I feel like I've been in one of those stupid doom spirals over the past couple of weeks. The ones where you have a few things go wrong in various ways, and it rattles you, and you start making mistakes and doing dumb things to augment the usual crap the universe throws at you, and it just feels like everything is going wrong. It seems to have slowed down a little this week so far :knock on wood:
I actually have tiny little proto-tomatoes and proto-squashes forming in my garden. I need to take pictures.
I'm in an SF Signal Mind Meld What Places Inspire Your Worldbuilding?
Remember the Book Fair for Ballou SR High School Library. There's a lot of manga and paperback YA on the list for 7.95 and 8.95. If you can only afford to contribute one book, that's still one book that is going to be read by a lot of kids.
Begging: I wanted to ask, if you've read The Serpent Sea (or The Cloud Roads) please consider leaving a review on Amazon, or Barnes & Noble, or GoodReads, or LibraryThing. (I don't read the reviews, so if it's a bad review I won't see it.) On Amazon especially, it's the number of reviews that help and can actually cause the book to show up on more searches. So if you have a chance to do that, I'd really appreciate it. The difference between the sales of a normal midlist book (not a bestseller) being considered a success or being considered a failure can be incredibly small, as in around 25 copies small. So any little bit helps. And if you've already left a review somewhere, I appreciate you a lot.
Also, I've added some more buy links to the online ordering page for my website for the trade paperbacks and ebooks, including Waterstones UK and Whitcoulls NZ and WHSmith, so if you were having trouble finding the books somewhere with cheaper shipping, you might check those out.
April 18th, 2012