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Resources For Victorian Food & Tea While Gail Carriger is at Teslacon

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’m at Teslacon for the rest of this week. I hope to see some of you there.

Do please come say hello and introduce yourself. I’ll be happy to sign any books you have.

Schedule

I have a panel on each of my steampunk book series…

And I’m hosting two high teas in the Balmoral Room! Tickets required ahead of time.

  • Friday at 2:00pm
  • Saturday at 9:30am

And I have on Victorian cooking Friday at 3:30pm in St. Paul’s Room.

 

Want to read more on things I talked about? Can’t make the con?

Here’s all things…

Victorian Food

And here’s some fun stuff I’ve written about tea over the years…

Gail Carriger & Tea

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Coop de Book for November is The Omega Objection). (Discussion here.

OUT NOW!

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Direct from Gail

“Max was slouched on the steps leading up to his apartment eating a bag of gummy wolf candy,
biting the heads off with relish and staring hard at Skulls.”

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 Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A book by any other name: why does the US change so many titles?

Book News:

Steampunk With Marketer and Writer Gail Carriger

Steampunk Inspiration: A World Tour
We asked 10 authors to suggest their top travel destinations for steampunks (Gail is on this list)

Quote of the Day:

“Why does everyone think a girl who prefers books to people must be in want of a life?”

~ Lauren Morrill

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Behind the Magic ~ Marine Biology New Cover & Character Boards

Posted by Gail Carriger

So, Gentle Reader, for those of you who sign up for the Chirrup before the next one goes out Sunday morning (and for those who are already members) I’ll be offering a digital download of Marine Biology with new cover art and a sample chapter of The Sumage Solution. (You’ll have to sideload it onto your device of choice. Google sideload + your device.)

Wanna know more about the new cover?

Here you can take a look at the design board I handed off to Starla to make this cover. You can see it shifted quite a bit from my original idea, but I hope you still like it!

Here are the two covers side by side:

 Marine Biology

I thought you might be interested in the companion Pinterest boards. Here’s the one that is for Marine Biology. You can see how I imagine Alec and Marvin look:

In line with that, I also released two SAS character boards. (More to come after The Sumage Solution drops).

Here’s Alec’s board:

And here is Marvin’s board:

I hope you like exploring these two characters. Just wait until you get to meet Bryan and Max, the main characters in The Sumage Solution. They are soooooo adorable.

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is Radiance by Grace Draven.}

Want more behind the scenes sneak peeks? Join the Chirrup

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)
Eyes Front, from the Parasol Drills series (N18) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands, 1888
American,
Commercial color lithograph

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

“It is no secret in the circles in which he moves that Bertram Wooster, though as glamorous as one could wish when night has fallen and the revels get under way, is seldom a ball of fire at the breakfast table. Confronted with the eggs and b., he tends to pick cautiously at them, as if afraid they may leap from the plate and snap at him. Listless, about sums it up. Not much bounce to the ounce.”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Some of my research books.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Even the most productive writers are expert dawdlers.”

~ Donald M. Murray

Book News:

Tumblr’s Through the Looking Glass says of Etiquette & Espionage:

“I have quite often thought that I was born in the wrong era, but upon reading the Finishing School series I have become quite convinced I live in the wrong universe altogether. Gail Carriger pens a Victorian world filled with romance, espionage and the supernatural, a sprinkling of Steampunk and a good dollop of comedy that delights and amuses with every turn of the page, serving to make me giggle aloud on several occasions in a highly undignified fashion.”

Quote of the Day:

“We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.”

~ B.P. Skinner

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
Share & Enjoy!


Gail Carriger Teaching a Workshop for Locus, Bay Area (Important for Authors)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Locus Presents

Gail Carriger in a One-Day Writing Workshop on

COMIC CHARACTERIZATION AND THE GOTHIC ROOTS OF GENRE FICTION

Saturday, February 18, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Held in the East Bay (San Francisco Bay Area) with easy parking and near BART.
Includes tour of the Locus magazine offices.

Workshop is $145.00.

This is partly as a fundraiser for the Locus foundation. Cost of the workshop is set by Locus.

More Details?

