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16 Future Writing Projects I Might Try AKA Authors Don’t Need Your Ideas (Important for Writers)

I tend to talk about what I’m actually writing in the Chirrup on a monthly basis, Gentle Reader.

But in the interests of accountability, I thought I might post about some of the many projects I’m considering writing, so you can rest assured that I’ll never run out of ideas.

It’s possible someone made the mistake on social media of saying to me,

“Gail… why don’t you write X character, or X book?”

Or perhaps,

“I have this great idea for a book, you should write it, and we’ll split to profits.”

Blink. Blink. Blink.

Look, seriously? Ideas are cheap. It’s the writing that’s costly in time and sweat and tears and tea…

So to prove that, here are 16 possible ideas I’m contemplating writing right now (and some of these are multiple books or multiple story possibilities in the same universe). No promises that I’ll actually write any of them.

Pre-note on Epiphanies

I’ve talked before about the fact that I don’t start actually writing a book until I have had its epiphany. By epiphany I mean, I see a crystal clear scene in my head of two characters talking together and know their personalities and then I know what the story is. For Soulless this was Alexia and Ivy walking in the park and discussing the fact that Alexia accidentally killed a vampire the night before. (This epiphany scene is rarely the opening of a book.)

Right so here you go….

16 Things Gail Could Be Writing Right NOW

1. Delightfully Deadly #3 (novella)

PITCH: Would you wait forever for true love?
GOOD: I’ve had the epiphany for this book, it’s a long time span snippet book full of pining and lost love ending in a very late in life romance.
BAD: I need to do lots of back referencing to other parasolverse books.

2. The Enforcer Enigma (San Andreas #3 – novel) 

GOOD: I’ve had the epiphany for this book and I’ve a rough outline. Three books in a series is a marketable asset.
BAD: These books aren’t selling as well as my other stuff.

3. San Andreas #4 (novel)

GOOD: I’ve had the epiphany for this book, and I’ll be introducing the new love interest as a side character in #3.
BAD: See #3 plus #3 needs to come out first.

4. Book 1 in The Lost Animech Chronicles (mid grade series)

PITCH: A girl must find a magical familiar and control her abilities or be stripped of power and become a political pawn.
GOOD: New kind of book, agent is interested
BAD: I have no idea what I’m doing, I’m risk averse, and scared.

5. Crudrat (YA sci-fi) in Print & Digital

GOOD: It’s basically written just needs a heavy revision pass. I’d like to put some more YA out into the universe.
BAD: It’s impossible to sell YA sci-fi right now, even non-YA is a struggle for self pub.

6. Cypher (Crudrat #2 YA) in Print & Digital & Audio

GOOD: Right now, not a lot except satisfying the very few fans Crudrat has now.  It has an outline.
BAD: Time consuming, unproven, risky proposition in terms of sales. Nice to have something completely different to play with though. It would be impossible to do this one with the same cast as the first one in audio.

7. Claw & Courtship #2 (novella)

GOOD: CC is my best selling novella series, the most popular with Zon to promote and by far my best indie seller. Adding a new addition to this novella line would be fiscally sensible.
BAD: Haven’t had the epiphany yet and don’t know which character I’d like to work with.

8. Dear Lord Akeldama (compilation ebook)

GOOD: I have so many blog posts, I could form them all up into one fun ebook collection of the Dear Lord A advice column. It’d give me something to point people at who want “more Lord Akeldama.”
BAD: Does anyone really want that?

9. Lord Akeldama Short Story

GOOD: It’d give me something to point people at who want “more Lord Akeldama.”
BAD: I’d have to write it from the perspective of the cat. Not super inspired by this idea. Short stories don’t sell.

10. Other Parasolverse Shorts

GOOD: It’d be fun to have a few “seasonal” offerings, I’ve had some idea featuring old favorite main characters.
BAD: Probably pretty plot-less and just fan service, worth the time to write?

11. New YA Techno-Fantasy Series

GOOD: I have several ideas set in the same techno-fantasy world, The Banded Lands.
BAD: It’s something new and different for and from me, I’m not sure readers would like it. YA is a struggle for self pub. Traditional publishers likely uninterested.

12. Queensman (early parasolverse YA series)

GOOD: Adventure YA featuring a gay knife fighter from a northern island who unexpectedly becomes the bodyguard of young Boudicia. Meanwhile, the vampire-run Roman Empire is invading. Revolves around the introduction of werewolves to the British Isles.
BAD: Is anyone interested in something like this? Plus research sucks. Still Romano-British was one of my fields of study for a while.

1900s Giovanni Boldini (Italian artist, 1842-1931) The Summer Stroll

13. Camp Residual series

GOOD: Wet Hot American Summer meets Jane Austen. A series of lighthearted romantic comedies with supernatural elements.  Because each would stand alone, can basically drop them whenever.
BAD: No one seems as excited about this concept as me.

14. Geomage series

GOOD: Urban fantasy series based on gargoyles and geology – rocks, lots of rocks. Could be YA.
BAD: Do I want to go into UF right now? Will it sell? Do we care?

15. Alessandro Tarabotti serialization

GOOD: I’ve had the epiphany for this serialization, it’s a long time span snippet book starting with Alessandro as a kid training, including his journal entries, forming his whole life. Kind of linked short stories.
BAD: Very experimental, could be released as a serial or as a novel or both, no major arc or through line, does not have a happy ending.

