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The Care & Feeding of Your Human Author – A Cat’s Perspective

Posted by Gail Carriger

Lilliput the Bean here.

I have hijacked my human’s blog.

For you, fellow cat-kind, I present my tips on how to care and feed your human authorbeast.

  1. Provide authorbeast with small kills as often as possible while singing the song of our people. Toy mice, fleece snakes, occasional burnt muffin bottom, or earplugs (I call them pinkies).
  2. Distract your authorbeast from overworking, often. They shouldn’t be allowed to focus too hard: walk across keyboard, nibble ankles, pretend to drink the tea.
  3. When in doubt, eat the laptop stand.
  4. Is your human sitting? Is there lap? Do they have a full bladder? Make those biscuits, make them!
  5. Attack your authorbeast through the filmy curtains. We all know they are see-through, but your human can’t tell. Humans aren’t that smart.
  6. Ostentatiously check objects in use, on the off chance that they might be tasty: iPad, phone, earbuds, kindle, corner of book, your human’s fingers and eyebrows.
  7. Test gravity regularly. Make absolutely certain it is always working properly. For science!

Now, go forth and help your authorbeast to write!

{Gail’s monthly read along for March is Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

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 . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Beat Jet Lag by Eating Meals On Local Time Before You Travel

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Top Ten Trends in Publishing Every Author Needs to Know in 2017

Book News:

Blackgate interview with yours truly.

Quote of the Day:

“Never trust a woman who wears mauve, whatever her age may be, or a woman over thirty-five who is fond of pink ribbons. It always means that they have a history.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Gail Is Away On Retreat

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’m delighted to let you know, Gentle Reader, that Prudence (the first Custard Protocol Book) is on sale for $4.99 (ebook USA). I have no control over the pricing of these books but I will say that this is a good deal. I would jump on it, if I wanted the digital version.

And now…

Writing Retreat!

I’m gone for a whole week, Gentle Reader, starting Sunday. I’m even, mostly, off grid.

This is very much a good thing.

You see – I have a writing retreat far away and in a secret location. I will be holed up with 20 other writers and 2 amazing chefs, typing away diligently from 8am until 6pm and then drinking and talking shop all night. This is vitally important not only to my productivity, but to my mental health and well-being.

I hope to get over the hump and into the downward slide on this Competence rough. I’m ambitious, but I think I can get pretty far along, if previous retreats are anything to go by.

Anyway, wish me luck? As ever, I’ve scheduled things to drop and bits and bobs to keep you entertained on social media while I’m gone. I’ll be checking in, in case the world explodes, but I may be slow to respond to, well, everything.

See you in March.

Many hugs!

Miss Gail

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

PROJECT ROUND UP  

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 . . .

Parasol via shewhoworshipscarlin Fashion plate, 1883, Sweden.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Fan Art conall_feels_pretty_by_chanee_dawn-d41w6qa

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Are Bathroom Lines Allowed on International Flights? The Definitive Answer

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Value of Writing Retreats

Book News:

Confessions of a Bibliophile says of Prudence:

“The entire cast of characters were absolutely wonderful and entertaining. I love the wit and snark between the quad on The Spotted Custard, on their time in the air and even when they stop in various places along the way from London to England.”

Quote of the Day:

“When one pays a visit it is for the purpose of wasting other people’s time, not one’s own.”

~ Oscar Wilde

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


Chapter Titles And Other Quandaries

Posted by Gail Carriger

I have a mad love of chapter titles, Gentle Reader. You may, or may not, have noticed that all of my books have chapter titles. I’ve no idea where this love comes from, that’s the weird thing. Yes many of my early reader books had chapter titles, but it’s not like as I got older they didn’t fade away as they mainly do in genre. And didn’t most other authors have that too? Yet they readily abandon the chapter title. Perhaps it’s because of my comedy bent?

For example, here’s a look at the chapter titles in Romancing the Inventor:

  1. In Which We Hope Vampires are Perverted
  2. In Which Inventors Have Powerful Dimples
  3. In Which Equations Prove Fruitful and Multiply
  4. In Which Werewolves Come Calling
  5. In Which Things Get Perverted at Supper
  6. In Which Imogene Contemplates Rodger
  7. In Which We Learn the Source of Vanilla
  8. In Which There are More Dimples
  9. In Which Werewolves Meddle
  10. In Which We Solve All the Equations

I don’t always use the “In Which” tag, but in this particular book I really wanted to. It felt right. Perhaps, if you want me to seem very smart, I’m playing on the idea of solitary women of the dark past (particularly those with aberrant sexual interests), being monikered witch? (There’s you college essay for you.) Competence, the book I’m working on now, has a different approach. But it still has chapter titles.