In Part I of a two-part class, author Gail Carriger talks about what it means to be “gothic” and how to manipulate gothic tropes when writing your own commercial fiction. Did you know most genre fiction was born out of gothic literature? Science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, and romance novels all borrow tropes and archetypes from the gothics. Perhaps most intimately connected of all is steampunk.

In Part II, Gail talks about how to bring depth of characterization to your writing using comedy. From protagonists to sidekicks to three sentence walk-ons, she’ll discuss what makes a character funny, and how to provide readers with fictional people they love. She will also discuss other ways to inject humor into your work.

Gail is an experienced lecturer and not afraid to make a fool of herself. A Q&A session about Gail’s writing, career, the publishing industry, or anything else that strikes your fancy will follow.

About Locus Workshops

Locus Writers Workshops: Locus has been co-running a writing workshop in Seattle around the Locus Awards Weekend for the past few years and is excited to bring the class to the Bay Area. Past instructors include Connie Willis, Stephen Graham Jones, Paul Park, Christopher Barzak, and Daryl Gregory.

Thinking of attending? Please do. We support diversity! We encourage people of color, women, people with disabilities, older people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to apply. We welcome people of any gender identity or expression, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, age, size, nationality, religion, culture, education level, and self-identification.

{Gail’s monthly read along for January is A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel
    Status: Developmental edit (third draft).
    Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.
  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Rough Draft Complete. On Lay Away.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and some very unexpected gifts.
  • Competence (working title) ~ Custard Protocol Book 3
    Status: Outline
    Third in the Custard Protocol series featuring Primrose, Rue, and all their crazy friends.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

facesofthevictorianera- Two Fashionable Ladies c. 1880s

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Looking Ahead: 1870 Imagines the Fashions of the Future

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Airship Ambassador Interviews

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Don’t Be A Scaredy-Cat Writer

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

“There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!
Share & Enjoy!


Helpful Podcasts for Writers ~ NaNoWriMo Tip Sheet (Important for Writers)

Posted by Gail Carriger

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) around the interwebs, Gentle Reader. I don’t participate myself. Let’s be perfectly honest ~ it’s a dumb month to pick. Always has been. For me it’s particularly inappropriate as I’ve spent the first half of November, for years, on book tour for a Finishing School book. And this year I go to Singapore.

Gail Carriger on NaNoWriMo

That said, it doesn’t mean I’m not supportive of the Great NaNo. I don’t often post “how to write blogs” or the like. I think there are plenty of other authors out there who do it better than I ever could (waves at Chuck, Rachel, Kameron). In fact, I consider myself best at being an enabler. Find me at a convention and I’m one of those:

There’s a fun thing, let go do that! Food, yeah food, eat the food. And we’re walking. Party, bar, that way! And we’re drinking.

As opposed to actually organizing the thing, food, walk, or party in the first place.

But in order to be both supportive and enabling, over the course of this month, you will see a few blog posts from me that I hope will be helpful if you are participating in NaNoWriMo, or even if you just like to write and wish to perhaps publish some day.

Without further ado, Gentle Writer, here is my…

List of Top 8 Podcasts Every Author Should be Listening To…

  1. I Should Be Writing ~ Best for: emotional sympathy, writer struggles, general hand holding.
  2. Beyond the Trope ~ Best for: craft and passion. Focuses on “the deep, artistic depths of fiction” with a casual style and general inclination to geek out.
  3. The Creative Penn ~  Best for: self-publishing, book marketing, and creative entrepreneurship. Good at interviewing and sticking to topics. Pick what you want based on the episode title.
  4. Ditch Diggers (via The Murverse Annex) ~ Professional authors get brutally honest about being both professional and an author. There may be a few rants from yours truly.
  5. Internet Business Mastery ~ Best for: tips on general social media marketing and brand interaction. Not specifically for authors, which is why it is interesting as many of the core premises are still useful. But you will have to learn to ignore the dumb business lingo and constant coach marketing. If you can’t take either (and boy do I understand that) but want something with this outsider perspective try Smart Passive Income or The Social Media Examiner Show (BONUS very short episodes) instead.
  6. Rocking Self Publishing ~ Best for: self-publishing, book marketing, and creative entrepreneurship. Similar to Penn quality entirely depends on the strength of the interview. They focus on a single subject for the interview, but they tend to drift more.
  7. Writing Excuses ~ Quick pithy tips from four luminaries in SF/F. If you are a beginning author and aren’t already listening to this, you’re hopeless.
  8. The Roundtable Podcast ~ 20 min author interviews focused on craft, then a work-shopping interview in which a professional author talks craft specific to a pitched project.

