Because I am publishing to the UK and other non-North American territories myself.
I know, I’m scared too.
It’s out now, though. If you’re overseas and were able to get any of my novellas, then you should be able to get this book.
Please be patient with me as I have never done this before (split a series between traditional publisher and self publisher). I have plenty of practice distributing outside the USA, see all my novellas and San Andreas Shifter stuff. But this exact situation is untested waters. I promise I am doing my absolute best for you. I could not be working harder to make sure it is getting to as many of you as possible on schedule!
How will it work?
Did you get the print edition of Prudence and Imprudence in hardcover?
This is the hard cover size!
If you got the first 2 in hardcover, then you have been getting the USA edition of this book. You will continue to do so.
NO CHANGE FOR YOU.
Your cover will look like this:
Do you live outside the USA and get the B-format trade size book at release date?
These books are the SAME SIZE as my novellas! Is that what you have been getting?
Then you’ll be getting the UK cover in the same format and size and it will look like this:
Everything should hopefully match up as much as possible to the two you already own. Yes, including the spine design and everything. Do not doubt the magic that is Starla (my cover art designer).
You should notice almost no differences. Do not worry about it matching to the other books in the series. It will match.
I don’t leave the house without my hat, purse, gloves, and shoes matching. Like I would less diligent about my books!
Are you outside the USA/Canada and able to get the novellas?
Then you’ll be able to get this book.
Once more with feeling!
Here’s the bit in the Live from February where I explain the different book sizes:
I explain a lot on the different cover sizes. I go into a bit of a show and tell using Imprudence as a model (backwards because I’m using my phone’s flip camera) but you get the idea. At Time Stamp 39:00.
But Miss Gail, I like them both & want to own both!
You’re a darling and I love you!
Generally speaking (aside from second party sellers and illicit means) USA readers shouldn’t be able to get the UK edition, and visa versa. (Gail cocks an eyebrow at you thoughtfully.)
What is Paper?
A substance made by Europeans of linen rages: by the Chinese of silk. The discoverer is unknown; but it was introduced into Europe towards the close of the tenth century.
How is paper made?
The rags are first sorted, then carried to the mill, and put into an engine placed in a large trough filled with water: this engine has long spikes of iron fixed in it; and, by moving round with great swiftness, soon tears the rags every way, and reduces them to a pulp; moulds are then used, the size of a sheet of paper, which are dipped into his pulp, and shaken till the paper becomes of hte thickness and consistence the makers wish it to be.
Several of these sheets when taken from the moulds are laid one upon another, with a piece of felt placed between each; and after being twice pressed are hung up to dry.
When dry, the paper is taken off the lines, and rubbed smooth with the hand; it is then sized.
The size is made of clean parchment and vellum shavings: the size is trained through fin cloth, which is strewed with powdered white vitriol and alum; the paper is dipped in this, and, after being pressed a third time, it is separated sheet by sheet to dry, and then made up into quires and reams.
~ Mangnall’s Questions, 1830
You know that scene in Mansfield Park where Fanny’s poor mother says, “Fanny, all that paper!” Now we see why, it was a laborious process and an expensive product!
“Genevieve Lefoux is one of my favorite characters of all time, and I loved watching her navigate obliviously toward happiness. The sexual tension is delicious, and the payoff is sweet and wonderful, while not being terribly graphic. Fans of Carriger’s work will love this dive into a secondary character’s life, while first-time readers may very well find themselves picking up Carriger’s novels.”
Yes, Borderlands will have signed editions.
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RELEASE DATE JULY 17, 2018!
All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.
When she uncovers rumors of a new kind of vampire, Prim and the Custard crew embark on a mission to Peru. There, they encounter airship pirates and strange atmospheric phenomena, and are mistaken for representatives of the Spanish Inquisition. Forced into extreme subterfuge (and some rather ridiculous outfits) Prim must also answer three of life’s most challenging questions:
Can the perfect book club give a man back his soul?
Will her brother ever stop wearing his idiotic velvet fez?
And can the amount of lard in Christmas pudding save an entire species?
Are you a British or Aussie reader?
Do you get the first editions of the Custard Protocol books in paperback?
Well the UK (AUS & associated territories) will be getting a different cover.