One of my great joys as an indie author is that I get to make sure my chapter titles appear at the front of the ebook. My formatter and I had a long hash out of the necessity of this and how I wanted them to appear, exactly. Because when I can be in control, I am such a control freak.

I don’t necessarily gravitate to reading books that have chapter titles, but I do notice when they appear and I like it. Possibly because it is so rare these days.

I wonder why it’s so out of fashion. Too much like non-fiction? Perceived as juvenile?

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

PROJECT ROUND UP  

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 . . .

 After a design by Cornelis Pronk (Dutch, Amsterdam 1691–1759 Amsterdam), Chinese, for Dutch market

 Cornelis Pronk (Dutch, Amsterdam 1691–1759 Amsterdam)
Plate depicting a lady with parasol, ca. 1734–37
Chinese, Yongzheng (1723–35)–Qianlong (1736–95) period
Hard-paste porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware); H. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.); Diam. 19 1/2 in. (49.5 cm.)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Helena Woolworth McCann Collection, Purchase, Winfield Foundation Gift, 1968 (68.153)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Globo dirigible de M. Giffard

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Publishing Predictions: What Will Happen in 2017

Book News:

Dianna Sachs says of Romancing the Inventor:

“The relationship between Madame Lefoux and the intrepid parlormaid, Imogene, has a sweetness that underlies their discovery of each other. The pair must navigate their emerging feelings for each other while withstanding the manipulations of a few familiar characters – some benign and others decidedly hostile.”

Quote of the Day:

“Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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It Means Something Different in Romance

Posted by Gail Carriger

But first! PRUDENCE & SOULLESS are in Barnes & Noble’s 3 for 30 promo right now! (USA Paperback)

And now…

Terminology for Romance Readers & Authors

In 2016 I shifted (slightly), Gentle Reader, and began writing more romance. All my books have romance threads, but in my first two novellas (Poison or Protect and Romancing the Inventor) I brought those threads to the forefront.

Romancing the Inventor

Delving into not just the writing but also the production end of the romance equation has been extremely enlightening, especially given my particular background (both personal and professional). Conversational lingo in the Bay Area on the subject of such things, let us just say, is a whole lot different from what a girl plops in her book description on Amazon.

For example, in conversation ’round a cafe in the Castro I’d call Poison or Protect het, or breeder, with kink lite, but that sure ain’t the correct way to go about it on Amazon.

We are talking book descriptions here people

What follows is going to be me prattling on about romance novel book descriptions, particularly those that appear on websites like Amazon, Kobo, B&N, etc… (As opposed to book cover copy, which appears in print on book jackets and is usually slightly different.)

Let me say that again, I’m talking about vocabulary and semantics in ROMANCE NOVEL BOOK DESCRIPTIONS. This means… marketing! Hooray! I’m NOT dealing with how greater society would describe the relationships presented in said books, nor the choices/terms various communities would prefer used, nor the political correctness of this situation.

What I find fascinating is the marketing aspect, not the truth. (Ain’t that how the world works these days, anyway?)

I don’t know… warning?

Look, I think this is interesting and educational and fascinating. I’m not gonna describe any acts or what-have-you. But if you’re easily offended by anything beyond plain-old heterosexual intercourse, then you might wanna not read this. Okay? Bye bye now.

Still with me?

Here we go… Bum chicha baow.

On the surface?

Romance means the emotional tenors of the relationship are front and center to the plot of the story. Pacing is going to rely on feelings. Feeeeeeeeelings, nothing more than, feeeeelllingggs…

Sweet romance probably won’t have much (if any) sex details and it’ll likely end on a wedding (or at least an engagement).

Clean romance means that it really won’t have any nookie.

Erotica means it’s all about the sexitimes. Pace is going to be driven by physical encounters and those will be described in detail.

You Probably Know This But…

A stand alone means the whole story arc finishes in one book.

Cross-over characters means there will be side and background characters shared in other books by this author, or (in some rare cases) books by other authors too.

If you come at romance having read anything else first, here’s a shocker:

The word series. The traditional definition of series means linked books with the same main character(s) and over-arching plot that are meant to be read one after another (like my Finishing School books). In romance, series is far more likely to mean a shared world with stand alone books and cross over characters that can be read in any order (like my Supernatural Society novellas).

