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The Goblin Emperor is now available as an audio book from Tantor Audio.

(I am SUPER EXCITED. This is the first time any of my books has been made into an audio book, and it's something I've lusted after for years.)

Please help spread the word, as I know many people find audio books fit better into their lives than text-on-paper/screen books.
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ATTENTION WISCON: I will be in the dealers' room Saturday, pretty much from 10-6. You can find me behind [ profile] elisem's table. Please feel free to stop by, say hello, and/or get me to sign books. WHICH I WILL BE HAPPY--NAY, DELIGHTED!--TO DO.

BONUS MYSTERY OBJECT: I have no idea what this is. It was moving against the current, so I'm guessing it's alive, but educated guesses and wild speculations are all welcome. (And, yes, I am the world's worst (possibly)wildlife photographer.



I mean, yes, turtle, if it is alive. But a kind of peculiar looking turtle if so.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: airship)
The last of my guest posts is live at Bibliosanctum, on the court intrigues of the elves and the goblisn.

ICYMI, the master list of all the guest posts and interviews I did for The Goblin Emperor is here.

Also, thank you to everyone who invited me to write something for them!
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: katherine)
Just a quick reminder that the Bitten by Books chat/AMA event avec moi (as Miss Piggy would say) is today, starting at noon CDT. If you RSVP, you get 25 entries in the giveaway contest: 5 copies of The Goblin Emperor up for grabs. (As I'm writing this at 7:57 a.m. CST, Bitten by Books' site seems to be down. Hopefully, this is a transitory problem.)

Please drop by the chat. I would love to see you all there!
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: katherine)
The Goblin Emperor has gone back for a second printing!

On MAY SIXTH I am doing an AMA-type event at Bitten by Books. We kick off at noon CST and I would love to see you there! ETA: if you RSVP here you get 25 entries in the giveaway contest (5 copies of The Goblin Emperor to give away!) when you show up for the event.

I've done guest posts at:

And interviews with:

I will have at least four more guest posts and a podcast interview appearing like daffodils in the month of May.

And just a reminder, because seriously this cannot be said enough times, to help the career of ANY WRITER YOU LOVE, Buy, Read, Talk.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: katherine)
I will be at C2E2 on Saturday (April 26), doing a panel, All Things Fantastic, and an autographing session, both with Mary Robinette Kowal, C. Robert Cargill, Douglas Hulick, Steve, Bein, and Simon Green.

Guest post for Daniel Libris on worldbuilding.

Guest post for the Tor/Forge Blog on rules vs. guidelines.

Guest post for Speculative Book Review about The Goblin Emperor and the Wars of the Roses.

And guest post for No More Grumpy Bookseller about The Goblin Emperor and Elizabeth I.

I also did a live interview with Dungeon Crawlers Radio and a guest post for SF Signal, but neither site will talk to me at the moment.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: airship)
FIRST, Happy Book Day to Felix Gilman, whose book The Revolutions also comes out today. I don't know Mr. Gilman personally, but I admire his writing. And The Revolutions sounds awesome.

SECOND, Happy Book Day to me! To celebrate, my invaluable webtamer has put up the map of the Ethuveraz on

THIRD, there's also a FAQ. I'm sure that more questions will need to be added for The Goblin Emperor, but I haven't been asked them yet.

FOURTH, John Scalzi graciously let me do a Big Idea post about fantasy and technology.

FIFTH, for Forces of Geek, I did a post about inventing languages.

SIXTH, for Tor-dot-com, I wrote a post about coming-of-age stories and quests.

SEVENTH, I also did the Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe for Tor-dot-com and can't remember if I posted the link or not.

EIGHTH and furthermore, there's a Q&A up at Riffle.

NINTH, if you haven't had enough of me yet, there will be other guest blog posts cropping up as my gracious hosts' schedules permit. I will, of course, post links.

TENTH, not one atom of this post is an April Fool's joke.

ETA: ELEVENTH, Tor-dot-com's That Was Awesome feature, in which I explain why you should be reading Scott Lynch.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: airship)
So, things are gearing up for the official street date of The Goblin Emperor, which is tomorrow.

I have a guest blog post at Tor-Dot-Com: The Emperor and the Scullery Boy; [ profile] mrissa has a review of the book, and also, I did a Q&A; and there's a very in-depth review from the Jaded Consumer (beware spoilers).

I am also doing a slew of guest posts for other blogs; I will provide links as they happen.

And it seems like a good time to link to my Buy, Read, Talk post: what readers can do to help an author's career. (Again, that's not just my career, although that's obviously where my vested self-interest lies.)
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (sock elephant)
First, THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE who suggested a name. You are all awesome, and I love all your suggestions.

In fact, not only was I not able to choose ONE correct name and ONE favorite, I couldn't even manage to choose TWO.


The sock elephant's name is Eleftheria Ada Lavanda Snodgrass, and her nickname is Elsu.

Eleftheria Snodgrass was suggested by Zafar (who does not have an LJ account), and I combined it with Ada Lavanda from [ profile] aerinha, because (a) I loved both names and (b) she just seems to need a ridiculously long dactylic name. On the other hand, you can't call somebody Eleftheria Ada Lavanda Snodgrass all the time. The nickname Elsu was suggested by [ profile] nipernaadiagain.

My three favorite names, in no particular order, are:
1. Aerandir (@MollyKanHas)
2. Galahadral ([ profile] ejmam)
3. Madame Socky-Trunk ([ profile] neko_san)

SO. Zafar, [ profile] aerinha, [ profile] nipernaadiagain, @MollyKanHas, [ profile] ejmam, and [ profile] neko_san, you have each won a copy of The Goblin Emperor! Email me at semonette (at) gmail (dot) com. Put "sock elephant" in the subject line so I know what it's about. Then tell me:

1. Name and shipping address. (I will ship anywhere in the world, no need to worry.)
2. Do you want the book personalized? (If you don't, no harm, no foul.)
3. IF YOU DO, to whom? (If there's a particular version of your name that makes you happier, please specify it.)

Once I have your information, I will send your book to you as quickly as I can.

Again, thank you to the winners, and thank you to everyone who made a suggestion. You have all brightened my life considerably, and I appreciate it.

Eleftheria Ada Lavanda Snodgrass thanks you, too.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (sock elephant)
My author copies of The Goblin Emperor have arrived. (Please add exclamation points to taste. I don't think LiveJournal's character limits will let me put enough in.)

That means that the contest to name my sock elephant is coming to a close. I'm going to let it run through the weekend, so that if somebody has been dithering about putting in a suggestion, they don't get the rug yanked out from under them. (Also, so that there's a fighting chance no one will only HEAR about the contest when it ends.)

Please spread the word widely! All suggestions are welcome, and remember you can make more than one entry!


Mar. 17th, 2014 10:08 pm
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: airship) has kindly collected the first four chapters of The Goblin Emperor here, for all your teaser needs.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: kmb)
Reminder the first: You can still help me NAME MY SOCK ELEPHANT. I have had many fabulous suggestions, and I would love to get many more!

Reminder the second: The only thing I published in 2013 is "To Die for Moonlight."

It has become weirdly traditional for writers to post their lists of Things Eligible for Awards in January, and I was debating with myself how I felt about that this year when a couple people on Twitter remarked that the January lists were how they found stories they'd missed the previous year. And regardless of how I'm feeling about self-promotion and awards on any given day, pointing people towards stories they might want to read is a good reason to make the post. So. "To Die for Moonlight." Kyle Murchison Booth, "The Fall of the House of Usher," and werewolves.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (cats: nom de plume)
Back in 2009, when my career as a novelist went into a nosedive, somebody asked me what my readers could do to help. I apologize wholeheartedly to that person, for I no longer remember who they are. At the time, I didn't have a good answer, both because I really didn't know and because there was, at that point, nothing readers could do.

But now, five years later, when The Goblin Emperor is finally coming out this April (under my penname Katherine Addison, since alert readers have pointed out that I should probably mention that), I do have an answer, and I'm offering it up--not merely on my own behalf, but so that you all, as readers, know how to help the career of any writer whose work you like. And, as it turns out, the answer is simple. There are three major things any reader can do to support a writer:


I cannot emphasize this strongly enough. Buying the book is absolutely the best thing you can do to help a writer. And that means buying the book when it comes out.

That's easy for my book in this particular instance: it's a standalone. But I know there are a lot of people--and I'm one of them--who much prefer to wait to buy the books of a series until the series is complete. The problem is that the message that strategy sends to publishers isn't, "I'm waiting to buy this book until I can buy all the books." The message it sends is, "I'm not going to buy the book." And you end up with a situation like I was in in 2009: by the time the fourth book came out, the second book was out of print (so that readers who were waiting for the series to be complete were now unable to buy all the books), and Ace had already decided not to offer me a new contract. By the time the series was complete, in other words, my publishing career with that publisher was already over; people buying the fourth book (and Corambis, like The Mirador, is still in print) had no effect on my career at all. It was too late.

Another grim--and frequently realized--possibility is that later books of a series never come out at all. Publishers don't necessarily buy all the books in a series when they buy Book One. (Again, to use me as an example, Ace bought Mélusine and The Virtu together, but they didn't buy The Mirador and Corambis until two years later when they'd had a chance to see the sales figures on Mélusine, which is the only one of the four that earned out its advance.) If they don't like the sales figures on Book One, they may choose not to buy the later books at all. Again, the people who were waiting to buy the series never register as potential sale; they register as No Sale.

So if you're one of those people who prefers to wait (and I promise you, I understand and I sympathize), buy the book anyway. Again, this isn't just about my career, because it isn't just in my case that publishing works this way. Any author you like, if they start a series, buy the books as they come out. Nobody will make you read them until the series is complete, and buying the books as they appear is the only direct way you can tell the publisher you want the series to continue.


(I know this is self-evident, but it just felt weird leaving it out.)


There is an indirect way you can tell the publisher you want the series to continue, or the author to be offered another contract, and that is to tell everyone you know that you like the book.


Nobody actually understands why readers choose to buy the books they do. Nobody understands why J. K. Rowling took the world by storm and Diana Wynne Jones never did. Nobody understands why The Name of the Rose was a best-seller. Or Fifty Shades of Gray. Or A Game of Thrones. Publishers are trying their damnedest to find the books that will replicate this phenomenon, but they do it by guess and gamble, and when they succeed, they don't know why, either. Nobody knows why people buy books.

The thing we do know is that word-of-mouth is the best and most persuasive way for a potential reader to find out about a book.

So if you like the book, tell your friends. Tell your family. Tell your co-workers. Tell anyone you know who you think might like it. Blog about it. Write an Amazon review of it. Ask your library to buy it. (And if you can't afford to buy the book yourself, getting the library to buy it and checking the book out is an excellent alternative.) Get your book club to read it. Spread the word.

Now, none of this is obligatory. I'm not issuing commands here. I'm saying that, if there is a writer whose books you like, these are the best things you can do to help their career continue. And it holds true for self-published authors, as well. The mechanics are different, but those fundamental needs are the same. Authors need readers first and foremost to read their books, because without that, none of this even matters. But to make their careers flourish, authors need readers to buy their books and to talk about them.

Buy, Read, Talk. (Like Eat, Pray, Love, only for books.) That's my answer. That's how readers can help the career of an author whose works they enjoy.

And my first resolution for 2014 was to make this post.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (wtf: platypus)
1. The new Shadow Unit episode, "Hope Is Stronger Than Love," is up. I wrote it.

If you've been wondering about whether you might like Shadow Unit, this episode is pretty self-contained, so it might be a good one to try. (The first taste is freeee-eeeee ... Of course, so are the second, third, and fourth tastes, in this case.)

2. Cons I will be attending in 2012:
  • Odyssey Con
  • WisCon
  • Fourth Street
  • WorldCon

Dunno how much I'll be doing at any of 'em--per day job: I don't rate paid vacaction yet, and have found that I may or may not have much brain left on the weekends--but I'll be there.

3. My editor says not to worry about those extra 20,000 words, so I'm suddenly quite close to being able to turn the damn book in. Not quite there yet, but close.

4. I wrote an essay for Chicks Dig Comics, along with a bunch of amazing women.

5. Acupuncture brings Teh Awesome. That is all.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: fennec)
Back when my career with Ace went belly up, a number of people asked what they could do to help. At the time, although I desperately appreciated the support, I didn't know what to say--and in any event, at that juncture the horse was already over the hill and far away and there was no point to mending the barn door. But now, I've got books out again, and I SWEAR TO GOD I AM GOING TO FINISH THIS NOVEL, and I have a couple things I've learned that readers can do to help any author's career.

1. Buy their books.
I know this looks obvious, but it doesn't hurt to say it again. If you like the author, buy their books. Or ask your local library (or libraries) to buy their books. And--and this is important--if they're writing a series, don't wait until the series is complete to buy their books. I understand the logic from the reader's end, but the problem is that publishers can't tell the difference between going to buy the book when the series is complete and not going to buy the book. It all looks the same in the sales figures for Book I. Which means that if you wait to buy Book I until Book V is out, odds are good that (a.) Book I won't be in print anymore and (b.), even worse, Book V may never get published at all. Buy the books when they're new, even if you don't read them right away. This benefits the author, whose numbers look better; this benefits the publisher, who is, hey, selling books; and in turn this benefits the reader, because Book V will get published after all.

2. Talk about their books.
This also looks obvious, but it also bears repeating. Because, actually, the one thing we know about how book-buying works is that it works best by word-of-mouth. People buy books because they hear other people (friends, relatives, bloggers, two guys on the bus, whatever) talking about them. So if you like a book, tell your friends. If you have a blog, blog about it. Share your enthusiasm. I don't mean this in a scary you-must-drink-the-Kool-Aid kind of way, and I'm certainly not saying that everyone who reads this must go out and proselytize MY books. But if you like an author enough that you want to help them keep authoring, spread the word. Give their books as gifts, even--which loops neatly back to Rule 1 and makes this a good place to end this post.

If you want to help an author's career, this is what I know about doing it.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
First! Publishers Weekly gives Somewhere Beneath Those Waves a starred review. (OMG ELEVENTY-ONE!!!1!1!)

ETA: since a couple people asked, and since apparently I am drifting along, lonely as a cloud, without a clue as to the correct answer: YES, this book will have both paper and electronic versions, and the e-book should be available near to the release date for the paper book (which is November 22).

Lukacs, John. The Hitler of History. New York: Vintage Books, 1998.

There's a bit of a rant behind the cut-tag. )

Fountain pen geeks, what do you think about Pelikan inks, particularly the ones available in cartridges? I have been very disappointed in the royal blue, which is a nice enough color but fades horribly--and since I want my inks dark and vivid, this drives me nuts. Should I try any of the others, or should I just give in to my own geekiness and take a bottle of Noodler's Squeteague to live in my desk at work?

A reminder: [ profile] matociquala and I will be reading at Pandemonium Books in Cambridge MA at 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 19. Free and open to the public, so please come out!

And, for a fifth thing and happy Friday, have some lovely pictures of wet fishing cat kittens


Nov. 8th, 2011 08:59 pm
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: kmb)
I did a podcast interview with Julia Rios at the Outer Alliance about The Bone Key (available in its shiny new edition here from Prime Books): podcast here.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (tr: mole)
::emerges, blinking, from hole::

So things have been pretty hectic for me in the past couple of months. I've started a new job as a database thrall, and The Goblin Emperor should have been turned in September 1st but persists, hydra-like, in producing two new heads for every one I chop off.

There are all kinds of things that aren't getting the attention they deserve because of this (just ask Catzilla and the Plushie Ninja if you doubt me), but one thing I've failed ignominiously to do is to provide pointers to some things people who like my writing may be interested in.

(Marketing genius, ladies and gentlemen! as Peter Mulvey says.)

1. The compiled list of recommendations from #buyabiggaynovelforscottcardday is here.

2. Whedonistas, in which I along with a fuckton of awesome women have an essay, is available for the Kindle.

3. Back in the pre-The Tempering of Men-launch week, [ profile] matociquala posted the first chapter. So, you know, if you haven't bought it yet or haven't heard that there's a sequel to A Companion to Wolves or something . . . it's still there.

(I am so bad at self-promotion, it is embarrassing.)

4. The ebooks of Shadow Unit Seasons 1-3 are available at Barnes & Noble (for the Nook) and Amazon (for the Kindle).

5. Just a note, because I should have said it here: "Absent from Felicity" will be included in Somewhere Beneath Those Waves, which I should also mention is, if you follow the link, available for pre-order.

Also, bonus item: the fabulous cover design for the new edition of The Bone Key. (Seriously. This is the best cover I have ever had. I am in love with it and want to give it chocolate.)

There. I think that does it.

::retreats back into hole::


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