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Ketchup: Chirrup Changes, Goodreads & Fun Stuff

Posted by Gail Carriger

Through no fault of my own, August was a month of fixing and changing things. So here is a bit of a ketchup post for you, my dear Gentle Reader.

Newsletter Switcheroo

Many of you have been long time members of my newsletter, the Chirrup, as well as this blog (yes it’s different stuff). Well, I’m delighted to say that this month we jumped from one newsletter handler (MailChimp) to another (MailerLite).

You shouldn’t see any changes on your end when the September Chirrup goes out.

That said…

If you have had trouble signing up for the newsletter in the past, now is the time to try again.

Please remember check your spam filters and “Promotions” tabs if it’s not showing up. The next Chirrup I’ll have some audiobook codes for audible to give away.

Chirrup members will get Romancing the Werewolf cover art reveal soon as well as the option to win audiobook download codes (Poison or Protect).

What’s Else Is Up Right Now?

I’m putting Romancing the Werewolf into production (November 5th, everyone! You can add it on Goodreads), editing Competence, and writing the second San Andreas Shifters book. So if I’m a little quiet and absent, that’s why. Good excuses, no?

You can add Competence on Goodreads expected publication Summer 2018.

 

Meanwhile Check Out

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 or 2019.
  • TOC ~ San Andreas Shifters #2
    Status: Writing Rough draft.
    The werewolves are back. There’s a bartender with a mysterious ability and a big scruffy man mountain with a powerful crush. The pack’s started a business called Heavy Lifting. Gail is contemplating shifter food trucks ~ Do it raw! Sometimes we wiggle, sometimes the food does.

NOW IN DIGITAL, PRINT & AUDIO!

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger, now also in audio.
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1900s Golden Memories by CrouchEndTowen

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Call the Fashion Police! I’m Wearing an Illegal Hatpin!

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Secret Schedules of Great Authors

Book News:

Sample of my steampunk outfits

Quote of the Day:

“What’s the name you Poms have for that thing where you jump up and down and hit each other with sticks?”
“Sex?”
“Gardening?”
He snapped his fingers. “Morris dancing.”

~ Alexis Hall (For Real)

Following conversation recently occurred regarding this book:

R: OMG I loved For Real so much!
GC: I know, right? It’s soooo good.
R: But that cover!
GC: Argh.
R: And that blurb!
GC: Double argh.
R: Still, I should have just trusted you.
GC: Exactly. You should have. You doubted me?
R: I am so sorry.

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


Poison or Protect in Print at Last

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Here she is!

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The proof of Poison or Protect from Createspace

 

I know it seems like forever, but my goodness what a pain. It doesn’t help that yours truly is a horrible perfectionist, Gentle Reader.

What? You doubted that?

So, how can I buy it?

Right now?

Amazon.com (USA) & Amazon.ca (Canada) via Createspace

Supposedly (eventually) Amazon Europe (Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, and Amazon.es) but this is the ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDITION. This book is not translated.

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What about my local bookstore?

I am working on that, but that usually requires I use a different vendor: Ingram Spark. (Here’s a pretty good article on why, as a rule, bookstores do not stock Createspace books.) This could, in the end, be more costly than it’s worth (in order to get a bookstore to stock a book I need to opt in for returns which drastically kills my profit margin as a sole publisher, and could put me in the negatives with Ingram). I am going to try with this book, but we shall see.

Best way to get a bookstore to stock this book?

Ask for it.

Still don’t understand why this is all so complicated? (You and me both, honey.) Here is a two-part detailed discussion on Createspace vs Ingram Spark from a self-publisher standpoint via Giacomo.

Why did the print take so long?

For Createspace (Amazon)

  1. I had to wait a bit on the formatter (who was moving house).
  2. Then wait on the cover designer (who was moving house, couldn’t start the cover until the formatter was done, because we needed to know page number for the width of spine).
  3. All told, this delayed matters about a month.
  4. Then I had to put up all the content, get through the approval process (3 days).
  5. Then order the proof to be shipped (3 days).
  6. Then review the proof (3 days over the holiday weekend).
  7. Then submit for print (2 days).
  8. Then it took Amazon another day to link up the two editions.

And this is the faster, more efficient venue!