The exception is urban fantasy and paranormal romance, which are more likely to be set up as traditional series not linked stand-alones.

Frankly, I wish there were a better word than series deployed in romance, but it seems there is no going back now.

Lets Get Deep Here: Initialisms

HEA means happily ever after.

MLM means men loving men. WLW means women loving women. These come out of personal ads from, oh hell, the 1980s or whatevs. More common these days in marketing is f/f (means female female) and m/m (means male male) romance or sex (but likely both). These terms come out of slash fan fiction.*

These sets of initialisms used in descriptions quickly let readers know exactly what kind of relationship will be taking place in the book. There are cover art markers too, but these aren’t as specific. For example, there is a lot of cross over in cover art style (see: tattooed naked male torso + dark shadows + bold title) between contemporary m/m erotica (usually two muscled alpha males, often using the “gay for you” trope) and new adult bad boy romances (het, college age, fixed by snatch trope**).

LGBTQ means Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer. An all encompassing series of letters that, when used in a romance book description, usually implies that not only the main characters will be in a queer coupling (or more) but that there will be queer supporting characters and, probably, a level of understanding about real world queer communities.

More than you ever needed to know about multiples

Menagé. OK this term can get complicated (yeah yeah). In the strictest sense of the word, menagé should mean all three are getting it on together. However, I’ve found that in romance menagé often means two dudes getting it on with one girl (and NOT the other dude). Everything stays heterosexual. (Yep, there is a whole sub-genre of brothers who share.) This kind of menagé will almost invariably involve DP (double penetration).

As opposed to: m/f/m or m/m/m or f/f/f etc… the use of a slash to describe a menagé relationship usually means all parties involved are sexually together with each other, as a proper threesome.

Poly (from polyamorous) means three or more individuals romantically involved with each other. This term is not often used in book descriptions, and when it is, it implies that emotional connections between characters will be emphasized over sexual ones.

May/December describes a large age difference between the central romantic pairing. As age difference is also a power imbalance, this can edge into either disturbing or hot (but then, most things can when romance and/or sex are involved). Of course, it is always the power struggle in romance that is truly titillating to readers.

mPreg. Oh yes. Did you know this one? It’s getting more and more common in m/m shifter romances. And yeah, it means one of the dudes gets pregnant. Don’t ask.

 

OK there you have it. Signal marker terms in the romance genre. I’m sure there are a ton more but these are the ones I found interesting and surprising.

 

* MLM versus m/m, WLW versus f/f additional thoughts. As an anthropologist, I find the use of the word women (or men) as a opposed to female (or male) interesting. Women has implications of societal role, while female is more clinical. In anthropology, these words are all tied up in concepts of gender versus biological sex.

** “fixed by snatch” I’m not a big fan of the idea that a douchnozzle dude can be reformed by penetrating the perfect pussy. Oh, I’m sorry, was that crass? Then stop writing/buying it. New Adult romance has a lot to answer for.

{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 . . .

via Oᒪᗪ ᑭᕼOTOᔕ & ᙖᗩᙅOᑎ @photosandbacon Lila Lee at the Beach

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

“I hate the treadmill.”
“I thought you hated the elliptical.”
“I hate them equally. I can’t have one thinking it’s the favourite.”

~ The Weight Of It All by N.R. Walker

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“Truth often sounds like insolence to those unprepared to hear it.”

~ Starstruck Holidays by Lia Davis, Kerry Adrienne, Jennifer Loring, Merryn Dexter, B. Leslie Tirrell

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Why Do Some Writers Choose to Go “Indie”?

Book News:

Women Write About Comics says:

“The magic of Romancing the Inventor is not only that it takes what should be an agonizingly taboo situation and plays it out like your average romance, but also that any reader can come and experience Gail Carriger’s world without needing to ask too many questions. Carriger is fantastic at worldbuilding; and when there are questions, she has a brief glossary in the back for terms that have not been explained.”

Quote of the Day:

“Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Gail Carriger On Plot Versus Pace ~ Or Figuring Out Why That Book Sucks

Posted by Gail Carriger

Pace is an interesting concept for readers to grasp but it’s something authors talk about all the time. It’s not the physical movement of characters through space and time within the story, nor is it the over-arching journey those characters are on (be it emotional or physical or both). That’s plot.

1. So what do you mean by pace, Miss Gail?

Pace is literally how fast readers turn the page. Pace has to do with everything from the size of the paragraphs, to sentence structure, to word choice, to when and where dialogue interrupts description. Pace involves the tone of voice in narration, introduction of new characters, encounters between characters, comedic or suspenseful moments, and revelations about feelings.

