Paperback Revisionary Comes Out Next Week

Wait, how is it February? I don’t understand!

Revisionary - Cover Art by Gene MollicaBut since it is February, that means it’s only five days until Revisionary comes out in paperback. The release of the mass market edition means the price of the ebook should drop as well, which I know some people have been waiting for.

I’ll be giving out one autographed copy to a random newsletter subscriber next week. Or if you’d prefer, you can pre-order the paperback right now:

Amazon | B&N | BAM | Mysterious Galaxy | Schuler Books | Indiebound

And with that bit of shameless self-promotion out of the way, I have to get back to work on Terminal Alliance now. Happy almost-weekend, all! Remember to breathe!

Searching For Revisionary Goofs

Revisionary - Cover Art by Gene MollicaThe mass market paperback edition of Revisionary comes out in February. This means I have a whole new set of page proofs to review.

If you’ve read the hardcover (thank you!) and noticed any typos or other problems, now would be the perfect time to let me know so we can get those fixed for the paperback release. You can comment here or shoot me an email at jchines -at-

In other news, I’m still working on backup machines while I wait for the new PC to arrive, which is why blogging and email and such has been a bit sparse. Hopefully that will all be resolved by the end of the week!

Revisionary Discussion Post

Revisionary - Cover Art by Gene MollicaIt’s been three weeks since Revisionary [Amazon | B&N | Indiebound] came out.

This is your official post for talking about the book, asking questions, or just yelling at me for turning Gutenberg into a sixty-foot-tall cyborg.

It should go without saying, but there will be spoilers in the comments!

My thanks as always to everyone who bought a copy or borrowed from the library or a friend. Huge thanks as well to those who’ve posted reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and elsewhere. (It all helps.)


Happy Revisionary Day!!!

Revisionary - Cover Art by Gene MollicaThe final Magic ex Libris book is out today. Revisionary brings to a close the four-book series that began back in 2012 with Libriomancer, and it’s weird and exciting and bittersweet and overwhelming and all those other adjectives.


When Isaac Vainio helped to reveal magic to the world, he dreamed of a utopian future, a new millennium of magical prosperity. One year later, things aren’t going quite as he’d hoped.

An organization known as Vanguard, made up of magical creatures and ex-Porters, wants open war with the mundane world. Isaac’s own government is incarcerating “potential supernatural enemies” in prisons and internment camps. And Isaac finds himself targeted by all sides.

It’s a war that will soon envelop the world, and the key to victory may lie with Isaac himself, as he struggles to incorporate everything he’s learned into a new, more powerful form of libriomancy. Surrounded by betrayal and political intrigue, Isaac and a ragtag group of allies must evade pursuit both magical and mundane, expose a conspiracy by some of the most powerful people in the world, and find a path to a better future.

But what will that future cost Isaac and the ones he loves?

People Saying Nice Things:

“[E]xplores cultural and political concerns in a thoughtful manner, leaving the reader with more food for thought than perhaps one might expect. Hines avoids the pitfalls many writers would struggle to miss in the crafting of this excellent tale.” –RT Book Reviews

“I don’t think I can recommend this series enough, it’s some of the best urban fantasy available on the market today.” –The Arched Doorway

“Deeper thematic arguments and questions of political morality aside, Revisionary is an awful lot of fun. I personally really enjoyed the fact that Isaac spends most of the novel simply surrounded by competent women—what’s remarkable is just how much this novel treats this state of affairs as unremarkable. It’s not a big thing. It’s just a thing.” –

“If you haven’t tried this series yet, I highly highly recommend that you do. It’s fun, it’s nerdy, and it sneaks up on you with the deeper topics when you’re not looking. I can’t wait to see what Jim C. Hines does next!” –Cannonball Read 8

Purchase Links:


Only one for this book. I’ll be at Schuler Books in Okemos on February 18 at 7 p.m.

Other Stuff:

Advance Revisionary Copy Giveaway

My wonderful publicist was kind enough to send me a few Advance Revisionary Copies (ARCs). The problem is that they’re sitting on the desk right now, and Sophie the cat thinks the desk is her space, so I’ve got to get rid of them to keep the cat happy. You know how it goes. A few of the ARCs already have homes, but I figured I’d give one away here on the blog.

I asked for contest suggestions on Facebook and got a lot of entertaining ideas, including cover pose tryouts, flash fanfic of the books, and worst thing to create with libriomancy. But then as I was browsing through the news and getting bummed about the state of the world, I decided to go a different route.

The Contest Rules:

Revisionary - Cover Art by Gene MollicaFor a chance to win an autographed copy of Revisionary, leave a comment with something positive you’ve seen, read, or done lately. It could be:

  • An accomplishment by you or a friend/family member that you’re particularly proud of
  • Something that made you laugh
  • Something that made you feel hopeful
  • Or pretty much anything else that made you say, even for a moment, “Hey, sometimes the universe is pretty awesome.”

One entry per person, please. Anyone can enter, regardless of where you live. I’ll pick one winner at random this weekend, and get in touch with you about where to send your book.

What if I Don’t Win?

No problem! The book comes out in less than two months, and you can pre-order your copy through my handy little bookstore at, or at your local bookstore. Alternately, you could put in a request at your local library.


Revisionary Review Copies

Revisionary - Cover Art by Gene MollicaAs you might have noticed, advance review copies of Revisionary [Amazon | B&N | Indiebound] have begun showing up in the wild!

If you’re a reviewer and haven’t yet gotten your hands on this, the fourth and final Magic ex Libris book, now is the time. Just email my publicist at DAW/Penguin Random House: anixon -at-

For everyone else, the wait is almost over. The paperback of Unbound will be out the first week in January, and then Revisionary hits the shelves on February 2, 2016.

