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Gail Carriger is at San Diego Comic Con International 2017 Launching The Sumage Solution

Happy bookday to me!

The Sumage Solution hit the world yesterday! I hope you’re enjoying it, Gentle Reader.

Amazon | B&N | Apple | Kobo

Meanwhile, I am off to San Diego for Comic Con International!

You can follow me on Twitter as the event progresses and I’ll be posting where I am and what I’m doing (and what I’m wearing, of course).

Or, if you just want pretty pictures of what I see, where I go, and life inside the madness you can follow me on Instagram. I’ll try to play along with The Nerdy Girlie’s photo challenge.

Will you be at Comic Con?

You can find me (when I’m not otherwise occupied) hanging out with the Mysterious Galaxy peeps in the dealer’s room (far right section).

Booth #1119

They’ll have copies of The Sumage Solution for sale there (as well as my other books) and I will be delighted to sign everything for you. If if it’s not my book.

Also, if you are there for preview night, you might want to swing by Orbit next door in #1116…

Miss Gail’s SDCC Schedule

THURSDAY July 20, 2017

1:30pm -2:30pm Panel: Sixty Seconds with SFF Authors
Horton Hotel Grand Theatre
Paul Cornell moderates this version of the BBC radio game show “Just a Minute.” The object of the game is for panelists to talk for sixty seconds on a given subject, “without hesitation, repetition or deviation.” The comedy comes from attempts to keep within these rules and the banter among the participants. For science fiction and fantasy authors, the possible topics are endless, and no one’s better suited to lead this geeky version of the game than author Cornell.

3:00pm Signing with Mysterious Galaxy
Booth #1119

FRIDAY July 21, 2017

2:00pm – 3:00pm Signing with Badali Jewlery
Booth #532
Free ticket is required. The tickets have an assigned time for the signing. This is to prevent lines from forming and maintain crowd control. The tickets will be available at our booth starting preview night. People can also contact us by email (badalijewelry@badalijewelry.com) to reserve a ticket.

7:30pm – 8:30pm Panel: Alien Civilizations
Room 8
Award winning science fiction authors, a scientist/futurist, screenwriters and actors talk about alien civilizations and how to design alien species, ships and societies for use in storytelling.

SATURDAY July 22, 2017

12:00pm Starburner Awards
Location: North stairs behind the mezzanine

3:00pm Signing with Mysterious Galaxy
Booth #1119

SUNDAY July 23, 2017

10:00am – 11:00am Panel: Spotlight on Gail Carriger (Q&A with Bestselling Author)
Room 4
Come meet New York Times Bestselling author Gail Carriger and ask her all your burning questions on writing, steampunk, the publication process, film options, tea and so much more.

12:30pm ~ 1:30pm Panel: Fantasy Literature
Room 8
With Robin Hobb, Seanan McGuire, & Mary Pearson

1:45pm ~ 2:45pm Signing
AA09

 Your Final San Diego Comic Con Check List!

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

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 0r 2019.

AVAILABLE!

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 . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

6 Savory Uses for Marmite, The World’s Most Polarizing Spread

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Really excellent podcast ep from The Allusionist on the nuances of translating into a foreign language.

Book News:

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

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The Sumage Solution Launch Party At Borderlands in San Francisco

Tomorrow I’ll be doing something fun, Gentle Reader. It’s the kind of thing I can only do with an indie book. I’m having a launch party before the book is officially on sale.

I know, right? But… I CAN.

(Insert evil laugh here.)

For those of you in the Bay Area, here are the details…

Early Borderlands Gets The Book

July 15, 2017, 3pm
Sumage Solution Launch Event at Borderlands Books
Call ahead to reserve a signed copy (yes they’ll ship so you’ll get it ASAP, and yes I will dedicate it to your or to a friend or to an elder god, you know, whatever you want):

888-893-4008

The book will be available to buy (at this event ONLY) three days BEFORE official release. And yes I’ll be signing there, if you are coming to the event.

If the book isn’t enough of a draw, I’ll be there nattering away at the Borderlands Cafe where they have lovely nibbles and delicious tea. I know this about the tea because they asked me which kind I recommend. And now they stock it. This is how awesome they are.

Miss Carriger at Borderlands back in 2013

Borderlands is a truly wonderful little independent bookstore, even if you can’t make my event you should make them one of your stops if you’re ever in San Francisco.

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.

OUT NEXT WEEK!

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 . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Under Inspection, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888
American.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Stop Overpacking for Trips With a “Luggage Audit”

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

9 Reasons Audiobook Growth Is Soaring

Book News:

Freadom Library says of Manners & Mutiny:

“I think this book is a great way to finish it off. It had all the things I loved about the previous books but it was also filled with twists and turns that blew me away. The action was on point, specially [sic] precarious in this one.”

