Why? Because Tor.com is just awesome that way.
(And can I just say thank you to everyone who said such nice things about me and the book in the comments? Skimming through those was a wonderful way to start the weekend.)
The Tor.com giveaway is limited to the U.S. and Canada. Having paid for overseas shipping on books before, I can totally understand this. Often the postage is significantly more expensive than the book itself, which is frustrating.
But I also know some people have been disappointed at not being able to enter. Which is why I’m putting an 11th copy of the book up for grabs. Leave a comment to enter, and I’ll draw a winner at random some time after lunch on September 3.
There’s one rule. Only people who live outside of the U.S. and Canada are eligible to enter
ETA: Congrats to jessikast, chosen by the Oracle of Random Numberness to receive a signed copy of Libriomancer! My thanks to everyone who entered, and thanks again to Tor.com for their giveaway.
Today is the release day for the UK edition of Libriomancer!
This is my first UK release, and I’m thrilled with everything Del Rey UK has done, particularly the gorgeous cover.
For those of you who might have been running into territorial issues, this also means you should be able to get the e-book edition in UK territories now.
Tonight I’ll be at the Westland Public Library in Westland, Michigan. From 7 – 8 p.m., I’ll be talking about sexism and SF/F cover art. Assuming no technical glitches, there will be pictures. And almost certainly poses as well. So if you’re in the area, stop by and say hello!
Yesterday was exciting, overwhelming, draining, marvelous, exhausting, and gratifying. Thank you so much to everyone for your support, support that came across in so many ways. There were several times yesterday I actually got choked up reading some of the things people were saying and doing.
Like Mindy Klasky‘s comment that, “The final chapter of CODEX (no, I’m not going to spoil it for you) actually left me with a real, physical chill.” Or everyone who came out to Schuler Books last night for the launch. Or friends who loaned me their blog platforms to talk about the book.
I’m happy and a little dazed today, but there are some things I needed to share.
Some people noted that the e-books weren’t available outside the U.S. Unfortunately, this is not something I have control over. It’s a territorial issue, meaning the e-books are only available to U.S. mailing addresses.
The U.K. edition of Libriomancer will be coming out in two weeks, so that e-book should be available then.
As much as I’d love for everyone, everywhere to be able to
That said, the U.S. e-book of Libriomancer has dropped to $7.99 to match the mass market paperback price.
Over on Facebook, DAW has posted two videos I did when I was in New York earlier this year.
I’m sure there’s more I should be mentioning, but this is all my brain had room for.
And don’t worry. As I get through this week, the blog will shift back to its normal routine of randomly yelling at clouds.
Today marks the official release date for Codex Born and the mass market paperback of Libriomancer!
Codex is my ninth fantasy novel with DAW, so being an experienced, even jaded author, I am naturally not going to be spending the entire day freaking out and checking Amazon rankings and bouncing uncontrollably and flailing about like a muppet in a paint-mixing machine. (And if you believe that…)
My thanks to everyone who read and reviewed the first book, who pre-ordered this one, who offered support and encouragement, spread the word about the books, and just generally made my world a better place.
I’ve got two events scheduled for this week if you’re interested.
BLURB OF AWESOMENESS: You know, a number of people have gotten blurbs from bestselling author and former SFWA president John Scalzi. But how many authors can boast something like THIS?
“This is the perfect follow up to Libriomancer. It has more magic, more action and more backstory. And I love love love the Lena diaries!!!”
VIDEO JIM: When I was in New York earlier this year, we filmed a promotional video at the Penguin/DAW offices. They’ve posted the first video over on the DAW Books Facebook page, along with a note that if it gets 100 likes, they’ll move on to videos 2 and 3, which get a bit … sillier.
LINKS TO STUFF:
BUY STUFF (If you’re so inclined…)
Carrie S. at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books has a lovely new review of Codex Born.
Stay tuned for more, including a few book giveaways!
Both DAW and Del Rey UK sent me author copies of Libriomancer [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy] this week, which is a wonderful thing. Except now I find myself with more books taking up space. I figure the best thing to do is get rid of a couple, and I was hoping y’all could help me out with that!
I’ll be heading off for vacation next week, but when I get back, I’ll give away one each of the UK edition (trade paperback) and the DAW mass market release. Crocheted Smudge will be keeping guard over the books in the meantime.
If you’re interested, leave a comment telling me where you’d go on vacation if you could go absolutely anywhere, real or imagined. Narnia, Neverland, North Dakota, it doesn’t matter.
When I get home, I’ll pick two commenters at random and mail each of them an autographed copy of the book.
Anyone can enter. One entry per person, etc, etc. I’ll grab comments off of the blog, LJ, Goodreads, and the rest of the places this thing is mirrored.
Three weeks and counting until Book Day! #SFWApro
About two weeks ago, I received my author copies of the Science Fiction Book Club editions of Libriomancer and The Legend of Jig Dragonslayer.
This makes me happy for lots of reasons. Many of the books on my shelves came from the SFBC, back when I was younger and there was no way I could afford full-priced hardcovers. And then I found the SFBC. Five free books at sign-up? Reduced-price omnibus editions? Sweet! This is how I first discovered authors like Robert Asprin, Fred Saberhagan, Anne McCaffrey, Ursula LeGuin, even Asimov and his Foundation Trilogy.