Meanwhile I also uploaded to Ingram, but they have a less familiar formatting system, and each stage of their process takes a few days longer. I’m still waiting on the proof and I paid for expedited shipping.

Anyhoo…

So the price?

Yeah $11.99 is really the best I could do.

Honestly, I won’t go into the nitty-gritty of it (I had to make a sum spreadsheet to get to the bottom line), but even with Createspace (with whom I make 2x what Ingram offers for each sale) I’m making less on the print editions than I would if I had my normal cut from a traditional publisher for one of my trad books. Plus having to allow returns? It’s brutal.

This industry is bonkers, people. Bonkers.

So I have priced this book as low as I could reasonably go and stay in the black, and I’m still not sure this is enough margin to for any indie bookstore to take a risk on stocking it, but we will find out. You are welcome to try. If you want to order this book, most bookstores should now be able to provide it on request. Please feel free to trot on up to the info counter and… see what they say. I have told those on my tour that this book exists. But frankly it was like pulling teeth to get many to stock the manga in the past, and that was all legit and schuff.

Let the great experiment commence!

On the bright side, I have seen a proof copy and it’s flipping beautiful. So long as that’s actually what gets distributed, this is a pretty pretty book.

Enjoy your dead tree paper meats, dahlings! Nom nom nom.

 

{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.
  • Secret Project TSS ~ 16k of 80k
    Status: Rough draft.

OUT NEXT

2Imprudence

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 . . .

1865 Le Follet Date- Saturday, July 1, 1865 Item ID- v. 45, plate 10

Le Follet Date- Saturday, July 1, 1865 v. 45, plate 10

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Meanwhile on Twitter

Meanwhile on Twitter

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Masculine Fashion by James Tissot: Aristocrats (1865-1868)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How Goodreads Can Help Writers Grow Their Readership

Book News:

Sophronia

Quote of the Day:

“My dear fellow, the truth isn’t quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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


Poison or Protect ~ How’s Hybrid Life Going So Far?

Posted by Gail Carriger

So my new self published novella, Poison or Protect, has been on sale for a whole 3 days, or so and here’s a run down of how it went. And how I am feeling paddling through the new world of being a hybrid author…

I’m feeling pretty darn elated. Nothing went horribly horribly wrong… yes! Pretty much, in publishing, that’s all I ask for these days. Low expectations are so manageable.

Thank you for your enthusiasm! If you pre-ordered and/or purchased the book this first week, I love you so much. I was hoping for around 2000 pre-orders and we managed 2500 (that I could see, some platforms don’t show this information), which it pretty darn great. Also I’m always happy when I have a feel for the numbers and am not wildly off base.

On Amazon

It’s hard to track details without a physical book for Nielsen to keep track of (more on that later). But Poison got up to an Amazon Bestseller Rank of #478 on its first day of sales.

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In its categories it held steady at:
#1 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Steampunk
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Steampunk

And got as high as:

#6 in Books > Romance > Historical > Victorian

And it has 21 reviews THANK YOU. Reviews really do make a great deal of difference to any author. They effect how/when Amazon shows the book to people who haven’t bought it (among other things) so if you are at all inclined to leave a review, please please do.

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On Kobo

#1 in Science Fiction & Fantasy, Steampunk
#6 in Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
#4 in Romance, Historical

With 5 reviews. I’m not super familiar with Kobo as a platform. Although I know it’s popular with my international readership. My guess is this platform is doing next best sales for me, which is not unsurprising, although I did think in this day of mobile devices it might be iBooks.

iBooks

Well, you know Apple, even harder to extract information. Two reviews is all I can see, and all I know. Oh Apple, you’re such a mysterious silver fox. Come here and just let me love you, and take care of you, and fill the void that is your broken heart. Or something.

B&N

It took way longer to verify the upload and then it took an additional three weeks to put the description up dropping it only a few days before it went on sale. I’m not sure if this had an effect on the pre-order number or sales in general but it was a trial working with this platform.

There is one adorable review (a convert!) and if B&N has a ranking system, Poison isn’t in it. I’m pretty nervous about Nook, to be honest with you. B&N has been, over the years, one of my staunchest supporters (and the cause of some of my biggest heartaches) but I’ll stick with them as long as they keep trying.

