October 1, 2009 a silly little book hit the market.
A very nervous debut author hummed and hawed over her offering. Would anyone actually like it? It was such an odd mash up of paranormal, steampunk, and comedy – who would enjoy such a ridiculous story? Were there readers out there irreverent enough to want whimsy?
Well, Soulless turns four years old today. The silly little book that I thought would find a home in only a very few people’s hearts seems to have miraculously wormed its way out into the world and touched many.
Soulless has now sold into 13 different territories for translation. There’s a graphic novel manga version of the first three books (which itself is due for translation into German and French) and an omnibus. It’s been optioned for TV. It’s spawned a dress up doll, fan art, pumpkin carving, tattoos, cosplay, several tea parties, audio books, and an iPhone app. There is even a fan site.
Little did I know how much that one book would so utterly change my life.
In these last four years:
- After getting my second masters degree I put my PhD on indefinite hiatus.
- I gave up teaching archeology, discontinued my experimental work, and stopped my field visits.
- Basically, I switched careers.
- I relocated three times.
- I visited 8 foreign countries promoting the books, 6 of which I’ve never traveled to before.
- I made countless new friends and been blessed with a chance to visit old ones.
- I watched the steampunk movement grow and expand.
- I went to conventions and signings all over the world in various different capacities and learned valuable lessons from fellow authors.
- I ate hundreds of foods, dishes, and sweets I’d never tried before.
- I wrote 8 additional books: 4 followups to Soulless, Crudrat, and 3 Finishing School books.
- And, best of all, I got to meet my readers: some here on the blog, some on twitter, some on Facebook, some in person ~ all of you so warm and fun and strong and smart.
There have been good reviews and glorious ones, nasty gripes and soundly presented critiques. I’ve tackled tough times in social media, and made more than my share of online mistakes. But in the end, it always came back to the writing. Did the book make you smile? Then I did my job.
So, thank you so very much, Gentle Reader, and if you have the time or inclination please raise up a teacup in honor of Soulless, who’s original secret code name, at the dawn of this blog, was “The Little Paranormal That Could.” I guess Soulless could and did.
And if you put a spot of amaretto in your tea, well, I won’t tell.
Thanks for four glorious years.
P.S. If you’d like to leave a comment about how you first met Soulless, I’d love to read it. Four years later and I am still startled anyone found my book and actually read it.
GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
|Donna in the original cover image.|
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
|The Cover That Wasn’t|
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
7 Ways to Get to Know Your Character (I like to give mine quizzes out of glossy magazines)
PROJECT ROUND UP
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third:
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date Nov. 5, 2013.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 2013.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.
I participate in a Mind Meld about my favorite and most influential YA author.
Quote of the Day:
“Books are immortal sons deifying their sires.”