rolanni: (greeneyes)

Dear Friends of Liad and all the ships at sea.

Following Saltation’s lead, Ghost Ship has sold out its hardcover run from the Simon and Schuster warehouse.  This is very, very cool — but it’s not why we’re writing to you.

No, we’re writing to let you know that, because of the sell-out, the Ghost Ships that are now in stores (and in the warehouses of the superstores) — are all that’s left.

In other words, if you were thinking about giving the gift of Ghost Ship for Christmas, you might want to be buying that now.

Mr. Blyly tells us that Uncle Hugo’s has about 70 SIGNED copies of Ghost Ship in hand.

Ms. Nagle at Constellation Books in Reisterstown, Maryland says she has two UNsigned copies of Ghost Ship on the shelf.

Ms. Richmond at Children’s Book Cellar in our very own Waterville, Maine (kidsbookcellarATmyfairpointDOTnet or 207.872.4543 has several copies of Ghost Ship in the store.  Children’s Book Cellar is our “home” store, and we can arrange to stop by and sign books there.

Ms. Hart at Mysterious Galaxy has seven UNsigned copies of Ghost Ship between the San Diego and the Redondo Beach stores.

All of the above bookstores do mail/email orders.

The mass market edition of Ghost Ship is scheduled for August 2012 release, with Dragon Ship scheduled to appear in September.

And!  Don’t forget that electronic editions of all Lee and Miller novels (except Sword of Orion) may be purchased from the Baen Books website

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Gnus and ketchup

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 08:00 am
rolanni: (baby dragon from rainbowgraphics)

1. Remember that “Intelligent Design” will be retired from the Baen front page on Monday, August 15, to make way for a brand! new! story! Once it is retired, “Intelligent Design” will be added to the free eBook compilation of front page stories, which can be downloaded here.

2. “Kin Ties” will be available for free reading at Splinter Universe on August 12 (that’s Friday!). To help people who may not have read its elder brother, “Changeling,” we (that’s Steve and Sharon, acting as Pinbeam Books) are offering a more-or-less half-off coupon for the eBook. This coupon is Smashwords-specific. All you need do is go here, choose your preferred format and use coupon code KB93Q (not case sensitive) at checkout. The coupon will expire on August 12 (yep, that’s still Friday).

3. A friendly bookseller lets us know that Ghost Ship has hit the Bookscan Bestselling SF List for the week of August 1. Which isn’t too bad for a book with a pub date of August 2.

4. Speaking of Ghost Ship — there’s a nice review at SFRevu

5. Also! The editors at Amazon.com (why does a bookstore have editors? No, on second thought, I don’t want to know) have chosen Ghost Ship for inclusion in their Fall Reading Preview

6. Even cooler, Uncle Hugo’s has posted its bestsellers for July, with Ghost Ship at the top of the list — but that’s not the cool part. The cool part is that of the 12 bestselling trade editions for July, Lee and Miller books hold 11 spots, cheated — cheated, I say! — of a full house by the presence of Warrior Sheep #1. (Note to self: Get a copy of Warrior Sheep #1)

7. Proving that mere planetary divides such as oceans and hemispheres mean nothing to those who call deep space home, Ghost Ship appears on the besteller list at Galaxy Bookstore in Sydney, Australia.

8. We (that’s Steve and Sharon) are going to be traveling for a few days, with a WorldCon at the end of it. This means our access to Things Internetly will be limited, first by the conditions of the train and then because we’ll be enjoying the con. So! If you should see Ghost Ship or any other Lee and Miller book or story on a bestseller list, or see a review (Amazon reviews not counting), sing out, do!

. . .To the best of my knowledge at the moment, that’s all the news that’s fit to print. Now, I’m for the couch and the workshop papers, which I will finish today.




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rolanni: (Ghost Ship)
The Big River is now accepting reviews of Ghost Ship, if you feel so moved.

Also, they say they're shipping as of Friday.
rolanni: (Clan Korval's Tree and Dragon)

I may have mentioned here before how we have the Best Readers in the World. This isn’t hyperbole; it’s true. For instance, folks often write to us and ask how they can help promote the Liaden Universe® and/or a favorite/the newest novel in the series.

