annathepiper: (Aubrey Orly?)

Smashwords deploys to both Scribd and Oyster, so if you subscribe to either of those services, you can find the Free Court of Seattle books there! Here are the links, which will be added to the books’ pages:

Faerie Blood:

Scribd | Oyster

Bone Walker:

Scribd | Oyster

On a related note, Harlequin has begun experimenting with putting material on Scribd as well. So if you’re a subscriber there you can ALSO read Valor of the Healer! The link for that is here and will be added to Valor‘s page as well.

Scribd does not yet have Vengeance of the Hunter, but they might pick it up if Valor shows some activity. So if you or any of your friends use the service, consider sharing the link around, mmkay? I will get paid for reads of the books on these services!

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annathepiper: (A Star Shines)

This past weekend Dara and I got to hang out with Matt and Shannon of the Seattle Geekly podcast–and we got interviewed for their latest episode, #248!

We’re a little sad that this is in fact the last episode that Matt and Shannon will be doing for a while, since they need to stand down from podcasting to take care of other ongoing life goals–but we’re honored to be in their closing episode, and we very much enjoyed talking to them. I’d never been on a podcast before, so wasn’t sure how it was going to work. But we all sat around a table with headphones on, chatting into microphones. It was fun!

Things I talk about: Faerie Blood and Bone Walker, my goals with the diversity of the cast (both in race and in sexual orientation), my familiarity with Seattle despite not actually being FROM here, and how Elvis and Great Big Sea are both huge musical influences on the storyline.

Things Dara talks about: the history of the bouzouki, how the Bone Walker soundtrack started as a Kickstarter stretch goal and then turned into a monster of epic proportions, hints of future plot points to be glimpsed in “Anarchy Now”, and things to look forward to on the Norwescon music track this year.

Go give it a listen, won’t you? And many thanks to Matt and Shannon for having us! I particularly enjoyed meeting their cats, and was deeply charmed that their big orange one is named after Ben Grimm. :D

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

annathepiper: (Alan YES!)

First up, I had a couple of excellent Boosting the Signal posts this past Friday! Cory Dale sent me an excerpt from her new release Demon Fare, and Jake Elliot, fellow member of NIWA, came by to tell me about his “mock-epic” fantasy The Wrong Way Down. Check their posts out if you missed ‘em when they went up!

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Second, Bone Walker has a release date! AND A COVER! \m/ The ebook edition will be officially releasing on February 3rd! The official Bone Walker page has been updated accordingly! And the cover is now included on the homepage as well!

And as soon as I have a viable test mobi, I will be putting the book up for pre-order on Amazon. Other pre-order links will be following as soon as I can make them.

All hail Dara for her cover work and Kiri Moth for the art!

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Third, speaking of Bone Walker‘s march to release, I have already asked current proofreaders to get any noted typos back to me by Wednesday the 14th. Because Dara needs to commence work on the print and PDF versions ASAP in order to maximize our chances of having the print edition ready by Conflikt. So if you’re proofreading and you didn’t already see a request about that, do please get back to me by Wednesday!

On a related note, however, if you’d like to sanity-check ebook formats for me, stand by. As soon as I have a viable test mobi, I will need it tested on any and all available Kindle devices. I personally own a Kindle Fire HDX 7″ and will be using that for testing purposes. But all other types of Kindle will be welcome.

Likewise, I have two Nooks: a Nook HD and one of the new 7″ Samsung Nooks. I also have a Kobo Mini. Both will be used to test. If you have other type of Nook or Kobo device, though, those would be helpful.

AND, any iOS device owners comfortable with using iBooks OR Android device owners comfortable with getting books onto your devices, testing from you would be welcome too. Though tablets will be most useful once we have the PDF ready to test.

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Last but not least, don’t forget, Faerie Blood remains on sale for 99 cents to celebrate Bone Walker‘s imminent release! It will remain on sale until the end of February, at which point I’ll bump the price back up. So if you haven’t gotten the ebook of Faerie Blood yet, now would be a REALLY good time. ;D

And if you’re so inclined, do please spread the word about the sale! The sale price applies wherever Faerie Blood‘s ebook edition is sold, and I will honor it for any requests to buy the book directly from me as well!

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

annathepiper: (Alan LOL)

Today’s top story: screw Black Friday, we’re releasing the first single from the forthcoming Bone Walker soundtrack NOW! Because we CAN!

