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Big Funny, Big Prizes, I Like It!!!

Hey awesome peoples, I have a teensy favor to ask, and PRIZES to offer: if you have read Bigfootloose (or enough to have formed an opinion), pretty please leave a review.

Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free

Just one click on a link below and another click on some stars, then write a sentence or two about how it transformed your life and healed your chronic inability to speak Sasquatchese — or, you know, whatever you want.  Bing bang BOOM!  Taking a minute to leave a review is the best way you can help get Bigfootloose into the hands of folks who might enjoy it (or any book you read, for that matter).

Links to Review Sites:

Goodreads

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Powell’s (who also offers their own contest for people who leave comments!  Bonus!)

iTunes  (select “Launch in Application” at top of page)

 

And if you leave a good review with lots of stars, that will help offset those weird reviews where they give it only 2 stars because they reserve more stars exclusively for To Kill a Mockingbird and The Bible, or because the book was shipped a day late, or because when they dropped it on their foot it left a bruise, or because they thought Kevin Bacon would be narrating the audio version.

 

But of course, leave an honest review.  They all help.

 

In two weeks on APRIL 2nd (edited to actually be two weeks, not one) I will select* three random reviews, and three favorite reviews (most entertaining or eloquent or that makes me blush the brightest) and the six winners will win:

 

  • Your own pet Bigfoot, and a shiny $20 gift certificate for a bookstore near you.

PLUS EITHER

  • a shiny signed UK version of Bigfootloose,

OR

  • a shiny signed ARC version of Bigfootloose (though why the Arcana Ruling Council is printing copies I don’t know).

 

THANK YOU!!!

Links to Review Sites once again:

Goodreads

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Powell’s (who also offers their own contest for people who leave comments!  Bonus!)

iTunes  (select “Launch in Application” at top of page)

Bigfootloose UK and ARC

*Selection will be made from all reviews posted across all sites listed above with dates between (and including)  3/18-4/2/2016.  Favorites will be picked first, then the random drawings determined from remaining non-winners.  Reviews copied between sites will be entered once per site for the random drawing (increasing odds of winning), but can only win once.

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Finn Fancy Love Time: Ticking Clock Edition

Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free comes out February 16th.  This is a really critical and exciting time for the series! I hope you’ll join in the fun.

“So, this is your apartment?  Nice.  Where can I slip into something more comfortable?”

“Right over there, in the door past that copy of Finn Fancy Necromancy.  Oh my gosh, have you read it?  It’s REALLY exciting and funny an — uh, like you.  I’ll get the wine.”

Why do I give this fine example of Finn Fancy love?  Well, if you think it might be cool for the series to continue past book 3, continue reading.

Finn Fancy Force-omancy

This IS the book you’re looking for!

 

The Finn Fancy series is not in trouble, but it has reached its first critical test.  Whether or not Tor wants to publish more Finn Fancy books will likely be based on sales of book 1 and pre-sales/ sales of book 2 (Bigfootloose) over the next couple of weeks. Just because that’s how the industry works.

What this is:  Me asking you to take a few minutes to support Finn Fancy if you’ve read and enjoyed it, OR if dark and quirky contemporary fantasy is something that interests you and you MIGHT read it someday.  Or if you are just feeling generous toward me and want to support my dream, I suppose.

So if you DO want to help guarantee more Finn Fancy books, here’s what you can do, in rough order from most impact to least.  I’ve tried to make it easy:

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Book Club Finn Fancy Fun!

I’m having a blast visiting book clubs to discuss the Finn Fancy series.  Here’s a couple of photos (more to come):

Tacoma SFF Book Club

Greater Tacoma Scifi/ Fantasy Book Club

 

Bellingham SFF Bookclub

Bellingham Scifi/Fantasy Concern Bookclub

 

Seattle Book Club

Other Realms Book Group, Seattle

 

If you are in a book club, might I humbly suggest this is a great time for you to pick Finn Fancy to read? Here’s why:

* Reviews describe it as a fast paced and fun read full of laughs, laughs and more laughs — a great way to stave off those post-holiday winter blues!

* It came out in paperback January 5th!  Or you can get the Hardback for nearly the same price with all the deep discounts — WHAT A DEAL!  But wait, there’s more … 😉

* The sequel, BIGFOOTLOOSE AND FINN FANCY FREE, comes out February 16th!  So no long wait to see what happens next!