Meanwhile, yes the 3 other short stories are pulled. They are in process of being professionally formatted and given new cover art. Because B&N is a challenge they need to be totally clear of their system before I upgrade. This will be fixed by October at the latest.

 

You see one other way reviews count, Gentle Reader? Emotional bolstering for the authorbeast. (Like tea.)

Others

Directly from my website (via Gumroad) I’ve sold a dozen or so. That’s the place to get the .pdf if you’ve no other way to read electronic.

I know very little about inktera or 24symbols. If anyone uses those, would you let me know? The back end distribution is a bit of a pain to deal with, and with a long delay in all changes I may pull out of these platforms in future.

Why is this book not on Google Play or Smashwords?

Here’s an old blog from a few years ago talking about some of the issues (from an author standpoint) with Google Play. From everything I’ve been able to dig up, none of these issues have been fixed and I’m really not wild about some of the codicils in their distribution contract. They aren’t a big enough fish to take the risk, so far as I am concerned. I’m sorry if this is your preferred venue but that’s why I’m putting these novella up on my website you can use that as a work around.

For those few who asked, I’ve quit Smashwords. They were proving very difficult to work on tax stuff and I just don’t want to take that risk.

Print

I’ve got the internal matter formatted (thanks Nina!) and uploaded to Createspace for distribution on Amazon. It’s 200 pages long. However, I needed to know the page count before Starla could finalize the cover art. Now we’re ready, she’s going to get on that as soon as possible. Things aren’t awesome for her right now and she really needs our support to get through a rough patch, so, while you’re waiting how about trying out one of her books? She’s a wonderful author in her own right and if you get a printed one you can see her lay-out style and what you might expect with Poison.

Because this isn’t something I can do anything about, we are all going to have to be patient. Once it’s ready I will accelerate the production process as fast as I can (while still meeting my rather exacting standards). I will also be trying for venues other than Createspace, because I don’t believe in an Amazon monopoly. But all signs point to the fact that Ingram is even slower, so we start with Amazon.

Imprudence is coming, so you’ll get your print fix soon regardless. And you’ll love this next book, I promise you will. (There are even some signed editions out there.)

 

{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

2Imprudence

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 . . .

The Young Ladies' Journal Monday, May 1, 1865 v. 44, plate 107

The Young Ladies’ Journal Monday, May 1, 1865 v. 44, plate 107

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Steampunk Book Ends

Steampunk book ends!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Fearless Photographs of the First Tornado Chasers (1884)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

If you doubted there was gender bias in literature, this study proves you wrong

Book News:

Petunia

Petunia fan art.

Quote of the Day:

“You can either shut yourself up in a country house and stare into a newt tank, or you can be a dasher with the sex. You can’t do both.”

~  Bertie Wooster (P. G. Wodehouse)….tv version of the original quote

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


Poison or Protect On Sale Tomorrow ~ Squee

Posted by Gail Carriger

Poison or Protect is on sale tomorrow!

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Cue Gail crazy running around flapping arms in a hyperventilating kind of way. Oh wait, that’s not dignified. I’m sitting drinking tea. Calmly. Oh so calmly.

I’m hoping it drops out everywhere it is supposed to. This is the cross my fingers that I have done everything I can, clear this week’s schedule in case of crash and burn, and… go.

You are hereby warned that if you are outside the US and/or not using Amazon and you don’t get it tomorrow at midnightrightawayohmygoshpleasepleaseplease and you tweet/comment/email/whatever at me freaking out, this will be my answer:

We can but hope it gets to you eventually. There is nothing more I can do. May Lord Akeldama be with you.

{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second.
    Out July 19, 2016 in print and eBook to US.
  • 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?

OUT NEXT

Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella

 Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail’s first foray into hybrid land.)

 

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Extraordinary Life of Marianne North: The Victorian Gentlewoman Who Travelled the World

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Making Fun of the Romance Reader

Book News:
Librarina says of the Finishing School Series:
“If you like steampunk, supernatural mysteries, and/or tales of girls who don’t quite fit in with their high society families, I recommend you check this series out.”

Quote of the Day:
“A little farm-house boy, of three years old, made a pet of a large squash, which he dressed in a pocket-handkerchief, and called Phebe Ann.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

 

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

Poison or Protect is Coming June 21, 2016

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Well hello Gentle Reader, I’ve had a busy weekend. I hope yours was more relaxing.