Dara’s got her post up about it right over here, in which you can stream the premaster mix of “Something’s Coming” right off of Bandcamp. If you’re inclined, you can buy that single. AND you can preorder the album!

If you backed the Kickstarter, you of course don’t need to actually buy it because we will be sending it to you. But DO spread the word! And check out the previews of the other tracks that’ll be coming!

We’ll be doing the official release for this thing at the next Conflikt in January, along with the release for the actual Bone Walker novel! SO EXCITING. Stand by for more on this as it happens!

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As I think I’ve mentioned before, Dara and I are fans of the Doctor Who Podcast, one of the many Doctor-themed podcasts available for your listening pleasure. In addition to reviewing new episodes when they come out, they have extensive knowledge of the Classic-era series as well as the Big Finish audio range, and all of their presenters are just generally fun to listen to.

One of the things we find particularly charming about them is the jingle they wrote for whenever they review a Big Finish release! It goes like this:

Big Finish with Ian! And Michelle from across the Atlantic Ocean!
Ian from UK, and Michelle from the United States!
Reviewing Big Finish, sorting out the wheat from the chaff and nonsense
Saving you money on the ones that are not so good!

It’s insidiously catchy, enough that every time we hear it show up in an episode of the podcast, we start singing along. Hell, THEY’VE even songvirused themselves with it.

So the other night I said to Dara, “I wonder if this thing would work as a round!” And the fun thing about having a spouse with her own music studio? She can FIND OUT.

Behold! Dara’s round edition of the Doctor Who Podcast Big Finish Review Theme!

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And while we’re on the topic of things you should signalboost, don’t forget, Faerie Blood is ON SALE for $2.99 until this coming Monday! All the details are right over here!

I will also honor the sale price for anyone who wants to buy the ebook directly from me in the format of their choice!

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Last but DEFINITELY not least, Victory of the Hawk is now available for preorder as well AND has shown up on Goodreads. So if you’d like to get in some preorder love on Book 3 of the Rebels of Adalonia trilogy, NOW IS THE TIME! Links are on the Victory of the Hawk page!

And if you haven’t read Valor or Vengeance yet, now would also be a VERY good time to get caught up on those. If you haven’t read anything of my writing at all yet, or if you’ve just read Faerie Blood and aren’t sure whether you’d like my high fantasy, you can even see some shiny samples that’ll let you read up to 10 percent of each book, provided courtesy of Overdrive! The samples are available on the Valor of the Healer and Vengeance of the Hunter pages!

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annathepiper: (Book Geek)

Just because I can, I’m putting Faerie Blood on sale for $2.99 through December 1st, Cyber Monday!

If you want to buy it from Smashwords, you can use the coupon code EC86P here.

A promotional price has been set on Kobo to put the price at $2.99 (and international equivalents) through December 1st. You can get Faerie Blood from Kobo here.

A promotional price is on Google Play now as well and you can get the book from Google Play here. (They’ve actually put it down to $2.51 since Google Play knocks a bit more off the price in general.)

B&N doesn’t have a mechanism to let me set a promotional price, so I’ve just adjusted the pricing there. You can get Faerie Blood for the Nook here.

A promotional price has been set on iTunes for the book there. Faerie Blood is available on all the iTunes stores I have access to; a full list of iTunes links is available on the book’s official page!

And I can’t set a promotional price for Kindle since I’m not on KDP Select–but I’ve set the price there down to $2.99 as well. All of the various Kindle links for the book are on the book’s official page!

Please feel free to spread the word around about this sale as you like!

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annathepiper: (Path of Wisdom)

I’m not a well-known writer by any stretch of the imagination. In any given month I’m lucky if my sales numbers crack two digits. This means, Internets, that every time a reader reaches out to me, it’s a rare and special occurrence.

I mention this because I was contacted on Goodreads by a reader who thanked me profusely for Faerie Blood, specifically because she’s a reader of color, and it meant a lot to her to see Kendis, a heroine of color. She told me that she talked the book up to her friends as well, because she was so excited to find a book with a heroine like her.

