I’m interested in how you discovered the Parasolverse, Gentle Reader.
I asked the FB Fan Group and Facebook, because they suck, shut the thread down. (It was getting too much conversation and we can’t allow THAT!)
However, I did gather the most likely places to have first found a Parasolverse book, and so here’s a poll for you to take! You can choose whatever is closest to your discovery. Don’t get hung up on details.
How did you discover your first Parasolverse book?
It was suggested to be by friend or family or colleague. 26%, 300 votes
300 votes - 26% of all votes
I saw it in a brick & mortar book/discount/thrift store, or staff suggest it to me there. 25%, 287 votes
287 votes - 25% of all votes
I found it at the library or a librarian suggested it (or ALA Alex Award). 15%, 170 votes
170 votes - 15% of all votes
Amazon or Audible recommended it to me, offered a deal, or showed it in the alsoboughts. 9%, 108 votes
108 votes - 9% of all votes
I honestly can't remember even enough to tangentially fit into any of these options. 6%, 65 votes
65 votes - 6% of all votes
I read a review blog/magazine (like PW), Gail's blog/guest post, or watched a review video. 3%, 36 votes
36 votes - 3% of all votes
Kobo, Overdrive/Libby, Nook or some non-Amazon digital recommended it to me. 3%, 35 votes
35 votes - 3% of all votes
It was recommended to me on Goodreads. 3%, 35 votes
35 votes - 3% of all votes
I heard about it on a podcast or something else audio. 2%, 28 votes
28 votes - 2% of all votes
Another author/celebrity I respect read it and recommended it. 2%, 27 votes
27 votes - 2% of all votes
I found it (or met Gail) at an event. 2%, 26 votes
26 votes - 2% of all votes
It was a book club pick either online or IRL. 1%, 17 votes
17 votes - 1% of all votes
Some other promotional gimmick: the dress up doll, ET Article, publisher website/instagram, BookBub. 1%, 15 votes
15 votes - 1% of all votes
It was suggested on Facebook in a post, ad, or group. 1%, 12 votes
12 votes - 1% of all votes
Total Votes: 1161
December 24, 2018
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This is really just to satisfy my curiosity so I appreciate you humoring me by voting in whichever feels closest, no need to get hung up on details. Thank you!
Yours in deep interest,
Oh and really quickly, I’ve added a quick visit to Seattle next month!
I made Murder by the Book’s advent calendar for top best sellers ever.
Quote of the Day:
“A certain critic — for such men, I regret to say, do exist — made the nasty remark about my last novel that it contained ‘all the old Wodehouse characters under different names.’ He has probably by now been eaten by bears, like the children who made mock of the prophet Elisha: but if he still survives he will not be able to make a similar charge against Summer Lightning. With my superior intelligence, I have out-generalled the man this time by putting in all the old Wodehouse characters under the same names. Pretty silly it will make him feel, I rather fancy.”
I don’t have many blog posts on this one. It’s just a short story featuring Alexia’s crafty father, Alessandro Tarabotti, in his assassin for the Templars days. It also showcases mummies, werewolves, and well-preserved felines and is the first hint I gave my readers that there were OTHER kinds of shape shifters.
(TO SAY NOTHING OF THE MUMMY THAT WAS AND THE CAT IN THE JAR)
Alessandro Tarabotti and his valet, Floote, are on a mission in Egypt when they encounter visiting tourists and the situation turns to mummies. What is Alessandro’s real mission and will his Aunt Archangelica approve of his treatment of her cat?
If you have ever wondered about Alexia’s father, this will give you a glimpse into his adventures, character, and romantic interests.
I switched away from drawn art because none of my other covers are like that and I wanted to stay on brand. Also I discovered Evan Butterfield‘s shoot of his model Vincent and fell in love. I actually own the rights to Vincent’s whole gallery, just in case I want to write more Alessandro I have the same cover model ready to go.
Spotted this shot in Paris
Sneaky Gail Is Sneaky
Is there a hint about Alessandro meeting Lyall in this story?
Who did Floote fight it Scotland, and might it account for his latter tendencies towards shooting a certain someone?
Remember the name Phinkerlington… it’s going to show up again, a long ways down the line.
Super special giveaway in this weekend’s Chirrup…
Only 10 of these miss-printed UK editions of Waistcoats & Weaponry exist in the world, and you will have the opportunity to win one of them.
Yours in spinal misspellings,
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I’ll keep pace here in the blog, in the Facebook Fan Group, on Twitter, and with the Chirrup. Skye will try to stay on top of the Goodreads Group. I’m going back through and finding fun behind the scenes and research blog posts, so when we start each book’s reread, I’ll post an update with yummy stuff to go alongside.
The plan is to chat about the books as we read them and in general, both on the Goodreads group and the Parasol Protectorate group. I’ll try to stay on top of posting about which book we are on and hopefully those who are keeping pace will help me with this.
“They both help each see each other for what they truly are and what it means to be family. I love it when books are able to do this and especially love it G.L. Carriger does it, because they do it in such a way as to open your eyes to all forms of love and acceptance. The way our world is becoming we need more books and characters that not only look different than us but love and act differently than us.”
The 5th Gender (a Tinkered Stars sci-fi as G. L. Carriger). No links as yet…
Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 6, 2019
Secret Project Ommm, October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
As is customary each year, Gentle Reader, at the beginning of October I take a moment to examine my career as an author.
Yes, the time has come again! It is Soulless’s birthday!
October 1, 2009 a silly little book hit the market…
A very nervous debut author hummed and hawed over her offering.
Would anyone actually like it?
It was such an odd mash up of paranormal, steampunk, and comedy – who would enjoy such a ridiculous story?
Were there readers out there irreverent enough to want whimsy?
Well, Soulless turns nine years old today.
The silly little book that I thought would find a home in only a very few people’s hearts seems to have miraculously wormed its way out into the world and touched many.
Soulless has now sold into over a dozen different territories for translation. There has been a graphic novel manga version (which itself is now translated into French, Taiwanese, and German) and an omnibus. It’s was once optioned for TV. It’s spawned videos, fan art, several tea parties, audio books, cosplay, and an iPhone app.
Little did I know how much that one book would so utterly change my life.
In these last nine years:
After getting my second masters degree I put my PhD on indefinite hiatus.
I gave up teaching archaeology, discontinued my experimental work, and stopped my field visits. Basically, I switched careers.
And, best of all, I got to meet my readers: some here on the blog, some on Twitter, some on Facebook, some in person ~ all of you so warm and fun and strong and smart.
There have been good reviews and glorious ones, nasty gripes and soundly presented critiques. I’ve tackled rough times in social media, and made my fair share of online mistakes. But in the end, it always came back to Soulless and the writing. Did the book make you smile? Then I did my job.
So, thank you so very much, Gentle Reader, and if you have the time or inclination please raise up a teacup in honor of Soulless, who’s original secret code name, at the dawn of this blog, was The Little Paranormal That Could.
I guess Soulless could and did.
And if you put a spot of amaretto in your tea, well, I won’t tell.
Thank you all for NINE glorious years!
Many of you have been with me all along, and several of you have already posted comments on my similar October 1 posts of the past, for which I thank you.
If you would like to share your “How I discovered Soulless” story, I would love to read it.
Or just show us a fun photo of whichever edition you have!
Here’s some close up images of what this edition looks like…
What kind of hardcover is it?
This edition is a board printed hard cover, better known as a casewrap. Which means it has no dust jacket, the cover art is printed directly on the book, in the style of children’s picture books.
Here’s the inside of the front cover…
And here is what the inside of the back cover looks like with the bios. I can’t believe how cute it is!
If you’d like a sample of what the internal images look like here is the one from Chapter One. They exist on their own page, so you could color them in if you like and not worry about bleed through. (Or with very little. Be careful, not stupid.)
All of the first print run of 10,000 books are signed by me. I signed their tipped-ins. Which is to say they sent me the leaves to sign before the went to press. But I did sign them all. This means that if you order now, or as soon as possible it should be signed. However, if you wait then there is a chance that there will be a second print run, and those will not be signed.
Will Book Depository will have it signed? Will Auntie Petunia’s local teashop will have it signed? How do I get it down the Rhine and smuggled to Uncle Berry at the monastery? Or anything else, you know what I am going to say, right?
Orbit is telling me the ones available online are signed.
I have signed 10,000 copies. I know this. So do my hands.
However, we have been on this joy ride before with Waistcoats and Imprudence.
So I refuse to make promises based on online vendors or my publishing house’s distribution technique ever again.
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.
Here is a peak at two of the illustrations inside…
I specifically asked that they be drawn in such a way that they could also be good for coloring. I hereby give you permission to color them in the book, and/or make copies and color them in and hang them on your wall. I’d love to see some of them in color! So please post photos and tag me if you do?
The book is unchanged in terms of wordage & story.
NOT THIS ONE!
This hardcover is different from the hardcover of Soulless done by Subterranean press as a limited edition.
Anything else different?
These are signed!
One of the big things I did for this illustrated hardcover edition is sign…
Every. Single. One.
Yes, that means the ENTIRE first print run.
That’s a LOT of books.
Signing stacks of tipped-in pages for this print run
It took me 3-4 hours a day for several weeks to sign all the tipped-ins. Tipped-ins are pages that will end up inserted into the book during the actual printing process, as opposed to me signing all the physical books after printing which would have required renting a warehouse.
