What the Book Publishing Process is Like + Fan Service Behind the Scenes (Important for Writers) Video

Posted by Gail Carriger


I’m hoping you’ll enjoy my latest video, Gentle Reader.

This one is less Q&A and more a bit of storytelling from yours truly.

For the first half I talk about how a book is birthed into the world from a traditionally established author perspective using Fan Service as a model. The second half is a regular Q&A.

FIY I misspoke when I say “no oxford comma.” I, of course, meant the opposite.


After the book is written, what next?

  1. The options cause: What does it mean? How do authors act because of it and their contract?
    Meaning of “under option” “not activating option” etc.. and why a broad/open/wide option is bad and a tight/narrow/restricted option is good.
  2. How authors are paid by a publisher: in 3 installments on signing, delivery & acceptance (D&A), and on publication (on-pub)
  3. What happens after the manuscript is delivered to an editor.
  4. Difference between an editor at a traditional publishing house and a developmental editor (or dev edit) as hired by an indie/self published author.
  5. How the language around editors is different between traditional and self publishers.
  6. How a dev edit difference from other types of editing. (Why we moved to Word at this juncture. UGH.)
  7. When a book “goes into production” or is “put into production.”
  8. What the copy edit process is like. (AKA line edit) And do they have a sense of humor?
    Style sheets. House rules.
  9. What a proof pass is like.
  10. What is an ARC? Why produce one? How is it different from the finished product? Using Fan Service as a demo.

Questions answered pertaining to the traditional publishing process:

  • How do beta (and alpha) readers fit into this? Can a good beta take the place of a developmental editor?
  • How to separate yourself from your work, so you can better edit yourself. Using tech and using emotions. Gail offers tips: audio pass, changing fonts etc…
  • Does Gail have advice for new authors? Try her Resources page
  • Quick chat about author copies of published print books.

Here is what the ARC of Prudence looked like.

Prudence finished hard cover on the left and the ARC on the right.

The actual release was a hard cover.


Other Fun Stuff

Gail shows you difference between a numbered Limited hard cover editions from Subterranean and a Lettered boxed edition.

Gail shows you exactly how long the Meat Cute (AKA The Hedgehog Incident) is…

Gail shouts out her local RWA chapter (San Francisco RWA)

Hints at future video.

Brief chat on poly characters and covers

Does Gail ever hate her characters?

Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse Wikia (AKA world bible)

Possibly Meat Cute at the very end of the year. Only maybe. We will see how I feel. (Big leak on who’s reading it.) How long will it be? It’s a little over 9,000 words so the same length as The Curious Case

The turban Gail is wearing can be found here: (the broach is her own)

Gail ends with her mind being BLOWN by how the German’s treat titles.

Audiobooks Coming Out This Year

The Omega Objection

The 5th Gender

Competence to the UK… maybe?

Reticence to the USA, yes in August. To the UK? Who knows.


If you have things you’d like Gail to cover in depth (as she did with trad publishing) please leave a comment with the subject you’d like covered. Already on the list: Gail’s self publishing book birth journey.


I hope you enjoyed this video!

Yours, live and in color,

Miss Gail


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OUT MAY 18, 2019!

The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

Preorder on Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Print and audio are coming, but will not be available for preorder. 

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.



Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine Date May, 1877

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

How to Throw a Fabulous Book Party

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Surprising Reading Habits of Millennials

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

What are the Romance Subgenres? (And How to Pick One)

Book News:

Mayor of Baltimore Resigns After City Vendors Spent Hundreds of Thousands Buying Her Books, And Then Were Awarded Contracts Worth Millions

Quote of the Day:

Writing a book is like making stock:

  1. Boil carcass until something useful comes out.
  2. Skim the fat.
  3. Freeze.
  4. Forget about it for months.
  5. Turn into something edible or throw it away.

~ Self on Twitter

Your Moment of Gail


“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Announcing Fan Service Limited Hardcover: Supernatural Society Omnibus Plus Exclusive Hedgehog Incident

Posted by Gail Carriger


Fan Service is coming out in October 2019 (to celebrate Soulless turning 10) from Subterranean Press.

It is an omnibus collection featuring 2 previously published Supernatural Society Novellas plus spanking new novellete… Meat Cute AKA The Hedgehog Incident.

Yes, you read the right. THE HEDGEHOG INCIDENT. At last.

