Yesterday my editor at Ace let me know that Deadtown is going back to press for a second printing! That means the book has been selling well enough that they need to print more copies to keep it available.
It takes time for a new series to build a readership, and I’m grateful to everyone who’s read Deadtown and recommended it to their friends.
Today is also the U.K. release day for Hellforged. If you see it in a U.K. bookshop, take a picture and email it to me. I’d love to see it on the shelves there!
I put up the following post today on Dark Central Station. I’m reposting it here because I think the Genre for Japan auction offers amazing items for a great cause, and I want to spread the word. Bidding runs through April 3.
A week ago, Wayne Simmons sent out an email telling everyone here about the efforts of Genre for Japan to raise money for earthquake/tsunami relief and asking if we wanted to get involved. That set off a flurry of emails among DCS members. I was impressed by the enthusiasm and generosity of everyone here.
Along with the rest of the world, I watched recent events in Japan with horror. True horror–not the kind that’s fun to scare yourself with at the movies, but a deep sense of shock and helplessness and despair. I watched videos showing the tsunami advance, sweeping away everything in its path, knocking down buildings, tossing around cars and trees and boats. I looked at photos of villages like Saito and Kamaishi that were flattened and washed away. I read stories of people who lost everything. You can’t help but feel powerless in the face of such a disaster.
Wayne’s email offered something a way we could help. There isn’t much any one individual can do in the face of such devastation, but when people work together, they can create something powerful. Genre for Japan is a great example. I watched the site grow from an announcement to a live auction with over a hundred lots, including signed first editions, unique artwork, awesome books, and professionals’ time and expertise.
I’m participating in two lots. For lot 106, I’m contributing signed copies of my Deadtown novels to an urban fantasy grab bag (read the description of what’s being offered–it’s beyond awesome). Lot 108 offers a writing critique from me. Besides being a full-time author, I’ve taught English and creative writing and worked as an editor. I’ve worked with just about every genre you can imagine, not just urban fantasy, so your story doesn’ have to have leather-clad chicks with flaming swords to get good feedback. 🙂 I’ll provide a written critique of up to about 20 pages and follow up with a phone conversation via Skype.
I’m proud to be part of this effort. I hope you’ll give your support.
Lately, I’ve been trying to work on several very different projects all at once, and that’s left me feeling scattered. So I’ve made an effort to improve my focus. That’s what my Tuesday post at Dark Central Station is about. I’d love to hear your thoughts, too. How do you get focused—and stay that way?
I’ve been waiting impatiently to share this, and heeeeeeeeere it is!
Gorgeous, isn’t it? I love the colors. I have to admit I was a little nervous when my editor told me they were going to show Vicky’s face on this cover, but she does look a lot like the way I picture her. Kudos to artist Don Sipley for another extraordinary cover!
So what do you think?
Last week, on my birthday, my daughter Tamsen arrived for a visit. A few years ago, she went to school in Austin, TX and now she lives there. My parents and I all have birthdays within two weeks of each other, and Tamsen’s idea was to fly to my town on my birthday and stay a couple of nights. Then we’d drive out to Massachusetts, where my parents live, and surprise my parents with her visit.
My daughter, Tamsen
It was great. We ate out, went shopping, and took walks. My parents were surprised and thrilled to see her. (Yes, my mom got all teary-eyed.) We stayed two nights, went out for dinner, and had a family party.
Dinner with my parents and daughter
Tamsen was supposed to fly back to Austin on Monday, but a late-winter snowstorm dumped 13 inches of snow on Ithaca and canceled her flight. So we got to spend an extra day together, which felt like the best gift of all. She helped me shovel out (an activity she doesn’t get to enjoy very often in Texas!), and then we traipsed through the snow to go out for some well-earned refreshment and a farewell celebration. The sky was all snowed out, so we got up around 4:00 a.m. yesterday morning to get her to the airport for her rebooked flight. (That’s why I missed my Dark Central Station post yesterday. I’ve never been a morning person, and I was completely discombobulated for the rest of the day.)
As the mother of a grown-up daughter who no longer lives at home, I’ve been focused on building my writing career in recent years. So it was wonderful to take a few days just for family time. Because the people you love really are what it’s all about.
Canadian author Sean Cummings is on a mission to save publishing. He created the Facebook group Save Publishing: Read a Book at Bedtime to promote reading and raise awareness of challenges facing the publishing industry. In less than a month, the group has gained more than 1,000 members.
Now Sean is calling for action. He’s created an event called Buy the Book. On Monday, March 7, consider buying a book to support publishing and your favorite authors. Sean’s not asking people to buy his books (although they’re pretty awesome) but simply to make an effort to purchase any book. If there’s a book you’ve been meaning to purchase, Monday would be a great day to buy it. If you’re thinking about a gift for someone, consider a book. (Monday is my mom’s birthday, and I love giving books as gifts!) If you can support a local bookstore at the same time, great. If you don’t have money for books in your budget right now, check a book out from the library or tell a friend about a book you enjoyed.
I’ll be buying a book on Monday. I hope you’ll participate, too!
And in honor of my special day, I’m posting this very special happy birthday video. (Courtesy of author Pamela K. Kinney, who posted it on my Facebook wall.) Seriously, my party last year was every bit as cheery!