If you feel like a book is boring, or drags you down, or is work to read then either the author has a pacing issue, or you don’t like how they are handling pace. I sometimes describe such books as too chewy.

Different genres of books, and even different sub genres, tackle pace differently. Suspense has a much faster pace then a cozy mystery, for example. Contemporary romance is faster paced than historical, YA fantasy is faster than epic fantasy, and so forth. I tend to avoid epic fantasy for example because I find the pace mind numbingly slow.

A good developmental editor helps her author, first and foremost, with pacing. Usually, it’s her job to identify flaws in pacing, when reader attention drifts. A good DE may even try to determine why it’s happening. A bad one will attribute all flaws to plot.

2. Plot is still pretty darn important.

In romance, for example, the plot of the relationship is vital, from when the first kiss happens, to when each character admits to their feelings about the other (or others). And that’s because there are, indeed, elements of pacing in plotting.

You’ll hear authors sometimes refer to these key plot moments as “pulse points.” When and where a writer drops these elements, and how frequently they are deployed, dictates reader involvement and focus.

3. But still not as important as pace.

Here’s an interesting note to end on.

Did you know that when two professional authors get together to talk, they rarely tell each other is the plot of their respective novels? In fact, describing plot is a clear indication of an amateur author, or a non-writer. In some circles, it’s considered quite rude.

Why? Because plot is a whole lot less important than pace, and pace cannot be described. (That’s why this blog post is so rambly.) This is why authors tend to rely on an elevator pitch, even after decades in the game, and sitting across the table from an author friend.

{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 . . .

Axel Ender (Norwegian artist, 1853-1920) In Expectation

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

A world-famous photographer captured candid pictures of people reading

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Poem: How to choose a wife, Victorian Style “If you’ve seen her drink three cups of tea”

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

4 Things Real Authors Have that Amateurs Don’t

Book News:

Fan Art Alexia Soulless By Sarah Lynne Christianson

Quote of the Day:

“I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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


Did You Know Gail Has A YouTube Channel?

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello my dear Gentle Reader! I have a YouTube channel.

I have, actually had a YouTube channel for a really long time, I just haven’t gotten into it much.

However, Kelly and I have figured out how to take the Facebook Live videos I’ve been doing and upload them to YouTube. Well, Kelly has. So you can now subscribe to the channel and get them there.

No promises on getting them up in a timely manner. If you want to participate in the Q&A and get the info right away, you’ll still have to tune in live. But at least for those of you who really intensely dislike the whole FB experience (yes, I get it) there is now a low barrier to entry way to see the videos.

Subscribe and like, if you would. And I promise I’ll keep doing them there.

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Rough Draft.
    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 draft done. Resting before second 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.

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 . . .

1875 Fashion plate, 1875 via shewhoworshipscarlin

1875 Fashion plate, 1875 via shewhoworshipscarlin

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Bumbersnoot's Girlfriend

Bumbersnoot’s Girlfriend

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Learned about Sirum on the plane to Singapore. INGENIOUS charity. SIRUM connects unopened unexpired medications to patients in need.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“I think the first duty of all art, including fiction of any kind, is to entertain. That is to say, to hold interest. No matter how worthy the message of something, if it’s dull, you’re just not communicating.”
~ Poul Anderson

Book News:

Linnie says of Imprudence:

“Imprudence is a wonderful second entry in the series, even stronger than the first. I loved it and am sure fans of Prudence will love it as well.”

Quote of the Day:

“You, with sophistical arguments, set yourself up to attack that very sex which, because it is deprived of the opportunity to study, cannot answer your malicious inventions.”
~ Archangela Tarabotti

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


Where’s The Audiobook? Occasional FAQ

Posted by Gail Carriger

Dear Gentle Reader, this blog is part of my occasional FAQ series being comprised of questions I get a lot and would like to answer here in depth. So what is today’s question?

Where is the Audiobook of Gail’s Novella?

It doesn’t matter which story you’re looking for, if you can’t find it by clicking on the audiobook buy button on that book’s website page (and if you can’t, that button may have brought you here *waves*) then this is what is going on…

Romancing the Inventor Audiobook

Know this first:

  1. Audiobooks are costly to do well, and I only want to produce quality product. Therefore, I must be careful about investing in production.
  2. Audiobooks are time consuming for everyone, so it’s highly unlikely one will ever drop at the same time as one of my novella ebooks.
  3. Voice talent is not easy to find. Gail will only use high quality British voice actors.

