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Announcing the Next Custard Protocol Books!

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’m delighted to announce that I have sold the third and fourth Custard Protocol books to Orbit. The third book has a working title of Competence and I will be writing it for most of this year, 2017. I believe Orbit intends to publish it in 2018. So you have some time to get all caught up on the Custard Protocol series.

Add it to your shelf on Goodreads.

What will it be about?

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

Sci-Fi/Fantasy
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, to Lindsey Hall at Orbit, in a good deal, for publication in 2018, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (NA).

 

{Gail’s monthly read along for Feb is Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • 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.
  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Rough Draft Complete. On Lay Away.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some very unexpected gifts.
  • Competence (working title) ~ Custard Protocol Book 3
    Status: Rough Draft
    Third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1880s Game of Tennis via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Author Kate Elliot suggests a change to “Rogue One” and discusses relationships in narrative fiction, including recommending stories that presented compassionate and complex relationships.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

10 Things Authors Do Wrong (and How to Fix Them)

Book News:

Fan Art Alexia Black White

Quote of the Day:

“Music makes one feel so romantic – at least it always gets on one’s nerves – which is the same thing nowadays.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
Share & Enjoy!


Romancing the Inventor is an Audiobook!

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’m not going to bury the lead, darlings, because that is so not my style. Here, in all its glory is the link to buy Romancing the Inventor in audiobook form on Audible! (Also on iTunes.)

Concerning Audiobooks, Tea, & Mild Peril

Well my darling Gentle Reader, after scanning a bunch of articles (mostly useless) and poking some of my audiophile friends (mostly not used to my approach) I took a deep breath and ever-so-cautiously tried ACX. Imagine Gail clutching her new audiobook baby, trembling to her heaving (but well-supported) bosom. Teetering on the edge of the abyss in her 6″ stilettos.

Drama much?

Have I mentioned recently how much I suck at new technology? Well I do. It frightens me.

ACX, incidentally, is the (supposedly) easiest way to publish to audible and iTunes. And yeah, it’s yet another thing that belongs to Amazon. (Incidentally, I now have like 7 Amazon accounts, because god forbid publication occur all under one log in, but… I digress.)

It’s a process because there are a lot of files, so I had to get those from Bryan (my producer extraordinaire) and my internet has been hella whack recently. (Yeah, I said hella whack, I’m a norcal girl, sue me.) So that took, like, days. Then I had to upload them one by one to ACX, which took hours. And do I put in Chapter titles? This is always the questions. I decided yes because I am stupid-proud of my dumb pun chapter titles. And then we realized we needed other stuff, like credits, and then Em’s voice was shot due to a cold, and so forth…

But, it’s there now!

Why Romancing the Inventor first and not Poison or Protect?

Because I found Emma (my narrator) first, she was available immediately, and we decided she was much better suited to Imogene than to Preshea. Frankly, I’m going to see how this one sells. If I manage to recoup my expenditure, I will put another audiobook into production.

Why can’t I get it in Mazzoooka, on my Diddlewhap Player, on a CD/cassette tape/wax cylinder?

Because I can only get it out to the places ACX covers. Because I can only get it to the players that ACX supports. Because you need to give over obsolete tech. I know. It’s hard. Deep breath, let it go.

Why the weird price?

So far as I could figure out, Amazon DOES NOT LET YOU set the price. Not in the current UI. I know, I thought it was weird too. Probably something to do with the subscription model.

You wanna know more?

Romancing the Inventor is read by the incomparable Emma Newman. Emma is a killer narrator with a beautiful soft-and-proper British accent, a fantastic author, and a wonderful human being. Her voice is lovely and she was particularly good about both the lower class and the french accents in Romancing the Inventor which were important to me. We had a consult about pronunciation, so all names & Parasolverse words in the book are pronounced how I would pronounce them. If you don’t like it, blame me, not Emma.

Photo by Lou Abercrombie

Emma Newman writes dark short stories and science fiction and urban fantasy novels. She won the British Fantasy Society Best Short Story Award 2015 and ‘Between Two Thorns’, the first book in Emma’s Split Worlds urban fantasy series, was shortlisted for the BFS Best Novel and Best Newcomer 2014 awards. Her first science-fiction novel, Planetfall, was published by Roc in 2015. Emma is an audiobook narrator and also co-writes and hosts the Hugo-nominated, Alfie Award winning podcast ‘Tea and Jeopardy’ which involves tea, cake, mild peril and singing chickens. Her hobbies include dressmaking and playing RPGs. She blogs at www.enewman.co.uk and can be found as @emapocalyptic on Twitter.