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

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The Sumage Solution: A Playlist for Max & Bryan & Ketchup

Posted by Gail Carriger

Let’s talk music, Gentle Reader!

It must be something about writing in a contemporary setting, but for the first time, with The Sumage Solution, I actually found myself thinking about the music I associate with my main characters.

As a sort of a teaser for this upcoming novel I present unto you a…

A Playlist for Bryan & Max

  • Ask the Magic 8 Ball by Less Than Jake
  • You Look So Fine by Garbage
  • The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage by Panic! At The Disco
  • Beyond the Invisible by Enigma
  • Absurd by Fluke
  • Sinner by Curve
  • Skin Against Skin by DJ Krush
  • Eyes, Lips, Body by Ramshackle
  • Pedestal by Portishead
  • Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want by Muse
  • Original Bedroom Rockers by Kruder & Dorfmeister
  • Thanks for the Memories by Fall Out Boy

A Poem for Max

One of the very favorite classical poems that I remember loving, and so very Max:

“On Aphrodite’s island all I found
was a token gallows where my image hung . . .
Lord give me strength and courage to behold
my body and my heart without disgust.”
~ Horusev

And in case that makes you think this book too serious (it isn’t, but Max can be rather over-dramatic in his self-recriminations) I give you: 15+ Tactics for Writing Humor

Meanwhile, here’s a snapshot of my life in social media:

What was the cat’s name? Hestia

Finally, join me on Reddit Tomorrow!

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.
  • How to Marry a Werewolf in 10 Easy Steps ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella
    Status: Rough draft complete, on layaway.
    Featuring a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him). Coming 2018.

OUT THIS MONTH!

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 . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Difference Between Professionals and Amateurs

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

50 Things I Learned about The Writing Life

Book News:

Meet & Greet @ BayCon 2017

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Sneak Peek! First Scene of Gail’s New Book, The Sumage Solution

The Sumage Solution is coming, I thought you all might like a sneak peek at the first scene.

Signed pre-ordered books at Borderlands, ready to be sent out. You can still order one for yourself: 888.893.4008 or office@borderlands-books.com

Warning: Strong language!

Chapter One: On Patient Werewolves & Exploding Kitsune

“Barker!” The shout cut through Maximillian Barker’s eardrum, making him jump. He hit his rickety desk with the tops of his thighs. Of course it wobbled, scattering paperwork everywhere.

“What?” he asked the ear-bud.

“Get your scrawny ass down to the parking lot.”

Max put the form he’d been frowning over down on his now messy desk. Werewolves. Why did I have to get the werewolves for processing?

“Barker, you lazy fuck, move,” the ear-bud squawked again. His boss wasn’t known for her patience.

“I’m moving. I’m moving. You lick your girlfriend’s ass with that tongue?” Max was in the hall and heading toward the parking lot. Coworkers lunged out of his way. He refused to run. Max was tall with a propensity to gangle, meaning that him moving at speed looked unstable and might cause a panic. But he did scowl. Well, scowl more than usual.

“Why? You offering to sub in, you useless waste of space?”

Speaking of useless. “What the hell you need me for, boss? You never need me.”

“You’re the only Placer we got on staff.”

Max picked up his pace. He was the only Placer on staff because no one ever needed a Placer. Not in this government-mandated paper-pushing hellhole. So if they actually did need a Placer, it was likely to be bad. Really bad.

“What’s the damage type?”

“Shifter.”

Of course it is. “Tell me more.”

The muttering over Max’s ear-bud was embarrassed. “Not a civilian, one of ours.”

“Crap. Do we know the expected consequence?”

“Fire.”

“Oh shit.” Max began to sprint. Let everyone start panicking. He was.


Sumage Solution ARCs arrive in office.

You can preorder The Sumage Solution from Amazon | B&N | Apple | Kobo or elsewhere. (Print isn’t available for preorder but will be released the same time as the ebook.)

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.
  • How to Marry a Werewolf in 10 Easy Steps ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella
    Status: Rough draft complete, on layaway.
    Featuring a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him). Coming 2018.

OUT THIS MONTH!

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 . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .


Arguing tea with Ty & Daniel

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

13 Ways to Support an Author Without Ever Spending a Dime

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

5 things I thought you knew (but I guess you don’t)

Book News:


Sumage Solution available for bookstores to order now from Ingram.