So where is it?

The story you are looking for may be in production. Sign up for my newsletter, The Chirrup, to find out exactly when it releases. Sure, you can follow me on Twitter or whatever, but you’re more likely than not to miss the announcement. The Chirrup goes out only once a month. I will never spam you or give your email to anyone else.

Audiobook Buy Button

If the story you are looking for has no Audiobook buy button then currently I’ve no plans to produce it in audio. Why? Because it did not make enough money as a print/ebook to warrant the expense. If people don’t want to read it then likely they really won’t want to listen to it. I know you may want to, but you’re obviously unique.

Other FAQs

Will you be using the same voice actress as the Parasol Protectorate (Emily) or Finishing School/Custard Protocol books (Moira)?

No. I would love to but, both are high end professional voice actresses with multiple contracts for existing books. They do not have the time (nor do I have the money) for novellas. However, if I find a voice actress I like, who is comfortable with my range of accents, then I will likely use her multiple times.

Will you ever use a male voice actor?

Yes. For those books which have all/mostly male POV characters.

Will you read/record your own books?

No. (See the part about high quality and professional. I am neither.)

Will you ever use an American voice actor?

Yes. For those stories with an American main character.

Miss Gail, I want to do eeet! I can voice act with the best of ’em.

Do you have a reel? Do you have a professional voice acting website with contract information? How good is your accent range? Are your recording instruments high quality? Will you work for hire (flat fee)? Are your rates competitive?

Answer yes to ALL of the above questions? Then you can contact me through the calling card feature on my website. However, I have a producer and he has the final say.

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Will you do any full cast audio (like Crudrat) or use multiple voice actors for multiple POVs?

Unlikely.

But I REALLY WANT the book on audio, how about crowd funding it?

No. That’s exponentially more work on the back end and while I enjoyed my Kickstarter experience with Crudrat, I am not inclined to do it again. Ever. Sorry.

Where’s the Audiobook of Gail’s latest Parasolverse Novel?

What you’re asking about here, is traditionally published. In the USA it comes out right around the same time as the first edition of the book, usually within a few days. In the UK and other English language territories it can take up to a month for the audiobook to drop.

 

Hidden in Pages says of Imprudence audiobook:

“The narrator does an absolutely wonderful job narrating and it was a joy to listen to. I kept finding myself creating reasons to listen to the audiobook so that I could listen to more.”

Midwest Book Review: Library Watch says of the Imprudence audiobook:

Imprudence will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library audio book collections and is a “must” for all science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts.”

I Am, Indeed says of the Imprudence audiobook:

“Narration for this story is provided by Moira Quirk, and she does manage to present both sides of every conversation with clarity and style: each character is distinct, the rapid-fire moments of dialogue don’t impede her forward progress, and there are appropriate pauses for breath, laughter and tension (when required).”

Herding Cats & Burning Soup reviewed the Etiquette & Espionage audiobook:

“Floating schools, mechanimals (omg I want!), vampires and werewolves and highwaymen. How to curtsy, poison guests, and spying lessons. I mean. This is what everyone learns at finishing school…right?”

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Rough Draft.
    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 draft done. Resting before second 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.

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 . . .

1874-1875The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston _ OMG that dress!

1874-1875The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston _ OMG that dress!

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Flower Island

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A Traditional Publishing Timeline

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Characters on the Couch: Gail Carriger’s Imogene & Genevieve

Quote of the Day:

“I never want to see anyone, and I never want to go anywhere or do anything. I just want to write.”
~ P. G. Wodehouse

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Using WordPress Plugin Redirection For Evergreen Universal Links

Posted by Gail Carriger

This is one of those I searched the web and couldn’t find the answer. Then figured out how to do it, and feel like I must pay it forward to save other authors the pain and agony of trying to figure it out. It may not apply to you, Gentle Reader, for which I appologize.

This post only applies to she who has a website on the WordPress platform.

Other options, why you might wish/not wish to use this method, how to devise a system for your links, and so forth, can be found on Carolyn Jewel’s most excellent blog post:

Evergreening Your Links

You might want to read that first. That post is why I felt compelled to write this one.

Other caveats:

  • Initiate at your own risk. I understand that plugins can make your site more virus vulnerable.
  • I am a technophobe ignoramus numb-nuts.
  • My method might not be ideal for you.
  • This post might be out of date, if read after December 2016.
  • Blah blah blah.

