10 Questions About Etiquette & Espionage (Q&A with Gail Carriger)

As I am sure you are now aware, Gentle Reader, Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School book the First) is coming!

Eeep! I’ve been busy plotting fun blog posts and much silliness for the ramp up to the February 5th release date.


Here are some of the questions I anticipate being asked the most…

1. Will it be available early (or shipping early from online retailers)?
No. This book has a SSD (Street Smart Date) which means retailers are not supposed to shelve or ship before the release date.

2. Does this mean online retailers will ship a few days early so it arrived on my doorstep on Feb 5?
I don’t know, this is my first time with an SSD.

3. I can’t make any of your events, can I order a signed copy or send you a bookplate with postage return?
It’s not my policy to do bookplates, but you can order a signed copy from Borderlands, my local Indy in San Francisco or (I think) from any of the venues I am visiting. So far as I know, Borderlands will ship anywhere (you will have to pay shipping). If you get your request in early enough (email, phone) I will also dedicate the book to whomever you wish.

4. What about the ebook?
Right now you can get a free preview of the first 3 chapters of Etiquette & Espionage online, I believe it will drop in full on February 5th.

5. The audiobook?
Should also drop, unabridged, on February 5th. I have a new voice actress for this series, we wanted a more youthful tone. I did get to help select her and I think you’ll like her a lot.

6. Will there be graphic adaptations of this series?
If they do well enough, I certainly hope so. I’d like to wait for REM though, if I have the choice. And right now she’s busy with the Parasol Protectorate series.

7. What age group bests suits the Finishing School series?
I’d say 10 and up. Although a voracious younger reader might also enjoy these books. There is very little romance in the first book and what appears in future books will be off the “high school crush” variety.

8. Why isn’t the language (vocabulary, syntax, spelling) proper Queen’s English? (AKA the ladybird issue)
Little Brown US house rules require American language and grammar. However, unlike the Parasol Protectorate series, the UK editions of Etiquette & Espionage will be anglicized! Yay!

9. How about a movie of this one?
Whoa there sparky! The book is not even out yet.

10. How do I pronounce Sophronia?
Ta da!

Did I miss your question? Please feel free to ask about Etiquette & Espionage nitty-gritty in the comments below. No spoilers, please. I do have a blog prepped with some more interview questions (like why I chose to switch to YA) for the end of this month.

Book News:
Soulless review, with a mention to the rest of the series.

Quote of the Day:
“Tea. Fortunately, this everyday article is not so rare a thing to obtain good of its kind in this country as in many others. Still, there is often a total incapacity on the part of the ordinary lodging-house and other domestic to fathom the idea that the achieving of good tea depends largely upon the fact of the kettle boiling at the time when it is made, not merely having boiled; and it is often more satisfactory to manufacture the article in question for oneself than to leave it to the tender mercies of the ignorant and incapable.”
~ Lillias Campbell Davidson, 1889
This is how I feel about hotel tea.

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