Month: September 2010


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

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

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.