Quote of the Day:

By Drunk Austen (Quesnel in Prudence by Gail Carriger)

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
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Werewolves & Tea or How Gail Handles The Sacred Leaf In A Modern Setting (Pu-erh)

So the werewolf love interest in my upcoming book, The Sumage Solution, has a bit of an obsession with tea. Which he takes very very seriously.

Unlike me, his obsession is with all different kinds of high quality tea (as opposed to just English breakfast with milk). His favorite is Puerh. Which, frankly, I never know how to spell, wikipedia has it as Pu-erh or Pu’er. (I went with Pu-erh in the book.)

Let’s be clear here, you know those bog people that come up in anoxic environment excavations?

“A bog body is a human cadaver that has been naturally mummified in a peat bog.”

From wikipedia.

Puerh tastes pretty much exactly like eating one of those, if you ask me.

Bryan, however, loves it. Here’s a sneak peak where he’s making warm beverages for himself, his brother Alec (pack Alpha), and Alec’s merman boyfriend, Marvin.

He brought back three cups without having to be asked. Peppermint for Alec, because he was a putz, seaweed for Marvin, because he was a fish, and Pu-erh for himself. Because I’m a real man.

Find out more about Bryan and his tea habit in The Sumage Solution

Want to learn more about this particular tea variant?

{Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.
  • How to Marry a Werewolf in 10 Easy Steps ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella
    Status: Rough draft complete, on layaway.
    Featuring a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him). Coming 2018.

OUT THIS MONTH!

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 . . .

1900 vi antique-royals tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”

~ Tom Clancy

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Memorable Author Screw Ups

Book News:

Kitty G ays of Prudence on YouTube:

“Gail Carriger just thinks in a way that is so witty and so funny…”

Quote of the Day:

“The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.”

~ Voltaire

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


Sumage Solution ~ All Your Questions Answered, Print Editions & Events!

Posted by Gail Carriger

Hello my darling Gentle Reader,

Here (for my linking ease and your general education) are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions I’ve been getting about my new book, The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1.

Will there be a print edition?

Yes. But if one is independently publishing a book (which I am with this novel) it is really difficult to get a print edition up for preorder. The best I can do is try to time the release myself and activate it for print in time to:

  1. Link up to the ebook.
  2. Become available to print on demand on the right day.

Because print is expensive to produce and based partly on weight (shipping) and this is a full length novel, the best I’ll be able to offer it for is $15.99 (USA). (Vendors may offer discounts, though. I’ve no control over that.)

2 Print-Related Questions:

I REALLY want to pre-order a print edition of the Sumage Solution, can I? And/or I want one signed/personalized by Gail.

Borderlands Books has got you covered. Call them toll-free at 888 893-4008 or email office@borderlands-books.com

But What-Up With Amazon?

Some have noticed a $17 print edition up for “sale” of Sumage Solution on Amazon, that is a 3rd party scam. I mean you *can* order it if you must, but first you will see significantly delayed shipping at checkout, then you will get a further delay notification in early July (because it really isn’t available) and then you will end up paying more for the book and it’s not coming from me. Also I’m not getting credit for those sales numbers. This relates to Amazon’s Buy Box Change. No, there is nothing illegal about this. It does not contradict Amazon’s TOS and there is nothing I can do about it.

Will there be an audiobook?

Yes. But that is a slower process. Producer Bryan is working on the production edits and fine-tuning right now.

Making a print edition happen is a matter of a few additional (time consuming) steps beyond the ebook, but audio is a ton more steps and has an elaborate QA process on Amazon’s end. (For example I had valid files for Poison or Protect but it still took almost 2 months to upload.) Even if I manage to get the files up and loaded a few weeks ahead of Sumage Solution’s release date of July 18 it is really difficult to:

  1. Get approval in time.
  2. Get the two linked together in time.

I really am trying with this one, but it rides so much on other people: narrator, producer, ACX QA team, that I really can’t make any promises, and likely never will be able to with Audio.

Read More About Audio? Third Year of Strong US Audiobook Sales Growth

Is this the start of a series?

Yes. Right now I have three books in mind but there could be many many more.

Will you write more?

It depends on if this one sells well enough.

This is my livelihood, after all, if people don’t buy it, I can’t afford to write it. However, each book in the San Andreas Shifter series is entirely stand alone with an HEA. I promise, no cliff hangers.

That said, I am very passionate about these characters so I might just write more regardless – if I have the time window.

Will you be having any launch events?

Yes. I’ll be at Borderlands in San Francisco the weekend before the book is officially on sale. That’s…

July 15, 2017, 3pm

Early To Borderlands Gets The Book Party

Call ahead to reserve a signed copy (888-893-4008, yes they’ll ship, and yes I’ll inscribe). The book will be available to buy (at this event ONLY) three days BEFORE official release.