Now, y’all, I’m a white woman. And I’ll say straight up that I was a bit nervous about making Kendis a heroine of color–because since I am a white woman, by definition, I’m not going to be able to write about a PoC with the same perspective and experience that writers of color can. It’s very likely that as I continue to write Kendis (because Bone Walker IS on the way, I swear!), I’ll probably screw something up in that regard.

But on the other hand, I felt like it was important to make Kendis non-white. As with a lot of aspects of my writing, this grew out of my love for Elfquest and the simple fact that I saw the Sun Folk–elves of color!–so vividly portrayed on the pages of that series. I’m also very aware, after a lifetime of reading SF/F, that protagonists of color are still pretty damned thin on the ground. The ones that do get written about run the risk of being whitewashed on their covers if they’re written by white authors–or of being exiled to non-SF/F sections of the bookstore if they’re written by authors of color.

And I’m aware that as a white author, I have a certain level of privilege that may get my book looked at twice when an author of color’s book might not be. The same applies to Valor of the Healer, where I also have a distinctly non-white heroine (and I’m grateful to Carina for making sure that’s clear!). At the same time, I acknowledge that yeah, I might screw something up, and that I need to listen if a reader of color comes and tells me “hey, you wrote this wrong”.

I hope I have the grace and sense to listen when that happens, to learn, and to do better next time.

But for now, I want to send a public shout-out to Colette on Goodreads. Thank you, Colette!

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Along the same lines as above, some links y’all should be aware of if you haven’t seen them already.

N.K. Jemisin gave an excellent GoH speech at Wiscon this past weekend, and posted the transcript of it on her site here. Jemisin is calling it like she sees it in re: racism in SF/F, and she’s not wrong. It’s ongoing, it’s horrible, and it needs to stop.

Likewise, I’d like to call out Hiromi Goto’s GoH speech from the same convention. Pretty much her entire speech resonates with me, especially the closing where she talks about the Japanese word kotodama. We are, in SF/F, writers and readers. Words are powerful to all of us. They can effect change, and as both Jemisin and Goto so passionately proclaim, there’s much our words can do if we let their spirit move us.

Just before Wiscon, too, Mary Robinette Kowal put up an excellent post on the need for diversity in SF/F over here. I’d particularly like to point out the discussion in the comments, wherein the question is raised by a straight white male writer about what he can do to promote diversity. It is very, very important to note that in the replies he got, one of the big points made was that diversity does not mean that straight white men have to shut up or stop writing. Or that they even have to stop writing about characters like them, i.e., straight white men. Diversity includes SWMs too.

Diversity isn’t a zero-sum game. It doesn’t mean that just because minority writers are getting more of a voice, majority writers have to stand down. It does mean that those of us who enjoy majority privilege–whether because of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or whatever–need to have the grace to let others have their say too.

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And this also applies to sexism. Like many of you, I’ve seen the horrible news going around about the shooting in California, and the virulently misogynist motives of the shooter. I’ve seen the response of #YesAllWomen springing up on Twitter, and roundup posts like this one on The Mary Sue, featuring some of the most powerful tweets with that hashtag.

I have seen men I know posting their bemusement about what “rape culture” means, and what on earth they can do in the face of such vicious hatred. I’ve seen other men I know, however, posting their sentiments that they need to stand up and say enough and this is not okay. They’re right. Because women keep screaming this–and mind you, we’re not going to stop–but the simple bitter truth is that there are a lot of men out there who aren’t going to hear us simply because we’re women. Men need to say it too–and turn their gender privilege into a force for good.

I’ll close this post with a pointer over to this post of Vixy’s, in which she lays down a lot of words of wisdom on this very topic. Go listen to her.

Then go speak, too–because we’re all stronger when we’re speaking together.

ETA: Adding this link because thank you, Arthur Chu. Who uses his aforementioned gender privilege as a force for good.

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

annathepiper: (Great Amurkian Novel 2)

Check it out, you guys, I have the first drop of Faerie Blood! Here’s a big box of half-Sidhe fiddle player, ready to rock, and the redoubtable printing machine handing me one of the books too!

The operative word for this being AWESOME.

This is drop #1 of the print run–the rest of them will be finished early next week, I am informed. But this’ll keep me plenty occupied as I begin to mail out copies to Kickstarter backers!

The total run is 70 copies. Of these, 40 are going to backers. Of the 30 remaining, four are compensation copies for userinfosolarbird and for Kiri Moth! Two are reserved for my contest in progress. That leaves me a total of 24 copies available to sell!