As it happens, one of the things that helps a new book along is something called “buzz.”  That’s when people talk about the book in their blogs, to their friends, to the barista, to co-workers — you get the picture.  “Buzz” not only tells readers who may like the new book, but who have no way of knowing it exists, about the book, it also reminds readers who have been following all things Liaden that the book is due out realsoonnow.

All righty, then. If you’re one of the few, the proud, the Incredibly Lucky who scored a signed copy of Ghost Ship weeks ahead of the release date, or if you’ve read the eArc from Baen, there are a couple things that you can do to help Theo and Bechimo along the way.

1.  You can post a reader’s review (no spoilers, please) at Barnes and Noble, which is accepting reviews now, even though it’s not shipping the book yet.

2.  You can talk about the book in your own blog, if you have one.  You may of course, use David Mattingly’s gorgeous cover in your discussion — I’ll paste it into the bottom of this entry for you.

3.  You can request that your favorite review site review the book (we have some copies of the book that we might be able to send on  — write to me at rolanniATkorvalDOTcom)

4.  You can go over to Spoilerville and talk about Ghost Ship  or to the Liaden Universe Spoiler Discussion on LJ

5.  You can inquire of your local library if they intend to acquire Ghost Ship.

6.  If you’re a member of a book club or reader’s group, you might consider bringing Ghost Ship to the group.  Tomorrow!  There will be a reader’s guide posted on Baen Books’ front page to help you get started.

7.  If you have a favorite interview site, Sharon and Steve (together or  separately) are pleased to do interviews, so don’t hesitate to recommend us.  If you have a favorite local SF convention, don’t be afraid to suggest us as Guests of Honor, we have experience.  We’ll also talk to libraries, college classes, and do live online interviews.  Suggest!  The worst that can happen is that the person you’re suggesting to says “no.”

General things to remember:  Ghost Ship did not happen in a vacuum; it’s immediate predecessor, Saltation, sold out its first hardcover print run and went to a second printing, hit the Wall Street Journal bestselling science fiction list and placed in the Top Twenty Best Science Fiction Novels of 2010 in the Locus Magazine Poll.

Also — I know I don’t have to say this to you guys, but — be polite.  If someone does say “no”?  That’s cool. We’re not everybody’s cup of tea, and neither is our work — that’s life.  Similarly, if someone says they don’t do space opera, or the book doesn’t sound like Their Thing — also cool.  Insisting  never actually convinced anybody to like something, and we all have our crotchets.

Thank you very kindly for your continued goodwill and support.

 

Ghost Ship art by David Mattingly


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Administrivia

Thursday, July 7th, 2011 06:45 pm
rolanni: (lady in the moon)

. . .some administrivia, anyway. After I unburden myself by saying that I saw a motorcycle accident on the way home — the bike went down essentially at my feet. All parties seemed to be all right, though I think that that the girl driver who cut them off, and kept saying to the cop, “But he hit me!” may be in for a rude sort of surprise somewhere down the line.

And the sad, scary part was — he damn’ near missed her, through no fault of her own, just clipped the very, very backest bit of her rear quarter-panel, but it was enough. The passenger jumped clear, but the bike took the driver down under it.

Ambulances arrived, also police officers, and several helpful strangers, at least two on motorcycles. I pulled off to call the cops and to wait, since I’d practically been in the guy’s pocket when he fell, but turned out nobody wanted to talk to me.

Just as well.

In any case, I’m still a little rattled.

So! Administrivia:

1. As previously announced in this blog and elsewhere, Uncle Hugo’s has received the signed* copies of Ghost Ship very early. If you pre-ordered a signed copy of Ghost Ship from Uncle Hugo’s and you want your book mailed to you RIGHT NOW, write to Don Blyly at unclehugoATaolDOTcom and tell him so. If you want your book personalized**, you must tell Don that, too, by July 15. Books that are to be personalized will be held until Sharon and Steve are in Minneapolis in late August. Signed books will either be released RIGHT NOW, if you write, as above, and say so, or after July 15, if no order has come through for personalization.