Readers of my books may particularly enjoy her Split Words series, the first of which is Between Two Thorns.

Beautiful and nuanced as it is dangerous, the manners of Regency and Victorian England blend into a scintillating fusion of urban fantasy and court intrigue.

Emma also runs the Tea & Jeopardy podcast with her husband. It was through this podcast that I found her voice. I adore it and long time readers of this blog will have heard me talk about it before.

As ever you don’t have to take my word for it. Here is more on Audio Books – Options, Pros, Cons, Dos, and Don’ts

{Gail’s monthly read along for January is A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • 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.
  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Rough Draft Complete. On Lay Away.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some very unexpected gifts.
  • Competence (working title) ~ Custard Protocol Book 3
    Status: Outline
    Third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Departure Platform, Victoria Station (c. 1880), by James Tissot. (Photo- Wikiart.org)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Home Decor Gifts for Booklovers

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

What It Takes to Open a Bookstore

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Ask Me Another podcast featuring Literary Favorites

Book News:

chaseau- -] Yeah… Looks much better scanned -D Soulless fan art.

Quote of the Day:

“Never trust anyone who thinks they can weaponize crumpets.”
~ Steampunk Worlds Fair

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
Share & Enjoy!


Romancing the Inventor Ketchup

Posted by Gail Carriger

Romancing the Inventor has now been out 10 days, Gentle Reader. I cannot thank you enough for all your love and support. Particularly those who took the time to review and to comment and let me know that you enjoyed it. It really does mean a lot. And I notice, I do.

You know what? This book has be really fun from start to launch. And I don’t say that about most book launches!

Facebook Live Meets Spoilers

I did some Facebook Lives yesterday (a longer Q&A and a shorter spoilerific) that I hope some of you managed to watch. OK I know some of you managed it, because you were there, and I love you. The spoilerific one on the Squee Group will be deleted at the end of day 11/7/2016. I’m not comfortable leaving it up there for posterity. In the future, I’ll not even bother to upload those ones for replay. They will be a catch it only when live kind-of-deal. Since I didn’t warn you this time, that’s not fair, but going forward you have been warned.

Gail Carriegr Facebook Live Q&A https://www.facebook.com/gailcarrigerllc/

Travel

Tomorrow I leave for Singapore. I have blog posts scheduled to drop for while I am away but I’m not sure how much I, personally, will be online. So don’t drink all the tea while I’m gone.

Lilliput Suitcase, Gail Carriger Travel

I’ve an 18 hour flight: 4 magazines (Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, RWR, Locus), notes for a class I’m teaching to review, hundreds of books to read, dozens of podcasts to listen to, and 4 possible projects to work on (first pass on SAS novel, RTW novella outline, CP3 novel outline, some possible shorts). I even banked a few movies. I know, look at me getting caught up on pop culture. Not to mention the fact that I intend to try to sleep at least 6-8 of those hours. In case you wondered, I don’t mind long plane rides!

Being original and creative on a plane can be hard for me, so I’ll likely do the first read of SAS (which I was going to hold of on, but a review of next year’s production schedule means I need to move quicker than I thought), as that’s less brain power. But I wanted to bring options, just in case.

Gail Carriger On The Go Set Up: iPad Mini, blue tooth keyboard, scrivener iOS

This will be the first heavy test of my remote writing set up using Scrivener for iOS, my tiny bluetooth keyboard, and my iPad mini. I’m hoping it goes as well as it did on tour last July.

For those of you doing NaNoWriMo, very best of luck. And to all of you have a wonderful few weeks and I’ll chat with you when I get back.

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger. Oh don’t look so shocked.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel
    Status: First pass read through.
    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.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Fashion plate, May, 1877, England via shewhosorshipscarlin tumblr

Fashion plate, May, 1877, England via shewhosorshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Victorian Tea Boxes New Zealand Museum

Victorian Tea Boxes New Zealand Museum

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

All About Steampunk: Gaiters, Goggles & Glory

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.”
~ Isaac Asimov

Book News:

E&E made the list of “100 Must-Read YA Historical Fantasy Novels” on Book Riot

Quote of the Day:

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.”
~ Susan Heller

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!