If we sell out of this first run and do another one, those will NOT be signed.
So if you want a signed version you need to order them right away rather than wait.
Any store front you order from, whether it be your local books store or online, the first edition should be signed.
It took months of my life, a very sore arm, and a delay on my deadline to so this. So I am hoping you are excited by the prospect. I ran a poll in the fan group before I agreed to do it, just to make certain you might be. I always try to take into account your interest in such matters, after all I’m doing it for you.
Availability Outside the USA?
These books are being produced by Orbit USA for the USA market. However, they may be available from 3rd parties etc… overseas. I don’t know anything about how that works, who is supplying them, etc.
“This is the truth of my trouble with trigger warnings: there is nothing words on the screen can do that has not already been done. A visceral reaction to a trigger is nothing compared to the actual experience that created the trigger.”
~ from The Illusion of Safety/The Safety of Illusion by Roxane Gay
All that said, my books are designed so that you should be able to pick up any one of the novellas or the first book in any of the series and use that as a jumping in point, or simply to decide if you like my style of writing.
Hopefully this makes sense.
Not All Fans Agree With Me!
Reading order is hotly contested by my fans. As a completest, I myself would read them in chronological order as above. However, most of the members of my Facebook Group contend they ought to be read in order written.
So if you started with Soulless then this is for you!
“Now, Faith dear…”
“Of course, you look absolutely ravishing, but perhaps no mention of rocks right away?”
“Not a single sedimentary sequence shall pass my lips, I promise.” Faith attempted to look grave.
“I don’t know what that means, dear, but thank you.”
You cry, the distress coloring your tone, tears in your eyes, lips trembling…
Why can’t I get the print book in the size I desire most?
Why is this book slightly bigger/smaller than this other book of yours?
I know honey, I’m a little anal too. I get your pain. I do.
Here have a handkerchief… Cuppa?
OK, let me explain…
People have very strong opinions on books sizes and formats. We aren’t going to get into a debate about that here – no we aren’t. Instead, I am going to talk about about the very wide range of book sizes that there are in the world and why you can’t always get what you want. (Sing it with me!)
Would you like a sample?
Here is Soulless (and Etiquette & Espionage for scale) in a wide range of sizes. From Left to Right:
Trade Paperback large
Trade Paperback medium
Mass Market Paperback USA
Shall I make it even more confusing?
A small sample of just trade paperback sizes
the leaning tower of Soulless
Yeah there are different hard covers sizes too. I know, right?
Honestly it’s a mess.
So that’s what the world of publishing is like. (You can carry that same level of illogical chaos into the business side of the industry too.)
Book sizes are further complicated by metric versus not metric. (For reasons of me being a former archaeologist, I tend to blog in metric.)
Different books sizes: USA Hardcover, USA trade paperback, UK b-format trade paperback
See above, that’s just the English language new releases!
Still with me?
The Custard Protocol books release to the USA in hardcover, then about six months after the USA trade paperback releases.
We aren’t going to talk about hard cover because I can’t control that. Or, more precisely, at the moment I don’t want to.
We aren’t going to talk about mass market. That’s my favorite size and my books don’t come out in it anymore. I’m a bitter sad resentful old bitty about it.
Instead we will talk…
USA Trade (non-standardized)
For Gail Carriger (that’s me), that size in the USA is:
20.85 cm X 13.80 cm
This is the exact same size of the Finishing School and Parasol Protectorate trade paperbacks. These are the ones that are still available new. So if you wanted all my novels in EXACTLY the same size, then you’d need the USA trade paperback size.
In the UK the most common (although there is a wide range) trade paperback size is something called b-format.
B-Format (UK standard)
That size is:
19.80 cm X 12.60
These are all stupid measurements. It bugs the donkey’s butt out of me.
So B format is smaller than USA trade (for me).
Guess what else, I can’t print exactly that size myself for my self published projects.
When self publishing, especially in order to distribute as widely as possible and in as many different parts of the world, I’m much more limited in options similar to either of my USA or UK trade – that still allow me to cover costs. (I already make little to no money on print editions of my indie books, going custom is simply not an option.)
So I chose…
20.20 cm X 12.50 cm
That’s taller but about the same width as the UK’s B-format.
Why use that size?
Well that’s billed as 8 X 5 inches on most publishing platforms. It actually isn’t, it’s slightly smaller, but it’s good enough, and it’s easiest to work with. This size has been standardized as the smallest option for self pub, easily accessible, on both Ingram and Createspace. I prefer smaller books and I need to stay smaller for my novellas so I get some kind of spine to work with. (It needs to be thinker.)
So that’s what you get.
So yeah, If you’re upset that Competence for the UK is about 4 mm taller than Prudence and Imprudence. I tried, I really did. But at least this matches to my novellas. And the Custard Protocol series is interrupted by novellas, if you want to stack them that way on your shelf at least so all the later ones will match.
