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Behind the Magic ~ Marine Biology New Cover & Character Boards

Posted by Gail Carriger

So, Gentle Reader, for those of you who sign up for the Chirrup before the next one goes out Sunday morning (and for those who are already members) I’ll be offering a digital download of Marine Biology with new cover art and a sample chapter of The Sumage Solution. (You’ll have to sideload it onto your device of choice. Google sideload + your device.)

Wanna know more about the new cover?

Here you can take a look at the design board I handed off to Starla to make this cover. You can see it shifted quite a bit from my original idea, but I hope you still like it!

Here are the two covers side by side:

 Marine Biology

I thought you might be interested in the companion Pinterest boards. Here’s the one that is for Marine Biology. You can see how I imagine Alec and Marvin look:

In line with that, I also released two SAS character boards. (More to come after The Sumage Solution drops).

Here’s Alec’s board:

And here is Marvin’s board:

I hope you like exploring these two characters. Just wait until you get to meet Bryan and Max, the main characters in The Sumage Solution. They are soooooo adorable.

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is Radiance by Grace Draven.}

Want more behind the scenes sneak peeks? Join the Chirrup

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Eyes Front, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888
American,
Commercial color lithograph

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

“It is no secret in the circles in which he moves that Bertram Wooster, though as glamorous as one could wish when night has fallen and the revels get under way, is seldom a ball of fire at the breakfast table. Confronted with the eggs and b., he tends to pick cautiously at them, as if afraid they may leap from the plate and snap at him. Listless, about sums it up. Not much bounce to the ounce.”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Some of my research books.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Even the most productive writers are expert dawdlers.”

~ Donald M. Murray

Book News:

Tumblr’s Through the Looking Glass says of Etiquette & Espionage:

“I have quite often thought that I was born in the wrong era, but upon reading the Finishing School series I have become quite convinced I live in the wrong universe altogether. Gail Carriger pens a Victorian world filled with romance, espionage and the supernatural, a sprinkling of Steampunk and a good dollop of comedy that delights and amuses with every turn of the page, serving to make me giggle aloud on several occasions in a highly undignified fashion.”

Quote of the Day:

“We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.”

~ B.P. Skinner

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


Next Chirrup Will Offer Marine Biology & The First Chapter of The Sumage Solution

Posted by Gail Carriger

So I’m trying a new experiment in next month’s Chirrup (my newsletter), Gentle Readers. I’ll be offering a code to download a digital copy of Marine Biology with the new cover art and a special sample chapter of my upcoming book, The Sumage Solution, at the back.

You’ll need to Join the Chirrup BEFORE it goes out on Sunday June 4, 2017 in the afternoon. Instructions on where/how to get it (you’ll need to know how to sideload) will be inside that newsletter.

What’s so exciting about this?

This new version of Marine Biology includes an exclusive sneak peek at the full first chapter of The Sumage Solution. You see, Marine Biology is the prequel story for the San Andreas Shifters series, so I thought I might use it to whet your appetite.

For now, the one for sale on Amazon and other vendors will remain unchanged. This has to do with the fact that it’s pretty complicated to switch over to a new author (G. L. Carriger) without everyone red flagging you for copyright infringement on yourself and causing issues. I’ll likely update it at some point with this version with the new cover art and sample chapter, but not immediately. (I’m still recovering from the epic ACX battle of 2017, see Poison or Protect Audiobook.)

So this pretty Chirrup version is EXCLUSIVE to newsletter subscribers for the time being.

For those of you who care deeply about such things, there has been no substantial change to the text of Marine Biology with this edition. So if you read the original version, even as far back as the first publication in Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance II, then you have read it already. And if you bought it, I really am grateful for your support. I promise I will try for the new version so you will have it upgraded on your device, it’s just taking a while.

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is Radiance by Grace Draven.}

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Poison or Protect Audiobook.
    StatusOut now!
    Can one gentle Highland soldier woo Victorian London’s most scandalous lady assassin, or will they both be destroyed in the attempt?

UP NEXT

The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
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 . . .