So if anybody out there has a hankering to claim one of the books out of this print run for your very own, NOW is the time to let me know! As I call out on the official Faerie Blood page, I ask $15 per copy if I can hand-deliver it to you. If I need to mail it to you, I ask $20 to cover shipping costs and postage. I will be giving priority to anybody who can pay me via Paypal, or who will be attending Westercon and can pay either Dara or myself in person. So if you’d like a copy out of this run, talk to me ASAP! PM/DM me on the usual social networks, email me, whatever works for you, just get in touch and let me know that you want to make arrangements!

Special note to anybody in Toronto, Montreal, Moncton, or St. John’s: if you’re not already getting a copy from me via the Kickstarter and you want one of this print run, I am quite willing to bring you a book directly when Dara and I go on vacation! But you do need to let me know ASAP if you want me to reserve you one, and a Paypal payment will guarantee a copy will be saved for you!

ETA: If you want to fling me moneys and you can’t do Paypal, I will also accept $15 (if I’m personally delivering) or $20 (if I’m mailing the book) in credit anywhere I can buy books or ebooks. Talk to me if you want to pursue that option too. :)

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

annathepiper: (Great Amurkian Novel 2)

Check it out, you guys, I have the first drop of Faerie Blood! Here’s a big box of half-Sidhe fiddle player, ready to rock, and the redoubtable printing machine handing me one of the books too!

The operative word for this being AWESOME.

This is drop #1 of the print run–the rest of them will be finished early next week, I am informed. But this’ll keep me plenty occupied as I begin to mail out copies to Kickstarter backers!

The total run is 70 copies. Of these, 40 are going to backers. Of the 30 remaining, four are compensation copies for userinfosolarbird and for Kiri Moth! Two are reserved for my contest in progress. That leaves me a total of 24 copies available to sell!

So if anybody out there has a hankering to claim one of the books out of this print run for your very own, NOW is the time to let me know! As I call out on the official Faerie Blood page, I ask $15 per copy if I can hand-deliver it to you. If I need to mail it to you, I ask $20 to cover shipping costs and postage. I will be giving priority to anybody who can pay me via Paypal, or who will be attending Westercon and can pay either Dara or myself in person. So if you’d like a copy out of this run, talk to me ASAP! PM/DM me on the usual social networks, email me, whatever works for you, just get in touch and let me know that you want to make arrangements!

Special note to anybody in Toronto, Montreal, Moncton, or St. John’s: if you’re not already getting a copy from me via the Kickstarter and you want one of this print run, I am quite willing to bring you a book directly when Dara and I go on vacation! But you do need to let me know ASAP if you want me to reserve you one, and a Paypal payment will guarantee a copy will be saved for you!

ETA: If you want to fling me moneys and you can’t do Paypal, I will also accept $15 (if I’m personally delivering) or $20 (if I’m mailing the book) in credit anywhere I can buy books or ebooks. Talk to me if you want to pursue that option too. :)

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

annathepiper: (Blue Hawaii Grin)

YOU GUYS! YOU GUYS! We have the first test copy of the Second Edition of Faerie Blood, and OMG, it looks beautiful. Dara and I are slightly dubious about the loss of some of the background color–but other than that, the layout is amazing, Kendis pops right off the cover, and there’s a bar code and ISBN and retail price and everything and HOLY CRAP it looks like a real book. 😀

Paul says he really likes the cover even if we’ve lost quite a bit of the background golden hue. Dara’s going to have a conversation with our guy at Third Place about this, and see whether it’s fixable. If it’s not, though, honestly, I will be very happy with this as the shipping version. Stand by for further updates! Hopefully we’ll have a full print run ready to begin shipping out to Kickstarter backers this weekend!

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annathepiper: (Great Amurkian Novel 2)

For those of you who may have missed me yakking about this on the various social networks, or who are not in on the updates I’ve been sending to my Kickstarter backers:

The release of Faerie Blood Second Edition is EXTREMELY NIGH. My belovedest Dara has finished up the print layout, both the interior and the cover, and our contact Vladimir at Third Place Press has acquired a formal ISBN for us and given us a bar code and everything to put on the cover.