*Signed means that Sharon and Steve signed their names on (in this case) a page that was then bound into Ghost Ship. The signatures are authentic; the paper matches that used to print the rest of the book. The books are SIGNED with the authors’ names only.

**Personalized means that you want Sharon and Steve to write something more than their names in your book, to make it, yanno, personal.

I had no idea when the original call regarding the early arrival of Ghost Ship was posted that there was, or could be, any confusion at all between “signed” and “personalized”. Live and learn.

2. Splinter Universe is slowly coming together.  Right now, there’s a “splinter” up as a dry run to test website functionality.  A “splinter,” as is explained on the site, is a piece of novel or story that was for whatever reason never completed.  The current splinter is the first two chapters of a novel that died just short of 20,000 words in 2003.  I’m perfectly happy to post the rest, in chunks, but it must be understood that when those 20,000-ish words are done, that’s it.  There’s no resolution to the story, nor will there be.

…and now I need to sign some books and maybe get a glass of wine.




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rolanni: (dragon)

I hear from Mr. Blyly that he has today received 34 cases, 852 pounds, 680 individual autographed copies of Ghost Ship. In hardcover.

Yes, the street date for Ghost Ship, unsigned, is August 2. Yes, that means Mr. Blyly has received the signed books that required special handling more than a month ahead of that date. No, no one involved in this transaction knows why, but I think we can safely say that this is not Mr. Blyly’s fault. Nor ours.

I trust that this is clear.

Thirty-four cases of hardcover book makes, as I know from long experience of receiving cases of books to sign from Meisha Merlin back in the day, Quite A Large Pile there in the middle of the living-room-or-store. Mr. Blyly would, quite naturally, like to remove this impediment to commerce from the doorway and aisles of his store in as timely a fashion as possible.

So! If you want your book RIGHT NOW, and don’t care to have it personalized (there is a July 15 deadline for requesting personalization; those that request personalizations will have to wait for us — that’s Steve and Sharon — to get our sorry tails to Minneapolis sometime in the middle of August, find a pen and get to work), write to Mr. Blyly at unclehugoATaolDOTcom and tell him that you want your book mailed immediately.

If Mr. Blyly does not receive your direction to mail your book(s) immediately, he will be in honor forced to hold it/them until after the July 15 deadline for personalization requests.

I trust that this is also clear.

Excellent.

I confidently leave the matter in your capable hands.




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Sunday To-Do

Sunday, May 8th, 2011 10:23 am
rolanni: (Caffeine molecule)
1. Set up auction for red-leather book
2. Eat breakfast. Do not drink more than four cups of coffee. um. oops?
3. Salute the cats
4. Clean cat boxes
5. Set bread to risebake
6. Proofread Ghost Ship (read today's 100 pages; read 100 pages tomorrow and the thing's done.
7. Laundry
8. Eat lunch
9. Supper, too
10. Go to bed before 2 a.m. No. Really. I'm going! I'm going!

For those playing along at home -- Steve has achieved Baltimore, and has seen his mom. Various family stuff proceedeth.

Regarding the Ghost Ship galleys, yesterday in the course of my proofreading, I came across two things added in by the editor*. One of them, to my embarrassment, I thought I had fixed myself in revision, but apparently not. Sigh. This is why we have editors, and why the idea of Renouncing Traditional Publishing and Showing Them All!, while occasionally attractive, is maybe really not the road everyone ought to take. Especially if you are -- as most writers of course are not! -- just a little prone to wearing your nerves on your sleeve.

Now, having said the above -- I have an Idea. It would be more of an Idea if the perfessers would leave over dinning in my ears so I could have five minutes to think, but -- summer's coming. And not a minute too soon.

Anyhow, just, yanno, casually asking -- would you be interested in a web serial detailing the various doings of the courier ship Ride the Luck? I'm envisioning a series of interlocked short stories. Would you be willing to subscribe to such an endeavor, knowing that there would be no reward beyond the Warm Fuzzies?

And now! The laundry calls.


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*Both to the benefit of the story.

How Many Books?

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 08:51 am
rolanni: (Yay!)
For those keeping score at home, Mr. Blyly reports receipt of more than 600 pre-orders for signed copies of Ghost Ship.