* If your book club is within reasonable driving distance, I’ll happily come join your discussion of the book if you’d like, and answer any questions you have!

* If your book club is in distant lands, or is online, I will happily participate in any online Ask Me Anything-style discussion you set up (e.g. via Skype, Google Hangouts, or invite me to your Meetup group or email thread, etc).

So when you all go to vote for what to read in next month, might I humbly suggest that Finn Fancy Necromancy (or Bigfootloose) is, if not the best choice, then the even besterest choice!

Finn Fancy Necromancy

Finn Fancy Tor US Cover

 

Bigfootloose Cover

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Why Your Book Club (or you) Should Read Finn Fancy in January

While I hate promoting myself, I just have to mention that January 2016 is the absolute perfectest month to read my “dark and funny” contemporary fantasy novel from Tor Books​, FINN FANCY NECROMANCY.
Why?

* Reviews describe it as a fast paced and fun read full of laughs, laughs and more laughs — a great way to stave off those post-holiday winter blues!

* It comes out in paperback January 5th, and you will have all those gift cards to spend!  Or you can get the Hardback for nearly the same price earlier.

* The sequel, BIGFOOTLOOSE AND FINN FANCY FREE, comes out in February!

* If your book club is within reasonable driving distance, I’ll happily come join your discussion of the book if you’d like, and answer any questions you have!

* If your book club is in distant lands, or is online, I will happily participate in any online Ask Me Anything-style discussion you set up.

So when you all go to vote for what to read in January, might I humbly suggest that Finn Fancy Necromancy is, if not the best choice, then the even besterest choice!

Finn Fancy Tor Cover

Finn Fancy Tor Cover

 

Bigfootloose Cover

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Finn Fancy ARCs and Cover Reveal

Today was a good day.

A box arrived on my doorstep, and inside was a little piece of a dream come true.  15 pieces, actually, all smelling delicious and booky.

Finn Fancy Anticipancy

Finn Fancy Anticipancy

Finn Fancy Opened

Finn Fancy Happy Face

Finn Fancy Happy Face

Yay Finn Fancy Yay!

Finn Fancy Happy Dancy!

Finn Fancy Love

Reading Finn Fancy

Such a captivating read!

Finn Fancy Cover

The Cover Revealed!

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My Upcoming Readings and Signings – Not Just for Writers of the Future

The point of my readings and signings will not truly be to sell copies of Writers of the Future volume 30 (although that is encouraged), but to celebrate our love of the genre together.

All questions will be answered, many laughs will be had, and many words shared.

And I understand that many folks may have already bought the anthology by the time of the reading, possibly in e-form, or maybe don’t want the anthology for some strange unknowable reason (possibly involving alien probing and the suppression of human emotion through nano technology). If so, bring your copy, or buy something else! I’ll have Other Stuff to sign freely for you if you do.

Let’s share in a celebration of speculative fiction, and support other authors and the bookstore as well (ideally through sale of the anthology which does so much to support new writers, and is also of course a handy way to understand the market if you wish to submit to them; but if you buy any book, that is a good thing in my, er, book).

Perhaps you were wanting to buy awesome fiction from other local authors like: Forged in Fire by J.A. Pitts; or The Age of Ice by J.M. Sidorova; or Hild by Nicola Griffith; or Requiem by Ken Scholes; or The Thousand Names by Django Wexler; or the latest Greywalker Novel by Kat Richardson; or The Creative Fire by Brenda Cooper; or Reflected by Rhiannon Held; or Copper Head by Tina Connolly; or The Book of Joby by Mark Ferrari.

Or you wanted to pick up some mind-expanding goodness, like: Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor; or Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie; or Authority by Jeff Vandermeer; or 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami; or Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson; or We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, or Cory Doctorow’s latest, Homeland.

Or grab the latest (or first) book in a series you are interested in, be it the Dresden Files or Game of Thrones or Divergent.

Perhaps you prefer the comic stylings of Jim C Hines, John Scalzi, or Terry Pratchett, or the magic realism of Charles de Lint?

