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Ending a Series ~ Tomorrow Manners & Mutiny Drops

Posted by Gail Carriger


Tomorrow Manners & Mutiny officially heads out into the world (yes, it shipped early in a few places). This is the last book in the Finishing School series.


Barnes & Noble



The Finishing School series was a lot of firsts for me. The first time I wrote YA. The first time I planned the number of books in the series from the very start. The first time I had a hardcover release. First time I visited schools.

And now it’s done. I’m feeling a lot of things about this: relief, happiness, euphoria, exhaustion, satisfaction, wistfulness, sadness. But out it goes into the world, regardless of my feelings.

Online Facebook Q&A ~ TODAY ONLY

If you have a question for me I’ll be running a Q&A on FB today starting at 2pm Pacific (although I’ll check up the rest of the day as well). Just in case, here are a few questions I keep getting that may be one of yours…

Questions Percolating On Social Media

Where is the audiobook?
The audiobook should drop soon in the US. I don’t know about elsewhere, I never know about elsewhere.

Will there be a box set or an ebook bundle of the four books?
I don’t know. Not for a while I don’t think. There hasn’t been any discussion.

Any word on Hollywood and the Finishing School?

Can we order signed copies online?
Sorry, no. That was a (catastrophic) 3rd book only thing. However, I’m considering offering one book plate to each interested newsletter subscriber (as a holiday thank you) next month. Also, you can call and talk to the bookstores on my tour, see if they offer a sign and ship service. If all else fails, I will be at Borderlands the first week of December and they certainly offer this service, and ship overseas. 888.898.4003 I am willing to personalize for bookstore orders.

Want to know more about how I feel ending a series? 
Here are the two blog posts I did upon the release of Timeless, the final book of my first series, the Parasol Protectorate: Ending A Series ~ Part 1: Practicalities and Ending a Series ~ Part 2: Emotions.

{Gail’s monthly read along for November is Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Journal des Demoiselles Date-  Thursday, July 1, 1858 Item ID-  v. 39, plate 118

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

It was Lilliput’s 3rd birthday yesterday!

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
For Centuries, People Have Been Searching for Answers in the Bottom of a Tea Cup

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“I mean, if you fool about too long at the start, trying to establish atmosphere, as they call it, and all that sort of rot, you fail to grip and the customers walk out on you.”
~ Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse


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

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

Book News:
Amazon has M&M as one of their best books of the month in SF/F:

Quote of the Day:
“Now I see why Ari used to say that his younger brother only connected to reality at a few widely divergent points.”
~ Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald, By Honor Betray’d

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The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
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Crudrat Audiobook Available Now! (Tinkered Stars)

Posted by Gail Carriger


Gentle Reader, I am delighted to report that the Crudrat audiobook is done! Coincidentally June is audiobook month.

For those of you unaware of the Crudrat kickstarter: it was for a full cast audio production of my YA Science Fiction novel, Crudrat. You can read all about it, and buy it now for $25, on the Crudrat website.

So tha weekend before last, while every author I know was off doing some convention or another (this is my first time in a decade with that particular long weekend free), and Amazon and Hachette duke it out, I experienced the results of a kickstarter for the first time.

I’ve been listening and enjoying it immensely, despite the fact that usually I can’t stand listening to my own work. Perhaps this is because because Dan and I are friends, so he knows my actual voice, which means the narration doesn’t bother me like it does with other readers. Or perhaps it is the amazing soundtrack. Or perhaps it is the fantastic voice acting.

Voice talent at the Crudrat wrap party, image from Linda Levy

You don’t have to take my word for it. One of the first reviews is up! 

If you backed at the $25 level or higher you should have already received an email with a link and password to download. If not, apply to Dan to rectify the situation.

The Crudrat Audiobook is now available for purchase at crudrat.com.

Questions Answered

1. I’m not a backer, how can I get the audiobook? 
You can buy it from the site right now.
But I’m married to X alternative platform (Audible, etc…)
Over the course of the summer, Crudrat will start showing up in online retail channels as both a download and on CD. I’m sorry we can’t be more precise on this date, but we’ve put it into a pending line with other self-pub items and then it takes as long as it takes for that venue to drop it. I promise to let you know when I do, and if you could keep your eye on your favorite source as well? Frankly, my best spy in this kind of information war is you, Gentle Reader.

2. Can I buy a CD of the audiobook? 
Yes. But, again, if you don’t want to use the site it may take a while.

3. How big/long is it?
Crudrat clocks in at a little over 400mb for the download (128kbps 44.1khz mp3), and runs just over 7hrs, and is available in 18 chapter-long files.

4. Can I buy the book? 
Nope. Crudrat was printed as a limited run, numbered, special edition, signed, hard cover book. This was available only to those who backed the Kickstarter at that level. It is not for sale to the general public. However you can always stalk ebay or whatever, it may show up there.

via Linda Levy March on  FB Self and my audio producer J.Daniel Sawyer, at the Crudrat wrap party

5. But, I want to READ it, precious! I wants it now! Please?
The Kickstarter was only for audio. Artistic Whispers only purchased limited audio rights for production. Print rights were not on the table, so the limited print run really was a special exemption. I still own print rights. Currently, I’ve no plans to produce this book in print for purchase.

6. But, but, but *lip wobble* WHY NOT?
So far as I know, no publishers are interested in Crudrat and I cannot spare the time from my crazy deadline schedule to format, ready, and POD this property myself. It is too much work to get it up to my standards. Nor am I entirely certain I want to. Apart from everything else, then readers will start winching on about wanting me to write the sequel. Right now, if you don’t like audiobooks, I suggest you make very good friends with someone who backed at the right level. Alternatively, you could persuade a reputable publisher that they want to produce the book. Heh heh.

7. Speaking of which, when do we get a sequel?
I don’t know. Someday? I really would love to write it, which makes the pleading hurt all the more keenly but frankly, contract gigs must take priority right now. I’m a working writer which means I write for my living, which means when I am under contract that has to be the thing I work on first. This was, from the beginning, a passion project. And like all such projects must sit the back burner until I can carve out time. I am trying to pull back a bit. Once the final two Finishing School books have launched and the first Custard Protocol, and the second one written I am going to try to pull back. I’d like to do only one book a year for a little while. I’m hoping that will free me up do do some self publishing, more short stories, and a even some at-whimsy for fun novel writing. But this is still publishing and publishing moves slowly so I for-see myself having the time to write a sequel in about three years, whether I still have the inclination is up in the air. That’s the for fun part of this equation.

And goodness with the world going the way it is, who know that the publishing industry will look like in three whole years.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

castaroundlesmodes tumblr

Twenty-two-year-old Miss E. Alice Austen poses in her Sunday best – a smart overskirt and a hat decorated with white lilacs. She holds a parasol and a silver change purse. Photo taken in June 1888 by Captain Oswald Muller.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Gear Bookend $55

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Summer Corset  Royal Worcester Corset Company, 1872  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

 Hachette Launches Dedicated Bookshop on Booksamillion.com

“Ignorant people always suppose that popular writers are wonderfully well-paid—and must be making rapid fortunes—because they neither starve in garrets, nor wear rags—at least in America.”

by Eliza Leslie (American 1864) 

Book News:

Recently acquired books: 2 on the right to read & 2 on the left, I’ve already read digitally, to donate.

Quote of the Day:

“Last evening we were all in such a gale!”

by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)


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The Crudrat Wrap Party (Tinkered Stars event)

Posted by Gail Carriger


The Crudrat Wrap party was a great success! We had so much food the table was quite groaning.

And this was just the start!

The weather cooperated resulting in a lovely turn out, there was standing room only (literally, there were no chairs). I talked all about how the book got started and my inspiration, and Dan talked about how he got the audio books and Kickstarter going.

Special Edition Book & the Coupons for the Audiobook

Then we called up the voice talent to stand with us, and people asked questions about the project and my books. The voice talent complained about my tongue twisters in the book and short stories. I talked about my love of language and silly names.

It was lots of fun. Dan recorded the whole thing and if the sound quality is OK he will include some of it on the blooper reels.

One young lady (friends with an Australian backer) took a picture of the voice talent all standing together, I’d love a copy if I could get it?

Also Dan just released this:
Crudrat state of play (Marine Biology and Crudrat release update)


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Murmurations of Starlings 

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

Women in the saddle – Kaiser & The Times agree on medical dangers of riding astride! 1914 via @TimesArchive twitter

Gail Writes Science Fiction? Crudrat Audiobook Kickstarter (The Tinkered Stars)

Posted by Gail Carriger


So I passed out a few business cards at WorldCon and the word has slowly been leaking out but here’s the offical announcement…

Crudrat is coming!

OK, so we hope Crudrat is coming.

We’ve begun a Kickstarter for a full cast audiobook of my pet YA sci-fi project chronicling a tough young woman in space.

Crudrat may be familiar to you as the formerly-referred-to-on-this-blog as Girl Ass Kicks Everything In Space. I posted about it in the project files for a while there, a few years ago. So, I’m hoping you are now rife with questions.

Many of your questions are answered in the most awesome video for the kickstarter. But below are a few in detail for those of you who prefer to read.


1. Why did you write this book?
When I was a young reader I felt that the barrier to entry for a female to read sci-fi was too high. I couldn’t identify with the main characters or the style of writing. I picked up Fantasy fast because of authors like Robin McKinley and Tamora Pierce but it took me much longer to learn to love science fiction (despite being a science geek) because I felt I had nothing in common with the main characters. I waited for someone to write this book. Someone with a strong female voice. And then gave up and wrote it myself.

2. Why aren’t you writing our next Parasol book instead?
Crudrat was finished years ago, don’t worry it’s not distracting me. Right now I’m working hard to complete the Finishing School series so I can turn my attention to the Parasol Protectorate Abroad books. Everything is on schedule. Trust me, I am genuinely typing as fast as I can without burning out. Sometimes a girl needs a breather.

3. Why an Audiobook?
I happen to adore audiobooks and am an avowed podcast addict. I consume most of my day to day information via podcasts these days. I think the narrative voice in Crudrat favors audio. Most of my books do. You see I grew up without a television listening to books on tape. I read at least one draft of every book I write out load. For me audio is an intimate part of the author’s medium.

4. Why the kickstarter?
Because of #2. This book is very dear to me and so different from my Parasol Protectorate universe, Crudrat gave me an opportunity to stretch my writing muscles in different ways but I can’t take the time to produce this book myself. Publishers aren’t interested in it but I happen to love it. So does Dan of Artistic Whispers Productions. He offered to whisk it away into a full cast audio. However, I want Dan and the talent to be compensated for their time, hence the kickstarter. This is a way for me to pass the project over to someone I trust, so that I can continue writing and make my deadlines for you.

5. What should I expect from Crudrat?
A fantastically smart, capable, and independent outcast wreaking havoc on a space station in order to save a big fuzzy alien. I’m melding such desperate elements as child labor in the UK cotton mills of the industrial revolution, caste systems of Ancient India, and cultural eccentricities of the Inka and the Wari of Highland Peru. Oh and lots of Parkour. And blue hair.

Crudrat is nothing like the Parasol Protectorate or the Finishing School series except that it takes a smart young woman and places her in extraordinary circumstances. It’s not steampunk and it’s not a comedy of manners. Yes there’s the expected witty quips, it is me after all, but adrenaline is high and murmmel’s are screaming, so there isn’t much time to sit and sip tea.

6. A little more please?
My best friend and I came up with the science behind the space station and space travel of Crudrat when we were in high school and the universe has been percolating in my brain for nearly 20 years.

If you are or were a young woman who dislikes science fiction, who isn’t inclined to read it, and who never understood the appeal, I wrote this book for you.

7. But I want to read your books, not listen to them.
One of the kickstarter rewards is a limited edition publication of the book, and another includes an ebook version. And if the kickstarter does well and people seem to like the book who knows… a publisher could take interest. Or I could build some time into my schedule to type set it and put it out there myself (always remembering that you need your Parasol Protectorate fix).

If you want more about Crudrat go ahead and poke about the website. There’s a lot there about the project and the universe. You can sign up for the newsletter if you’d like to stay abreast of the latest information. As I said, I have passed off production and such to Dan, so you’ll get an occasional blog here, but mostly it’s in his capable hands. You can ask him any questions you would like.

Or, if you’d prefer you can leave a question bellow and I will . . . eventually . . . formulate another blog post on the subject. I’m awful slow to respond to things these days, for which I appologize, remember those deadlines we talked about?


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

via Brian Kesinger’s Tea Girls FB

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
I wrote Crudrat a while ago, before Parkour was everywhere, but in line with that please enjoy this YouTube: Assassin’s Creed Meets Parkour

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Pornokitch on what is science fiction?

Book News:
Go, find out more on the Kickstarter.
Also here’s Dan and Kitty talking about making that fantastic kickstarter video via podcast on The Next Ten Thousand Hours, Ep 02.

Quote of the Day:

“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?”

~ E. M. Forster 

Snafus and Copy Edits

Posted by Gail Carriger


It’s been a nasty few weeks, Gentle Reader. I lost a huge chuck of my prepared blogs (with links to reviews and images, etc.) due to an unavoidable snafu (entirely my fault). Plus I’m being epically killed by copy edits.

It’s not that these edits are particularly bad or brutal, in fact the copy editor is remarkably good. No, it’s more that it’s just a lot of work my end to make everything as perfect as I can with the manuscript. Double check for victorian meanings and origin of words and generally catch as many mistakes as possible. In order to do this, I try to read my books out loud (when I have the time). I find I catch more errors that way and word repetitions and writer’s ticks. Plus the sing song nature of the text comes to life. This may be because I was raised with audiobooks (rather than TV) so I tend to think of books as oral traditions.

It’s one of the reasons I was so pleased with my Parasol Protectorate audio book reader, Emily Grey. I think she does a great job, from what little I have heard. Sadly, that’s only a little, I am psychologically unable to listen to my own work read by another. It’s too unsettling. My agent says this is not uncommon among authors.

Anyway, I’ve gone dark so far as interviews, queries, and demands are concerned. I’m just still in the process of moving and these edits are taking it out of me. I’m trying not to neglect you all too much, but right now other beasts must be fed and watered.

Apologizes for any repeats in images and such, like I said above, snafu.


Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

In which cute contest winner is cute!

Timeless: Now in production. The release date on Amazon is correct.

Etiquette & Espionage: Working copy edits. Release date Fall 2012.

The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Prudence floats! Release date fall 2013. She’s started waking me up in the middle of the night with ideas.

BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

Book News:
Missie reviews the Soulless audiobook.

Quote of the Day:
“Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.”
~ Unknown

The State of the Parasol Protectorate

Posted by Gail Carriger


My dearest Gentle Reader, January is slinking away in a grey cloud of inclement weather and February is peaking its squat toad-like head above the horizon. In honor of this momentous event, I am determined to give you all a State of the Parasol Protectorate report. Those of you who are already members of the Parasol Protectorate Facebook group have heard much of what follows, but I thought some others might also be reading this blog out of interest in the series, so please excuse the Parasol-centric nature of what follows.

~ Foreign Languages
All three books are out in British Edition (which are larger sized books but the same American language inside). Waterstones and Kobo have the ebook versions of all three up, WHSmiths has Soulless.
The first three have sold to French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Polish translations. Several of these are out already, although I haven’t yet seen copies. So far only Germany has opted for alternate covers, but that will probably change.
Soulless has sold in Hungarian, Japanese, and Thai.

~ Audio Books
Recorded books released both Soulless and Changeless. Blameless should be out in March of this year. Changeless was supposed to drop to audible, but it doesn’t look like it has yet. Hachette Audio will produce the last two books, and they will try to bring them out right around the same time as the print version. Thus, they are aiming to have Heartless out July 1. We are hoping for the same reader.

~ Manga
Some of you will know that I am a huge manga fan, so I am really excited to be with Yen Press. They have been marvelous about involving me at every stage of the project. We have decided on an artist. You should be prepared, however, that this is manga with all the expected big-eyes and youthful styling. But let me just say: girl has the fashion down!

~ Signings for 2011
My appearances for this year are almost settled. There are a few more things still up in the air, mainly competing events I just have decide which I want to do.

~ Other Minutia
I’ve stopped doing blurbs for books and my own short stories for the foreseeable future, this year is already madness, and I just have to focus on novel writing.
I have health insurance (this is very exciting to me but you probably don’t care).

~ The Blog
I may fall off the three a week schedule, but can still expect character studies, more Dear Lord Akeldama columns, various convention reports and fashion thoughts, as well as a some steampunk stuff. I am curious as to what you, Gentle Reader, would particularly like to see more of in the future. Do please let me know what you are interested in or if there is something I haven’t done in a while. I await your comments with baited breath.

Ketchup ~ SF Signal Interview, Changeless on Audible, and Miniblog

Posted by Gail Carriger


In which I am interviewed on the SF Signal Podcast.

As the Parasol Protectorate Facebook Group found out yesterday, the latest info promises an Audible drop of Changeless on January 28th. Recorded Books says Blameless should be out on March 10th, no idea when the Audible drop will occur for that one yet. Hopefully a little quicker without holiday backups.

Nothing much else to report, Gentle Reader. All is quiet in New York, no one else important seems to want anything from me, so I am quietly plugging away on Book 5, Timeless. It’s taking an interesting course. I know how I want the main plot to work itself out, and Alexia and Conall are behaving themselves admirably, but some of my secondary character have their own ideas. I think I may have to let them work them out and see what happens, but I am terribly afraid they won’t end where I want. Sometimes, however, there is nothing for it but to let the characters have their way with the story. Here’s hoping I won’t have to do a massive rewrite in a couple of months because of their larking around.

For those intrigued by the sate of my wardrobe, both the cape raincoat and the bow driving gloves have arrived. Of course, it’s been freezing cold instead of raining, so I haven’t had much of an opportunity to wear either, but Spring is just around the corner . . .

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Tisane of Smart:
Fannie’s Last Supper
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Some brilliant suggestions for life after NANO

Lurv says, “I think this is a series I could really get behind. In a reading year that’s been full of way too many duds, Soulless was actually such an entertaining relief.”
SPOILER ALERT! Clandestine Sanctuary says, “Do I recommend the book? Yes. Do I recommend the series. Absolutely. But remember that this book shouldn’t be read independently as it follows a series, so read Soulless first.”
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first. I Read to Relax says, “I love Carriger’s little additions, like how pesto was developed to combat both vampires and werewolves in Italy. These details really just make the story come alive.”

Heartless: Finished draft 8, turned in! It’s available for preorder on Amazon.
Timeless: Back at it.
Secret Project F: We’re waiting. We’re waiting.

Quote of the Day:
“When I say ‘spank me with a broomstick and call me Joseph Stalin’ I’m sure I speak for all of us.”
~ Hotel Babylon

Podcasting Chapter 1 of Soulless (Parasol Protectorate Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger


So I’m a podcast fan, Gentle Reader. You may have garnered as much from reading the “music” line on this blog, or from my general comments and posts regarding podcasts, or from my array of podcasting-inclined Facebook and twitter friends.

The addiction is, as so many things are, my parent’s fault. I grew up without a TV. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I loved to read and that was mostly what I did, but sometimes I wanted to do other things like eat. And during those times I listened to books on tape. Then I stopped, grew up, and started to travel places.

It was like magic when the world gave me podcasting. I mean music is all very well and good but to get stories and information, tailored to my taste, downloaded at will? Heaven.

So J. Daniel Sawyer and I were sitting about one afternoon, as you do, and he turns to me and says, “We should podcast the first chapter of Soulless.” He had that mercurial twinkle in his eye that indicated, as surely as anything, that the games were afoot. (I should preface this by saying that Dan and I became friends after he spent an evening learning about body casting and the naked model – who happens to be my beta – dragged him out to a Medieval kiln firing. These things happen with my friends.)

The issue, of course, was that I’d sold audio rights to The Parasol Protectorate to Orbit. And, before you wince at me, yes, I knew what I was doing, don’t fuss. Luckily, my publishing house is a forward thinking kind of establishment so when I went, hat in hand, to see if they would let me podcast the first chapter they said, without dissembling, the marketing-equivalent of, “Sure” pat pat “cute little gumptiony author beast.”

A few months later finds myself, my mother, Miss Kalandar of the Brass Needles podcast, George, and Chris Lester of the Metamor City podcast crammed into Kitty and Dan’s tiny little studio, learning the fine art of audio machinations. Then Dan, who is brilliant, whisks away the raw data and pings me in the wilds of Peru three weeks later with a charming rendition in full cast with extensive audio effects, of my own work.

I mean, how fantastically wonderful is that? See why I love podcasters?

So here it is, ladies and gentlemen, the audio drama sample of the first chapter of Soulless. I hope you enjoy it!

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Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Pringle of Scotland satisfies the knitter craving. Single color palate = gray. Paired with feathers and big fat cables.

Your Tisane of Smart:
The Unbreakable Umbrella I suspect many of you saw the prototype tests on youtube well you can now buy it for yourself!

Quote of the Day:
“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

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