjoy it. That’s the most important thing to me, right now – that if you pick up this book, and if you sit down with it for an afternoon … you come out the other side with a smile on your face. If you do enjoy it, I hope you’ll share it; and as always, I greatly appreciate those of you who leave reviews in the pertinent places.

Such reviews are invaluable. They are a service to writers and other readers alike.

And now for the part where I answer all the pressing questions to which I have answers. If you have a question which is not addressed here – you can comment on my website or Livejournal, or send me an email, and I will do my best to track down a satisfactory response.

(Perhaps this is a good time to re-link this post from earlier this year – wherein I discuss the things which writers do and don’t control in the publication process.)

*ahem* So. Yes. Here goes.


And now, because someone always asks – no, I have no preference with regards to where or how you buy your books. It doesn’t matter to me in the slightest; do whatever works best for your budget and your convenience. And by all means, feel free to link this post around – or make posts of your own mentioning Dreadnought.

Finally, I just want to say a big, fat, epic THANKS … to everyone who takes a chance on this book. Thank you for your interest, your time, and your investment. Thank you for making it possible – this book and all my other books, too – because without you readers and book-buyers, all this blood, sweat, and tears is just so much shouting in the dark.