Image: Fan Service Limited Hard Cover

Together these three stories are my most requested character wrap-ups from the Parasol Protectorate series, hence the title of this omnibus: Fan Service.



This collector’s special Fan Service omnibus contains stories specifically tailored to honor my most devoted fans.

It includes previously published Supernatural Society Novellas: Romancing the Inventor, Romancing the Werewolf. And an all new and never before seen novelette:

Meat Cute


The Hedgehog Incident

The collection answers the three most common questions readers have after reading the Parasol Protectorate series

  • Will Madame Lefoux ever find love?
  • Do Biffy and Lyall ever get back together?
  • What exactly happened when Alexia and Conall (and a hedgehog) first met?

The cover art and design of Fan Service matches the previous Subterranean edition of Soulless.

Image: Soulless LTD Hard Cover

What’s in Fan Service?

In Romancing the Inventor Imogene Hale is a lowly parlourmaid with a soul-crushing secret. Seeking solace, she takes work at a local vampire hive, only to fall desperately in love with the amazing lady inventor imprisoned in the potting shed.

In Romancing the Werewolf Professor Randolph Lyall returns home to London after twenty years abroad, afraid of what he might find. With his pack in chaos and his beloved Alpha Biffy in crisis, it will take all his Beta efficiency to set everything to rights.

In Meat Cute, Alexia Tarabotti attends what seems to be a very dull party, until London’s new werewolf Alpha turns up, is unconscionably rude to her, and sits on a hedgehog.

From the comedic mind of New York Times bestseller Gail Carriger come three charming love stories set in her popular steampunk Parasolverse. Featuring a long-awaited reunion, a well deserved new romance, and a very surprised hedgehog. Look out for cheeky appearances from other popular characters, not to mention the strategic application of a wicker chicken.

Answering Your Questions!

Wait WHAT? 

The novelette Meat Cute AKA The Hedgehog Incident features Alexia and Conall meeting for the first time.

How do I get it?

Right now you can only preorder directly this from Subterranean Press (it may become available at other bookstores, but only if they don’t sell out themselves first).

Other print editions? 

This omnibus is a special edition, and will be released in hardcover only. It’s a limited run of 550 copies (500 limited numbered, 50 lettered and boxed).

Signed please?

All the books will come already signed by me.

Will you do the Supernatural Society novellas individually in hard cover?

No. This is likely your only chance to get the two Supernatural Society novellas in hard cover. I’ve no intention of doing hard cover books myself for any of my independent projects.

Can I get Meat Cute as an ebook?

I will release Meat Cute in digital… eventually. But you’ll have to wait a while. Join the Chirrup for more info.

Will Meat Cute be a trade paperback like the novellas? 

No, Meat Cute is not long enough to get its own print book, that’s cost prohibitive. If you want it in print, this is your opportunity. I might couple it with something else, but that’s likely to take years.

Will Meat Cute be in audio?

Yes, there will be an audio version of this story. Emma Newman is narrating. Probably next year. Maybe even this Christmas if you’re good.

Do you intend to bundle other novellas as omnibus editions (when you have more written)? 

Yes, I’d love to. Subterranean is a joy to work with and their books are stunning. We have to see how this one sells, of course. It’s a big experiment for everyone involved.

If this goes well, it will take a while before the next one, because I’d like to have at least 3 Delightfully Deadly or 3 Claw & Courtship novellas released first. Also, I’m unlikely to do a collectors omnibus until at last a year after the final of those comes out. Right now there aren’t even second books in any of these series but, you know, long term plans.

I hope you are as excited as I am for this new book baby.

I know it’s a ways away but I am hoping you feel like this is a good ten year anniversary present!

Yours in hedgehogs,

Miss Gail

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OUT MAY 18, 2019!

The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

Preorder on Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Print and audio are coming, but will not be available for preorder. 

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.


  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 6, 2019
  • Fan Service Omnibus, October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Who is the most superior cat in the world? I am! Obey me! Now hoomahn, NECK SCRITCHES

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Book Signings for Beginners

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

26 Tips for Researching Victorian Set Story, Steampunk & Beyond

Book News:

Nerdy By Nature says of Soulless:

“Soulless is the first book in the Parasol Protectorate series, and I loved it from the very first page. It’s smart, witty, and so funny. It’s described as being if Buffy were set in Jane Austen’s time, and that’s pretty much spot on.”

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!

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