Thank you all for your interest in, and support of, our work!
rolanni: (the captain will see you now)

OK, this is it. Your very last reminder to go, Go! here and pre-order a signed copy of Ghost Ship. Tomorrow — Saturday, April 30 — is the very last day ever that you’ll be able to do this. Pre-orders almost match pledges, so we know there’s somebody — or even somebodies — out there who will be Mighty Disappointed, as we say here in Maine, if they don’t Act Now.

In other news, it’s Friday, and that? Is a fine thing, indeed. I met Steve at Cacciatore’s after work for a late lunch, early dinner, then came home spent the BN gift certificate my faculty gave me for Secretaries Administrative Professional’s Day. Well, done Faculty! Canny shopping gained me The Perilous Gard (Elizabeth Marie Pope), I Don’t Want to Kill You (Dan Wells), Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Grace Lin), The Secret of Roan Inish, Ondine and! I pre-ordered Pat Wrede’s Across the Great Barrier, the (eagerly awaited, in these parts) sequel to Thirteenth Child. Four books and two selkie flicks.

*is happy*

Plans for the weekend include the ever-popular laundry; the lawn-tidying postponed from last weekend; working on George; and finishing up with Treasure Island. Maybe I can convert a chapbook or two, if I get up early. Um? I have to outline a talk that I agreed to give on. . .next Thursday evening.

Eep.

Well. Maybe the chapbooks will wait.

I haven’t forgotten the Closet Auction; plans are to get those started early-to-mid next week.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!




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rolanni: (Default)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] unclehugo_edgar at Reminder - Preorder by April 30th if you want a signed copy
The upcoming Liaden novel, Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. There will not be an in-store autographing; the books are being shipped to us pre-signed. Preorders must be place through our website. More info at: http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/ah-lee-miller.php

The upcoming Freehold novel, Rogue by Michael Z. Williamson. There will not be an in-store autographing; the books are being shipped to us pre-signed. Preorders must be place through our website. More into at: http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/ah-williamson-michael.php


rolanni: (weather)
My plan, inasmuch as there had been a plan, was to spend some time outside today, gathering snow-trash and dragging downed branches into a pile to be picked up by the ever-able Mr. Stetson and his truck.

It being, as advertised above, rainy, and none too warm, that plan went out the window. Where it very probably developed hypothermia and expired within fifteen minutes.

So, the next plan -- Plan, if you will, B -- involved setting up the spreadsheets for the SRM Fiscal Year 2011, frowning at the Cat Farm Operating Budget, and patching the BN links on the side of this journal -- thank you [livejournal.com profile] sleary! Your fix worked a Positive Treat! I still need to relocate the Fictionwise links someone kindly made for me (the note is on this page, somewhere... Found it! Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] estara!) and paste them into sharonleewriter.com, and those bits of housekeeping will be taken care of. In these matters of house-and-bookkeeping, I am ably assisted by the Senior Members of the Coon Cat Crack Sleep Squadron.

Zzzzz -- Um?

I still haven't fixed the title of The Cat's Job in the Kindle Store, because Amazon doesn't yet admit that the book is live (and thus available to editing), though they've sold a good dozen already, despite the glitch. Am I a dynamo, or what?

Speaking of sales -- yes, you can now buy the chapbooks on amazon.co.de. Clicking on the Kindle-shop and searching on Pinbeam Books will get you a list of everything there is to have, up to the minute. I wish this trick also worked with Amazon.com, but -- no joy.

Today's mail did bring a long-delayed royalty check, which directly prompted the Frowning Study of the Cat Farm's Operating Budget. We're not positioned well, I fear, for the arrival of Summer, when the day-job hours go to less than half-time, and where the weeks of same can and have been adjusted upward by the Whim of Admin. We'd been very good in past years about setting aside Summer Money out of Winter's Overflowing Purse, but this year the tending upward spiral of everything but my paycheck, plus the surprise! medical expenses, has kinda set us back from where we really ought to be. Hmm. I may have to open my closet and see what falls out in an Ebayward direction. Watch the skies.