It will be awesome and special and just as fab as this one, only different. You’ll see it first if you are a Chirrup member, but you’ll have to be patient while I get those pesky ducks in a row. (Or do I mean pigeons, or is it wicker chickens now?)
Then you can argue about which one is prettier. Politely, of course, and with enthusiastically waved biscuits.
For… reasons. The sames reasons that mean you can’t preorder this book in the UK… yet.
It’s very GREEN isn’t it? Did you notice that the parasol is primrose colored? Yes, I did get to help choose the model. It took me a bit to get the color profile but now I really like it. I find it striking and unusual.
But MISS GAIL!
(UK Makes Collective Pouty Face)
Hilariously, after the cover announcement went live, someone freaked out on Twitter with the following:
But we’re getting a different cover for the UK, and that scares me, because THIS ONE matches with the first two – I don’t want two books with one cover style, and two with something totally different! 😱
To which my response was:
Are you *gasp* DOUBTING me and my aesthetic choices?
Not to say my care and attention to things matching!
I assure you I’ve never even left the house without my shoes matching my purse. I’m not a heretic!
Those who get the Chirrup have already gotten to see this, but for those who have not joined (silly Gentle Reader, why wouldn’t you?) here is the cover art that was recently announced:
The only real danger is that now you might want to buy both print versions. Because both covers are so good.
Which, I assure you, was not my evil plan. Although it’s a good one.
Yours in snark forever,
Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for Feb 2018 is Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.
“Imprudence doesn’t, thankfully, read like a travelogue but there’s enough description to give a sense of place to each stop on the trek. This isn’t just the old time sets we’ve seen in movies, after all, this is a steampunk world of dirigibles and supernatural creatures.”
“All my favorite elements were still there, namely the preposterous humor and the main character’s unique brand of eccentricity which kept the story interesting. I love The Spotted Custard and all the people on board who have become Rue’s family, and I can’t get enough of her and her friends’ antics.”
“There was more romance in this book and we get to see so many more of the old characters, even some I wasn’t expecting and that was awesome. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the rest of the series has to offer.”
In other news, this fun video clip just came across my radar. It’s from Gaslight Gathering last year. For those who doubted either my dancing or my corset wearing abilities, here is a bit of both. The corset is a custom from Dark Garden.
That big fat grin on may face? Only happens when dancing.
As a trade association representing more than 10,000 writers of romance fiction worldwide, Romance Writers of America (RWA) is deeply disappointed by the decision of the New York Times to change its best-seller criteria.
Romance authors, most of them women, have dominated the best-seller lists in mass market and e-books for years. To dismiss these authors and the millions of readers who buy their books is to ignore what “bestseller” truly means. Each year, consumers buy more than $1.3 billion worth of romance fiction. If the New York Times eliminates the mass market and e-book lists, they are proving that they are out of touch with what consumers actually buy. Further, the dismissal of two formats dominated by women can’t help but feel sexist.
RWA strongly urges the Times to reconsider its decision.
Fan Art Ivy
Quote of the Day:
“My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don’t know anything at all.”
I know it’s not an ideal time for many of you but due to a conflagration of events, that’s when I can spare the hour. As always, I’m happy to answer any questions you may have. We must keep our fingers crossed that the office internet is up and running. Although, frankly, these days anything is better than the home net.
Story of living in the Bay Area, internet invariably sucks. The place of all things silicon related… except decent wireless.
Chirrup News Ketchup
For those of you who missed this month’s Chirrup (my newsletter) I talked about some fun stuff. Including but not limited to: becoming a workaholic loony slob, writers in their native environment, what I’m writing about in Competence the 3rd Custard Protocolbook (add it on Goodreads), and much more.
In other news Romancing the Inventor audiobook seems to be doing well. Hard to tell so far, it’s a bit early, but thank you to everyone who has bought and downloaded. As ever, your reviews are very much appreciated, particularly on iTunes.
Since I haven’t yet written it, I don’t have a description or anything for you just yet. Mostly I’m trying to get ahead of the rumor mill with this announcement. However, rest assured that Rue and her crazy crew are up to good, but in the worst possible way. This book will be told from Primrose’s perspective and will follow events shortly after those chronicled in Imprudence.
