Worldcon/Sasquan 2015 Schedule

Hey peeps. You can find me at Worldcon in Spokane this year at the following panels.  I’ll also be signing at various times at the Doomed Muse Press booth in the Dealer’s Room (it’ll be hard to miss I think, we have great banners this year), and I might run a pick-me-up session or two of Pathfinder/D20/whatever if I get enough interest.

What Makes an Effective Cover Image?

Thursday 14:00 – 14:45, 302AB (CC)

Of course you can judge a book by its cover. That’s why we have cover artists! They aim to catch our eye amidst the cacophony of other titles on the bookrack, and they can make us step aside and shudder when done oh-so-poorly! But how do they attract our attention and convey the message when the title is ambiguous? When the author is an unknown? When it is a well-known series with recognizable characters? Learn some of the issues and challenges that face our interdisciplinary panelists as they beguile us into opening the book and reading that first sentence…

Mark J. Ferrari (M), Annie Bellet, Stephen Segal, Karen Haber, Lee Moyer

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We Won: How SF, Fantasy and Comics Have Taken Over TV

Thursday 17:00 – 17:45, 300C (CC)

Not very long ago it was hard to find any SF on TV, let alone good SF. But today, every night has multiple shows. Some of the most talked-about shows on TV — Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead — are genre shows, Doctor Who is a worldwide phenomenon, and even shows that started as thriller shows like Person of Interest are clearly SF. Agents of Shield, Grimm, The Flash, Gotham, Orphan Black … the list goes on. And what about the shows that start of promising and collapsed quickly (Twelve Monkeys)? Is the zombie-takeover of TV starting to peter out?

Darlene Marshall (M), David Peterson, Andrea G. Stewart , Annie Bellet

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Kaffee Klatche – Annie Bellet

Friday 14:00 – 14:45, 202A-KK2 (CC)

Join a panelist and up to 9 other fans for a small discussion. Coffee and snacks available for sale on the
2nd floor.

Requires advance sign-up  (*my note- there might be swag!)

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Game Mastering 101

Friday 17:00 – 17:45, 303A (CC)

What are the basic tools and approaches for running a game of D&D, or other role-playing game? What are the fun-ruining pitfalls to avoid? And how can practice as a gamemaster help inform writing, reading or other elements of fandom?

Annie Bellet , Brian Campbell , John Welker
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Self-publishing — How to Market Your Work

Saturday 16:00 – 16:45, 303A (CC)

Your manuscript is done, you’ve found your printer, uploaded your files, and your book is done. Now how the heck do get people to buy it? Successful self-published authors share their methods.

Sarina Dorie, Doug Farren, Kameron Hurley, Annie Bellet

Bad News

Thicker Than Blood is going to be delayed until July 21st.

I’m sorry, peeps. I know how much you all want to read this book (and it’s my favorite that I’ve done so far, so trust me, you really do), but I’ve been really sick all month and the book isn’t ready. I refuse to release something I’m not 100% confident in, so please have patience. Life happens, and I’d rather take a couple extra weeks with my betas and editors to make sure this book is everything I know it can be.

Thank you for understanding.

Three Book Box Set!

People kept asking me for a box set for the Twenty-Sided Sorceress series, and so it is now a thing.  Justice Calling, Murder of Crows, and Pack of Lies are all collected in a single ebook now for easy binge reading.

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Get it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZEQMP8U

Barnes&Noble hereOr Kobo here.

In other news, Justice Calling is free again and will be for the summer since the response was so awesome from my birthday free run with it. So tell all your friends, because the first hit is still free. *grin*

 

Official Book Six Release Date

Hey, just a quickie note since I’ve had some people ask *when* in June The Twenty-Sided Sorceress book 6 will release.

I was aiming for the 16th, but due to some health issues and need to give my editor and beta readers time, the book will be out on June 30th. I know, I know, only technically still June, but hey… solid release date now.

There is no pre-order option on this book. Given how shaky my health has been this year, I didn’t want to lock myself into a date and then have to delay like last time.

Anyway, mark your calendars (or just sign up for the new release newsletter if you haven’t) for June 30th.  I’ll have the cover reveal and hopefully a release date for book 7 in July as well.

Thanks for staying on this crazy journey with me!

Goodnight Earth Launches!

It’s May 1st, which means the third and final volume of The Apocalypse Triptych is out today!

It includes my story Goodnight Earth, which takes place a considerable time after the events in Goodnight Moon and Goodnight Stars.

Not just me though! This volume has stories by Elizabeth Bear, Seanan McGuire, Ken Liu, Hugh Howey, and many other kickass authors. Totally worth picking up.

My story will also be reprinted in Lightspeed Magazine this month, and available online on May 12th.

Click the covers below to get the anthology or the issue of Lightspeed. Or both. Both is good, too. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justice Calling Free!

I’m turning 34 in May. For my bday, I decided to put Justice Calling free for 34 days to celebrate. I also shaved my head. I get weird around my birthday, what can I say?