Phyllis and Zena Dare, 1900s. via shewhosorshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

“‘Then what’s to be done?’
‘May I brood, sir?’
‘Certainly, Jeeves.’
‘Thank you, sir.’”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“You cannot divide the world into good or evil, but you can divide it into those who use the Oxford comma, and those who don’t.”

~ Gail Carriger

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget.”

~ William Lyon Phelps

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


Curious Case New Cover Art

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

My first Parasolverse short story, The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t (to Say Nothing of the Werewolf That Was and the Cat in the Jar) has new formatting and new cover art. Here it is!

Curious Case

This cover was done by the remarkable Starla Huchton, using a photo of Vincent  © Evan Butterfield. Go look at Evan’s gallery and droll!

The Blurb

A short tale of mummies, werewolves, and well-preserved felines set in the world of the Parasol Protectorate.

Alessandro Tarabotti and his valet, Floote, are on a mission in Egypt when they encounter visiting tourists and things go pie shaped. What is his real mission and will his Aunt Archangelica approve of his treatment of her cat?

In this short story, New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger uses her comedic voice to delve into the history of her beloved steampunk universe.

If you have ever wondered about Alexia’s father, this will give you a glimpse into his adventures, character, and romantic interests. (9000 words ~ 15 pages). First published online (2012), reprinted in The Book of the Dead (2013), and Clockwork Cairo (2016).

Buy Links

Direct from me

Amazon

Nook (Barnes & Noble)

Kobo

iBooks (Apple)

You can check out my Alessandro Tarabotti character board on Pinterest.

{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 . . .

Cendrillon Saturday, July 1, 1865 v. 45, plate 12

Cendrillon Saturday, July 1, 1865 v. 45, plate 12

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Amazing red and grey 1899 dress that I want to wear right now.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

10 of the Best SFF Romances Readers Don’t Know About

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Famous Authors’ Bad Writing Advice

Book News:

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Quote of the Day:

“If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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


My Sister’s Song New Cover!

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

My dear Gentle Readers, I am delighted to announce that my very first professional sale, the short story, My Sister’s Song, finally has it’s new cover art!

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Designed by the amazing Starla Hutchton. This one is done with all stock art, pretty nifty.

This is the first story that I ever sold to a professional market (Sword & Sorceress). In addition to the new cover it has updated formatting inside, but otherwise the story is unchanged for those who have already purchased it.

The warrior Mithra must repel a Roman legion alone and armed only with one very tasty weapon.

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger presents a short story about a woman warrior set in ancient times. To protect her lands and her tribe, Mithra comes up with a sticky solution to an impossible problem.

BUY IT FOR $0.99

Directly from me here in .mobi ,epub or .pdf

On Amazon for Kindle

On Barnes & Noble for Nook

On Apple for iBooks

Or on Kobo for…uh… Kobo

 

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This story is most closely based on my Archaeological past. It’s also a bit funny but you can totally see how my writing as matured and changed.

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

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Working proof. Releases Nov. 1 2016.
    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.
    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.

SPECIAL RE-RELEASE

MySistersSong_ebook

My Sister’s Song

The warrior Mithra must repel a Roman legion alone and armed only with one very tasty weapon.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine Wednesday, July 1, 1863 v. 43, plate 57

Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine Wednesday, July 1, 1863 v. 43, plate 57

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The 1880’s in Fashionable Gowns: A Visual Guide to the Decade

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Airplane Passengers as Explained by their Pants

Book News:

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Book Bin Display

Quote of the Day:

WorldConTypo

Hilarious typo in WorldCon programming.

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

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Marine Biology Has A New Cover!

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I have a great fondness for all four of my shorts, but Marine Biology may be my favorite. It’s just so much fun, Gentle Reader. Fun to write, fun to read, fun to find a model, and an image. It is with great pleasure I reveal a new and sparkling cover for my dear baby…

Marine Biology

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Marine Biology

A short tale of seduction, selkies, and sushi.