On the actual launch day…

July 18, 2017 at 5pm PST

 Facebook Live on my Author Page

Then I will be at San Diego ComicCon the whole week after that.

Mysterious Galaxy will have the book there (and others). I’ll be doing signings and panels and such (I’ll post my schedule here on the blog before I leave, and on Twitter as the event progresses). If you can’t find me, I’ll most likely be hanging out with the Mysterious Galaxy peeps, because I love them, so check that booth.

Mysterious Galaxy will also be happy to take orders for signed editions. I will be happy to inscribe if you would like and you can pick up later at the store, or they too will ship. You’ll need to call or email them to put your order in ahead of time, and tell them what you want inscribed, if anything.

Goodreads giveaway for The Sumage Solution is still going on!

A Reminder

Are you into ze BookBub? You can follow us authors there for new releases not to mention on sale deals.

{Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}

SCRIBBLES ROUND UP

  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.
  • How to Marry a Werewolf in 10 Easy Steps ~ A Claw & Courtship Novella
    Status: Rough draft complete, on layaway.
    Featuring a certain white wolf we all love to hate (except those of us weirdos who love to love him). Coming 2018.

OUT THIS MONTH!

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 . . .

1900 vi antique-royals tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

​The True Story Behind Those “Antique” Vampire Hunting Kits

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Amazon’s Buy Box Change

Book News:

Kirkus Reviews says of Etiquette & Espionage:

“This genre-blender will introduce fans of Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls and Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ The Squad to a world of mechanical maids and flying machines, while bringing a spy-school romp to readers of the weightier worlds of Cassandra Clare and Scott Westerfeld. It’s higher on silliness and lower on romance than we have come to expect for this age range, but that just leaves more room for exploding wicker chickens.”

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

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 . . .

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!
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A Gail By Any Other Name Should “L” As Sweet

After some dithering and hemming and hawing, Gentle Reader I chose the new pen name G.L. Carriger for my upcoming urban fantasy, The Sumage Solution.

What you got in your inbox if you follow me on Amazon. You can also follow me on BookBub.

G. L. Carriger

I talk about why I felt I needed a changed name in this blog post: Why G. L. Carriger? On Pen Names, Cover Art & Reader Betrayal

The question then became:

What does the L stand for?

Because they had already had some chatter on the matter, I asked the Parasol Protectorate Facebook Group to weigh in first. I read through their suggestions and then I picked those I like best, based on meaning, cadence, feel when said between Gail and Carriger, and also memory. (Some names, for me, have negative associations.)

I chose Lovelace because of the wonderful Ada Lovelace, Lilac because it was my Grandmother’s favorite flower, Ladybird because I’m amused by the idea, and Libellus because it means little book in Latin.

Then I had Twitter vote on the finalists.

Then I asked my Facebook Page if they agreed. And mostly they did.

So the winner is…

Lovelace

So now whenever anyone asks me what the “L” stands for, that is what I will say.

{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 . . .

Paris, 1900 (Source- pinterest.com) via fawnvelveteen tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.”

~ Neil Gaiman

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Singular ‘They’ Now Acceptable

Book News:

What’s She Reading? says of Manners & Mutiny

“This book probably had more action than the first three (or it at least felt like it) and that’s not a bad thing. I really liked getting into Sophronia’s head and seeing all of the skills that she’d been learning at school come into play. It’s kind of hard to explain without spoiling anything, but it was really enjoyable to watch Sophronia strategize.”

Quote of the Day:

“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.”

~ Anne Herbert

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.}

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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

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

~ William Lyon Phelps

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Why G. L. Carriger? On Pen Names, Cover Art & Reader Betrayal

So let us talk a little bit about pen names, shall we Gentle Reader?

G. L. Carriger

My next book, The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1, is a big departure for me. OK, perhaps not that big. It’s still me, full of silliness and fun. It’s urban fantasy, but it’s set in contemporary times, in America. It’s not steampunk. It has more sex than my other writing has in the past. It’s certainly got worse language.


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I dithered for a while about what to do about this. You see, I worry about reader betrayal… a lot.

Reader Betrayal

Reader betrayal can take many forms. At its root, it is that sensation one gets if the book you’re reading does something totally unexpected in a bad way. Like if a book you picked up thinking it was romance suddenly doesn’t have a happy ending.

Now, why does this happen?

Well, it can be a flaw in story: you’re reading one thing when the author suddenly takes a dive and turns it into something else. That is the author’s fault. (This is what I call the “scream and hurl” scenario.) Or it can be a flaw in expectation, you thought it was one kind of book, despite the cover and blurb trying to tell you otherwise, and you read it anyway.