Anyway, if you haven’t tried the 20sided Sorceress series yet or have friends who haven’t or something… free book! Just for May though, then I’ll probably make it cost a whole $0.99 again. *grin*

Links are here:

(For Amazon click here)

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Hugo Story Withdrawn

I have withdrawn my story “Goodnight Stars” from consideration in this year’s Hugo Awards.

I want to make it clear I am not doing this lightly. I am not doing it because I
am ashamed. I am not doing it because I was pressured by anyone either way or on
any “side,” though many friends have made cogent arguments for both keeping my
nomination and sticking it out, as well as for retracting it and letting things proceed without me in the middle.

I am withdrawing because this has become about something very different than great science fiction.  I find my story, and by extension myself, stuck in a game of political dodge ball, where I’m both a conscripted player and also a ball. (Wrap your head around that analogy, if you can, ha!) All joy that might have come from this nomination has been co-opted, ruined, or sapped away. This is not about celebrating good writing anymore, and I don’t want to be a part of what it has become.

I am not a ball. I do not want to be a player. This is not what my writing is about. This is not why I write. I believe in a compassionate, diverse, and inclusive world. I try to write my own take on human experiences and relationships, and present my fiction as entertainingly and honestly as I can.

I am proud of “Goodnight Stars.” I wrote a damn good story last year that a lot of people have enjoyed. I believe it could have maybe even won.

But it is not the last story I will write. It is not even the best story I will write. I have perhaps already written better stories this year. I will write better stories next year, and the year after, and for decades after that. I hope to be like Ray Bradbury and write every moment until I go gentle into that good night, pen in hand.

There will be other years and maybe other rockets. I don’t want to stand in a battlefield anymore. I don’t want to have to think over every tweet and retweet, every blog post, every word I say. I don’t want to cringe when I open my email. I don’t want to have to ask friends to google me and read things so that I can at least be aware of the stuff people might be saying in my name or against my name.

This is not why I write. This is not the kind of community I want to be a part of, nor the kind of award I want to win.

I am not your ball. My fiction is my message, not someone else’s, and I refuse to participate in a war I didn’t start. It has become clear to me that the only way to stay out of this is to pick up my ball and go home. So this year, I will not put on a princess gown sewn with d20s. I will not win a rocket. But I will be able to sleep and know that when I get up, there won’t be fires waiting for me.

There will only be my words. My stories to tell.

Because all I have ever wanted from being a writer is to write books so good that readers cannot set them down.  And I’m going to go back to doing that now. Maybe someday I will get to sit in a pretty dress next to my mother and know that if I lose the rocket, it will be because someone wrote a story that resonated more than mine. To know that I will lose to a person and not a political fight. To sit there and know if I lose, no one will cheer. And if I win, no one will boo. Perhaps someday I can win this award for the right reasons and without all the pain.

Thank you to everyone who supported me. Who sent amazing messages of love, and empathy, and compassion. Thank you to everyone who read the story and nominated it because you felt it was worthy. Thank you to my editors, who have been nothing but amazing through the entire process of not only these last crazy weeks but also publication and all that entailed.

Thank you all for reading.

Nominated Story Online

The anthology editors John J Adams and Hugh Howey have generously made my Hugo Award nominated story free online. You can read it online in text or download the format of your choice (including the audio). Click Here to read it or download.  The story will also be in the Hugo Nominations packet.

If you enjoy the story, or just love apocalyptic and post apocalyptic fiction, I would urge people to get the whole series. There are many fantastic authors in these anthologies, all of us writing a huge range of different world-endings and situations. Click Here for more information and how to buy the full anthologies.

For information on Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, and/or the Hugo awards, please see the official Sasquan website: http://sasquan.org/

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Final note, comments will be closed on this post. I appreciate all the supportive things people have said over the last terrible week, but I’ve got a book to finish and I need to just move on. I hope I’ve said my piece and made it clear how I feel about this whole mess. I hope everyone who is able to will read as many of the nominated works as they can and vote, and I hope that this weird rift in fandom will be healed. Mary Robinette Kowal and George RR Martin have said very kind, smart things about it all. I urge people to go read the entirety of what GRRM has had to say. He put on a little school about the Hugos and why they matter.

Twenty-Sided Sorceress Book Six Cover Reveal

First, a note about book five. Yes, there’s a cliffhanger. No, I didn’t warn people about it beforehand because that would kind of ruin the surprise, wouldn’t it?  All I will say about book five is that it is a) the longest book in the series so far no matter how short it might feel due to the events in it and b) is exactly as intended and not half a book.  I’ll reveal now that this part of the Twenty-Sided Sorceress will take seven books, so if all you want to see if Samir and Jade facing off again, read book seven. If you want to see the journey of how these characters become who they become, read all the books.  We couldn’t have Return of the Jedi without also having The Empire Strikes Back happen before it. *grin*

So. Book six. Here are the details. It’ll be out in June, 2015 (not so long a wait to see who is still alive, I promise). It’ll pick up more or less where book five left off, and it is going to feature not just Jade’s, but also two other points of view.

Here is the cover by the fabulous Ravven:

Also, I will add that book 7 will NOT be the end of the series. I have many more stories to tell in this world.  I’ll be adding a few titles about side characters as well. Here’s a special sneak peak at something in the works: