Gail’s 2016 ~ What to Expect from Your Friendly Neighborhood Authorbeast

I’ve been planning 2016 for a long time, my dear Gentle Reader. Well, it feels like a long time. If you haven’t been watching my background planning, or don’t subscribe to my newsletter, or managed to attend one of my events recently, 2016 is to be my resting year.

As if I were a loaf of bread.

Perhaps I will swell full of air.

Perhaps then I will be popped into the oven and become crispy and delicious.

I’m losing track of my analogy here.

Anyway, I hope 2016 is a year of both rest and monumental change in the Gail-verse.

1950 Vogue Photo by Erwin Blumenfeld via soleil-de-matin tumblr

“There’s this insane thing that happens where you… start not just doing things because you’re lucky to have gotten the job, but you actually start making choices.”
~ Emma Stone to The Wall Street Journal in September of 2015

Don’t worry, you’ll absolutely get Imprudence as promised. But on this side of the computer screen, I won’t be working on the third book in the Custard Protocol series for some while. Yeah, you guessed it, that means you won’t be getting a new one for even longer. Don’t worry, I think you’ll be happy with where I leave Imprudence, no Changeless-esk cliff hangers or anything like that.

1921 Henri Matisse (French artist, 1869–1954) Reading woman with a Parasol

Here’s what’s going on instead…

I made the switch to full time writer in 2011. It’s not what I thought I would do with my life. I’m certainly not complaining. I adore my job. It’s only that I’m still adjusting my worldview to that of Author with a capital A. Since my first book came out at the end of 2009, I have faithfully produced 13 books and one full cast audio. That’s about 2 books a year. I need a break.

It’s time for me to focus on the business side of authorbeast. Stupid little things like: installing new accounting software, updating my website, and learning Scrivener. The thing I have to remember is that this is my career now and I’m a planner, yet I didn’t plan for it. It rather swept me up and overwhelmed me. Now that I’ve accepted it as my future, I must organize all the things. It’s an archaeologist predilection. Or possibly a control freak obsession.

I won’t be leaving you parasol-less, I promise. I hope to produce several novellas featuring some of your favorite characters, and less favorite, and possibly some new ones. I’ve this mad passion to write at different lengths (I adore novellas and shorts), with silly storylines, in abnormal settings, and oddball relationships. And romance. I’m feeling very romantic these days.

1920s Alfred James Munnings (British Painter, 1878-1959) The White Canoe on the Stour at Dedham

Hopefully, I haven’t disappointed you yet, so I won’t disappoint you now. At the very least, I promise you two new novella length stories featuring familiar faces. They will be fun. And touching. And sexy. And absurd.

I do hope you are as excited as I am!

Let’s do this thing, shall we?

{Gail’s monthly read along for January is The Raven Ring by Patricia Wrede. You do not have to have read any other Lyra books.}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

via Mimi Matthews @MimiMatthewsEsq
French Impressionist Claude Monet Here’s Jardin à Sainte-Adresse, 1867.jpg

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
The Gallery of HMS Calcutta (Portsmouth) c.1876

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
10,000 Wax Cylinders Digitized and Free to Download

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Are Short Stories Worth It?


  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Secret Project Novella 1 ~ Gail’s first foray into hybrid land. Working rough draft.

Gail Carriger’s Books! 

 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny


The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:
Foxes722 celebrates the release of Manners & Mutiny.

Quote of the Day:
“New York is a large city conveniently situated on the edge of America, so that you step off the liner right on to it without an effort.”
~ P. G. Wodehouse (The Man with Two Left Feet)

Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
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  1. Jennifer said:

    Plan away, little authorbeast, plan away. Maybe even have some fun and relaxation in there too. We'll be here when you need us. 🙂

  2. Patricia said:

    Sounds like you have a good plan for 2016. Make it so! I enjoy novellas, so no fussing or moaning from this quarter.

  3. wrytersblockDH said:

    You were shanghi-ed and press-ganged into a new career. You worked your way up from the bilges to captain of the ship. high time you put into port to count your booty, dry dock your ship and make repairs on her. You've earned it. Maybe some new paint, an extra cannon or two, and plot the course for your next few adventures. I'm expecting a big year in 2017/2018. 😀

  4. jugglingpaynes said:

    I am so happy to have found your series and I know that authors need breaks to recharge the creative batteries, so enjoy a relaxing 2016! My husband, my daughter and I eagerly await Imprudence, and there will probably be much book stealing when we get a copy. 🙂

  5. Sarah said:

    I was always impressed with your speed in putting books out, but I would much rather see a happy, healthy autherbeast, then more books. I love short stories, they are like truffles. You don't need a lot to be satisfied, as they are so good. 🙂

  6. Her Grace, the Duchess of Kneale said:

    Enjoy your sabbatical year of rest. No one should have to sing all the verses of her song at the same time.

    That said, I am looking forward to a novella or two, *especially* if they are romances. I'm a sucker for romance.

  7. Unknown said:

    Follow your truth Gail, you'll be a better author and happier for it. And that is something your loyal readers all wish for you 🙂

  8. Susan Pola Staples said:

    Although I'm disappointed that Book III in the Custard Protocol series has been delayed, I completely understand the reason. And you are working on a series of novellas, so I don't feel abandoned totally Parasol/Finishing School/Custard Protocol-wise.

    You seem to have a well-throughout plan for 2016. BTW do you have an opinion about Nefertiti's tomb being behind Tutankhamen's?

  9. Amber said:

    Now I doubly hope you are able to make it to Kansas City this summer for WorldCon! Squeee! The librarian in me looks forward to this almost as much as the steampunk reader does. Happy resting, happy scribbling, and hopefully happy traveling!

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