And -- last bit of gossip before I leave the Coon Cat Cloud and go down to the kitchen to sample the lunch Steve's got cooking (which smells wonderful!) -- Barnes and Noble is accepting reviews of Ghost Ship. If you've read the eArc and want to review, I would ask you to do two courteous things. First, please try not to post a review that will spoil the book for someone who hasn't read it yet. And second, please note in your comments that you have read an Advanced Reading Copy.

And, now? I'm for lunch!
rolanni: (lit'rary moon)

1. Want a signed, first edition hardcover of Lee and Miller’s upcoming Ghost Ship, the Thrilling Sequel™ to I Dare and Saltation? You can pre-order yours here, but be quick, O quick! Pre-orders close on April 30.

In case you’ve missed all previous discussion of this, more details are available here, or here.

2. Pinbeam Books (aka Sharon and Steve) has been converting Adventures in the Liaden Universe® chapbooks Numbers One through Seventeen into ebooks in a seemingly random, but actually cunning, fashion, and posting them to the Kindle store and to the Nook store. We will eventually branch out to other vendors. Note the use of the word “eventually.” Also bear in mind that both editions (Kindle and Nook) are DRM-free. This means that your mobi device will be able to read chapbooks uploaded for Kindle and your ePub reader will be able to read those uploaded for Nook.

2A. A search on Adventures in the Liaden Universe in the Kindle store at Amazon should net a list of those titles currently available.

2B. A search on “Adventures in the Liaden Universe” (mind the quotes — very important) in the NookBook store at BN.com should ditto.*

3. If you were having a bad day and took refuge under a rock yesterday, I repeat — The Ghost Ship eArc is now available from Webscriptions.

3A. If you have read, or will soon read, the above-referenced eArc and want to talk about it in a spoilery fashion, I ask, on behalf of those readers who will not read the story until August, when the hardcover is published, to please make use of the Liaden Spoilers Community, here, where a lively conversation is already in play.

4. Thank you for your kind attention.

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*Geek Help Requested: Why can I hot-link to specific book pages on Amazon and those links function both at sharonleewriter.com and LJ, but! hot-links to specific book pages that function at sharonleewriter.com are redirected (I think by BN?) to the front page? I like to make it as easy possible to part people from their money help people buy books. Is there a (legal, non-violent) way to get around the redirect?

Thanks!




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rolanni: (Yay!)

What it says up above there.

Here’s the link.

An “eArc” is an electronic Advance Reading Copy.  It will contain errors.  It does cost more than the corrected ebook, coming in early August.  What you get for your money is this:  You get to read the story four-and-a-half-months before the Whole Rest of the Entire World!

Is that cool, or what?

Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Ghost Ship art by David Mattingly




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rolanni: (foxy)

Thing One:
For those who read electrik books, classic Liaden Universe® chapbook Two Tales of Korval: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number One is now available in a Kindle edition, and! in a Nook edition*.

Plans are afoot to get Skyblaze uploaded and available before the end of the week. Watch this space for details.

Thing Two:
As advertised in all the best blogs and infodumps in cyberspace, if you want to get yourself a signed, first hardcover edition of Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, you need to act and you need to act fast**!

Details here.

Thing Three:
There’s still time to vote for your favorite works of science fiction and fantasy of 2011, in the Locus Poll. The poll goes over on April 15 — that’s Friday! Locus helpfully provides titles in the drop-down lists — however! If your favorite work isn’t on the drop-down, there are *also* write-in spaces under each category. The Locus Poll is a reader poll — anyone may vote. Please only vote once, Mr. Kelly abhors ballot-box-stuffing, and please be truthful about your gender.

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*Yes, I'm aware that the link to the Nook edition takes one not to the book page, but to the Nook front page.  No, I don't know why that's happening.  The URL is correct, and the link works from the original blog entry at sharonleewriter.com.  Stupid intertubes.

**Where fast = Before April 30, 2011.


 

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rolanni: (greeneyes)

Now is the Hour!

Uncle Hugo’s is now accepting pre-orders for signed copies of GHOST SHIP by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. You must use this link to pre-order:

Your credit card will not be charged until your book has actually shipped.

If you want to receive a signed copy of GHOST SHIP, you must pre-order, even if you entered a pledge for a book.

And you must act NOW: Pre-orders are open through April 30, 2011. That window’s only three weeks wide.

GHOST SHIP will be published in early August 2011. Cover price is $25.

Uncle Hugo’s offers a flat $6 shipping fee in the U.S.; two GHOST SHIPs travel for the same six bucks as one GHOST SHIP. Overseas orders will have to have their postage figured on a case-by-case basisat the ordering site.

Yes, you may add other books to your GHOST SHIP pre-order.

Questions about this part of the process must be addressed to: unclehugoATaolDOTcom (where AT and DOT are replaced by the usual)

Thank you all.

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller




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rolanni: (booksflying1.1)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] unclehugo_edgar at Preorder by April 30th if you want a signed copy
The upcoming Liaden novel, Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. There will not be an in-store autographing; the books are being shipped to us pre-signed. Preorders must be placed through our website. More info at: http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/ah-lee-miller.php

The upcoming Freehold novel, Rogue by Michael Z. Williamson. There will not be an in-store autographing; the books are being shipped to us pre-signed. Preorders must be placed through our website. More into at: http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/ah-williamson-michael.php


rolanni: (i've often seen a cat without a smile)

Here we are in the aftermath of the snowstorm — Saturday, which has been sunny, warm and relatively still. The snow melted with quiet seemliness from the trees — we lost some low to the ground branches on a few of the pines, but otherwise no aboreal tragedies on Cat Farm lands. Phew.

Also? The electricity stayed on, which means no down wires. At least, not in this part of the Enchanted Forest. And phew, again.

Today saw the writing of checks — notably those owed to our Gracious Overlord the Internal Revenue Service. Ow, says the Tax Account. On the other hand, this is why we have a Tax Account — The writing of checks, I say, and the Reading of George.

I see by my records that I put George down on January 21st to work on Other Things. Nine weeks was rather longer than I wanted to be away; but! on the bright side — time does provide distance. In all, I like what’s here, though I have to straighten a minor time-kink — an easy fix, as such things go, consisting of moving chapter and adding two lines — and write a character out of a scene where they really shine because said character can’t — really just can’t — be in two places at the same time.

My intentions for tomorrow are to stick with George, go through and tidy up the minor manuscript housekeeping, move the chapter, add the lines and rewrite that scene. Then, I should be back on track to start laying down new material, which is something I’m very much looking forward to doing.

Of course, the SRM fiscal year just ended — or started, if you’re of an optimistic turn of mind — and the end of year totals aren’t going to tot up themselves. On the other hand, the books are up-to-date, so I can total a few columns every day for a week, as a warm-up exercise. That’s the ticket.

For those playing along at home — the pledge period for signed copies of Ghost Ship has of course closed, and The Number has been forwarded to Mr. Blyly at Uncle Hugo’s.

You’ll recall that we were initially aiming to gather pledges for 100 books. I’m pleased to say that, when the dust settled, we had received pledges for 525 books.

You guys? Rock.

The next step is pre-order. As soon as Mr. Blyly completes the necessary negotiations with Baen and provides us with the URL for the pre-order website, we will do our part by shouting it from the rooftops.

Watch, as they say, the skies.





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The Ultimate

Friday, April 1st, 2011 07:05 am
rolanni: (greeneyes)

Reminder, that is.

Today, which is in the Northern Hemisphere, April 1, colloquially designated April Fools/All Fools Day, at midnight Eastern Daylight Time, the windows for pledges to purchase one or more signed first-run hardcovers of Ghost Ship, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, which is scheduled to be released by Baen Books in early August, will close.

I append to this reminder the directions for making a pledge. Following the directions counts. Shout-outs and emails (panicked or otherwise) to addresses other than those listed in the directions will not be included in the final count. Yes, it’s hard. That’s life.

Just a word about what comes after the pledge period closes. We will tomorrow pass The Number of Pledges to Mr. Blyly at Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore in Minneapolis. Mr. Blyly will enter into negotiations with Baen Books and place an order. After that — we don’t know when — we — that’s Steve and Sharon — will receive a Big Pile of pages of sign. We will do our thing and return the pages, which will be bound into the books pre-ordered by Mr. Blyly.