Meanwhile, I have Release Candidate 3 versions of the epub, mobi, and HTML files, which are awaiting final signoff from the beta readers who are checking them for any last bugs before I deploy them all to backers! Likewise, the PDF version awaits final signoff before Dara spins off a backers version which will include the same cover graphic the other ebook versions do.

I have issued a deadline to beta readers of Saturday morning, and assuming I don’t get any last-minute bugs that need fixing, I will deploy the ebook editions of Faerie Blood to all Kickstarter backers at that time! The final interior and cover PDFs will also be deployed to Third Place, and hopefully printing will therefore begin next week!

Much gratitude to all my beta readers who’ve gone over the various ebook files and found all the broken accented characters, weirdnesses with styling, and such! Especial huge shoutouts go to backers Ellen and Oliver, for Ellen is a GODDESS of typo discovery, and Oliver appealed to my little QA Engineer’s heart by sending me a bunch of screenshots! (When you’re fixing bugs, ladies and gentlemen, screenshots are beautiful, shiny love. Whether it’s for software, or for ebooks!)

Check out what the RC3 version looks like when I look at it in iBooks on my iPad, y’all!

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

annathepiper: (Great Amurkian Novel 2)

For those of you who may have missed me yakking about this on the various social networks, or who are not in on the updates I’ve been sending to my Kickstarter backers:

The release of Faerie Blood Second Edition is EXTREMELY NIGH. My belovedest Dara has finished up the print layout, both the interior and the cover, and our contact Vladimir at Third Place Press has acquired a formal ISBN for us and given us a bar code and everything to put on the cover.

Meanwhile, I have Release Candidate 3 versions of the epub, mobi, and HTML files, which are awaiting final signoff from the beta readers who are checking them for any last bugs before I deploy them all to backers! Likewise, the PDF version awaits final signoff before Dara spins off a backers version which will include the same cover graphic the other ebook versions do.

I have issued a deadline to beta readers of Saturday morning, and assuming I don’t get any last-minute bugs that need fixing, I will deploy the ebook editions of Faerie Blood to all Kickstarter backers at that time! The final interior and cover PDFs will also be deployed to Third Place, and hopefully printing will therefore begin next week!

Much gratitude to all my beta readers who’ve gone over the various ebook files and found all the broken accented characters, weirdnesses with styling, and such! Especial huge shoutouts go to backers Ellen and Oliver, for Ellen is a GODDESS of typo discovery, and Oliver appealed to my little QA Engineer’s heart by sending me a bunch of screenshots! (When you’re fixing bugs, ladies and gentlemen, screenshots are beautiful, shiny love. Whether it’s for software, or for ebooks!)

Check out what the RC3 version looks like when I look at it in iBooks on my iPad, y’all!

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

annathepiper: (Kendis Thompson)

YOU GUYS. Look what my Dara made for me! This is going to be the version of the print edition cover for Faerie Blood, as we’ll be flinging over to Third Place Press for printing! Any last tweaks will be for the actual bar code and the listed retail price–the latter being because I’ll be talking to Third Place about whether they can carry print copies in stock in the store, in case any of you lovely people out there want to order it!

(Dara says it’s really, really weird to be resurrecting Low Orbit Publications as a name, too! Which actually existed, way back in the day, when she published her Low Orbit zine!)

Faerie Blood Second Edition

Faerie Blood Second Edition

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annathepiper: (Kendis Thompson)

YOU GUYS. Look what my Dara made for me! This is going to be the version of the print edition cover for Faerie Blood, as we’ll be flinging over to Third Place Press for printing! Any last tweaks will be for the actual bar code and the listed retail price–the latter being because I’ll be talking to Third Place about whether they can carry print copies in stock in the store, in case any of you lovely people out there want to order it!

(Dara says it’s really, really weird to be resurrecting Low Orbit Publications as a name, too! Which actually existed, way back in the day, when she published her Low Orbit zine!)

Faerie Blood Second Edition

Faerie Blood Second Edition

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annathepiper: (Alan and Sean Ordinary Day)

Okay, I say this entirely cognizant of how I am a big ol’ geek and of how much I loves me my ebooks: whoa, it gave me a bit of a shiver when userinfosolarbird brought me home these!