Written & in-world chronological reading order of my recent books should go something like:
Prudence (Custard Protocol Book 1)
Imprudence (Custard Protocol Book 2)
Romancing the Werewolf (Supernatural Society Novella)
Competence (Custard Protocol Book 3)
How to Marry a Werewolf (Claw & Courtship Novella)
Reticence (Custard Protocol Book 4)
More Claw & Courtship novellas possibly set before/during, or after Reticence.
No it doesn’t. But then again the fricken sizes of books makes no sense to me, why shouldn’t I pass along the pain?
Meanwhile over on 20 Minute Delay I tell a HORROR story about a Lyft experience and Piper and I go deep on how we get around on the ground, from Public Transport to the gig economy to Car Rentals.
Secondary Travel; How to get around Once you’ve arrived at your destination”
We also get into extended stay suites, how to stay safe while using ride-share services, stopping for cannolis in New York, and tracking progress when someone else drives. Piper talks about choosing between rental cars and ride-shares, positive car-service experiences and rental car apps. Listen to the podcast on our:
Today I thought it might be fun for you to see the range of cover art that my book Heartless got over the course of time and space and 7 years in publication.
Here we go…
First off is the original mass market paperback as produced July 17, 2011. Next to it I have the updated trade version. The mass market size is now out of print.
Here on left is the Japanese translation version, this is the smallest of my books. It’s about the size of a 3X5 card. Next to it is the german translation of Heartless.
Aside from Germany (and the pocket edition in France) and Japan, every other foreign publisher chose to do a take on the original cover image for their translations. This is pretty unusual and rather flattering.
Lastly here is the Omnibus cover for the collected Heartless & Timeless. Currently the only way to get Heartless in hardcover.
There it is. What do you think of the different covers? Anything surprise you? Any one you really love?
Praise for Heartless
Stacy of Lost in Librolandia says: “Heartless by Gail Carriger was a rip-roaring, side-splitting good time, to be sure. It is crazy how much can happen in such a short time when Gail Carriger is organizing the plot. … The historical accuracy is fascinating, the characters are delightful, and the witty banter is sheer perfection, the best I’ve ever read!”
Sara from Freadom Library says: “The supporting characters are freaking awesome. There’s a new specific story line that I think is amazing and there’s also some new information about a particular character’s past that just blows my mind.”
Just Another Belle says: “Gail Carriger has a fantastic way of writing a (larger) cast of characters but feeling like each one of them is completely fleshed out. I wish I could jump into the pages of this book to interact with every single one of them– I couldn’t even pick one that I’d like to meet most.”
Cassandra Giovanni says:
“I did like that we got to see a bit more of the secondary characters of Lyall and Biffy and the background of Alexia’s birth and being soulless rolls out nicely. Overall, it was an excellent read.”
My Thoughts Literally says: “I have always absolutely loved Gail Carriger’s books for the characters and that was totally the case in Heartless. You will often find me complaining about books with large casts of characters being confusing and it hard to keep the characters straight and that is not the case here at all. There’s a massive cast of characters here and they are all memorable, unique, and amazing. I honestly get excited when someone comes back into the story because they are so fun and quirky.”
Hugh Likes Fiction says: “Carriger does it again with her fast paced comic misadventures in Victorian supernatural society. Her grasp of character and timing is once again on display as she navigates Alexia through mystery, society expectations and steampunk hi-jinx.”
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A bit of a look back on Major Channing, today, before his new book comes out.
Here’s a collection of some of my favorite Channing quotes from his appearances as a side character in other Parasolverse books!
“Who the devil are you?” Alexia asked, the man’s cavalier interference irritating her into using actual profanity.
“Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings.”
Alexia gawked. No wonder he was so very full of himself. One would have to be, laboring all one’s life under a name like that.
“As to your sister, she is quite a peach, is she not? You have been hiding her from me.”
Lady Maccon would not be goaded. “Really, Channing, she is practically”―she paused to do some calculations―“one-twentieth your age. Or worse. Don’t you want some maturity in your life?”
“Good God, no!”
“Well, how about some human decency?”
“Now you’re just being insulting.”
Alexia huffed in amusement.
“Channing was incredibly easy on the eyes. Lanky but muscled, with crystal-clear blue eyes and pale blond hair. He was like some winter god, Jack Frost perhaps.
If only he didn’t also shoot first in the firing squad of premier pompous twats.”
“This was my first foray into the world of steampunk, and I’m completely in love. I didn’t think I liked historical-ish books, so I passed over Soulless so many times. Perhaps I don’t like straight up historicals, but I sure do love them with vampires, werewolves, and all sorts of steampunk inventions.”