Romancing the Inventor: New Character Imogene Hale

Posted by Gail Carriger

So, Romancing the Inventor has been out for a day, no news for you yet, Gentle Reader, because, well… it has only been a day.

So I thought I’d give you a look at Imogene Hale and the character design boards behind this book. You can see the full boards on Pinterest, but I know not everyone has it.

Imogene Hale

In the Book

Imogene Hale is a lowly parlourmaid with a soul-crushing secret. Seeking solace, she takes work at a local hive, only to fall desperately in love with the amazing lady inventor the vampires are keeping in the potting shed.

imogene-hale-character-board

Creating the Character

Imogene started out as a kind of cool snooty blond (you know, Genevieve’s type), but that wasn’t working right for the story and I couldn’t really feel her, I wanted her warmer and more grounded, more English rose and less, well, Angelique.

I went to Tess of the d’Urbervilles for inspiration, added backbone, soul, and a certain depth of self-guidance and understanding. Genevieve, after all, likes willful ladies. The thing is, Imogene had to be what Genevieve needed more than what Genevieve wanted. Imogene also must be her own self and person, and not just a Pygmalion built for Genevieve to adore.

When I made Romancing the Inventor Imogene’s story, and it was her voice that began to dominate the narrative, everything fell into place. I wrote half of RTI on a writing retreat in the space of a week, typing out 8-10k days (NOT NORMAL) and it was all because of Imogene talking to me.

Maude Fealy Wikipedia

A lot of Imogene’s physical appearance was drawn off the American silent film actress Maude Fealy (sometimes spelled Maud) who has a soft etherial dreamy beauty that made me think of Imogene. I also collected images of maids and downstairs female staff to understand posture, clothing, and so forth.

This novella is part Imogene discovering herself, and what she needs and how to ask for what she wants. And half Genevieve learning to love again, and to trust.

genevieve-lefoux-design-board

I’ve done character studies of Genevieve before, she was first written more as Q for Alexia, meets dandy meets mad-scientist trope (with a Gail twist). I’ve taken inspiration for her from diverse sources: George Sand & Colette, Vesta Tilley, Audrey Tautou’s Coco, and many more. Like Imogene, it took me writing her out in Changeless to finally understand what would make her more of a person and less of a foil. However, I feel like writing her as Vieve, before she grew up and had her heart broken, is a gift most writers don’t get. Because I could build her a foundation of delight and wonder which Imogene might remind Genevieve has still buried within.

Not that Imogene wants child-Vieve, because yech, but because one of the best things about love is that it can remind you to hope.

romancing-the-inventor-design-board

The inspiration board for Romancing the Inventor.

That’s all for today my darlings! A reminder I have a Facebook live this Sunday, you can ask all the questions you want of me then.

Nov. 6, 6:00 PM PST | Facebook Live Q&A

Q&A with Gail via Facebook Live on her Author Page. A spoiler free chat about Romancing the Inventor and much more.

 

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger. Oh don’t look so shocked.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel
    Status: Rough draft completed. Lay away this month. First pass red through starts in December.
    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.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1879 Édouard Manet was born #OnThisDay in 1832. Here's "In the Conservatory" from 1879

1879 Édouard Manet’s “In the Conservatory”

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

In Memory of Sheri S. Tepper

In Memory of Sheri S. Tepper

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Jonathon Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“The story is always better than your ability to write it. My belief about this is that if you ever get to the point that you think you’ve done a story justice, you’re in the wrong business.”
~ Robin McKinley

Book News:

madame-lefoux-gadgets

Some Steampunk Gadgets off one of my boards.

Quote of the Day:

“No, Hobbes, nailing a live octopus to a wall is impossible, everything else is merely difficult.”
~ Simon R. Green

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!


Romancing The Inventor Releases Tomorrow! Chat With Gail On Facebook Live

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Happy Halloween!

Tomorrow Romancing the Inventor is out in the world!

rtisquare-date

You can buy the ebook for $3.99 in all the usual places Amazon, B&N, Apple, Kobo, and directly from me.

The print book ($11.99) should be available as well, if not tomorrow then very very soon. Borderlands will ship you a signed copy if you call or email them.