16. Tinkered Stars mystery #2

GOOD: I’ve had a minor epiphany for another space station mystery for Drey and Tristol. Would be super fun to write, plus wedding plans? A few people do want more of these books.
BAD: Should I really write more in yet ANOTHER series? Don’t yet know how well The 5th Gender actually did.

So there you have it, some of the MANY options on my plate.

You can vote for your favorite, although no promises. One of the reasons I do independent projects is so that I could write what amuses me most when it amuses me and not before. Still, I do write for you and I want to make you happy so I am interested in your opinion. 

Vote for your favorite!

Which of the above story ideas are you most interested in seeing Gail Write? 

Poll is only letting you vote for one but please feel free to leave a comment with further thoughts, or to advocate for one of the above. Please note that I can not write new books featuring characters who have already been in the limelight (Alexia, Sophronia, Rue etc…)

Yours (never to run out of ideas),

Miss Gail

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Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

USA & Canada: Amazon print & digital & audiobook | Kobo | B & N | Apple | Audible | Other

UK digitalprint | Kobo UK | Apple UK coming soon I hope

Amazon Overseas DE | FR | AU 

Kobo Overseas DE | FR | AU

Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1880 fashions, summer dress

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Dan’s opening monoluge for Savage Lovecast: 663 is VITALLY IMPORTANT for all queer folk, particularly younger ones, to listen to. We are losing the battle for acceptance and this is a huge reason why (statistically backed up). I’ve been noticing this a lot myself these days. Please listen to him.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How to Help Combat Piracy in Publishing

Book News:

You CAN Tell an (e)Book by Its Cover

Quote of the Day:

“I think I’ve been looking at too many catalogs. I just read ‘The Four Tendencies’ as ‘The Four Tentacles’.”

~ Overheard at Borderlands Books in San Francisco

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

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Tell Someone You’re an Author and… A Coping Guide (Important for Writers)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

So Gentle Reader, nothing is worse (for an author) than being at an event where no one knows you and you are faced with the inevitable question…

So, what is it do you do?

PANIC!

Do I lie?

Do I tell the truth?

So many possible ways this could go badly badly wrong.

But you take a deep breath and you tell the truth.

I’m an author.

Oh noes… here it comes!

The Responses:

OPTION ONE: The Idea Pimp

What they say:

I have this great idea, what if I tell it to you, you write it, and then we can split the proceeds 50/50?

What I say:

I am sure that your idea is absolutely brilliant and utterly unique, but there is no way I could possibly do your idea justice. You simply must write it yourself.

What I’m thinking:

  1. There are no unique ideas left in this world.
  2. Funny that you think 50/50 is fair, when all the work is actually writing and we’re lucking if we get 25% on the final product.
  3. Do you know what ideas are? Really really cheap.

OPTION TWO: The Dreaded Memoirist

What they say:

My life story is so interesting, it would make a wonderful book, you should write it for me.

What I say:

How could anybody possibly tell your story for you? You simply must write it yourself, and I’m sure any such memoir would sell beautifully.

What I’m thinking:

  • No one buys everyman memoirs. The only people who can sell a memoir are humorists or famous.
  • It’s charming that you didn’t even ask me what kind of books I write because I wouldn’t touch a memoir with 1000 foot pole.

OPTION THREE: The Buddy Writer

What they say:

I’m writing a book myself.

What I say:

Oh that is great! Have you finished it? How many books have you published?

What I’m thinking:

Oh no, here we go again.

What I will never say:

That sounds awesome, I’d love to read it.

What I might say:

Can I get your card?

And that card better have the book’s cover and title and your author name on it. If I have to do any work to find that book, I’m never going to do it.

OPTION FOUR: The Terrifying Reader

What they say:

What kind of books do you write? Will I have heard of you?

What I say:

I write commercial genre fiction. Maybe you know me, any idea what steampunk is?

What I’m thinking:

Not a chance in hell.

OPTION FIVE: The Prove Yourself, Fellow Author

What they say:

Oh really, who’s your agent?

What I say:

Kristin Nelson of an NLA.

What I’m thinking:

Interesting that you knew to ask that question and no I will not recommend you to her having only met you at a cocktail party. Because you know that’s the next question or we gonna start that lovely subtle jockeying to find out which author “ranks” higher than the other.

And there you have it.

The reason why, when asked what I do, nine times out of ten I say:

“I’m in communications and marketing.”

Because, you know, I kinda am.

Yours in introvert suffering,

Miss Gail

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

Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Audio is coming. 

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.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Revue de la Mode 1880 Gazette de la famille.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Actress Alice Delysia sporting a very fashionable Easter Bonnet. 1918.⁣

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“Haven’t you ever noticed that people who win say it’s because the gods know they are in the right, but if they lose, it wasn’t the gods who declared them wrong? Their opponent cheated, or their equipment was bad.”

~ Tamora Pierce, Squire

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“We are the public intelligence service.”

~ Pat Morrison on Journalists at LA Times Book Fest

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“My cat must be very well educated – considering how many times I’ve practiced presentations on her. Then again, she always falls asleep in class.”

~ Gail Carriger

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

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Why Write Sexy? High Heat in Genre Fiction (Important for Authors)

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’ve written books that fall all across the spectrum.

No, not that spectrum.

I’m talking about sex scenes here.