Or heck, come in and place pre-orders on books like: Hurricane Fever by Tobias S. Buckell; or The Ultra Thin Man by Patrick Swenson; or Last Plane to Heaven by Jay Lake; or Prophet of Bones by Ted Kosmatka.

But again, of course, the hope is to sell many copies of Writers of the Future Volume 30, officially called by The Critic** “The besterest volume ever.”

Hope to see you there, with (some) book or eReader or receipt in hand*.

*No purchase required to participate as a viewer. Mileage estimated based on in-city reading. See book dealer for additional details.
**That’s me. I’m The Critic. I may be biased, but I’m also completely biased.

See my Schedule page for details on upcoming readings/signings/Q&As.

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Guerrilla Promoter Guy Strikes Again

I continue my quest to make good spec fic books and spec fic magazines easier to find, despite bookstore tendencies to do otherwise.

This time, I targeted Saladin Ahmed’s “Throne of the Crescent Moon.”

While not as difficult to find as some books, it still takes only a minute to make it stand out even more.

First, I found a few copies on a table far from the Fantasy section.  I made them easier to see in passing:

Hiding in the corner

Ah, Much Better.

Next, I found something lacking on the Scifi/Fantasy New Releases shelf, even though the in store locator system said it should be here:

No Ahmed in the As, but two stacks of Cards?

So I remedied that:

So Much Easier to Buy When It Is On the Shelf

Finally, I went ahead and searched for his book on every search screen I passed, so that anyone who came along behind me would first see his book (at least until the screen timed out).

I Need to Find a Good Book and ... Huh, What's This?

 

Again, all of this took only a minute or two as I passed these spots anyway, but sometimes that makes a difference between a good book being missed, and being bought.

And speaking of buying, you can buy Ahmed’s book here.

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“Surviving the eBookalypse” Live on Escape Pod

Escape PodMy story “Surviving the eBookalypse”, a satire about the future for books and their authors, is now live on Escape Pod: http://escapepod.org/2012/01/19/ep328-surviving-the-ebookalypse/

I wrote this story during Clarion West, partly as a response to a doom and gloom speech I heard on the future of the publishing industry. But folks like Mary Robinette Kowal and Cory Doctorow reaffirm my belief that we who create or consume the fiction, we have power to affect the course of things.  eBooks are really not so different from paperbacks if we push for the right to truly own what we purchase.  Books as objects can return to being lovingly crafted pieces of art, to be collected and displayed proudly in order to impress your date/guests.  Er, I mean, to show your love of the written word.  And in the end, all of us time-conscious readers will still want someone to filter out the good from the ocean of crap for us and will pay a little extra for that service.  Sparkly vampires aside.  So I believe the future of the written word remains bright.  And if I’m wrong, I will happily accept patronage offers.

 

Interesting note: the recorded pod cast is actually from an earlier version of the story, and the online text is from the updated version, which I see as a happy accident because A) I went back and forth over the beginning and am still not sure which I like better (though the printed version is tighter), and B) it is a record I think of how my writing (or at least editing) improved over the time between versions.  Although the very beginning of the story is the main difference, there are also a number of small differences that demonstrate opportunities to eliminate unneeded words and poor sentence structures.  The story synchs up pretty quickly (once Andre enters the library) so if you listen and follow along with the text, you’ll spot the differences.

Thank you to Roberto Suarez for his podcast reading.

Cheers, and I hope you enjoy it.

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Mass Market eBook Pricing

WTF? How are BACKLISTED EBOOKS $9.99?  Do I get an eMassage with that? Seriously.

I can understand the publishers having to raise prices for Mass Market print books due to the changing publishing, supply, distribution and market factors. But BACKLISTED EBOOKS?  Yes, there’s a certain amount of work to convert books nicely into eformats.  And if they were NEW books, there are costs associated to editing and formatting the book, etc.  But seriously.  BACKLISTS?  Of cheap-fun pulp mass market paperbacks converted to EBOOKS?  I love books, and support books, and am all for supporting authors, but many backlisted genre paperbacks are not great works of art I will be reading over and over, especially in eBook format, they are disposable consumable entertainment, and surely they’ve sold through by now, so really, what’s the justification for $9.99 eBooks?

All you’ve done is made me NOT buy those books now.  Unless I find them in a used book store.  Now, let’s see what we have available for a SANE price …

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