Romancing the Inventor

Dianna says: “This story will be joyful return for those familiar with Carriger’s earlier work, but should also be a lovely romantic journey for new readers.”

Facebook Live Virtual Tour!

I have two Facebook Live events coming up in honor of this launch.

Tomorrow at 4:30 PM Pacific Standard Time, you can find me on the Parasol Protectorate Group where I’ll be talking about writing Romancing the Inventor and doing a general Q&A. I know that might be a bit early for some of you so…

Sunday Nov. 6 at 6 PM (Pacific Standard Time) I’ll be doing one over on my Author Page. I’m hoping for a spoiler free chat about the book (as some of you will have read it by then). But I’ll be happy to answer any other questions you may have.

Facebook Live Gail Carriger

After that, if I can, I’ll pop into the Squee! Group for a no holds barred spoilerific discussion. That’s assuming I can get Live to work in a group for which I am not an admin.

gail-desk-set-up-with-romancing-the-inventor

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger. Oh don’t look so shocked.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel
    Status: Rough draft completed. Lay away this month. First pass red through starts in December.
    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.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1878-pierre-auguste-renoir-french-painter-1841-1919-the-parasol

1878 Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French painter, 1841-1919) The Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

lilliput-yawn-chair

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

10 Dickenseian Character Names Deciphered

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“I can’t help but to write, I have a inner need for it. If I’m not in the middle of some literary project, I’m utterly lost, unhappy and distressed. As soon as I get started, I calm down.”
~ Kaari Utrio

Book News:

I Can Read for Miles says of Romancing the Inventor: “To me, this tone fits with that of Poison or Protect, the previous romance novella Carriger published this summer from the Delightfully Deadly novella series (the Finishing School girls all grown up). Similarly between the two novellas, the sexy scenes are sweet and mildly shown, rather than explicit. This was quite fine with me in both cases, as Carriger seems to be exploring a lot about sexual personalities and perspectives we (or at least I) don’t often see in romance, which tends to be full of alpha males.”

Quote of the Day:

“[I am] a hardened and shameless tea drinker, who has for twenty years diluted his meals only with the infusion of this fascinating plant; whose kettle has scarcely time to cool; who with tea amuses the evening, with tea solaces the midnight, and with tea welcomes the morning.”
~ Samuel Johnson

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!


Ketchup Blog: Goodreads Visit, Facebook Live, & More

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Without a great deal of travel (for the first time in a long long time) this month, I turned my brain and fingertips onto two things: finishing SAS and business stuff.

Writing Project: SAS

SAS is the secret non-Parasolverse project that I’ve been unexpectedly writing recently. A spin off from Marine Biology. I picked it up as an exercise in joy and silliness and it evolved from short story to novella, and from novella to novel. Since it has been a very long time since I had this kind of fun with a book, I let it evolve. It helps that I’ve a break in book contracts right now.

Marine Biology

However, this made me realize I’d no place on my website for books that weren’t Parasolverse (e.g. Crudrat). So I tracked down Todd (my website magician) and had him fix that in preparation for SAS next year (which also meant tracking down Dan for the Crudrat cover art). This is what I mean by business: one simple thing turns into a million other things.

SAS? Yes, I will release it, despite it being smutty and dirty. Because it is also hilarious and rich and wonderful. So there. I figure I’ll slap a big fat warning on the sucker, and hope those with delicate sensibilities shuffle off and read something more tame.

Romancing the Inventor: Release Imminent!

Meanwhile I have been working hard getting Romancing the Inventor out to reviewers, which includes getting the last of my survey data quantified, sorted, and followed up on.

Romancing the Inventor

Finally the pre-order print editions of RTI arrived in office. Like the previous novella, the print will be $11.99 and should deliver around the same time as the ebook. There is no pre-order for print.

Unless the industry undergoes a drastic seed change, my novella print editions are likely to remain about $11.99. You see, with having to allow returns, plus the costs of shipping and printing (which are passed on to me, of course) even at $11.99 I make about $1 per book. Considering I must pay extra for print formatting, wrap cover design, and proofing, and that print is less that 30% of my sales, I’m not yet sure I’ll break even. But I know people really want it, sooo…

Gail Carriger Signing Romancing the Inventor for Borderlands Book, San Francisco, Oct 2016

With ARCs to hand, they had to be mailed off to those more official review venues who only take print, not to mention contributor copies, etc… I took 20 in to Borderlands and signed them, so you can call or email them for a signed copy. See what I mean about the business end of writing?