Still with me?

1. Go to your WordPress plugin dashboard.

1. WordPress Plugin

Click Add New.

Search, download and install, Redirection.

2. Scroll through your list of plugins to find Redirection.

If not activated. Activate.

2. WordPress Plugin Redirection

3. Click Settings underneath the name “Redirection”

THIS PART IS KEY.

3. WOrdpress Plugin Redirection Settings

If this is your first time using Redirection then you need to SET UP GROUPS. Redirection will open for you under the Options tab. You need to click on the Groups tab.

4. Create at least one Group

Why? Because without a group you will get an error message. My groups are my series, and various other categories intuitive to me. Here’s an example for some of my groups.

wordpress plugin redirection groups

Create a group/groups that works for you. Mainly you will need this to sort and find your redirects later in case you want to change them. So think in terms of intuitive categories of links you might want to have short URLs for. As an example, I have a couple FAQ blog posts I am always pointing people to, so I’ve set up redirects for those under the Group “FAQ Blog”.

5. Create your first redirect

Click on Redirects.

At the bottom will be Add new redirection

Redirection

Source URL is THE NEW URL YOU ARE CREATING

it will read http://nameofyourwordpresssite.com/yournewcode

Let’s say I want a redirect for this blog post. I might name it something like:

http://gailcarriger.com/evergreen

Now, if you are using this to evergreen your book links you’ll need to come up with an easy sorting system. Carolyn tells you how to do that. An example for me would be:

Link to buy Soulless on Amazon. Soulless is the first in the Parasol Protectorate series.

http://gailcarriger.com/pps_a

pps_a means “Parasol Protectorate Soulless on Amazon.” Go head, try it. I’ll wait. ppc_k, for example, would be the second book, Changeless, on Kobo. That’s my system, you use whatever works for you.

Redirection

Ok so that is the Source URL

In the bottom box you put the Target URL.

That’s the page you want the link to actually go to.

The example for Soulless to Amazon above it goes to: https://www.amazon.com/Soulless-Parasol-Protectorate-Book-1-ebook/dp/B002NPCJ3G/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1477958676&sr=1-2&keywords=soulless&linkCode=ll1&tag=authgailcarr-20&linkId=f72ab91bb0e1c17e6afca24f9ed2d100

Can you see why I might want to shorten it?

Using the drop down you assign it to the correct Group, whatever it may be.

Leave the other settings (Match & Action) as is (you can change them later if needed) standard setting is Match: URL only & Action: Redirect to URL & Regular expression: [unchecked]

Click Add Redirection.

You can test it out.

If it’s temporary, you can change the setting to a 307 instead of a 301, but that can be changed later, no mater what assignment. Don’t fret.

6. How to fix?

All you do is find your new redirect, click on the setting icon (the little gear) below it, and fix whatever needs fixing. Here’s what the above example looks like:

redirection settings

You see how the Source URL got shortened because it is native to my WordPress site? You want that.

That’s it.

No go forth and redirect away!

Like this post, find it helpful?

Support the author by buying her stuff. Here’s a fun one. (Yerp, that’s a redirect.)

Like the Redirection plugin?

It’s free to use but expensive to make, throw them a dollar or two. You can do it via the plugin, under the Support tab.

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Now aren’t you cool?

Hugs!

Yours, Gail

P.S. If you have further tips on using Redirection for Evergreening/Universal Links  you can feel free to leave them in the comments. However, I’m not going to trouble shoot or be your tech support. I already have a set of parents for that.

Commenters should feel free to help each other. Be nice, be a community, be kind, and have fun. When in doubt, there’s champagne or chocolate. Solves most of my problems.

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Rough Draft.
    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 draft done. Resting before second 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.

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 . . .

1870s, Japan via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

1870s, Japan via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

My Friend

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

1893 Shangani Last Stand

1893 Shangani Last Stand

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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

11 Legendary Literary Hoaxes

Book News:

Podcast Discussion of the Lesbian Talk Show, starts: 21:40 End: ~30:20

Quote of the Day:

“The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”
~ G.K. Chesterton

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Fun & Practical Gift Ideas for the Writer in Your Life

Posted by Gail Carriger

NaNoWriMo has ended and the holidays are upon us. So here are some fun ideas for gifts for the writer in your life, Gentle Reader.