Alex is a werewolf with problems – he’s unexpectedly alive, he’s quite definitely gay, and he’s been ordered into a partnership with one very flirty merman.

In this LBGT sweet short love story, New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger brings her comedic voice to contemporary fiction and m/m romance. Explicit language warning but very little erotic content. (11,000 words ~ 43 pages) First published in The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 (2010).

Warning: Contains confused lovelorn werewolves and very pretty ex-Goth mermen who are exclusively interested in each other. May also contain fish, Irish mafia, and a shocking lack of tea.

Buy Directly From Me

On Amazon

On iBooks

On Kobo

On Audio (as a bundle)

Not yet available for Nook

The Story Behind The Cover

This photo is by the truly wonderful Evan Butterfield. He’s a fantastic steampunk photographer, among other things. You can check out his work in this stunning gallery. You can also buy two photo books featuring his excellent eye for a sexy steampunk man: Gentlemen of Steampunk & Gentlemen of Steampunk II: Being Part the Second in a Series of Photographs of Certain Gentlemen in a State of Modest Undress, with Biographies. I’ll be using Evan again for the Alessandro story cover photo. (What, you doubted me?)

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The model is the lovely Louis. I chose him because he has Alec’s sweet easy going look to him, and in this image he’s even a little marine biologist with his microscope. The story takes place in Boston so that’s the city-scape in the background.

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Starla Huchton, my cover art designer, managed to give me the werewolf claw scratches for the name and title. The idea being to reflect on the bold color title slashes of the Parasol Protectorate series but with this new idea of claw marks to show the book features werewolves (I don’t like the “wolf in the background” trope most M/M paranormal romances use).

Why?

Well, a naked torso is a clear signal of sexy-times and reflective of the m/m romance. City lights in background show this is contemporary set. Claw slashes plus moon to indicated it’s got a paranormal element. (I hope that’s enough, but I didn’t want it too busy.) General design to tie in with my other books and… ta da! Yeah, I am ridiculously pleased with it.

 

{Gail’s monthly read along for August is Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Beta edit back, working now. Tentative release date Nov. 1 2016.
    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 SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something utterly new and different for Gail. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

SPECIAL RE-RELEASE

MarineBiology_promo

Marine Biology

A short tale of seduction, selkies, and sushi.

Alex is a werewolf with problems – he’s unexpectedly alive, he’s quite definitely gay, and he’s been ordered into a partnership with one very flirty merman.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Parasol by Schiaparelli, 1937-40, France

Parasol by Schiaparelli, 1937-40, France

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

8 Surprising Facts About British Tea Traditions

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A Better Response to Working for Exposure

Book News:

Imprudence makes B&N Booksellers’ Best Science Fiction/Fantasy books of July 2016

Quote of the Day:

“Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.”

~Oscar Wilde

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


New Cover Reveal ~ Fairy Debt

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Gentle Reader, I’m delighted to announce that my short story Fairy Debt has new cover art!

Isn’t it wonderful? I’m so very pleased. It was assembled by the ridiculously talented Starla Huchton.

The original photo was taken by the marvelous Jen (all rights reserved) of the lovely Madeline in a costume by Firefly Path. They were all very kind when I approached them and I am so grateful.

This is one of those covers where everyone worked together seamlessly and were really excited to be part of the process. Steampunkers for the win!

I chose the photo because Madeline looks so cheerful and cheeky which really goes with Cups’ personality. We went with the monochrome figure over the colored background to hearken to my YA series, because this is also for younger readers. The scaled background is because this book involves dragons – well, one dragon. And we went with pink to stay with the upbeat comedy of the story.

This short is very light and cheerful, even silly in places, and definitely YA. In fact you could even read this out loud to younger children. It’s a true Fairy Tale in the comic sense of the word. Here’s the blurb:

Fairy Debt by Gail Carriger

I knew it would all end in tears the moment I saw the hat.

Cups is a fairy with a problem. She can’t grow wings because she under a death promise to a local king. So she takes service at the castle as Least Jester hoping to earn her wings, learning a great deal about cupcakes, tea daemons, and earth dragons along the way.