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Audiobooks

Speaking of things people really want that are a bother, it looks like we have ourselves a narrator! I won’t say more as I’m at the very start of this, but one of the novellas has officially gone into production. I make no promises, but I’m hoping that at the beginning of next year I’ll have my first self-published audiobook. Fingers crossed everyone.

Facebook Live

Facebook Live!

I discovered, recorded, and dropped a Facebook Live video on my home timeline last week. It was a total experiment and a resounding success. I plan to do more of them in future, especially around book releases. (Read about Facebook Live here.)

Visit the Page or the Group if you’d like to register your thoughts on more of these. Basically it’s a live Q&A that anyone can join in on, but you do need to be on Facebook.

Gail Carriger Visits Goodreads Oct 2016

Goodreads Visit

I signed an NDA so I can’t talk much about it, but I did get to visit Goodreads headquarters here in San Francisco as part of a focus group. It was enlightening, and enjoyable, and a really opened my eyes to Goodreads. I’ll be running a give-away there next week. I realized, however, that my attitude towards/on Goodreads has always been seeing it as an opportunity to pay things forward as an end user, reviewing books I really love and sharing my affection with my fellow readers. I have an open Q&A, so I answer questions there regularly. I don’t imagine I’ll change my behavior too much going forward. Still, an enlightening experience.

And, you don’t have to take me word for it! (Waves at Rabidreads.)

Interviews

Recently you can catch me talking a whole lot of Business of Writing with old friends. I’m on Ditch Diggers Podcast (recorded back in August) and the Raven & The Writing Desk on YouTube/Podcast. (Some conductivity issues effect image and audio with that one.)


I talk about going hybrid, the film option, cover art decisions, forming an LLC, and much more. We kind of lost all bandwidth at the end, but if you feel like trying, give it a go.

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel
    Status: Rough draft almost done.
    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.

NEXT UP

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1878 Gustave Claude Étienne Courtois (French painter, 1859-1923) Anne Marie Walter

1878 Gustave Claude Étienne Courtois (French painter, 1859-1923) Anne Marie Walter

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

steampunk flats

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

New Research Books

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Blake Charlton, Borderlands 2016

Blake Charlton, Borderlands 2016

blakes-book-borderlands

Book News:

Fan Art LeFoux Britta Hoyer FB

Fan Art LeFoux Britta Hoyer FB

Quote of the Day:

“If you would rule the world quietly, you must keep it amused.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!


Behind Romancing the Inventor: Blame Mercedes Lackey

Posted by Gail Carriger

Back when I was first transitioning into reading adult books, Gentle Reader, it was pretty natural to cross from children’s fantasy (there was no YA as a category back then) into adult fantasy via Mercedes Lackey. (I still hold that Arrows is, in fact, YA. It simply has never been packaged that way. Silly marketing.)

For me that transition went pretty smoothly because, well… girls and soul bonded horses. I know, but in case you never guessed, I’ve always been a super girly girl (aside from being totally not squeamish about bugs and food and dirt and climbing anything that will stand still long enough for me to get up it and… where was I?) Oh yes, so child Gail began reading adult books because white horses with purple eyes on cover. Duh.

I don’t know that I have a pithy place I am going with this post. I guess I’m writing it because I get asked a lot:

Why do you include gay characters in your books?

I find the question confusing. Like, Gail, why do you include food in your books? Or descriptions of dresses? Or fragment sentences? It’s part of my DNA as a writer. My world view. My world.

But that also seems to trivialize the whole darn thing.

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I think a better question is, why on earth would I not?

Mercedes Lackey always inhabits her work with gay and lesbian characters. They are not always central characters, as they are the Last Herald Mage series, but they are always there. (Keep reading Lackey and you end up with poly relationships. Gail, age 14 thought Knight of Ghosts and Shadows had the most romantic ending of any book EVER, and kinda still does.) All these relationships are presented in a supportive light. Which made perfect sense to child Gail with all her Berkeley and San Francisco poet, artist, dancer, musician aunties and uncles (and uncles who were also aunties).