The 5th Gender, is sexy, Gentle Reader. It has a high heat level. Not all of my books do. They range with regards to how explicit they are. The Finishing School is at one end with a tiny bit of smooching, while the San Andreas books are at the other, in which everything is blue, including language and (occasionally) balls.

Most of my stuff falls somewhere in the middle. I enjoy writing a delicate sex scenes, ones where I challenge myself else not to name any parts but to simply allude to the the act euphemistically (many of the adult Parasolverse books) as much as a dirty one.

Here’s the thing.

I’m never asked why I don’t include sex in a book, but I sure am asked (or complained at) every time I do put it in.

How much? How sexy is this one? Is it appropriate for…. X?

Since I’ve made no bones (or should I say boners?) about the fact that I find the nookie parts challenging to scribble, the real question is…

Why write sexy books?

I write kissing books. I also write more-than-just kissing books. I write hot sexy explicit sexy AF books.

Want to know why?

Get ready, it’s flouncing time.

Imma gonna flounce all over this!

Gail Commences A Major Flounce!

  1. I write sexy because I believe fiction writers have a responsibility to culture. I consider it my duty to glorify different types of healthy adult sexual interaction.
  2. I write sexy because violence in fiction is lauded, revered, awarded, and magnified while sensuality, pleasure, joy, and humor are not and that’s wrong.
  3. I write sexy because conversation between characters about sex is hot and needs representation in fiction. Because we should all talk about desire with our lovers and learn what we want and how to articulate it.
  4. I write sexy because most of my readers are women, and women need models of female characters knowing, asking, and communicating their sexual needs.
  5. I write sexy because I want to show lovers in heterosexual relationships that the man should not be expected to read the woman’s mind about what she wants. That’s profoundly unfair.
  6. I write sexy because I want to show lovers in homosexual and queer relationships that they don’t have to model their dynamic of sex or love on heterosexual norms.
  7. I write sexy because someone has to write love scenes where who’s in charge and who’s in control and who’s the dominant partner defies cultural expectations.
  8. I write sexy because fiction has the power to show that passion can be the big guy on the bottom, or the femme on top, or the extrovert being emphatic, or a desire being voiced without mockery.
  9. I write sexy because to do any of this I have to write (at least some) explicit sex. Because it’s hot. Oh yeah, and because I want to. So there.

I dare you to try it.

No seriously. You know what’s easy to write? Fighting. Violence. Action. It’s easy and it’s lazy. Try writing a hot, unpredictable, emotion-packed, sex scene. Try writing a funny poignant one. Go on. I dare you. Every writer reading this right now. I. Dare. You.

(Flouncing done now.)

If you want me to talk more explicitly about writing sexy and how why I chose it for my own books, it do that in this video at TS 39.16 in.

The four books I reference in this Video:

images of YA versus not YA

Crudrat (YA no sex at all) vs 5th Gender (explicit gay-ish); Finishing School (YA bit of kissing) vs Poison or Protect (explicit het femme domme) 

A Breakdown of My Books By Heat Level

Is this a kissing book?

Crudrat (YA) ~ Nothing sexy at all, probably kissing in the (eventual) second book.

The Finishing School series (YA) ~ Some kissing in the later books, interracial het relationship, no marriage.

Wait, am I reading a romance novel?

The Parasol Protectorate series ~ Sex is discussed but not in detail, we follow characters into bedroom but no parts are named, het main relationship with some bisexual and homosexual flirtation.

Supernatural Society ~ Sex is discussed and alluded to exactly as in the Parasol Protectorate above, but the relationships are all queer.

The Custard Protocol ~ Sex is discussed somewhat in detail using Victorian terms, characters are flirty and followed into the bedroom both heterosexual and homosexual and in between.

Getting jiggy with it.

Claw & Courtship ~ Heat levels range, but mostly similar to Custard Protocol, slightly explicit with parts named. Relationships are heterosexual but emphasis is on female sexual agency and choice, slightly kinky twists on a vanilla dynamic.

Delightfully Deadly ~ Mostly heterosexual relationships, sex act is described, female character has agency and choice. Some have little to no explicit sex, or the door is “closed on the couple.” Intended to explore feminist approaches to traditional romance writing (from a true Domme, to a self aware woman who actually just wants to marry, to an older/plump woman finding love).

All the things! As G. L. CARRIGER

The 5th Gender ~ Explicit queer sex, gentle relationships, humor, a bit of hentai (just a bit), complex notions of gender and sexuality and self-definition.

San Andreas Shifters ~ Explicit queer sex and bad language involving complicated sometimes broken men. Mostly gay, includes models of healthy poly, BDSM, bisexual, and other queer sexualities. Explores flipped dynamics such as true switches, gay verse, big guy bottoms, alpha subs, power play, etc…

Which book does Gail think is sexiest?

Want someone analyzing my sex scenes?

Poison or Protect: or Doing Sex Scenes Correctly by Robert Mitchell Evans

As always, you don’t have to take my word for it…

Weekly Book Recs?

If you want weekly book recommendations from me (or to suggest books to me) I participate in #bookrecfriday on Twitter & Facebook.

Yes I often suggest sexy stuff. You can too. It’s OK.

If you want to know whenever I post a review, follow me on BookBub or Goodreads.

Yours in sexy-times,

Miss Gail

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OUT NOW!

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

Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Audio is coming. 