In this short comedic fairytale New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger gets up to her usual tea saturated prose and food driven biting wit. (5000 words ~ 10 pages)

First published in Sword & Sorceress 22 (2007), reprint in Funny Fantasy (2016).

[This new edition has an updated cover and a new modern formatting for the ebook (thank you Nina Pierce). Typos etc have been fixed as well, for which I indebted to Richard Shealy.]

Right now you can get the updated story on:

KOBO

iBooks

inktera

Amazon 

Barnes and Noble

And directly from me (via Gumroad) in the digital format you need/prefer:

Amazon readers .mobi

Other eBook readers .epub

Or as a PDF

If you already own this book from Amazon, it should be able to auto-update. However, if you have it from another vendor, I don’t know.

This is the story that had issues with Amazon because they decided to flag the updated version as not belonging to me (see previous blog post).

If you enjoyed Fairy Debt and want something similar to read I highly recommend:

The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye or Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles) by Patricia C. Wrede.

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is Powers That Be by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Bon Ton Date-  Wednesday, August 1, 1860 v. 41, plate 42

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Birthday Flowers

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Author PSA, I get so many ideas in the shower, aqua notes is the best $8 I’ve ever spent.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Final read through of Poison or Protect overseen by Lilliput and a mug of tea

Book News:
Damsels Causing Distress (Blameless cover used)

Quote of the Day:
“There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Audible Now Offers Crudrat & A Carriger Quartet

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Gentle Reader, I am delighted to announce that, finally, after a great deal of effort (thank you Dan) you can now buy the full cast audio production of Crudrat on Audible for $18. We are also offering an Audio CD through Amazon only (at the moment, we hope to find other distributors) for $25.

Crudrat is a YA sci-fi adventure in the style of Heinlein written with young women in mind. It was backed as a kickstarter for full cast audio. Learn more about Crudrat. Learn more about the kickstarter (now over).

Right now I have no intention of turning Crudrat into a print book. Ask me about it in person some time and I’ll explain my reasoning.

But there’s more!

You can also buy on Audible, bundled under the name A Carriger Quartet for $6, the full cast productions of my four short stories that were part of the stretch goals for the kickstarter. The Audio CD is $20 on Amazon only.

These stories are: My Sister’s Song (the first story I ever had published), The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti), Fairy Debt, and Marine Biology (my only existing contemporary M/M paranormal romance). Learn more about these short stories.

These stories are only available in print books when combined in an anthology. Both Curious Case and Fairy Debt have been recently picked up to appear in now anthologies in the coming year. I’ll let you know more when I do.

Questions Answered

The CDs are listed as Temporarily out of Stock. !?
Ignore. It’s a print-on-demand thing. They should ship if you order. If not, it’s Amazon being janky.

Can we get Crudrat and A Quartet on Audible in Australia, UK, or the rest of the world?
It should be available worldwide, we did trigger that setting when uploading to Audible. If you still can’t get it, it is available for sale on Gumroad via the Crudrat website as well.

What about the CDs worldwide?
Probably not.

MP3 CDs?
Still working on that one.

Kickstarter Update
There are a few kickstarter rewards still to come and there should be information on that coming to backers from my producer Dan very soon.

{Gail’s monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Evelyn Tripp on the cover of Charm magazine, May 1954 via theniftyfifties tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Incredible Footage Reveals How the Coconut Octopus Got Its Name

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Portrait of a Lady, A Brief History of the term “Lady”

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
99 Ways to Spread the Word About A Book You Love

Book News:
Tsana’s Reads and Reviews says of Crudrat: “I recommend it to fans of adventure-style SF and coming of age stories.”