“It is better to write a bad first draft than to write no first draft at all.”
~ Will Shetterly

The caveat: as with all things, these recommendations are aligned with my taste as reader, listener, and writer. As such, they tend to favor the SF/F genre, female authors, and friendly attitudes. This may not be what you’re looking for but it’s what I like. This is, after all, my little corner of the internet. MINE! Wha ha ha ha.

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
~ Jack London

I’ve left comments open but your recommendations are likely better spent on NaNoWriMo forums and if you’re spammy or snarky that sucker will get the snip snip snip. Here in Gail’s little world we play nice and polite or not at all. Etiquette must be observed!

“Use your imagination. Trust me, your lives are not interesting. Don’t write them down.”
~ W. B. Kinsella

You don’t have to take my word for it: 15 Inspiring Writing Podcasts to Subscribe to Right Now

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Portrait of Ava Gardner, 1960’s via fawnvelveteen tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Alexia character cookie

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Indonesian Mimic Octopus

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Kubler-Ross Model of Grief Associated with Editing and Rewriting

Book News:
BookNut101 of 21st Century Once Upon a Times blog says of Manners & Mutiny: “Did it meet my expectations? Uh yes. Yes, it did indeed! In fact, I will go so far as to say that it exceeded my expectations – it pulled all the elements of the series together and was both entertaining and informative. I was never left feeling like the author was racing to the finish line. Rather, I felt that every chapter and every scene was calculated.”

Quote of the Day:
“Pointed dialogues about yesterday’s eggs and the toughness of Saturday’s meat are conducted fortissimo between cheerful youths in the road and satirical young women in print dresses, who come out of their kitchen doors on to little balconies.”
~ P. G. Wodehouse, The Man with Two Left Feet And Other Stories


Comedy Author Looks at Humor on the Internet (Important for Writers)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Analyzing humor on the Internet is one of my favorite pastimes. I know, the moment you start to look at why something is funny, it ceases to be funny. But that is my lot in life now. Every time I laugh, I then think: Ooo, why did I just laugh? Writing humor kinda ruins humor, but my life was in ruins before I started these messy writer shenanigans. (See what I did there?)

Very silly squash

Thus you, Gentle Reader, have been warned: read the post at your own comedic risk.

Yes, humor is subjective. Every comic/humor writer knows this. We all realize there will be people out there who don’t get our stuff. This blog post is written from my perspective, which means I’m using examples of things I find funny. So you’ll have to read with that in mind.

Sample 1: Will it Sous Vide? Hot Pockets

  • What kind of humor? Clever, it made me smile but not actually chuckle.
  • What it does? Juxtaposes nostalgia for the hot pocket (and the Will it blend? meme) against the snotty modern food movement (as represented at, say, the Top Chef critics table) presenting results in a ridiculously scientific manner.
  • Why is it funny? Contrast (two things put together that you would never expect) is great for both shock and comedic value. Also this plays on call-back (hearkening to the older meme) and rule of three: words hot pocket + sous vide + the meme of will it blend

Sample 2: Town Square Live Feed Comments

  • What kind of humor? Ridiculous. It gave me a full on laugh. This is the kind of funny thing that I thought about again at 5am and started chuckling just remembering it.
  • What it does? Crowd sources the total ridiculousness of overreaction to the everyday.
  • Why is it funny? Pure silliness. Overreaction humor is one of my favorites. Recently, I read a m/m contemporary where a group of frat boys react to one of their own coming out as if he were giving birth (as a result of sensitivity training). People reacting in an out of control manner to perfectly ordinary everyday things = fertile ground for humor. The opposite also works. Much of Alexia’s humor comes from her not really reacting to things that would shock a normal person. Alexia is always practical and deadpan even when presented with a vampire attacking her in a library. Overreaction and underreaction are both great tools.

Sample 3: Cat vs Baby

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  • What kind of humor? Shock value. Bark of surprised laughter.
  • What it does? Surprises the viewer/reader into a laugh. This is the kind of humor that edges into horror.
  • Why is it funny? The baby is so happy and innocent waddling along and then bam CAT. Contrast is in play again (happy baby, angry cat), but really what’s funny is the unexpected nature of the attack. America’s Funniest home videos had their stock in trade on this kind of humor.

 Sample 4: Excuse Me

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  • What kind of humor? Exaggerated everyday. The delighted chuckle of familiarity.
  • What it does? Plays on an everyday human experience though exaggeration and mockery.
  • Why is it funny? Anyone who has spent time with a cat (or a few dogs I know) has probably had this experience of using the bathroom and the cat insisting on joining. Some of us have stories of cats taking this to the next level. This is a particularly telling example because it also touches on taboo (private bathroom use) in a completely nonthreatening manner (the cat) allowing the twinge of discomfort to turn into humor. I, for example, often play with the fact that werewolves have to get naked to shift form, and how this contrasts with the strict morals of Victorian society. This works best with a character already highly positioned in society, e.g. Lord Maccon, than with one who is outside of society and female, e.g. Tasherit. Tash does get naked but rarely in a funny way, instead I play on her catlike nature to get humor. (Which makes me wonder if Tasherit has to constantly stop herself from trying to join people in the privy?)

Oh, that gives me an idea. TTFN.

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel
    Status: Rough draft. Almost done.
    Something new and different for Gail, contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

SPECIAL RE-RELEASE

MySistersSong_ebook

My Sister’s Song

The warrior Mithra must repel a Roman legion alone and armed only with one very tasty weapon.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1925-1935 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1925-1935 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1925-1935-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Anthropomorphic Hedgehogs Go about Their Daily Lives in Adorable Photo Series by Elena Eremina

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

What is Confirmation Bias?

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

A Return to Print? Not Exactly

Book News:

Author Interview with Gail Carriger

Quote of the Day:

“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”
~ Orson Welles

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!

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Behind Romancing the Inventor: Blame Mercedes Lackey (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Back when I was first transitioning into reading adult books, Gentle Reader, it was pretty natural to cross from children’s fantasy (there was no YA as a category back then) into adult fantasy via Mercedes Lackey. (I still hold that Arrows is, in fact, YA. It simply has never been packaged that way. Silly marketing.)

For me that transition went pretty smoothly because, well… girls and soul bonded horses. I know, but in case you never guessed, I’ve always been a super girly girl (aside from being totally not squeamish about bugs and food and dirt and climbing anything that will stand still long enough for me to get up it and… where was I?) Oh yes, so child Gail began reading adult books because white horses with purple eyes on cover. Duh.

I don’t know that I have a pithy place I am going with this post. I guess I’m writing it because I get asked a lot:

Why do you include gay characters in your books?

I find the question confusing. Like, Gail, why do you include food in your books? Or descriptions of dresses? Or fragment sentences? It’s part of my DNA as a writer. My world view. My world.

But that also seems to trivialize the whole darn thing.

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I think a better question is, why on earth would I not?

Mercedes Lackey always inhabits her work with gay and lesbian characters. They are not always central characters, as they are the Last Herald Mage series, but they are always there. (Keep reading Lackey and you end up with poly relationships. Gail, age 14 thought Knight of Ghosts and Shadows had the most romantic ending of any book EVER, and kinda still does.) All these relationships are presented in a supportive light. Which made perfect sense to child Gail with all her Berkeley and San Francisco poet, artist, dancer, musician aunties and uncles (and uncles who were also aunties).

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Since then, I’m lucky enough to have socialized with Mercedes on a few occasions as a grown up professional author (and she is just as warm and wonderful as you might hope). I’m afraid when I first met her, my friend Lauren and I rather fan-girled all over her. Almost entirely because we wanted to impress upon her the fact that her books were so very important because they gave us a model of fantasy that included alternate sexuality. As she went to pains to point out, there were other genre authors doing this before her. But those authors were generally less accessible to young women. Her books were/are important because in them queer wasn’t a big deal. It just was. And so when Lauren and I began to write it just was for us, too.