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.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

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

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

The Queen Date August, 1873

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Allusionist podcasts about Polari (the coded languages of the queer community)
Also covers some of the history of queer culture, including that in the Victorian era.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Each morning my characters greet me with misty faces willing, though chilled, to muster for another day’s progress through the dazzling quicksand the marsh of blank paper.”

~ John Updike

Book News:

Quick note to say you can now get any of my books signed from Borderlands Books in San Francisco. I’ll be back again when Reticence launches, August 6, so if you want THAT book signed (and dedicated) now is the time to put in a preorder using the SIGNED button below the book.

Just email them to coordinate which one and shipping.

Now, lets talk

Quote of the Day:

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

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


The Author’s Contentious Relationship with Mothers & Motherhood (Gail Carriger Confessions)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Dear Gentle Reader,

I was recently reflecting on motherhood in my books.

It might appear, from my stuff, that I have a contentious relationship to moms and motherhood. I must state up front that this is not because of my own mum, who is awesome, but more likely because I’m not a mother myself. I mother my friends (too much, they might say) but I myself have refrained from producing offspring.

I have never wanted children even slightly. I never played with dolls. I didn’t even like children when I was a child. I’ve never wavered or changed my mind or felt even slightly inclined to procreate. I’ve lost lovers and friends because of this choice. I’m still confident that it was the right one for me.

But that does mean I seem to have a bit of a problem with motherhood in my books. And, occasionally, fatherhood. (My Dad is also pretty fantastic, so yeah…)

Good Mothers

I will say that my favorite mother I’ve ever written is (drum roll please)…

Mrs Iftercast

in How to Marry a Werewolf

After this book came out, people started to think she might be Dimity. I wish I had had that kind of perspicaciousness because yes, she is rather Dimity-esk. But she isn’t Dimity.

(Don’t you worry Dimity is going to have a wonderful man and charming children in her future. But this isn’t her.)

There’s Madame Lefoux and Angelique to consider as well. Lefoux is almost obsessive and overbearing in her loving, yet she unquestionably adores her adopted son. Angelique abandoned him. This representation ties into my love of found family, and it’s an allegory for queer neglect, that it is the mother who wants Quesnel but is not a blood relation who fights for him, while the blood mother abandoned him and put his life at risk. It’s a testament to Lefoux’s upbringing that Quesnel is so well balanced out the other side.

Complicated Mothers

I intentionally wrote Rue and Alexia’s relationship as a bit contentious, because Alexia is good at many many things, but given her personality (which isn’t changing anytime soon) I could never imagine that she would be a very involved mom.

Loving, but probably a tad remote, authoritarian, and autocratic is more honest to her character, I think. But then Rue has a balance of two pretty awesome fathers, not to mention all the drones.

Why Shifting Attitudes?

So I guess that is where I’ve headed (over the years) is towards a more honest portrayal of motherhood. It’s my former main characters I’m now writing as side character parents. That changes things.

They can’t be as one dimensional as Mrs Loontwill (Alexia’s mother in the Parasol Protectorate) or as checked-out as Mrs Temmineck (Sophronia’s mother in the Finishing School series). Sympathetic characters, and even unsympathetic ones, appearing later in life, already have a background of complexity and familiarity to my readers. I can’t betray that. I have to seriously consider and understand whether they have children, and how they behave towards them must (from the sake of my own integrity) be honest to their growing arc in life.

Sophronia and Soap, for example, don’t have kids. They can’t physically do so (although they might adopt) but I don’t think it’s in Sophronia’s nature. She would find it limiting and confining and frustrating, and Soap, of course, will do whatever she needs.

Mothers in YA

That said, I made a very conscious choice to give Sophronia in the Finishing School series a living breathing mother and family, since that’s so uncommon in YA literature. It’s not that she is forced into becoming a heroine, it’s that Sophronia wants to be one.

Her family and still be there, in tact, in the background, and yet she makes the choice to go her own way and have her own path. It’s a model I needed to show younger readers.

Mothering Forward

It’s easy for me to imagine wanting kids, as Primrose does in Competence. And also having kids but not being sure about it, as Rue has happen.

These two are new angles to explore motherhood, that I now have access too because of my complex established universe.

Not that I couldn’t before, but you know what I mean.

Other Mothers

Sidheag’s sense of pack responsibility is a kind of mothering. Gruff though it may be.

And Preshea’s complex relationship with parenthood can and will shift, because of Gavin’s influence. With Preshea, I’m exploring the idea of a character who, the first time we meet her, should never be a mother, but later might give it a try. Although even then, she’s likely not going to be the best at it.

Baby Gail and her own mother.

So I don’t really have a purpose to these rambling thoughts. It’s just, you know, Mother’s Day so I decided to put this out there.

Mostly so you see that yes, I am thinking about these things as a writer, writing about motherhood, even thought I don’t have first hand experience.

I kind of feel this way about my books.

Yours, no kidding,

Miss Gail

You don’t have to take my word for it…

The Worst Mothers in Literature

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OUT NEXT!

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

Preorder on Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Audio is coming. 

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.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • 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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

The Queen July 5, 1879

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Ranking 8 of the Best Bookish TV Shows

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

An Annoyed Librarian’s Rebuttal

Book News:

Ransom Reviews says of Soulless:

“Even when the chips are down, the tension runs high, and the situation is hopeless, Carriger manages to maintain that tension without sacrificing Miss Tarabotti’s wit which is no small trick.”

Quote of the Day:

Gail: This is a fun book.
Author: Arbitrarily capitalizes random Nouns.
Gail: Wait what century am I in?
Author: No Oxford comma.
Gail: You’re dead to me.

~ 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

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


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.

FIRST HALF

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.

SECOND HALF

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.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • 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.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

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


6 Most Exciting Things To Happen To A Career Author in 2018 from Gail Carriger (Important For Writers)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The end of 2018 is soon upon us, Gentle Reader. Here are the 6 most interesting and exciting things that happened to me this year.

  1. I officially earned more from my self published stuff than my traditionally published stuff, partly because I was very late turning in my last book and so I haven’t been paid for that yet. But still, it’s a pivot point.

  2. I discovered I can sign 150 pages an hour.

  3. I learned how to run a Facebook ad. Not a particularly successful one, but still I learned how to do it.

  4. Mercedes Lackey agreed to be part of my parasolverse anthology! Then the anthology never happened. But still the fact that she even considered it was an honor.

  5. I attended my first RWA Nationals. It was fun, my teapot purse was MUCH admired. I might try to go again next year. I will definitely be at the one the year after, cause it’s in my hometown.

  6. I learned if I manage my travel better: less over all and more retreats, I’m way more productive and happy as an authorbeast. So I will pursue that going forward.

All in all rather a subdued year for me, but that’s OK. I’d sooner that than a ton of personal and career drama. The rest of the world is bad enough. Fingers crossed for another calm year in 2019. But actually it’s already looked a bit more chaotic.

2019 is, however, my 10 year Book-a-versery!

Which is to say, Soulless released in October of 2009. So there will be lots of stuff to do with that, and lots of fun giveaways in the Chirrup to coincide.

Happy 2019 my darlings!

Miss Gail

OUT NOW!

The Omega Objection San Andreas Shifters

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks
Direct from Gail

Can a gentle giant with a trampled heart
show a man who’s been running all his life that
sometimes there are monsters worth running towards?

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • The 5th Gender (a Tinkered Stars sci-fi under the G. L. Carriger pen name). No links as yet, wait for it…
  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 2019
  • Secret Project Ommm, coming October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know more about what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

The Self-Pouring Teapot

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

5 Techniques to Make Your Readers Laugh

Book News:

Delightful fan art!

Quote of the Day:

“I WASN’T lying. I was just making sh*t up.”

~ Overheard in Borderlands Books, from their awesome occasional blog

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Here Is How To Make Sure The Chirrup Doesn’t Go To Spam ~ Whitelist An Email

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Thank you so much for signing up for my newsletter, The Chirrup. Did your email handler send it to spam? Bad emailer! No tea for you!

Here’s how to whitelist me.

Find your email handler from the list, then follow the instructions.

The Chirrup comes from [email protected]

Set up AOL mail. AOL Mail
1. Click Contacts in the right toolbar.
2. Click Add Contact.
3. Enter Chirrup [[email protected]] + any additional info.
4. Click Add Contact button in the popup.
How to set up Comcast mail. Comcast
1. Click Preferences from the menu.
2. Click Restrict Incoming Email.
3. Click Yes to Enable Email Controls.
4. Click Allow email from addresses listed below.
5. Enter Chirrup [[email protected]] .
6. Click Add.
7. Click Update.
How to set up Earthlink mail. Earthlink
1. Click Address Book.
2. Click Add Contact.
4. Save Chirrup as a contact.
5. Click save.
How to set up Gmail. Gmail
1. Open an email from the sender that you want to whitelist.
2. Click on the little down-pointing-triangle-arrow next to “reply.”
3. Click Add Chirrup [[email protected]] to contacts list.
Set up Mobile Me. Apple Mail
1. Click [[email protected]] in header of Chirrup message.
2. Click Add.
Set up Netzero. NetZero
1. Click the Address Book tab on the top menu bar.
2. Click Contacts.
3. Click Add Contact.
4. Enter Chirrup [[email protected]] + additional info.
5. Click Save.
Set up Yahoo. Yahoo! Mail
1. Open the email message from the sender you want to add to your address book.
2. Click Add to contacts next to Chirrup [[email protected]].
3. On the Add Contact popup + additional information.
4. Click Save.
Set up Windows Live. Windows Live Hotmail
1. Open an email from the sender that you want to whitelist.
2. Click Add to contacts next to Chirrup [[email protected]].
Set up Microsoft Office. Microsoft Outlook 2003
1. Open the email message from the Chirrup.
2. Right-click Click here to download images in gray bar at top of message.
3. Click Add Sender to Senders Safe List.
Set up Microsoft Outlook. Outlook 2007
1. Right-click on the Chirrup email (in your list of emails).
2. Click Junk E-mail.
3. Click Add Sender to Safe Senders List.
Set up Microsoft Outlook. Outlook 2010
1. Click the Home tab.
2. Click Junk.
3. Click Junk E-mail Options.
4. Click Safe Senders.
5. Click Add.
6. Enter Chirrup [[email protected]] + additional info.
7. Click OK.
Set up Mac Mail. Mac Mail
1. Click Address Book .
2. Click File.
3. Click New Card.
4. Enter Chirrup [[email protected]] + additional info. .
5. Click Edit
Set up Mozilla Thunderbird for Mac. Mozilla Thunderbird for PC
1. Click Address Book.
2. Make sure Personal Address Book is highlighted.
3. Click New Card. This will launch a New Card window that has 3 tabs: Contact, Address & Other.
4. Under Contact, enter Chirrup [[email protected]] + additional info.
5. Click OK.Mozilla Thunderbird for Mac
1. Click Address Book.
2. Make sure Personal Address Book is highlighted.
3. Click New Card. This will launch a New Card window that has 3 tabs: Contact, Address & Other.
4. Under Contact, enter Chirrup [[email protected]] + additional info.
5. Click OK

Sending you much gratitude for becoming a Chirrup member. I do hope you enjoy the silliness. Until next time…

More useful info?

How to Send Email Newsletters to Instapaper


Gail Carriger on Motivating to Write, Some Tough Love (Important for Authors) NaNoWriMo

Posted by Gail Carriger

Via Goodreads I got a certain question, Gentle Reader.

I hope, as you read the following, you can see my virtual eyebrow arching.

I’m an aspiring writer, but I’m dealing with two things:

  1. I get discouraged every single day because 96% of manuscripts are rejected, and I haven’t had an idea for years. 
  2. There’s too many people wanting to be writers, and knowing there’s so much competition just kills me a little every day. When I get motivated, immediately something appears about the industry that kills it.

Any tips on how to deal with this?

Look, here’s the truth…

If you get published or publish yourself. It only gets worse.

Being a full time freelancer (artist, author, etc…) is all about self motivation against nearly overwhelming odds.

I find blind optimism works well, not to mention willful disregard for the opinions of other.

I use shameless self-bribery to get my word count, usually chocolate and tea. I’m also a social writer, so I take myself off to cafes a lot. Finding what works to keep me writing is my most important ongoing quest.

The the simple fact is, if I don’t finish the book I have nothing. And since I’m an author, that also means I am nothing.

William Feather said, “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.”

You want my secret?

Stubbornness.

Yes, there are a ton of people who want to be authors. Very few actually finish anything. Fewer still take the steps necessary to revise and edit their work properly.

What should you do? Be better then that.

There is no major secret beyond hard work and getting over your own hang-ups. Coincidentally that’s also basically how life works.

Specific instructions?

Arse in chair.

Fingers on keyboard.

Finish.

Your.

Book.

End of discussion.

Oh and listen to I Should Be Writing.

Mur is a hell of a lot nicer than I am.

Or if you like tough love then listen to Ditch Diggers instead, because Matt is almost as mean.

Yours in crabbiness,

Miss G

P.S.  If you want tips on writer’s block, that’s here. If you want motivational speakers, there’s an industry for that. If you want emotional deep dives into your own psyche? May I suggest a good therapist?

P.P.S. This is the reason that I am one of those authors who supports NaNoWriMo. I think it’s a great training program for the reality of being a professional author, full time or not. Honestly, stop getting all up in your head about it, just flipping write. Sheeseh.

OUT NOW!

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks
Direct from Gail

He is hiding because everyone knows that there are no werewolves in San Francisco.
Until one walks into his bar.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • The 5th Gender (a tinkered stars sci-fi under the G. L. Carriger pen name). No links as yet, wait for it…
  • Secret Project Ommm, coming October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know more about what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Pursuant to recent heated discussions online concerning the relative merits (and similarities) of a British Scone versus American Biscuit, I present unto you, this podcast from Savor: Mind Your Own Biscuits

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

The Fine Black Men of Historical Romance – E&E gets an honorable mention

Quote of the Day:

Pinterest knows me too well…

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Author Fears in 4 Words (Important for Authors)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I did a silly four word author fear thing recently, thought you might like the see some of the ones I came up with, Gentle Reader.

Gail’s Author Fears in Four Words

  • Two day turn around.
  • Stock art cover design.
  • Not getting copy edit.
  • Document recovery has failed.
  • Typo on first page.
  • Editor is moving houses.
  • Do your own marketing.
  • No Oxford commas allowed.
  • Editor is moving houses.
  • No rights revert clause.
  • Amazon is changing algorithms.
  • Your release pushed back.
  • Your agent is retiring.
  • e-book price is $13.99
  • Typo in viral Tweet.
  • Amazon sent wrong preorder.
  • They decided no reviews.
  • Your deadline moved up.
  • Brutal non compete clause.
  • They want basket accounting.

And fears from others…

  • Writing on spec forever.
  • Pirated on release day.
  • No one at signing .
  • The movie was better.
  • How is your platform?
  • Someone else wrote it.
  • NaNo is next month.
  • No moderator for panels.
  • Not sure it’s marketable.

from Jamie “Pajamazombie” Wyman @Pajamazon

Ran out of tea.
from Joline ScottRoller @JScottroller

Document did not save.
from suzanne lazear @suzannelazear

No payment, good exposure.
from Suna Dasi‏ @Suna_Dasi

Need short story tomorrow.
from Maria E. Schneider‏ @BearMntBooks

Running out of ink.
from Piper J. Drake‏ @PiperJDrake

What genre is this?
from Leanna Renee Hieber‏ @Leannarenee

I’ve forgotten character’s haircolor.
from EddieLouise‏ @EddieLouise

Your book is remaindered.
from Adam Rakunas‏ @rakdaddy

My laptop just died.
from Mike Headley‏ @BowTieWriter

Author photo: tooth spinach.
from Isabel Cooper @ICooperAuthor

Please write a synopsis.
from Asa Maria Bradley‏ @AsaMariaBradley

Please critique my manuscript.
from Aaron Corpsewin @CapnCorwin

Error: document not found.
from Cass Morris‏ @CassRMorris

Accidentally clicked “Replace All”.
from Aaron Corpsewin @CapnCorwin

Awesome. Now rewrite it.
from Jess Scare-a-day‏ @jessfaraday

Keyboards with sticky keys.
from Nick Thames‏ @ThamesWriting

Coincidentally, these are all fine funny authors to follow on Twitter, if you were interested in such things.

Many hugs,

Your,

Miss Gail

P.S. If you’re a new author who’d like any of these fears explained please leave a comment at my blog and I’d be happy to explain. Or, there’s google.

OUT NOV 4, 2018!

The Omega Objection San Andreas Shifters

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks
Direct from Gail

Can a gentle giant with a trampled heart
show a man who’s been running all his life that
sometimes there are monsters worth running towards?

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • The 5th Gender (a tinkered stars sci-fi under the G. L. Carriger pen name). No links as yet, wait for it…
  • Secret Project Ommm, coming October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know more about what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Quiz: Which Jane Austen Heroine Are You?

I got Anne Elliott, my least favorite Austen protag and I object most strenuously.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

50+ Puntastic And Fun Book Club Names

Book News:

Spotted by a fan in Florence!

Quote of the Day:

You can now sign up for the Chirrup with your code name!

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Average Day In the Life of a Full Time Author (Important for Writers)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

For you Gentle Reader. I present a day in the life of the Authorbeast…

7am

Up & Make Tea

Check email for emergency situations. Respond as needed.

Post to blog, either Author or Retro Rack.

Share to social media (schedule if needed).

8am

Open Feedly and check the morning news via curated blogs:

Share interesting ones, keep others for bottom of blog posts, send important ones to Evernote of review and processing (once a month task).

Meanwhile, listen to daily news podcasts.

9am

Feed cat & self (still listening to podcasts).

9:30am

More tea.

Get on stairmaster.

Check up on social media. In order:

  1. Twitter
  2. Facebook
  3. Tumblr
  4. Pinterest
  5. Facebook Pages
  6. Instagram

Switch to listening to book business podcasts, send myself notes on anything to follow up on.

10:00am

Shower.

Back to email.

Process everything that happened that morning. Things I emailed to myself and any lingering tasks that are in inbox and can be taken care of. Respond to any correspondences for friends, fans, agent, or editor.

Check in with various professional author forums and mastermind groups.

10:30am

Bike to office. Treat self to fun podcasts while getting exercise (as a reward).

11:00am

Arrive office. Process mail.

Book business, any larger task that has been waiting for a concentrated hour of work. Usually social media maintenance, bio update, book description or metadata updates, uploading, blog post writing, or Evernote production checklist item.

Noon

Lunch

Review any spreadsheet related work, pre-order tracking, AMS ad data, that kind of thing. This kind of thing is restful for me, I like data.

1:00pm

Research or any kind of prep related to my current writing project to get me in the mood. Any last emails answered.

2:00pm

Tea. Social Media.

2:30pm

Review previous day’s word count, get back into flow.

Write 2,000 words on whatever rough draft I’m working on.

Type type type type.

Around 6:00pm

Stop and bike home.

Prep for any event, interview, or podcast recording that I have that evening.

Self & Lilliput

7:00pm

Eat dinner.

7:30pm

Collapse on couch with cat on lap.

8:00pm

AB comes home. Smooches!

8:30pm

Reading, any lingering work, video or audio research. Play with cat.

9:00pm

Sudden spate of inspiration to amend blog post or book review. Or… read.

9:30pm

Check one last time on social media, make sure everything is OK.

10:00pm

Bed.

There it is! Very exciting I’m sure.

Yours in habitual business,

Miss Gail

OUT NOV 4, 2018!

The Omega Objection San Andreas Shifters

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks
Direct from Gail

Can a gentle giant with a trampled heart
show a man who’s been running all his life that
sometimes there are monsters worth running towards?

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • The 5th Gender (a tinkered stars sci-fi under the G. L. Carriger brand). No links as yet, wait for it…
  • Secret Project Ommm, coming October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know more about what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

You Shall Not Write

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

A civilization based on tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Moral Poison”: The Evils of Reading Novels, 1864

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


How to Request A Book at Your Library! (Important for Authors)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Gentle Reader,

Did you know you can get your local library or school or university library to get my books? ANY of my books? Even the digital versions?

I love the library and I adore librarians, I know there are a handful of you lovelies out there reading this blog. *waves*

I pretty much grew up in my local tiny library and because it was so small I learned pretty quickly to request books. Well, you can do that with new books, print books AND these days electronic books too through a handy dandy thing called Overdrive (also Bibliotheca).

I want anyone who needs the comfort food of my books to be able to get ahold of them.

You can help me spread the love.

You see an actual request from a library card-carrying patron has an immense impact on library stock. In fact, there is pretty much NOTHING I can do to get my books into libraries if you don’t ask for them, especially my independent stuff like the Parasolverse novellas and the San Andreas Shifter series.

Even if I donate books, if they haven’t been requested, the library usually just sells them, without even bothering to put them into their collection.*

How to request your library carry my books…

On your library’s website (or in person) there is usually a form where you can request a book be purchased.

The link could be called anything from “suggest a title” to “ask us to purchase.”

Request the digital version?