Quote of the Day:
‘Bring my shaving things.’
A gleam of hope shone in the man’s eye, mixed with doubt.
‘You mean, sir?’
‘And shave off my moustache.’
There was a moment’s silence. I could see the fellow was deeply moved.
‘Thank you very much indeed, sir,’ he said, in a low voice.
~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

 

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Steampunk (and Parasol Protectorate) Holiday Gift Ideas (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Hello my dear gentle reader. The time of giving people stuff is nearly upon us. Here are a few things I enjoy and think would make nice gifties in the stuff arena…

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for December? Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1907 ]Mourning Ensemble  1907  The Museum at FIT

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Charlotte Olympia Fantastic tasseled metal clutch

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Diagrammatic Writings of an Asylum Patient (1870)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
How to motivate yourself as a writer

PROJECT ROUND UP 

Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last Releases November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First Release date March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order!


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:

Kathy Rodas created a murder scene #costumesforbooks via @WOPSmslibs

Quote of the Day:
“Chowder breathes reassurance. It steams consolation.”
~ Clementine Paddleford

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The Story Behind Alessandro Tarabotti’s Cover Art

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

For my new short story featuring Alessandro Tarabotti, Gentle Reader, I decided one of the things I really wanted to do was commission a professional artist. This was the end result…

The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn’t, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar
By Gail Carriger

Cover art by Pete Venters

How did it happen?

I started by pinging a number of author friends of mine for professional artist recommendations. I wanted someone who did good work in a timely manner and had ebook experience. I also asked for ball park cost figures, so I had some idea of budget. (I do not expect a short story to recoup paying professional artist rates, this was about the experience.)

However, before reaching out to any of the recommendations provided, I remembered Pete.

Pete Venters had shown me the most amazing sketch of Cherie Priest’s main character, Briar from Boneshaker, partnered with Alexia when we were all at a steampunk event together. I knew his reputation as an amazing artist, particularly for Magic the Gathering. This influenced me, since I’ve had a tough time dealing with amateur artists in the past. I wanted a professional who could make deadlines and would not be insulted by criticism if I wanted alterations to the sketch. I pinged him to see if he might be interested, and he was!

Then, while on book tour, I met up with Pete for dinner and we chatted briefly about the project. After a number of email exchanges we hammered out a contract, payment, and expectations on both sides.

The Process

First, Pete read the story.

Then, over email exchanged, I described what I envisioned: the figure, Alessandro’s looks, and various different background options. We talked back and forth about what would work best. It’s important with ebooks to have something relatively clear and easy to read in thumbnail size for mobile devices and grey-scale for eReaders.

We addressed Alessandro himself. Pete did research into the clothing for men at the time period. I sent him various images. We discussed actors/personalities who I imagined looked like Alessandro.

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Pete sent me the above faces sketch and we hashed out which expression I liked and how this effect his seeming age and mood. I wanted Alessandro annoyed, but not angry, and looking relatively young.

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Then Pete sent me a sketch of him in his outfit and background. We decided on inside the tomb as a good way to show he was in Egypt, but not be too busy, and not give plot away. We discussed how the sand would look and the Ka statue in the background. I think Pete learned more about Middle Kingdom Egyptian rock cut tombs than he strictly wanted. We started to talk about the appearance of the steampunk device in Alessandro’s hand.

copyright Pete Venters

Next Pete sent me the beginnings of color. I had earlier suggested the Ka statue could be less pristine but I reacted negatively to the decay on the statue, I felt it looked like a zombie. We agreed that the shadow on Alessandro’s face made him look old. Also, there was some question of the hat. Did I make the grave mistake of having him leave it behind in the text? Oh no! Alessandro would never abandon his hat. So I had to fix a bit of the story itself.

Pete was like, “You can do that?”
I was like, “The glory of self publishing, if she wants to, the author can accommodate the cover art.”

Besides I often do that anyway, if I can. The mention in Changeless where Ivy straightens Alexia’s hair on board the dirigible to Scotland? That’s because Donna’s hair is straight on the cover, but Alexia has curly hair in the text so I wrote a new scene to compensate.

copyright Pete Venters

In the next version of the cover, Pete zoomed in on the figure. As you can see the background statue is fixed to be less a zombie, and Alessandro’s face is brighter lit and appears younger. Also texture has been added to his waistcoat. The title is put in, which gave us some concern, as it’s so long. In the end, we put half the title at the top and the rest as the tag line.

