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Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 06:53 pm
rolanni: (Mouse and Dragon)

Due Diligence: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 24 has been published to the Usual Suspects (including but not limited to: Baen ebooks, Kobo, BN, Apple, Amazon) and will be available for sale as the Various Ghods of Indie Publishing will.

Novella "Due Diligence" is Lee & Miller's 81st fiction collaboration.

Here's the teaser:

When Clan Korval knows your name. . .

Abandoned on a strange port by a scam gone bad, his license to pilot rescinded, and his pockets very much to let, Fer Gun pen'Uldra was teetering between trouble, more trouble, and bad trouble. Cornered in a cheap bar by a too-knowledgeable stranger with an unlikely offer, Fer Gun realized having no money and no license might be the least of his troubles. Clan Korval knew his name and that proposal was hard to refuse. . .

And, just to refresh your memory, the cover:


rolanni: (Coffee with Rolanni)

Page proofs for The Gathering Edge hit the mailbox yesterday.  This means that, today, I will set up station here on the desk, with our submission copy up on the screen, and the proofs in paper, compare one against the other, and mark any errors on the paper copy.

At the very least, this is a tedious process, and I enter into it with a strong sense of trepidation.

Most of you who read here are aware that the arrival of page proofs in our mailbox means that the release of the Baen eArc is not far away.  We, personally, do not know the name of that happy hour, 'k? So it's no use asking us.  Usually, we find out that the eArc has gone live because an alert reader drops us a note, which we do appreciate. So, if you notice that the eARC is up for download, do let us know, and we'll help spread the word.

You will perhaps recall that, last year, Belle and I had a wager about how many Alliance of Equals eArcs we could sell.  At that point, Belle was of the opinion that we wouldn't sell more than 500 (which would have been about 150 more than the total eArc sales of Dragon in Exile).  Sprite, who last year was too young to wager, had it as her Strong Opinion that we would earn out our advance on eArc sales.

Neither was right, though Sprite came closer to the truth.  We exceeded Belle's high figure by a factor of twelve, indicating that a lot of Liadens were into eArcs last year, but we did not earn out the entire advance.

This year, Belle is taking the position that last year was a fluke, and that no one wants to read a Whole Book about a Tiresome Kitten, anyway.  Sprite, who this year can place a formal wager, has modified her position to Edge sales equaling sales of Alliance.

My position is that, with All the Uncertainty in the air, it could go either way.  People could hunker down, and hold their purses tight, hoping that the storm passes them by, or they could figure wotthehell; a short life but a merry one.

And now, it's time for coffee and the first shift of proofing.

Everybody stay safe.

rolanni: (So There)

Well. . .nuts.  I thought I had plenty of manila folders, but it turns out that I have. . .three.  Not quite enough to make the 2016 files, and we'd been -- aggressive in getting rid of empty, old folders, back earlier in the year when we thought we'd be shifting house.

I zapped over to Staples to order a box (or two) of folders, only to find that Staples was being Entirely Bitchy about shipping "add on" items (manila folders are "add on" items, because apparently no one ever wants them for themselves.  Who knew?), which meant, in order to get the damned things shipped to me, I had to add on other "add on" items, notably an envelope sealing stick -- which was OK, the cats helped with the Yule card mailing by eating the rubber tip off of the stick we had -- and also some #10 envelopes, to make weight.

Not Best Pleased, Staples.

Ah, well.  Package to be delivered tomorrow, so I'll change out the working files then, moving the 2015 files to a banker's box which will reside in a corner of my office until the taxes are done, and then move downstairs, to join all the rest of the banker's boxes full of previous years' taxes.

I've already made the 2016 expense spreadsheets and whatnot -- go, me.

Moving on to Other Matters, look what came in the mail today!

Our authors' copies of Conflict of Honors!  Or Eine Frage der Ehre.  Cover art by Timo Kümmel.