Hopefully your library is connected to OverDrive…

  1. Log in to your library’s OverDrive site. Use your library card number and pin.
  2. Search for the book by title.
  3. Add titles you can recommend.
  4. Hover over the cover, Recommend
  5. You can choose either to be notified or to be placed on hold & enter your email addy.
  6. Recommend this title.

It’s pretty self explanatory but a librarian can guide you through it.

You can do this for all of my books and for books from many other authors you love. Mine are also available for Bibliotheca, but I am not familiar with the step-by-step process.

I work hard to make certain everything I can make available to libraries, is made available. So please, spread the love!

In case you didn’t know or haven’t been able to read them. Here’s my independently produced books that are less likely to be readily available at your library. But you can request them!

  • How To Marry A Werewolf (Channing’s novella) 9781944751142
  • Poison or Protect (Preshea’s novella) 9781944751043
  • Romancing the Werewolf (Biffy & Lyall’s novella) 9781944751104
  • Romancing the Inventor (Genevieve Lefoux’s novella) 9781944751067
  • The Sumage Solution 9781944751081

Also if you want to teach with the Finishing School books, there are FREE downloads to help on my website:

Want more on libraries from the author perspective?

So there it is, I hope this post has been helpful. A remember it doesn’t have to just be my books.

Yours (in the library),

Miss Gail

OUT IN SEPTEMBER!

Amazon | B&N  

All books in the first print run of 10,000 are SIGNED.
If you want it dedicated or are paranoid about ensuring it’s signed,
you can order it via Borderlands Books using the SIGNED button on my website.

NOT USA?

Borderlands Books will ship to you.
Order using the SIGNED button on my website.

This special edition of Soulless includes 10 stunning full page illustrations in Edward Gorey style by the talented Jensine Eckwall.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Officer of the Day, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Octopuses from Space!

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Weirdest Things Done In The Name Of Books

Book News:

booooOOOOOooooks

Quote of the Day:

“How did we go from tea to death so quickly?”

~ Gail Carriger, Prudence

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


10 Best Packing Tips For Authors (Important for Writers)

Posted by Gail Carriger

This blog originally written for and posted at Fiction University. If you are an author or a soon to be author, it’s a great blog to follow. I highly recommend it.

10 Best Packing Tips For Authors

I used to be an archaeologist. Now I write fiction for a living.

Biggest surprise when I switched careers?

I travel more as an author than I ever did as an archaeologist.

These days I have one event a month, mostly long weekends at conventions, writers conferences, book fairs, or comic cons. I also do several longer writing retreats and the occasional book tour.


No matter what the event, if attending as an author there are the ten things I always pack!

Professional Author Packing List

1. Business Cards

  • Front, glossy: A picture the 1st books (up to 3) in my most popular series.
  • Back, matte: Name & contact information (I believe website & email are sufficient).
  • Plenty of white space on the back so people can write notes.

2. Bookmarks and Other Swag

Swag is a contentious subject. I don’t use mine for promo (not intentionally). Instead I see swag as something special to give devoted readers. So I usually have exclusive in-person bookmarks, postcards, badge ribbons, or pins.

3. Name Tent

I recommend making your own name tent. You might need your own for signings or panels, especially for an easily misspelled name. I printed mine in my preferred font, on good card stock, and then laminated it.

4. Book Cover Art

The hardcover dust jackets, or a publisher’s sample paperback cover art, make great standees. I suggest packing the first books in a series, only. It isn’t always done to “prop a book up” on panels or other speaking engagements, but it’s best to be prepared in case it is done, without having to lug around actual books.

5. Signing Pens

Whatever your preferred pen is, pack several. Since I get strange signing requests (parasols, anyone?) I travel with different kinds of pens: black and gold sharpies, a highlighter, and my preferred gel signing pens (loaded into a vintage-looking necklace).

6. Tiny Notebook

I always find myself thinking of something to jot down while in a meeting or on a panel, so I like to carry something with me for notes (lately I settled on these waterproof grid paper ones). Otherwise I end up using my phone, which comes off as rude.

7. Newsletter Sign Up Sheet

I always pack a stack of print outs for the Chirrup. It gives shy readers something to do while I’m signing their books, and reaches those who aren’t on social media.

8. Professional Attire

Whether attending an event for the purposes of promotion, education, or networking it’s best to dress up rather than down. You don’t have to go to my lengths, but at least attempt proper attire.

9. Layers and Folding Tote

Convention centers and hotels have notoriously tricky atmospheres. It’s usually worth lugging around a light jacket, cardigan, or shawl. I find a folding tote also works wonders, as it’s also good for all the extra bits that I shed or accumulate throughout the day.

10. Save Yourself, Save Others

Someone will love you for one or all of the following:

  • Individually wrapped toothpicks
  • Tissues
  • Breath mints (If someone offers you a breath mint ALWAYS take it. They’re trying to tell you something.)
  • Pain killers and other useful over-the-counter meds (like activated charcoal)
  • Snacks

Further Reading for Authors!

Further Reading for Travellers

Further Listening!

Gail travels so much she started a podcast, 20 Minute Delay, about it.

Coop de Book for August is A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole. This couple reminds me of a contemporary Conall & Alexia. (Discussion here.

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  • Coop de Book for July is Competence, of course. (Discussion here.

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 Competence by Gail Carriger is the third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends..

Accidentally abandoned!

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.

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