These, O Internets, are the only two print copies of the Drollerie edition of Faerie Blood that will ever exist. Dara and I have had Third Place Press print them up so that we could have a prop for the Kickstarter video we’re about to do–to show you exactly what the machine they use to make books can produce! And even knowing this, knowing these aren’t really the “official” printed copies of the book I’d like to share with you all, the sight of them still made me go holy crap this is a book with my name on it, in a way that the Drollerie ebook on my Nook or my iPad or iPhone never has.

userinfoapel has observed quite correctly to me on Twitter that there is a magic in tangible things, and I’m not at all immune to that even if so many of my books are in digital form these days.

I cannot wait to see the second edition of Faerie Blood, complete with Dara’s full layout and Kiri Moth’s awesome cover art, in this printed form. And I really hope y’all will get as big a kick out of it as I will, and jump in on the Kickstarter when it goes live! Join me, won’t you? Thank you!

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

annathepiper: (Alan and Sean Ordinary Day)

Okay, I say this entirely cognizant of how I am a big ol’ geek and of how much I loves me my ebooks: whoa, it gave me a bit of a shiver when userinfosolarbird brought me home these!

These, O Internets, are the only two print copies of the Drollerie edition of Faerie Blood that will ever exist. Dara and I have had Third Place Press print them up so that we could have a prop for the Kickstarter video we’re about to do–to show you exactly what the machine they use to make books can produce! And even knowing this, knowing these aren’t really the “official” printed copies of the book I’d like to share with you all, the sight of them still made me go holy crap this is a book with my name on it, in a way that the Drollerie ebook on my Nook or my iPad or iPhone never has.

userinfoapel has observed quite correctly to me on Twitter that there is a magic in tangible things, and I’m not at all immune to that even if so many of my books are in digital form these days.

I cannot wait to see the second edition of Faerie Blood, complete with Dara’s full layout and Kiri Moth’s awesome cover art, in this printed form. And I really hope y’all will get as big a kick out of it as I will, and jump in on the Kickstarter when it goes live! Join me, won’t you? Thank you!

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

annathepiper: (Alan and Sean Ordinary Day)

I’m getting excited over here, people, I gotta say. Because OMG OMG OMG look what Kiri Moth sent me tonight! (Those of you on the social networks, you saw this already, but here it is for LJ and DW and blog and Goodreads peeps!)

OMG a Cover!
OMG a Cover!

It’s a mockup, I know, but HOLY CRAP it’s starting to sink in for me that I’m going to have an actual, honest-to-gods, drawn-by-a-professional-artist book cover. ON MY BOOK. That I’m going to be printing and making for all of you folks out there! I can’t wait to fire up the Kickstarter. Dara and I need to make a video, the last thing I need to do before submitting the project for review. And this shiny, shiny thing from Kiri is going to figure prominently in the You Want to Support My Kickstarter, Don’t You? Video of Awesomeness. 😀

Because I mean damn. I’m swooning over this already and this is just the mockup, people! I cannot wait to see what it looks like in final full-color glory!

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

annathepiper: (Alan and Sean Ordinary Day)

I’m getting excited over here, people, I gotta say. Because OMG OMG OMG look what Kiri Moth sent me tonight! (Those of you on the social networks, you saw this already, but here it is for LJ and DW and blog and Goodreads peeps!)

OMG a Cover!
OMG a Cover!

It’s a mockup, I know, but HOLY CRAP it’s starting to sink in for me that I’m going to have an actual, honest-to-gods, drawn-by-a-professional-artist book cover. ON MY BOOK. That I’m going to be printing and making for all of you folks out there! I can’t wait to fire up the Kickstarter. Dara and I need to make a video, the last thing I need to do before submitting the project for review. And this shiny, shiny thing from Kiri is going to figure prominently in the You Want to Support My Kickstarter, Don’t You? Video of Awesomeness. 😀

Because I mean damn. I’m swooning over this already and this is just the mockup, people! I cannot wait to see what it looks like in final full-color glory!

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

annathepiper: (Kendis Thompson)

Kiri Moth has sent me another sketch of Kendis, you guys, check it out! As per the good advice I got in from fellow author Tia Nevitt, Kiri used pics of the classical violinist Midori as a pose guide, and now we’ve got a much neater pose here.