German edition conflict of honors Dec 22 2015

Also!  Remember to Watch the Skies, or, more precisely -- Watch Welcome to Liad, where Steve and I will be posting a end-of-year goody for y'all on December 24.

. . .and that, I think, is all the news that's fit to print.

Oh!  Speaking of office supplies, revenge and all:  Watch the Sticky Note Experiments. Brought to you by Eepybird, based in our own Buckfield, Maine.  Thanks, guys!

rolanni: (booksflying1.1)
So, a couple days ago -- in fact, on May 5 -- I tweeted, thusly:


. . .meaning to convey that we were still about 50 grand away from actually having enough words to pitch Constellation Three to Madame the Editor. Yesterday, Madame the Agent wrote to say that she had a note from Madame the Editor, asking how many stories/words we had exactly.

We totted them up, allowed as how we knew that Madame would want an authors' introduction and some few words about each story, sent the information along. . .

. . .with the result that we have gone agreed to go to contract with Liaden Universe® Constellation Volume 3, with a delivery date (that being the day and hour that Madame expects to have the manuscript on her desk) in mid-July).

Which just goes to show what I know.

Thanks to everyone who supported the first two Constellations, and who wrote to let us know that they would happily do the same for a third Constellation. . .soon. . .
rolanni: (moon & mountains)

1.  Audible Members:  Carpe Diem is currently being featured in the Super Sci-Fi sale: .  The sale ends May 10thDuring that time, Carpe Diem will be available for $6.95 (retails $24.95 for non-members / $17.46 for members with their 30% discount).  This sale is only available to Audible members.

2.  There will be a new Guest Story on Splinter Universe realsoonnow, "2 Pi To Live" by Chaz Brenchley. So -- Watch the skies.

3.  Speaking of Splinter Universe -- you have seen last week's Guest Story, "Leaving Via Callia," by Alma Alexander, right?  No? Well, what are you waiting for?

Remember!  The donation button at the bottom of Guest Stories goes directly to the author, and is the button you want to use to show appreciation of the author's work.

4.  Also at Splinter Universe, free for the reading until they're not, Liaden Universe® stories: The Rifle's First Wife, Roving Gambler, and Code of Honor.

5.  We have news coming soon, Very Soon, regarding Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume 3.  So -- Watch the skies.

Hmmm.  With all this watching the skies, maybe you better spread out a blanket in the grass and lie down...

rolanni: (view from space by rainbow graphics)

. . .and the dust, and the leaves, and the trash cans, and the twigs, and the blue jays trying to come in for a landing at the bird feeder.  So far, the bird feeder’s hanging on.

Yeah, been a windy couple days here.

Also a cold couple days.  Currently 21F (feels-like-5F)/-6C (feels-like-minus-15C).  Nice to see winter finally arrived.

So, no, the draft didn’t get finished yesterday; I’ve got three more scenes, I figure, and then! The Red Pen.  Fortunately, though I didn’t actually happen to think so at the precise moment the phone call came in, I’ve gained some time on the week because the hospital yesterday rescheduled my appointment for the yearly mammogram, which had been on the books (for six months!) for Thursday.  (Have you made your appointment?  C’mon, let’s see a show of hands).

Yesterday, while I was banging my head against the keyboard peacefully typing away in my cloistered tower, Steve put up the next Klamath Splinter.  This one brings a change of character, place and POV.  It starts here.  Read, enjoy, tell your friends.

I’ve been teasing you for a couple months now with a Watch the Skies, and you deserve a little something for your patience, so here you go — Word from Madame the Agent is that. . .contracts are on the bus to her office in New York and will in the fullness of time arrive at the Confusion Factory.  That’s right — plural contracts, and granted some will arrive sooner than others.  What do you suppose those contracts might be for?  Go on — guess.

And, now?  Time for me to go back to work.

See you on the flip side.

Progress on Necessity’s Child (tbfkaG)
105,284/100,000 words OR 105% complete

“I fear that the woman has stolen my brother’s soul,” he said.


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