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Since then, I’m lucky enough to have socialized with Mercedes on a few occasions as a grown up professional author (and she is just as warm and wonderful as you might hope). I’m afraid when I first met her, my friend Lauren and I rather fan-girled all over her. Almost entirely because we wanted to impress upon her the fact that her books were so very important because they gave us a model of fantasy that included alternate sexuality. As she went to pains to point out, there were other genre authors doing this before her. But those authors were generally less accessible to young women. Her books were/are important because in them queer wasn’t a big deal. It just was. And so when Lauren and I began to write it just was for us, too.

And that, my darlings, is a powerful instrument of change.

So there it is. As we move to a place where I, as an author, am finally writing a LBGTQ main character the answer to your question of why is essentially… blame Mercedes Lackey.

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something new and different for Gail, 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.

NEXT UP

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1872 Fashion plate via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

1872 Fashion plate via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

10 Times Umbrellas Became Works of Art

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

5 Travel Pillows in Order of Ridiculousness

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How to Create an Anthology

Book News:

Fan Art Lefoux by Cara Powers

Fan Art Lefoux by Cara Powers

Quote of the Day:

“There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”
~ Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!


Romancing the Inventor ~ Your Questions Answered

Posted by Gail Carriger

So my next novella, Romancing the Inventor, finally has all its preorders up and running!

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Amazon

Apple iBooks

Kobo

Nook

Drrectly from me as .mobi, .epub, and .pdf

This one is in the Supernatural Society novella series. Thank you to everyone who has already preordered, within 12 hours of the Chirrup going out Amazon had the ebook listed as a Best Seller! Preorders are important because they improved visibility and discoverability.

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Print?

I’m trying to time it so that ebook and print distribution happen around the same time. However, making print available for pre-order on Amazon‘s Createspace is outstandingly complicated (read the comments too, it’s INSANE). From my perspective? There is too much that can go wrong.

So I’m going to simply post RTI for sale in print shortly before the actual publication date. It may take a while to distribute through the system, link up with the ebook version, and Amazons outside the USA (for example). Also, physically printing and shipping delays matters.

Look I’m sorry, but they don’t make it easy for us self-publishing authors to time things perfectly. In this instance, digital is so much more of a pleasure to work with, that digital readers may reap the benefit of a prompt release. I swear I’m not trying to punish anyone for their reading preferences, it’s a matter of backend propinquity. (And if Backend Propinquity isn’t the name of a band, it certainly should be.)

What exactly does this mean if I want a print copy of Romancing the Inventor?

  1. You will not be able to pre-order print from Amazon.
  2. The print will appear for sale on Amazon as close to Nov. 1 as I can manage. Could be 48 hours after, could be 2 weeks.
  3. The two versions of the book may not immediately appear together on the Amazon book page.
  4. Oddly, you may be able to preorder print from Barnes & Noble and your local Indie bookstore and get it on time.
  5. Shipping may add an additional 2 weeks, regardless of venue.

Signed Editions

I will try to arrange the same deal for this book with Borderlands as I did with Poison or Protect. If you want a signed edition you’ll need to call them up to order it. There is a chance this may be the last signed edition I offer for a while because of some new CA legislation that makes it very challenging. (If you are in CA and like signed books, you might consider writing to your local representative.)

Audio

I’m struggling with this side of self publishing. It’s very expensive and time consuming. I’m still trying to do audio of Poison or Protect. The decision to do Romancing the Inventor one will ride entirely on the success and bother of that one. Audio is not something I am willing or able to do myself and so I have to find someone who can produce to my very exacting standards in sound quality, voice acting, and working relationship.

Before you ask, I’m not happy with Aux/Audible/Amazon’s contract for voice work so that avenue is out. I am still trying, I promise, it’s just difficult to do properly. And I won’t do it any other way.

Why Indie Authors Must Start Producing Audiobooks

More?

Further reads that pertain to why Gail is writing what she’s writing, and publishing how she’s publishing:

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something new and different for Gail, 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.