Gifts for Writers

1. Profession association membership: Coupon to purchase membership for your budding author in something like SFWA (if they qualify) or RWA. (You can always give a coupon for drop-in attendance at the local RWA chapter, which allows your author to sample this experience.)

2. Octopus pen ($7).

3. Scrivener ($40-$45) & Scrivener iOS $15-30 & Scrivener for Dummies ($13 – $17): I’ll be moving to this processing program soon. Designed by and for writers. Every author I know who uses it, loves it. It’s not for everyone, but it’s worth a try.

4. The experience gift. Check about to see if the there is a local writers conference, for example Pike’s Peak Writers runs a wonderful annual event in Colorado Springs. Sometimes these are run through a local university and often local libraries know about such things.

5. Professional courses: offer up a professional course, evening class, or private lessons in something useful to a writer or a small business. All things from Scrivener, to Office, to the basics of bookkeeping to Photoshop 101 can be helpful for beginning writers.

6. Professional Magazine subscription: A subscription to Locus Magazine, or RT or something similar (depending on genre) is a nice jumping off point.

7. Do a “writer’s mug” take on the following idea.

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Rough Draft.
    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 draft done. Resting before second 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.

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 . . .

1910 Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) The Garden Parasol

1910 Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) The Garden Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Tiny book playing cards

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Tea Cyclopedia: A Celebration of the World’s Favorite Drink

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Student Writing Guide: Transitions

Book News:

Jo of Vampire Book Club says:

“Imprudence firmly cemented the Custard Protocol series as a worthy successor to Parasol Protectorate. Filled with adventure, friendship and romance, this is an immensely fun ride, in a wonderfully amusing world.”

Quote of the Day:

“We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.”
~ Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Finishing School Deleted Scenes

Posted by Gail Carriger

In honor of the full Finishing School series now being available in trade paperback, and collected ebooks, (there is no boxed set, sorry) I present unto you, Gentle Reader…

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Finishing School Deleted Scenes

Please be aware that deleted scenes may (and often do) contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Hidden Passages

Despite Lady Linette’s reluctance to talk, Sophronia pressed her. “I had thought the ceiling of the dining hall was too high. How is there room?”
“The aft section is larger than the two forward sections. ”
“It is? I hadn’t noticed.”
“Observation, Miss Temminnick, what have I told you?”
“It is the greatest friend you can have, but betrays easily, and if neglected, may get a girl killed.”
“And you, Miss Plumleigh-Teignmott, did you notice?” Lady Linette turned cornflower blue eyes on Dimity, her expression one of such innocence both girls became suspicious.
Dimity’s own hazel eyes were worried. “Perspective is difficult, from the ground. Neither of us have ever seen the school straight on. And I am not as inquisitive as Sophronia, by nature.”
“You have avoided the question, Mis Plumleigh-Teignmott. What have I told you about redirection?”
“Ask a question. People love to talk about themselves.”
“So, why have you not noticed the differential lay out?”
“Architecture has never been my strong point. How about you, Lady Linette?”
“A clumsy attempt. What is your strong point?” Sophronia thought her teacher was being needlessly tough on Dimity, who was very good at only half of the school’s training – the everyday half. Dimity wanted to become a proper lady, not an intelligencer.
Dimity gave her teacher a cheeky smile and a long blink of the eyelashes.
“Yes, yes. You’re right, that is your strength.”
Lady Linette continued walking, her pace faster even though her stride never lengthened and she glided smoothly.