In line with that, I’ll be releasing Romancing the Werewolf in winter of THIS YEAR (2017). This story takes place during a cold London Christmas season, December 1895, directly after events in Imprudence (but not featuring those characters). It finally ties up one very popular thread I left dangling in Timeless. Hopefully, it will tide you all over while you’re waiting for Competence.
I’m hoping this announcement makes you all happy. I look forward to telling you all about how life is changing aboard the Spotted Custard, new creatures, new friendships, new adventures, new silliness, and old heartbreak.
Feel free to ask questions if you dare. I may not be able to answer them right away but I always like to know what you’re curious about as it can dictate future blog posts.
The Publishers Weekly Deal Announcement
NYT bestseller Gail Carriger’s Books 3 & 4 in the Custard Protocol Series, chronicling the continuing adventures of a woman’s crack-pot dirigible team, following them as they explore the crumbling supernatural remnants of the British Empire, toLindsey HallatOrbit, in a good deal, for publication in 2018, byKristin NelsonatNelson Literary Agency(NA).
Secret Project SAS~ Novel Status: Developmental edit (third draft).
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.
Alexandria 1882 landscape rebellion, personal collection
From Wikipedia: “Isma’il was succeeded by his eldest son Tewfik, who, unlike his younger brothers, had not been educated in Europe. Tewfik pursued a policy of closer relations with Britain and France but his authority was undermined in a rebellion led by his war minister, Arabi Pasha, in 1882. Arabi took advantage of violent riots in Alexandria to seize control of the government and temporarily depose Tewfik.”
Alexandria 1882, personal collection
“British naval forces shelled and captured Alexandria, and an expeditionary force under General Sir Garnet Wolseley was formed in England. The British army landed in Egypt soon afterwards, and defeated Arabi’s army in the Battle of Tel el-Kebir. Arabi was tried for treason and sentenced to death, but the sentence was commuted to exile. After the revolt, the Egyptian army was reorganized on a British model and commanded by British officers.”
Victorians leaving Alexandria by steam ship, 1882, personal collection
In Timeless, Alexia visits Alexandria, in April of 1876 when things are comparatively calm.
The eagle eye will notice that the background for the US cover is actually Cairo, where Alexia never goes in the book. Although I think I added a mention of her stopping over, just to explain away the cover. I’ve no idea what city is depicted in the background of the second omnibus.
At first I was going to take Rue back to Alexandria, partly so I could use Alexia to discuss how the city has changed in the past 20 years. But in Timeless I mention that Lord Maccon purchased property in Cairo for their retirement, well within the plague zone. So I switched Rue’s location to Cairo. Lost a bit of writing time there since I’d already done 2K on Alexandria in a new more steampunky form, but it worked much better for the plot line to be in Cairo, anyway.
I scrabbled about for any further Victorian perspectives on Cairo or the rest of Egypt between 1883 ~ 1895. But there appears to be no major issues of civil unrest and in this the British press seems akin to their modern counterparts, which is to say, not particularly interested if there is no blood involved.
I didn’t spend a great deal of time on it as, quite frankly, Rue doesn’t spend a great deal of time in the city. Although I hope you will notice I steampunked Cairo up especially as compared to Alexandria in Timeless. The march of technological advancement is strong with this one.
* second largest city in Egypt
* typical Mediterranean climate: extremely warm/humid days in summer, breezy and cool in the evenings, winter is chilly with rain and hail not uncommon, spring and autumn are best weather.
Today Imprudence, my latest novel and the second in the Custard Protocol series released into the world.
Thus, I am off on tour. I will try to check in online when I can, but I will be mostly on the move for the next two weeks! Please do come out and see me if you can, I love meeting people, and I don’t bite, I swear. Well, unless you happen to look exactly like treacle tart.
Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella Status: Developmental edit. Cover reveal and release date to come.
LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?
Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella Status: Outline.
LBGT reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
Dual Reads says of Imprudence:
“Surprisingly, my favourite thing about this series (aside from the humour which is spot on) is actually Prim and Rue’s friendship. They are such a supportive pair and their conversations, when casual, are hilarious and when serious are just perfect and everything a friendship should be.”
Curiosity Killed the Bookworm says of Imprudence:
“Whilst it took a while to get into the first Custard Protocol book, I fell straight into Imprudence and I warmed so much more to the characters.”