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General Writing Roundup!

I am back from MileHiCon, and it was awesome! So many great people, very well-run, just a good time all around. Although they put me on a panel called GoH Remarks, and the lovely woman running things told me that I had to talk for at least ten minutes because otherwise the artists had a tendency to say "Thank you for having me!" and stop, but that it could be about anything at all I was passionate about, didn't have to be related to the writing or cons.

Which is how I wound up on a panel where all the other guests talked about how much they loved fandom and I did ten minutes on Incan potato varieties. (Which led to Kevin Hearne drawing potato golems and brainstorming potato-cultivar-based magic systems with me.) Then someone asked where we get our ideas, and K.K. Rusch, also on the panel, was pointing and saying "There! That's how it happens! You just saw how writers get their ideas in action!" Good times.

I got home, and this was waiting for me!

They'll be available next month through Amazon! (Err--you could order them at a bookstore, but it may be tactful NOT to do so? If you're going to, it may be better to go through Barnes & Noble or something, not your beloved indie, because this is from 47North, which is an Amazon imprint, and many booksellers will give you the side-eye and think dark thoughts, and I do not wish to cause any uncomfortable moments for anyone.)

If you're associated with NetGalley and do reviews, drop me an e-mail--I've got a NetGalley link for the thing, and...err...I don't know how one solicits reviews like that, so...um. If someone does know, tell me.

Finally! If you would like something to tide you over, and to donate to a REALLY REALLY good cause, please check out the fundraiser for Rochita Loenen-Ruiz! Her husband passed away very unexpectedly last week. (People often say "I can't imagine what that's like," when they try to be sympathetic, but many of us probably can imagine, in grim detail, because it's the sort of thing that keeps us up on bad nights, thinking too much. Lord knows I do.)

Anyway, a whole bunch of authors and artists have kicked in donations, and since we have reached the 8K mark, if you donate now, even a little bit, you get access to all kinds of cool stuff, including a never-before-seen short story by yours truly, called "Bird Bones." (It is silly and improbable and will hopefully make you laugh, not dark or meaningful or inclined to thrust introspection upon you, in case you were wondering. I got one of those coming out next month from Uncanny Magazine.) And if that doesn't interest you, there's rare stuff by Aliette de Bodard, JY Yang, a coloring book called ONORAPTOR MAKES A FRIEND, and more stuff being added all the time, plus you'll be entered in drawings for all kinds of cool stuff donated. Check it out, donate money to a great cause, get words.

ETA: Woo! Site working again. Also, an unpublished Elizabeth Bear story is a stretch goal! Check it out!

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Does this copy of The Seventh Bride contain anything the kindle version didn't ? Just wondering how quickly I need to snap it up if I already bought that version :-)

It's got about 6K extra words, couple of extra scenes. A few things flow a smidge better, I think. But it's still the same basic story, no major changes, just a little bit more here and there. You absolutely have still read the book if you've read the original Kindle version, so don't feel obligated to spend more money on it!

Wow an extra 6k words? I will definitely buy it, Oh heck with it, preordered through amazon. I can't resist your work :-) Thanks for responding, I know you are swamped so I appreciate it. I did look around first to find the answer before bugging you, just wasn't sure.

Edited at 2015-10-28 02:01 pm (UTC)

I'm on Net Galley; I also have a book blog and leave reviews at all the usual places. I'd love to read and review your book!

Awesome! Email me at ursulav (at) gmail.com and I'll see if I can figure out how to work it...

wouldn't going to your local bookseller to buy a 47North imprint book be....good? I would think? kinda...show your dedication to the local guy?
I mean...they're not publishers, they're sellers....?

Some indies won't touch it. (I've asked, as politely as possible!) Which is completely understandable! It'll vary by bookstore, I'm sure.

I grabbed the NetGalley and pushed it on my Twitter followers since they are mostly bloggers :). You could go through a blog tour company if you want to do that sort of thing or you just start emailing bloggers based on their review policy to see if they are interested. I'd be happy to help if you'd like further advice from an established book blogger! (anya at onstarshipsanddragonwings dot com)

Oh my goodness, that looks even more amazing in real book form!

Oh, hm, I know Amazon is all megacorp and stomping out competitors and so forth*, but if it's a choice between "order Amazon-published book direct from Amazon", "order Amazon-published book via B&N", and "order Amazon-published book via indie bookstore", doesn't the last option still give more benefit to the indie bookstore than the first two?

*I worked briefly with a small book distributor, and Amazon was definitely, er... organizatio non grata, idk. But despite this, we were so small we did some things via Amazon anyway. So it goes.

It really depends, I guess. Some will Not Be Happy, though. I just don't want anyone to bounce into a minefield without knowing it!

As my husband died from a stroke 5 years ago...

I know EXACTLY what Rochita is going through.

Blessings from Saint Bloodsong of Beloved Pets.

I'm glad you had a good time at MileHiCon! It was great to meet you and attend your panels. (I was the gal with the Digger Shirt on your Pictionary team and gave you red vines and mead.)

After returning home with a couple of your prints, my mother has decided she wants the entirety of your Red Wombat Tea Company gallery for the kitchen.

Also, I've decided if I ever form a punk band, we're calling it "Sewage Lagoon".

Er, maybe this is some epic technological fail on my part, but the link to the GoFundMe appears to not be working...? Temporary glitch maybe?

's not working for me, and I couldn't find anything on GoFundMe searching for her name.

Have alerted one of the people running the campaign. Thank you!

I'm on NetGalley - found you, nabbed it, review to follow! :)

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