And that, my darlings, is a powerful instrument of change.

So there it is. As we move to a place where I, as an author, am finally writing a LBGTQ main character the answer to your question of why is essentially… blame Mercedes Lackey.

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something new and different for Gail, contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

NEXT UP

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1872 Fashion plate via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

1872 Fashion plate via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

10 Times Umbrellas Became Works of Art

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

5 Travel Pillows in Order of Ridiculousness

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How to Create an Anthology

Book News:

Fan Art Lefoux by Cara Powers

Fan Art Lefoux by Cara Powers

Quote of the Day:

“There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”
~ Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!


12 Things About Publishing This Author Wishes Everyone Knew (Important for Writers)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Something a little different today, Gentle Reader.

90% of the FAQs I get at events stem from preconceived notions about the publishing industry. I had them too, before I became immersed. So without further ado, here are the 12 Things I really wish EVERYONE knew about publishing.

Gail Hat alone

1. The terms...

  • Trad means traditionally published with a paid advance, usually with one of the major publishers in New York (like Orbit, part of Hachette) or a small press (like Subterranean). There really aren’t many mid-sized presses left.
  • Indie (mostly) means self published (or it may refer to an independent bookstore, I know, confusing).
  • Hybrid means both.

2. Authors please, never expect anyone else to put in more effort than you.
From writing a book to publicizing a book to reading it. No matter how much you have paid or you have been paid.

3. The cover is the most important part of a book’s birth into the world.
Trad authors have too little control. Indie authors have too much. However, what you believe is a good cover (AKA pretty, nice, fun) may not be a commercial or market-friendly cover. (There is also price to consider. But cover first.)

4. Payment is (generally) monthly in Indie, and bi-annually in Trad.
Did you read that? Traditionally published authors are (if they are lucky) paid only 2x a year! Writing is not a get rich scheme. Even the most well-known authors make a great deal less money than you think they do.

5. Most authors have day jobs.
Even if the author is a full timer, most of her day is likely not spent writing, and most put in at least 12 hour days.

6. If an author is lucky enough to get a book tour, it usually means the following:

  • The publisher is covering the costs.
  • The author sells well enough already.
  • The author doesn’t sell well enough to say no to touring, but probably wishes she could.
  • The author’s presence is being used as a bargaining chip to leverage sales and/or future events.

7. In Trad, new authors are paid by the successful proceeds of the heavy hitters that have come before.
You may not enjoy that super popular book, but it’s likely that book is the reason you have the more-risky less-commercial novel that you love.

8. It helps to survive, as reader or writer, if you think of your beloved book as a marketable asset and not your precious baby.
That’s how everyone treats it. People are going to slam it, abuse it, wrap it in trash, deny it, publish it with missing lines or typos, willfully misinterpret it, and reject it: take a deep breath, move on to the next one.

9. An advance is called an advance because the author will not be paid again until they earn enough in royalties to compensate for that advance.
If they don’t “earn out” they get to keep their advance, but it’s never good in Trad if you’re not a profitable asset. Still confused? More on what advance really means.

10. A good indie book is expensive to produce in either time or money, usually both.
This is the cost of keeping control. Do it properly or not at all.

11. A film option does not a movie make.

12. Publisher or publishing venue: both are designed to get as much money out of authors and readers as possible.
This is not some weirdo personal vendetta against creatives, this is business.

Writers can feel pretty powerless in the big corporate world of publishing, but sometimes our greatest power is the ability to say “no.”

~ Carrie Vaughn

{Gail’s monthly read along for September 2016 is Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair.}

SPECIAL RE-RELEASE

MySistersSong_ebook

My Sister’s Song

The warrior Mithra must repel a Roman legion alone and armed only with one very tasty weapon.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Afternoon dress, 1860, Charlotte, North Carolina. via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Afternoon dress, 1860, Charlotte, North Carolina. via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Book People Imprudence Display

Book People Imprudence Display

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

New Born Octopuses Are as Strange and Wonderful as You Might Imagine

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Reasons I Said No to 25 Queries (and how to avoid being one of them)

Book News:

Fan Art PP

Quote of the Day:

“Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!