NEXT UP

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1870s via antique-royals tumblr

1870s via antique-royals tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Funny Victorian Era Photos – Silly Vintage Photography

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Ironically, Camouflaging Octopi & Squids Are Colorblind

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Picture This: The Author Photo as a Tool (my headshot is used as an example)

Book News:

FanA rt Lefoux by Sarah

FanA rt Lefoux by Sarah

Quote of the Day:

“He had the sort of flowing accent you rarely heard these days, an old BBC accent, the type where you knew the speaker had been brought up to hate rudeness above all other sins.”
~ Snow on the Roof by J. Leigh Bailey, Mari Donne, Amy Rae Durreson, Tray Ellis, Kim Fielding, Laylah Hunter, John Inman, Linda James, Rhidian Brenig Jones, Anne Regan

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!


Romancing the Inventor Cover Reveal!

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I’m delighted to show you the cover art and blurb for Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella!

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This cover was designed by the indomitable Starla Huchton, the photo was taken by Pixie Vision Photography, and is used with permission from Donna Ricci. Recognize that name? Yeah, that’s because Donna was the cover model for the Parasol Protectorate series! I love working with Donna and hope to do so for future covers. She is now the proprietress of Geeky Teas. (No that isn’t her in the photo, she rarely models anymore.)

About the Book

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

Imogene Hale is a lowly parlourmaid with a soul-crushing secret. Seeking solace, she takes work at a local hive, only to fall desperately in love with the amazing lady inventor the vampires are keeping in the potting shed. Genevieve Lefoux is heartsick, lonely, and French. With culture, class, and the lady herself set against the match, can Imogene and her duster overcome all odds and win Genevieve’s heart, or will the vampires suck both of them dry?

Delicate Sensibilities? This story contains women pleasing women and ladies who know what they want and pursue it, sometimes in exquisite detail.

This is a stand-alone LBGTQ sweet romance set in Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse, full of class prejudice, elusive equations, and paranormal creatures taking tea. Supernatural Society novellas can be read in any order.

Releases November 1, 2016.

Presskit for Romancing the Inventor here.

Currently it is available for ebook pre-order on…

Amazon

Apple iBooks

Kobo

Nook

Or directly from me as .mobi, .epub, and .pdf.

(Nook’s description will update in, oh, like three weeks or something ridiculous like that.)

Print?

It should also be in print around the same time as the ebook (although I make no promises) from Amazon and Ingram (AKA your local bookstore, just ask the bookstore)!

Providing print for pre-order on Amazon’s Createspace is outstandingly complicated (read the comments too, it’s INSANE). From my perspective? There is too much that can go wrong. So I’m going to have to simply post RTI for sale around the same time as the actual publication date. It may take a while to distribute through the system and to Amazon UK (for example). Also physically printing and shipping delays matters. Look I’m sorry, but they don’t make it easy for us self-publishing authors to time things perfectly. In this instance digital is so much more of a pleasure to work with that digital readers may reap the benefit of a prompt release. I swear I’m not trying to punish anyone from their reading preferences, it’s a matter of backend propinquity. (And if Backend Propinquity isn’t the name of a band, it should be.)

What exactly does this mean if I want a print copy of Romancing the Inventor?

  1. You will not be able to pre-order print from Amazon.
  2. The print will appear for sale on Amazon as close to Nov. 1 as I can manage. Could be 48 hours after, could be 2 weeks.
  3. The two versions of the book may not be immediately appear together on the Amazon book page.
  4. Oddly, you may be able to preorder print from Barnes & Noble and your local Indie bookstore.
  5. Shipping may add an additional 2 weeks regardless of venue.
  6. If at all possible I will offer signed editions, likely via Borderlands. You’ll need to call to place your order, don’t do it now. I’ll make the announcment when it becomes possible.

Audio

It’s so expensive and time consuming. I’m still trying to do audio of Poison or Protect. The decision to do Romancing the Inventor one will ride entirely on the success and bother of that one. Audio is not something I am willing or able to do myself and so I have to find someone who can produce to my very exacting standards both in sound quality, voice acting, and working relationship. I’m not gonna line, it’s proving darn near impossible.

Extra tid bit?

Look for a surprise appearance from some very popular characters and the strategic application of cognac.

I loved writing this story. It was a delight to give Genevieve her happy ending at long last. My poor Madame Lefoux, I put her through so much heartbreak. Imogene is strong and courageous a willing to do anything for her beloved inventor, which is exactly what Genevieve always needed. I hope you enjoy reading their adorable love story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

 

{Gail’s monthly read along for September is Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something new and different for Gail, 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.