Why was I so busy?

Well, subscribers to my newsletter, the Chirrup have a super secret preview in their inboxes today!

Here’s a bit of a teaser for the rest of you…

Poison or Protect: A Delightfully Deadly Novella is up for preorder on Amazon! It will drop to other platforms on (or as close as possible to) the release date. And it will (eventually) be available in print, but that will take me a bit more time to figure out how to execute properly.

{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Parasol and Bonnet  1860  Musée Galliera de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Forgotten Women of 1857

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

 
Breaking the Glass Slipper: 15 of the Amazing Women Writing Genre Fiction

PROJECT ROUND UP
 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second.
    Out July 19, 2016 in print and eBook to US.
  • 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?






Gail Carriger’s Scribbles! 

Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella
 Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail’s first foray into hybrid land.)

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)


 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
My Sister’s Song; Marine Biology; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:

Silvana Fan Art Sophronia from instagram

Quote of the Day:
“To gather up the dust of my heart and scatter it again on the winds of hope.”
~ Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall

Want Gail in you inbox once a month? Get the Chirrup!
Gail on Facebook & Twitter & Goodreads & Tumblr.
Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!

Ketchup ~ Novellas, Cover Art, Edits, Oh My!

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

My dear Gentle Reader, hope all is well with you. Yesterday was national tea day (I drank a great deal of it, as per usual). Other than that, it’s all novellas all the time here in the den of the writerbeast.

Serenity, or should I say: sereni-tea?

 

Developmental edit of Poison or Protect

I’m working hard on the developmental edit of Poison or Protect. I had a slight hiccough in the process to do with Word vrs track changes. The details are sublimely dull, basically I lost about a day’s worth of work, which was disheartening. (Nothing to do with not backing up. I always backup.) I’m running an updated version yet it will keep crashing (and don’t you dare mention .odt, it’s even worse). Unfortunately, Scrivener is not a solution at the track changes stage of manuscript preparation. So I spent some time figuring out the bugs, and now I must train myself to avoid the triggers. Should be smooth sailing from here on out.

1866-1868  The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Poison or Protect takes place during this time period.

 

Do we have a release date?

Argh! I’m trying to settle on a release date but since this is the first novella, I kind of don’t know until I actually do it. And I can’t actually do it until I’m at least at the copy edit stage. A few horror stories from behind the scenes have made me wary of putting up a preorder with anything less than a penultimate draft. Plus I don’t want to lock myself into a release date only to have something go horribly, horribly wrong. So I want everything ready to go before I commit. I’d rather have people dangling wild with anticipation than disappointed. Sorry, that’s my nature.

Do we have cover art?

Why yes, yes we do! And I am so delighted with it. But you’ll have to be patent a little longer while I figure out this preorder thing.

Ask me questions!

However, I’m getting ready to do some posts about this first novella, its cover, how its cover happened, and what you might expect. If you have any questions about it, now would be a great time to ask. I will try to write some posts with your answer for you soon.

You can leave a comment below (blogspot, goodreads) or drop me a calling card if you’d like to remain discrete.

{Gail’s monthly read along for April is To Play the Lady by Naomi Lane.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Follet Monday, April 1, 1867 Item ID-  v. 46, plate 39

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Hair Care
Headdresses and Hairstyles (1811-1820)
Victorian Cosmetics: Red Lip Rouge and Lip Salve for 19th Century Ladies

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

via writingbox tumblr

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. In production. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella.
    Status: Working developmental edit. Cover art reveal to come. Release date to come.
    Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.
  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.
    Status: Awaiting first pass edit. Chasing cover art photo.
    Gail’s second foray into hybrid land, LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor whose too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

 

Gail Carriger’s Scribbles! 

 

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

 
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:

via ace-artemis-fanartist-tumblr
As I’ve said before; I love drawing my otps dancing.
Here is Biffy and Professor Lyall from Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger.

Quote of the Day:
“Richard left him, cherishing the almost imperceptible quiver of amusement in his voice like a precious thing.”
~ A Gentleman’s Position by K.J. Charles (I love this series)

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Gail on Facebook & Twitter & Goodreads & Tumblr.
Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!

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