In Which Gail Concocts a Survey

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

[CLOSED]

Sooo. If you really love reading my books and want to get even more involved and influence All The Things, Gentle Reader, I’ve a survey up and running through Sunday the 18th. Those of you who get the Chirrup and are regularly on the FB Group already know this. (Almost 2000 of you. Eep!) It’s sort of silly, rather important, and could prove very interesting for all concerned.

I’d be much obliged if you would take it.

Parasolverse Super Secret Survey

Godeys Sept 1872

Godeys Sept 1872

Is there a right answer?

Yes, there just may be. Or two right answers. So long as you stick to the truth.

I know, right? Look at me, I’m so mysterious and cryptic.

It’s longer than most of my other polls and surveys have been, but if you are curious and to why I’m doing it or what’s it about, you might be able to determine that from the survey itself.

In fact, that’s one of the questions.

{Gail’s monthly read along for September is Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Working proof. Releases Nov. 1 2016.
    LBGT romance featuring a parlourmaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?
  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something new and different for Gail, contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

SPECIAL RE-RELEASE

MySistersSong_ebook

My Sister’s Song

The warrior Mithra must repel a Roman legion alone and armed only with one very tasty weapon.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1930 Portrait of Tallulah Bankhead, 1930’s (Source- theredlist.com)

1930 Portrait of Tallulah Bankhead, 1930’s (Source- theredlist.com)

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Secrets of Cephalopod Camouflage

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The bizarre true story behind the this is a work of fiction disclaimer

Book News:

*Sophronai Pillow

*Sophronia Pillow Descritpion

Quote of the Day:

“When he turned his head to look at me, I was swallowed in gold.”

~ Change of Heart by Mary Calmes

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Amazon Kindle Automatic Book Update Issues (Important for Writers)

Posted by Gail Carriger

I’ve had  a number of people contact me about the fact that although I’ve updated the formatting and cover art for two short stories (Marine Biology & Fairy Debt), they aren’t automatically updating on Kindle device.

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Did anyone out there who purchased either story before the re-release have it update successfully?

I’d love to know. The new versions have the copyright information at the back rather than the front. (There’s no substantial content changes so don’t worry about that.)

Here is how to turn on Amazon automatic updating. (And here’s Amazon being sublimely unhelpful on the subject of issues.)

Here is how to manually update your Kindle device via your Amazon account settings.

But Gail, no matter what I do it won’t update!

I’m afraid this is an Amazon issue and I can’t diagnose it for you. (I can’t even do it for myself.) Fixing it will have to do with your account, operating system, e-reader type, settings, cloud storage, and a host of other things. If you have annotated or highlighted the original version there may be a safeguard in place that prevents any update.

All I know it that it’s supposed to automatically update.

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Look, I’m just as frustrated as you. I deleted my version of Marine Biology from everywhere. I deleted it from my device. Then I double checked all bits of it were deleted by plugging my Kindle in to my computer in USB mode. Then I went to my account and deleted it from the cloud too. I rebooted my Kindle. Then I re-purchased the darn thing and… nothing. Oh I got the new cover, but only in gallery view. Everything else remains the 2013 version (2.0). I’ve tried googling, I’ve tried KDP forums, there’s unhelpful tips on updating for publishers and even more unhelpful tips on updating for readers. Yet nothing changes, those embedded extensions are like a cancer.

You longtime Kindle users know how buggy the darn things are. Right?

There’s that one book that will never stay in a category but always wants to be in the main drive. Or the one that, in the end, you have to manually delete by hooking your kindle into your desktop. Or the one that just won’t open no matter what you do.

Yeah. I have those too. Having hundreds of books with me when I travel still trumps everything else. Everything.

Your, extremely frustrated,

Miss Gail

P.S. And you, yes you with the supercilious expression, I don’t want no cheeky “just read the old fashioned way” comments.” Zip it. We all like what we like. And you will pry my e-reader from my cold dead heads. No wait, I want to be buried with it, just in case.