I’ve asked her to tweak a couple things about Kendis’ features here–this outfit, while awesome, makes her look a bit Romani–and she also looks a bit too old and a bit too much like Gina Torres. And while having a young Gina Torres play Kendis in the Faerie Blood Movie in My Brain is delicious, delicious awesomesauce, we should avoid having her look too Torres-like on the cover.

But that said? WOW. We’re getting closer and I cannot wait to see the final version!

Another Look at Kendis
Another Look at Kendis

ETA: OMG, and now I have a color version of Kendis as well! 😀 😀 Violin/fiddle players, let me know: do you think the instrument as drawn in this picture is too big? thinks it is, but I’m not sure. Let me know!

Kendis Thompson IN COLOR
Kendis Thompson IN COLOR

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

annathepiper: (Kendis Thompson)

Kiri Moth has sent me another sketch of Kendis, you guys, check it out! As per the good advice I got in from fellow author Tia Nevitt, Kiri used pics of the classical violinist Midori as a pose guide, and now we’ve got a much neater pose here.

I’ve asked her to tweak a couple things about Kendis’ features here–this outfit, while awesome, makes her look a bit Romani–and she also looks a bit too old and a bit too much like Gina Torres. And while having a young Gina Torres play Kendis in the Faerie Blood Movie in My Brain is delicious, delicious awesomesauce, we should avoid having her look too Torres-like on the cover.

But that said? WOW. We’re getting closer and I cannot wait to see the final version!

Another Look at Kendis
Another Look at Kendis

ETA: OMG, and now I have a color version of Kendis as well! 😀 😀 Violin/fiddle players, let me know: do you think the instrument as drawn in this picture is too big? thinks it is, but I’m not sure. Let me know!

Kendis Thompson IN COLOR
Kendis Thompson IN COLOR

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

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So, Carina Press has said no on Faerie Blood. This leaves before me the question of what to do with it next, and at this point, I have three problems with this novel when it comes to pitching it in the current market:

  1. There are already a whole lot of urban fantasy novels out there;
  2. I’m not romance-y enough for the paranormal romance end of the spectrum, read, I have no sex in this novel, and there’s barely any kissing;
  3. I’m also not dark/gritty/apocalyptic enough for the urban fantasy end of the spectrum. There’s not much actual violence in this book, and my heroine isn’t a badass, she’s a fiddle-playing geek who only just finds out about her fey heritage and the magic she’s inherited from her mother–she doesn’t have much time in the story to actually do anything seriously badassed with it.

Given these things, I am extremely dubious about my ability to pitch the novel to any further big pubs or agents. For one thing, I’ve already pitched it to most of the big pubs, with the exception of DAW, and the main reason I haven’t sent it to them at this point is my aforementioned wariness of the current urban fantasy market. For another thing, I’ve also already pitched it to the agents in which I’m actively interested. Part of me is still nagging that the couple dozen agents I’ve pitched it to isn’t enough work on pitching it–but on the other hand, a lot of the agents out there seem to have gotten slammed with so many queries now that their slush piles are crazytalk and their response times have accordingly increased dramatically. There are some agents whose response time has gotten to be over a year, and that’s assuming you get back a response at all.

So given all this, I’m seriously tempted to go the self-pub route with Faerie Blood and any further related stories, and focus other energies on newer things to be pitched to the big pubs.

My question for you therefore, O Internets, is this: if I were to do a limited run of print copies of Faerie Blood, would you buy one? I’m thinking about it because there are two Espresso book machines right here in Seattle, and one of them is right down the hill from my house at Third Place Books. I have two books (by other people) that are the output of this machine, and while it had trouble with the thicker one which is over 500 pages, the shorter one, which is comparable to Faerie Blood in length, is not badly assembled at all. If I were to get new, cover-quality art for the novel, it’s conceivable that I could therefore do a small set of print copies.

So I’m putting hard thought into this. I am looking at Third Place’s posted rates for their printing services, and pondering the possibility of doing a Kickstarter to raise the money.

Talk to me, Internets. Would you be interested? Because if I get enough people going hell yeah, I will move forward with this.

ETA: It has now been suggested to me on Google+ that I should consider a Kickstarter not for Faerie Blood specifically, but rather, for finishing Book 2, Bone Walker–and offering print copies of Faerie Blood as a potential incentive! I like this idea quite a bit and am going to be thinking about it very hard. If any of you out there would like this too, I really want to know about it!

Mirrored from angelakorrati.com.

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