So I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate this milestone, my first books to make it into the club, with a giveaway. And since the stress-o-meter has been running rather high lately, I’m gonna go with something happy and hopefully simple for this one.
All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me about one of the best things that happened to you in 2012.
I’ll pick one commenter at random next week and send them an autographed copy of the SFBC edition of either Libriomancer or The Legend of Jig Dragonslayer. Their choice.
This isn’t a U.S.-only contest, so anyone can enter.
I continue to be thrilled and grateful at how well Libriomancer [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy] is doing. Reviews are still showing up on Amazon, Goodreads, and elsewhere, and while they’re not all five stars (and nobody would believe them if they were), the overall reaction has been both positive and encouraging.
Now, I knew when I wrote the book that there were at least two things some readers would be unhappy with, and that this would be reflected in the reviews.
I’m okay with that. I truly appreciate everyone who took the time to think and write about the book, even if you hated it. (But especially if you loved it!)
No book will work for everyone. While I’m sad to see negative reviews, and I am very sorry if you bought the book and were disappointed, I have no hard feelings about anyone posting a negative review. Nor do I have any intention of arguing with those reviewers. That way lies madness.
But I am going to rant about a specific aspect of certain reviews, not because I want to defend the book, but because I want to talk about the attitude behind this particular criticism.
Note: Edited to fix the link.
A while back, Literary Escapism invited me to participate in their School’s In feature, which has authors writing school-related snippets for their characters. I decided to put together a bit that showed the first time Isaac Vainio from Libriomancer met Smudge the fire-spider.
I might tweak a few details if I incorporate this into one of the Magic ex Libris books or a related short story, but the gist of that first meeting is at http://www.literaryescapism.com/30530/schools-in-jim-c-hines-isaac-vainio.
Libriomancer [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy] has been out for two and a half weeks. My thanks to everyone who’s reviewed and talked about the book. My agent describes it as my best launch week ever, and says Libriomancer hit the top ten fantasy hardcovers list for Bookscan, which is pretty darn cool.
For those of you who’ve read it, I wanted to give you a place to talk about the story. What did you like? What didn’t work for you? What are you looking forward to in Codex Born? Any predictions?
There will be spoilers in the comments!
I’m happy to answer questions … some of them, at least But I’m also happy to stay out of the way and let folks talk.
One question that came up at several of my booksignings was how libriomancy works with ebooks. I said that was answered in the book, but I think I messed up. It looks like I touched on that in the second book. Short answer: it’s possible to perform libriomancy with ebooks, but Isaac can’t do it.
Let the Wild Booktalk Rumpus begin!
I think the lesson of this past week is that I’m not 21 anymore. Working a normal schedule at the day job and then doing four nights of booksignings throughout Michigan was, perhaps, not the smartest plan. Unless the goal was to transform me into a zombie by Saturday, in which case it was a flawless plan.
Autographed Books: If you couldn’t make it and wanted an autographed copy of Libriomancer, you can order one through the Schuler Books’ website while their supplies last. Make sure you specify that you want an autographed copy. (I signed a lot of stock, so they should have enough for a while.)
Amazon Freakout: Amazon rankings really aren’t that great for figuring out how your book is doing … but in that first week, they’re all you’ve got. So I spent a lot of time on the refresh button. The Kindle version hit #291 at Amazon, and the hardcover reached #622. These are the best numbers I’ve seen for any of my books, which blows me away. Thank you to everyone who picked up the book in its first week, or who spread some word-of-mouth. I’m a bit dumbfounded to see my first DAW hardcover doing so well.
Photos: Tuesday’s signing at Schulers saw a nice turnout, as you can see in my badly-spliced pic here. Whitney had prepped the audience with party supplies, which was fun.
She also brought balloons. But not just any balloons. We celebrated New Book Day with Justin Bieber!
My cover pose blog posts came up during the Q&A at most of the signings, which means I ended up explaining and demonstrating to those who hadn’t seen the pics. My friend Gabriel Cuellar was kind enough to capture this moment in Grand Rapids.
Dr. Phil posted some pics of the Grand Rapids event as well, including shots of local convention-master Dave Klecha and Hugo-nominated author Mary Robinette Kowal.
By the time I made it to Kazoo Books on Friday, I was pretty wiped. Fortunately, they had prepared … the Comfy Chair!
Thank you for indulging my new-book neuroses this past week. I’m rather proud of myself for making it through a whole week without telling everyone to RUN OUT AND REVIEW THE BOOK ON AMAZON AND GOODREADS AND FACEBOOK AND YOUR BLOGS RIGHT NOW! Because that could get pretty obnoxious. (But, you know, if you wanted to run out and post a review, I certainly wouldn’t object. I’m just saying…)
I’ll be doing a discussion post for the book soon, but otherwise, I’m done with the online promotion, and will be returning to normal blogging of cool LEGO stuff, the first season of Avatar, sexist dumbassery in the genre and out of it, and so on.
In all seriousness, thank you. As I was driving home from Kalamazoo on Friday, I kept thinking about how incredibly fortunate I’ve been. I love being a writer, being able to tell and share these stories. It’s the best job in the world, and it couldn’t happen without you all.