Although it was not part of our contract, Pete kindly did the titles for me. This was awfully nice of him. However, you should know that if you intent to higher a professional artist for the cover art (and not for the finished cover itself) that artist is only responsible for the image, not the title text.

Because this is a Parasol Protectorate in world short story, Pete kept the title as similar as possible in style and font to those used by Orbit on the Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol books. He zoomed in a little more for clarity and also to mirror the aspect proportions on my book covers (AKA how much space on the cover the figure takes up with respect to background).

There you have it, mostly the basics. There were a lot more tiny details (like pixel proportions of a retina-screen iPad) but I don’t think you would find them all that interesting.

I enjoyed the experience of working directly with a professional immensely. And I highly recommend Pete’s work and attitude.

Pete is talking about this too: The Curious Case Covered

Exciting News:

Pete is planning to offer special edition prints of this cover for sale!

If you’d be interested, please leave a comment below. I’ll do another blog post with all the details of how to get hold of one as soon as possible, as well as links and such.

The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn’t, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar by Gail Carriger is available as an ebook only, although it is in print as part of Jurassic London’s Book of the Dead anthology. You can buy it in most every format you might require for $0.99 from Smashwords.

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for July? Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause ~ YA werewolf from before it was a thing}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1814 via fashionsfromhistory-tumblr Fashion Plate from ‘Les Incroyables et Merveilleuses’V&A

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

donotchoosesidesyet-tumblr Sir Reginald Wiggly

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

via Maria Diana BroughtonThe Parasol Protectorate Books Group

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

PROJECT ROUND UP 



Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Edits handed in. Release date March 17, 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins soon. Release date early November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming November 4, 2014)
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister’s Song, & Fairy Debt

Book News:

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New Parasol Protectorate Short Story Available NOW

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Well, Gentle Reader, it has finally happened! I have a new short story available. Hooray!

The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn’t, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar
By Gail Carriger

Cover art by Pete Venters

It is available as an ebook only, although it is in print as part of Jurassic London’s Book of the Dead anthology.

You can buy it in most every format you might require for $0.99 from Smashwords. If you are international and can’t get it there please let me know in the comments where you are located so I can work out the kinks. This is self published and I have tried to do my best but I’m not particularly technologically savvy. Please accept my apologies if you have any issues.

It will be up on Barns & Noble soon, they take a while to process ebooks.

I’m still not really talking to Amazon. Not that they notice, but it makes me feel better.

These are the ONLY three venues. I will not be putting it anywhere else. You can download from Smashwords in whatever format you like, then when you plug in your ereader upload it.

So, what’s it about?

A short tale of mummies, werewolves, and well preserved felines set in the world of the Parasol Protectorate.

Alessandro Tarabotti and his valet, Floote, are on a mission in Egypt when they encounter visiting tourists and things go all pie shaped. What is his real mission and will his Aunt Archangelica approve of his treatment of her cat?

In this short story, New York Times Bestselling Author Gail Carriger uses her comedic voice to delve into the history of one of her most beloved characters. If you have ever wondered about Alexia’s father, this will give you a glimpse into his adventures and character. 8,300 words.

So there you have it. I did promise I would make soemthing available during the hiatus. Hopefully this little nibble will suffice while you are on summer holidays, or even just over the long weekend with a cup of tea.

Creating cover art with a professional was a fun process and I will be blogging about inception to completion in another post to come soon. Hopefully, you will look forward to it.

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for July? Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause ~ YA werewolf from before it was a thing}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1848 Mantle ca. 1848-1853 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Strawberry chocolate shots

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

via Armina Familar-Ragsdale on FB via Anglotopia

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Miseries of Life: Writing

PROJECT ROUND UP 



Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Edits handed in. Release date March 17, 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins soon. Release date early November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming November 4, 2014)
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister’s Song, & Fairy Debt

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

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Follow Gail on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can join her mailing list
She also has a fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
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