NEXT UP

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Ascot, 1926 via thecostumeblog.blogspot.com

Ascot, 1926 via thecostumeblog.blogspot.com

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Mystery of the Phantom Page Turner

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

It’s Official – Ebooks Really are Books

Book News:

Fan Art of Madame Lefoux

Fan Art of Madame Lefoux

Quote of the Day:

“In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”
~ Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!


Questions About Imprudence Answered

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello, Gentle Reader, below I answer some frequently asked questions about Imprudence.

Will we get the Audiobook at the same time as the print and ebook?

Did you get it at the same time for Prudence? If yes, then mostly likely yes for Imprudence. If no (waves at the UK) then you are stuck waiting just like last time. I’m given to understand that this is an Audible UK issue.

Will the book/ebook/audiobook release at the same time in the UK, Aus, or other English Language Territory?

It depends. Anything is possible. It’s base your expectations on Prudence, if I were you. I talk about this complicated issue in this Occasional FAQ: Why Do Books Release Later to the UK, Australia & New Zealand?

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Is this the last book in the series?

Freaked out by the yellow cover, were you? Rest assured I intend to write more Custard Protocol. Right now I have two more books planned and there is a possibility of one or two after that. However, you will not be getting one next year, 2017. I took a break this year to deal with family, medical, and business stuff which means there is nothing in production for next year. Thus CP3 will have a 2018 release.

Is the Custard Protocol series adult or YA?

Adult. New Adult if you must.

Look, I know some bookstores keep putting Custard Protocol books in YA (if you are at your favorite indie looking for it, try that section) but while Prudence may have passed I doubt Imprudence will. All I have to say to bookstores and libraries is: if you don’t mind your teens getting a SERIOUS education then by all means, shelve it in YA. But you might want to put it into the right section with this book. The gloves, literally and figuratively, are most certainly off!

Can I get a signed copy?

Yes. Here are your options:

  1. You can come meet me on tour and I will sign and dedicate anything you like (including biceps, teapots, and parasols).
  2. You can order signed copies for BOTH Poison or Protect and Imprudence from Mysterious Galaxy and Borderlands. Mysterious Galaxy will have plenty signed books in store and at Comic Con (while supplies last). 858-268-4747
  3. Basically, you can usually order ANY of my books signed from Borderlands, they will ship overseas. They are my local indie and we have a relationship.  888.893.4008 or email (webmail@borderlands-books.com) If you call before Weds 07/13 I can also personalize it for you.

Will we see Custard Protocol characters in your novellas?

Not as such.

The inevitable: What about Lyall & Biffy?

OK. So the second Supernatural Society Novella will deal with both them and the doings in London after Imprudence. It’s one of the reasons I’ve been holding off on that novella, Imprudence has to release first and you all need to be caught up. It’s not yet written so I make no promises on a release date, and that’s why it’s not up on the website. But I intend to try to write it when I get back from tour.

What are you working on right now?

An utterly ridiculous, totally raunchy, passion project that is so off brand I’m not sure it will ever see the light of day. If it does, it’ll come with hella warnings, a super sexy cover, and likely a G. Carriger by line. (Yeah, I busted out hella.) If I finish it, I’m most likely to poll the newsletter regarding its fate. So pay attention to the Chirrup if you’re intrigued. But for now, I’m keeping a tight lid on this one. It’s… risky, and filthy, and adorable. But oh my god so much fun!

Soon as I’m back from tour, I switch to the Biffy Lyall reunion. Gotta do some reading first. Of my own books. I know, right? Bah!

And here’s some other stuff I can’t really talk about much here in this blog, but which people may want to read about:

 

{Gail’s monthly read along for July is Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • 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.

OUT NEXT

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Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second

Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England’s scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types.

Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they really are… is frightened.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Walking dress, 1878-80, Naples, Italy. via shewhoworshipscarlin Walking dress in two pieces (jacket and skirt) in gros effect violet taffetas, Sartoria Madame Grazini, Naples, 1878-1880 ca.

Walking dress, 1878-80, Naples, Italy. via shewhoworshipscarlin Walking dress in two pieces (jacket and skirt) in gros effect violet taffetas, Sartoria Madame Grazini, Naples, 1878-1880 ca.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Bean Back feet close jelly toes

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Evolution of the Dandies

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Double your Emergency Fund if You Plan to Be Self-Employed

Book News:

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Quote of the Day:

“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!


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