P.P.S. Don’t even get me started on nook…

Meanwhile… Parlourmaids Trouble Gail

While you face this crisis, I tumble down the British excessive “u” rabbit hole over the word parlourmaid. You see, I want to use the word parlourmaid because that’s how it was used and spelled (and in the USA we didn’t really have them, as such) but that means I must also use the word parlour. If I use parlour then why not colour? There in lies UTTER MADNESS.

Copy edit conundrum and impasse. You see how my life is?

What to do over the extraneous u?

 

{Gail’s monthly read along for August is Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Working copy edit. Release date Nov. 1 2016.
    LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?
  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGT reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something utterly new and different for Gail. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

SPECIAL RE-RELEASE

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Marine Biology

A short tale of seduction, selkies, and sushi.

Alex is a werewolf with problems – he’s unexpectedly alive, he’s quite definitely gay, and he’s been ordered into a partnership with one very flirty merman.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1860The Philadelphia Museum of Art _ OMG that dress!

186 0The Philadelphia Museum of Art via OMG that dress!

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

5 India Cloud at Copperfield's Books copy

With India Cloud at Copperfield’s Books

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

What’s Old is New: Double Rings

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

s.leady @fawksylibrarian Vieve from @gailcarriger's Finishing School made an appearance @Andersonsclib's Electric City ComiCon #ec32016

via @fawksylibrarian Vieve from @gailcarriger’s Finishing School made an appearance @Andersonsclib’s Electric City ComiCon #ec32016

Quote of the Day:

“Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.”

~Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!


7 Questions For Gail’s Inner Writer (Occasional FAQ)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Gentle reader, today’s post is adapted from this one by Cathy Yardley.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve written my whole life. My first book was traditionally published in 2009 and I’ve been a full time author with the written word as my only income since late 2011.

What genre would you say you write?

Commercial genre fiction is what I say at cocktail parties. If someone looks interested and presses further I say SF/F for adults and young adults and historical romance. If they press further I say steampunk, but then I usually have to explain what steampunk is.

Have you taken classes or received instruction for creative writing?

No. I hated them in grade school, although I was always a good student and prolific writer, but they wanted me to be too literary. Thus I never took creative writing past high school. I went to panels and lectures on the business side of writing at conventions, but only work-shopped my stuff with a core critique group of close friends.

I try to give back to the writing community as much as I can, but you’ll notice I never teach workshops, offer to critique new writers, or participate in contests as a judge. I’m really not good at it.

What are some of your favorite writing reference books?

Does Strunk & White count? But these days I tend to just poke about online. Grammar Girl is awesome.

What do you think is the biggest problem you need help with in your writing?

I always worry about pace. My spelling is bonkers. I scatter commas like I’m a Roman covering Carthage with salt. Generally, my editors have to tell me what to add in rather than what to take out, so I guess, description?

What are your writing goals for the next 12 months?

These days I am shooting to write one novel and two-three novellas/short stories every year.

What are your ultimate goals for your writing career?

This is a great question that I’ve been asking myself a lot recently. I don’t quite know what the answer is right now, but I’m pretty happy with where I am, and where I’m going.

{Gail’s monthly read along for August is Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Beta edit back, working now. Tentative release date Nov. 1 2016.
    LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?
  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Outline.
    LBGT reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novella? Novel? Who knows.
    Status: Rough draft.
    Something utterly new and different for Gail. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

SPECIAL RE-RELEASE

MarineBiology_promo

Marine Biology

A short tale of seduction, selkies, and sushi.

Alex is a werewolf with problems – he’s unexpectedly alive, he’s quite definitely gay, and he’s been ordered into a partnership with one very flirty merman.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1862 Magasin des Demoiselles Monday, September 1, 1862 v. 42, plate 120

1862 Magasin des Demoiselles Monday, September 1, 1862 v. 42, plate 120

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

1 Squid Swag copy

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

How Tuberculosis Shaped Victorian Fashion

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Rights Reversions (Contracts/Dealbreakers)

Book News:

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80sidol-tumblr talk to me about my love for ormond tunstell and ivy hisslepenny

Quote of the Day:

“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. I can resist everything but temptation.”

~Oscar Wilde

Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!


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