Somewhat before the above — we don’t know exactly when — Mr. Blyly will put up an ordering page so that you may actually place an order for your book(s). When that page goes up, we will shout its URL from the rooftops. Watch this space. Watch your email for another InfoDumpling. Watch Facebook, Twitter and LJ.

And, now, the directions:

*If you will buy a signed copy of GHOST SHIP by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (no fibbing, now), write to ghost_shipATkorvalDOTcom and *say so* BEFORE APRIL 1, 2011

*If you have questions about this Crazy Idea, write to fledglingATkorvalDOTcom

*This is a preliminary count only. Do not sent shipping info to this address. See next point.

*Once we have a count, and assuming that count equals or exceeds 100 books, Uncle Hugo’s will set up a pre-order webpage. We will publish the URL of this webpage in all venues available to us, just like we’ve posted this InfoDumpling. You will have to go to this page and ACTUALLY ORDER your book(s). Your credit card will not be charged until your book has actually shipped.

*If the initial promise does not meet the 100 book mark, there will be no signed copies available.

*Signed copies of GHOST SHIP will not (that’s NOT) be available directly from Lee and Miller.
Thank you for your patience and support.

 




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rolanni: (foxy)

This is your penultimate — or, if I forget to do another one between Now and Then, your ultimate — reminder that April 1,this Friday, at midnight Eastern Daylight Time, we will stop accepting pledges for signed copies of Ghost Ship. On Saturday we will transmit The Number to Mr. Blyly at Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore in Minneapolis and he can make the necessary arrangements with Baen Books.

If you have been meaning to bespeak a signed copy of Ghost Ship, but haven’t yet gotten around to it yet — now is the hour. For the curious, we have at this moment, pledges for 460 books.

Follows the directions for making a pledge that will be counted. Note that your ability to follow directions will be graded. Shout-outs in the comments and personal emails to an address not listed below will not be counted in the final pledge number that we send to Uncle Hugos. Only pledges sent to the pledge address, below, will be counted.

OK, here’re those instructions:

*If you will buy a signed copy of GHOST SHIP by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (no fibbing, now), write to ghost_shipATkorvalDOTcom and *say so* BEFORE APRIL 1, 2011

*If you have questions about this Crazy Idea, write to fledglingATkorvalDOTcom

*This is a preliminary count only. Do not sent shipping info to this address. See next point.

*Once we have a count, and assuming that count equals or exceeds 100 books, Uncle Hugo’s will set up a pre-order webpage. We will publish the URL of this webpage in all venues available to us, just like we’ve posted this InfoDumpling. You will have to go to this page and ACTUALLY ORDER your book(s). Your credit card will not be charged until your book has actually shipped.

*If the initial promise does not meet the 100 book mark, there will be no signed copies available.

*Signed copies of GHOST SHIP will not (that’s NOT) be available directly from Lee and Miller.

Thank you all for your enthusiasm for, interest in, and support of our work over the years.




Originally published at Sharon Lee, Writer. You can comment here or there.

Two Reminders

Friday, March 25th, 2011 04:07 pm
rolanni: (greeneyes)

Reminder the First: There is still time to pledge for a signed first edition hardcover of Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, the sequel to both I Dare and Saltation, to be published by Baen Books in August of This! Very! Year! Instructions are here. Posting “I Want One” in comments is not a pledge. We’re writers and we’re being asked to count. That means we need to have all of the things we’re counting in one place. So! Follow the directions please. As of this writing, we have approximately 425 books pledged, and the sky’s the limit, so if you want one, sing out!

Reminder the Second: There’s still time to vote in the Locus Poll for Best Works of science fiction and fantasy of 2010. This is a readers’ poll; anyone may vote until closing on April 15. If you don’t find the work(s) you most favor in the drop-down menus, spaces have thoughtfully been provided for write-in votes. You will be asked for your gender — please be truthful. And please — only vote once.




Originally published at Sharon Lee, Writer. You can comment here or there.

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