Far more common these days is visual marker caused betrayal. This means that you picked up the book expecting one thing because of the cover and then got something completely different from the words within. Controlling these expectations is a serious business. It’s done many ways: visually through cover art (image & text), but also via author name, and cover copy/blurb and description. (There are also things that can’t really be controlled like algorithms offering “similar books you might like.”)

For example, if I showed you this cover:

You’d expect one thing. Dark gritty urban fantasy. Possibly noir tropes in use. If that’s the kind of thing you like, you might then take a look at the book description and decide to buy it.

But if I gave you this one:

You’d expect something else. Upbeat, cheerful, youthful, pulp-ish.

Both covers are based off photos. Both are single person images, saturated color use. But the kind of image chosen, from dress to facial expression, and the tweaks then made to it, from color choice to the overlay of type and font in use, all tell you, the reader, something about what is inside.

You may not know exactly what you are being told, or how to control your own response, but trust me, you’re reacting. The thing that worries a savvy author the most is NOT “does this cover depict what’s inside my book” but “does this cover accurately portray the spirit of my book?”

If you picked up Fairy Debt and did not get a fun little light hearted read about a fairy in silly times, you would be angry with me as the author. You would feel betrayed.

Print edition proofs arrive in office.

Why talk about covers when I should be discussing pen names?

Because most of the time, covers come first. Covers are the single most important thing when selling a book or establishing a brand as an author. Initially. After that, of course, its up to the author to pull the reader in and make them want more.

Which brings us to author name recognition.

After a certain point, if lucky, an author starts to accrue loyal readers. These are the readers who write to say they love you. Who regularly leave book reviews. Who vow to buy “anything you write.” These readers follow an author’s newsletter (if really lucky) and get excited when a new book comes along.

These readers are you, eyeballs reading this blog post right now. I LOVE YOU.

You know what to expect from me as an author because I have tried to give you something quite consistent over the last few years. Yes, it jumped around from YA to adult to novella, from espionage to romance to adventure, but the spirit of the Parasolverse has been unchanged.

Cover art plays into this too, keeping a theme going is pretty darn important:

Here’s how I played with my own themes for my indie stuff:

Romancing the Inventor

Do you see the similarities, and to which books? Can you understand why I might want to make some of the changes I did between my novels and my novellas? (Perhaps that is a whole other discussion if you’re interested.)

One of the things I’d encourage you to notice is that I made my name bigger than the title for the first time when I produced my own stuff.

Why?

Because when self-pubbing I’m banking on name recognition. Because it’s more common in romance to do this for well known authors, and my novellas touch on romance more heavily. (And, because I have noticed over the years that male F/SF authors get this kind of name glorification treatment while the rest of us, erm, do not. That gets my goat because it smacks pretty darn strongly of sexism.)

So, why go through all this trouble to establish name recognition, only to change my name… slightly?

G. L. Carriger

Because we are back to the first part of this post: reader betrayal.

My new non-parasolverse m/m urban fantasy is just different enough for me to worry. Even knowing that I could give you a very different cover, which I have done, I worried that my name was now strong enough to sucker readers into expecting things: gentleness, steampunk, sweet romance, Victorian food & clothing.

I worried that if it says “by Gail Carriger” readers would expect exactly the kind of thing they had gotten from me before. The Sumage Solution is just different enough for readers to get mad at me. Not because I don’t write urban fantasy or paranormal romance well (This book is oodles of fun. It makes me so happy.) but because it’s not what readers expected from Gail Carriger going in. Which isn’t really my fault.

Except that it is. It is certainly my responsibility.

I have established Gail Carriger expectations with 17 or so books now. So it’s up to me to shift those expectations. So I’m publishing The Sumage Solution under G. L. Carriger. Still me. Just tweaked. This way, going in, readers pick up the book and perhaps go:

“Huh, I wonder if this is still Gail? I wonder why Gail is doing this? Perhaps it’s not quite the same thing as before.”

It wasn’t an easy decision, I’ll tell you that much.

And, I hope you like her.

Still and always yours,

Miss G

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

PROJECT ROUND UP

  • Poison or Protect Audiobook.
    Status: Battling ACX. (AKA Audible/Amazon)
    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 . . .

Longchamp, France. 1900 via Edwardian Time Machine tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Gail Carriger Sketched by Howard Tayler

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“The only thing you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”

~ Albert Einstein

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Writing a book is like telling a joke and having to wait 2 years to know whether or not it was funny.”

~ Alain de Botton

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“The style of the characters meld completely with the storyline, that it all seems completely believable, in a rather fantastic way.”

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“People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.”

~ Logan Pearsall Smith

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