ace-artemis-fanartist FInishing School Gang

Tether Snap Discussion with Niall
Sophronia, tired from her earlier fight with the thugs, was off enough during practice for Captain Niall to notice.
The third time she tripped and fell, he pulled her aside. “Is something wrong, Miss Temminnick?” His handsome face was concerned.
“I’m just a little tired today, Captain. I do apologize.”
“Everyone has their off days Miss Temminnick, even you. Are you certain there’s nothing else the matter?”
Sophronia remembered what Sidheag had said, about the werewolves not liking the idea of vampires extending their reach. Perhaps Captain Niall would know and tell her the answer to that niggling question Professor Braithwope kept avoiding. Only one way to find out. “I have been wondering captain, what happens if a supernatural creature snaps his tether?”
The good captain looked startled and then took a moment to shout a correction at one of the girls. By the time he returned his attention to her, he was composed. “Well, Miss Temminnick ghost dissanimate and go into second death. Effectively they would be exorcised. And werewolves, well, our tether is to pack. Loners like me, who have no pack, tend to go a bit funny about the brain after a while.”
Sophronia tilted her head in encouragement.
The werewolf laughed. “I’ve a good while to go yet. And I could always join a pack to gain stability.”
Sophronia pretend interest in the antics of her fellow classmates, asking oh so casually, “And vampires?”
Captain Niall said, equally casually. “Most of them don’t survive. It’s not pleasant way to go, death by insanity.” He looked ironically up at the quarter moon. “I suppose you could say that they know for a bit what it’s like to be a moon-mad-like a werewolf.”
“And the ones that do survive?” Sophronia knew she was pushing her luck, but she desperately wanted to know. Felt like she needed to know.
“You know those legends about vampires, the ones from before, the ones from the Dark Ages? Monsters feeding on thousands and bathing in blood? Some of them are invented, many of them are exaggerations to keep daylight folk afraid. But not all of them. And the ones that are true, well, they feature vampires who survived snapped tethers. Far better to die.”
No wonder Professor Braithwope doesn’t want to talk about it. Sophronia said, casually, “Professor Braithwope risks much, living in a floating school.” Every day the possibility that he might fall not to his death, but to madness and destruction. No wonder so few vampires chose a dirigible as a home.
The werewolf looked at her, sharply, something like respect in his tone, “You have no idea, Miss Temminnick.”

FInsihing School Cosplay Sophronia Dimity Vieve

FInsihing School Cosplay Sophronia Dimity Vieve

Sophronia Being Secretive

Dimity shook her honey brown curls. “You’re incorrigible, Sophronia. You’re out most nights about some secretive business or another. Don’t you ever sleep? What about beauty rest? It’s all very well to be an intelligencer, but you can’t let the other side of our education drop. You still have to be a lady! And pretty. Not that you aren’t pretty.”
Sophronia patted her hand. “Don’t worry about me.”
She went out that night, dressed once more in men’s garb. It was so much easier, and if she was seen from a distance the visiting Bunson’s boys would be blamed. So it made for a good diversionary tactic as well.
Unfortunately, though she skulked about various teacher’s balconies with her ear trumpet until well into the wee hours, she heard nothing, and could not even find where the fortune teller had been put to stay. It was a dismal failure.
There was one incident. She caught Professor Lefoux checking in on Professor Braithwope. Before the insanity incident, Sophronia would never have thought they were on friendly terms. Professor Lefoux didn’t seem to be friendly with anyone. But now it was common knowledge that Professor Lefoux was the vampires drone. If if he was mad, he still needed to feed.

Mrs Barnicalegoose

Mrs Barnicalegoose

More Fun Stuff!

Praise

Motive by Tanya says of Etiquette & Espionage: “What I like about Sophronia is she is not just book smart. She has common sense and she isn’t drawn into herself. She is friendly and really nice girl. Overall just a very likable character.”

The Peach Martini says of Etiquette & Espionage: “I would recommend this if you enjoyed the Parasol Protectorate series, and I LOVE that you aren’t required to read that before starting this series. There is action, adventure, covert shenanigans…and a few paranormal beings sprinkled in for good measure.”

Mrs Temminneck Tea

Mrs Temminneck Tea

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Randomly Yours, Alex says of Curtsies & Conspiracies: “I continue to be fascinated by the development of this world that Carriger initially developed for the Alexia books. And of course I remain desperately keen to find out how this series will intersect with the earlier one.”

Powder & Page says of Curtsies & Conspiracies: “The Finishing School books are immensely fun to read; the characters are bright and lively and I often find myself laughing aloud at their antics.”

Mrs Barnaclegoose

Mrs Barnaclegoose

Candace’s Book Blog says of Waistcoats & Weaponry: “ … does have some serious events that take place in it. That’s okay though, the author does a fantastic job in including serious bits in amongst what is mainly a fun read.”

Sophronia Fna Art Fall

Sophronia Fna Art Fall

{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:Rough Draft.
    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 draft done. Resting before second 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.

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 . . .

Le Follet Friday, September 1, 1865 Item ID- v. 45, plate 24

Le Follet Friday, September 1, 1865 Item ID- v. 45, plate 24

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Stockholm Library, Gail Carriegr Tea

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Temple of Hatshepsut Egypt Middle Kingdom, British Museum display

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.”
~ Cyril Connolly

Book News:

The Raven and the Writing Desk Interview with Gail Carriger (audio/video)

Quote of the Day:

“We are told that several ladies have actually appeared in public without gloves; no gloves! Do not these two words imply a verdict of vulgarity?”
~ 1873 Fashion Papers

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


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