Other links of interest:

Revisionary – Preview

Revisionary - Cover Art by Gene MollicaRevisionary [Amazon | B&N | Indiebound], the fourth and final Magic ex Libris book, comes out on February 2, 2016. I finished up the final page proofs at the end of last week, which means I can officially share a preview of the first chapter.

If you haven’t read the other books, there will be spoilers. You have been warned…

I’ll be sad to move on from Isaac, Lena, Smudge, Nidhi, and the rest, but having read the book again over the past week or two, I’m very happy with how everything wraps up. And I should have some news to share relatively soon about what I’ll be doing next.

In the meantime, thanks to everyone who’s bought and borrowed and read and reviewed and shared and generally just enjoyed and supported these books. I hope you enjoy this installment.

Ending the Magic ex Libris Series

I noted on Facebook that Revisionary was the final book in the Magic ex Libris series. (Unless something drastic changes, like Hollywood paying me ridiculous money and making a movie, or the books suddenly hitting the NYT list.)

This note was met with a number of very disappointed comments, which is awesome. I mean, not awesome that people are sad or disappointed. But the fact that they loved the characters and the stories and wanted them to continue. That means an awful lot.

Libriomancer Codex Born Unbound Lg Revisionary - Art by Gene Mollica

This will be the third series I’ve brought to a close, and it’s bittersweet each time. In each case, I have ideas or notes or little scraps tucked away on the hard drive for potential continuations. A fourth goblin book, a fifth princess book … and in this case, there’s definite spinoff possibilities with Revisionary.

So why end the series? Several reasons.

  1. It gives me the chance to write something new. After all, if I’d never ended the princess series, we wouldn’t have the Libriomancer books. I know some authors can jump back and forth and juggle multiple series at once, but I have a much harder time with that.
  2. The series reached a natural stopping point, one that brings closure to a lot of the things I’ve been doing throughout the books. In truth, Unbound could have been a good end point as well, but I’m happy to have been able to take that next step with Revisionary.
  3. Economics. Libriomancer was my best-selling book to date, which is awesome. Thank you to everyone who bought, read, reviewed, or otherwise helped make that book so successful. Sales of subsequent books in a series almost always drop off. The question is how much they drop off, how much new books drive sales of the earlier books in the series, and so on. And while I consider this a successful series, it wasn’t successful enough to make Magic ex Libris #5 a better bet than writing something new.

I sent a pitch to my agent over the weekend, and revised it based on his feedback earlier today. I’m hopeful DAW will like the idea. I’m also working on Project Bob, an on spec manuscript (meaning it’s not under contract) that would let me branch out in a slightly new direction. There’s at least one more idea waiting in the queue as well.

My son gets very sad and upset when a show he likes comes to an end, and I understand where he’s coming from. He’s young enough he doesn’t understand the danger of a series stretching out too long and jumping the shark, or simply losing its magic. What he does know is that he likes the show and the characters and the stories, and it sucks that there won’t be any more.

I get that. And I hope that eventually, I’ll be able to come back and play more in these worlds. Maybe via self-publishing as things go out of print. Or maybe there will be a surge of renewed interest someday, and publishers will throw obscenely large bags of money at me.

But for now, Revisionary will be the final book in the series when it comes out in February of next year. As always, my thanks to everyone who’s followed along on this journey, and I hope you’ll join me for the next one.

Revisionary Progress

This has been a weird week. Over the weekend, we discovered that the basement freezer had gotten unplugged. Weeks ago. We don’t use it much, and the seal kept most of the smell inside, but once my wife opened it … yeah. This may or may not be the cause of my son getting sick and missing school all week.

Revisionary - Art by Gene MollicaWhen I haven’t been cleaning out the grossness or taking care of the boy, I’ve been working on the final (I hope) revisions on Revisionary [Amazon | B&N | Indiebound]. I’m happy to say I got that wrapped up today. I’m going to go through everything one more time tomorrow, and then it’s back to the editor, and I’ll be able to get back to Project Bob.

Despite everything, I’ve gotten a lot of writing-type work done. But I’m noticing that the full-time writing schedule seems to make it a little harder to blog, which I hadn’t expected. I think I’m starting to figure out why, though.

Blogging is a different kind of writing, and for me, it’s been a shorter-term kind of writing. It’s something I do when I have a half hour of free time. (Sometimes that half hour stretches out beyond what I’d expected, but that’s another issue.)

Writing at home, I’ve got longer stretches of time, and the priority for those blocks of time has always been the fiction. There’s also the pressure of my deadline for getting those revisions turned around.

It’s weird. Before, those small windows of time didn’t work well for me to write fiction, so blogging was the natural fit. By going full-time as a writer, I seem to have minimized those blogging windows. I did not expect that.

It’s one more thing to sort out with the schedule going forward. But in the meantime, yay for finishing up another book!!!

Revisionary Revisions

Just spent an hour on the phone with my editor, talking about Revisionary [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy]. For the next two weeks, I’ll be setting Project Bob aside in order to address several pages worth of notes.

The good news is that she liked the book, and I don’t have to rip the whole thing up and start again from scratch. (I’ve never actually had to do that, but the irrational fear is always there…)

I’m feeling pretty good about our conversation. Almost all of her comments and feedback felt less like “you suck!” and more like “hey, here’s a way to make this better/more clear/more interesting,” which is how it’s supposed to work, but writer-brain sometimes gets stuck on the “you suck!” piece.

So assuming no unexpected crises, in two weeks or so I should be done with this book (with the exception of page proofs). There’s a good chance this will be the last Magic ex Libris book, at least for a while. It’s also my last book written as a full-time state employee. It’s a bit of a turning point in more ways than one.

And that raises a Very Important Question – if this does end up being the last Magic ex Libris book, how the heck am I going to bring Smudge into whatever I start working on next?

Jim C. Hines