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Martha Wells

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The Serpent Sea

So That Was 2011

This has been a very weird year for me, in a lot of ways. For my part, I sold two books after a multi-year hiatus and had the first one, The Cloud Roads come out and not tank, and later be made into an audiobook, which was an all-time first for me.

I was mostly busy with working with agent and editor and publisher to get the already completed manuscript for the The Serpent Sea ready to publish, plus working on the third book (no, it's not done yet, I flubbed that goal) and writing on other stuff which hasn't been bought/published yet. So 2011 was a big improvement on 2010 and such a vast improvement on 2009 that it feels like 2009 took place on some distant hell-planet in another lifetime.

But 2011 sucked enormously in many horrible ways for a lot of other people I know, friends of people I know, and people I just heard talked about online. It seemed like there was a never-ending series of disasters everywhere. And here it was also the year that the drought turned into the summer of firey death, where everyone who lived here had to look at maps and say, "I wish to go to this city; what route should I take to avoid burning to death?" and thousands of people lost houses and livelihoods. I can't even think about the damage to domestic and wild animals and the environment without crying.

So there was that. I just really want 2012 to be a year that goes relatively well for everybody.


Business stuff:

This is sort-of kind-of the official release date for The Serpent Sea, though the trade paperback is already available in many independent stores and preorders have been shipping from online retailers. I'd say if you want to get it, call the store first to check to see if it's in before you make a special trip, at least for this week.

Preordered ebooks should be shipping or descending or landing today or whatever it is they do on all the Amazons (I listed the links on this post). I don't see it on Nook yet, and I bet it won't be there until tomorrow or the 3rd at the earliest, and I don't see it on Kobo yet. It is available in a multitude of ebook formats at the Baen Webscription ebooks site for a discount price of $6.00. The Cloud Roads is also there.

(And please remember, authors don't control or set prices, formats, or much of anything else for ebooks, physical books, etc. And publishers are far more likely to pay attention to an email or letter from a reader than they are the author.)

ETA: Oops, forgot I wanted to include this: I'll be doing a book signing for The Serpent Sea at Murder by the Book, in Houston, Texas, on Saturday January 7 at 4:30, along with authors Kimberly Frost and Jaye Wells. Use this link to order signed copies online.

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Hey you! :). Just wanted to tell you I rang in the first three hours of the New Year with Serpent Sea. It was slow going, half -blind from sleepy in the middle of the night, but I couldn't make myself close it down till I was literally dropping off between lines. I lasted through chapter 5 and hated putting it down there. I love it so so much, possibly more than Cloud Roads, which I did not think was possible. I want to ration it out now, because I know it will be a long cruel wait for the next one, but I doubt my resolve on that. You are awesome. Happy New Year!

Thank you so much! :) I hope you enjoy the rest of it just as much!

And happy new year!

Thanks, you too! And yep, I saw that. :)

Congratulations on your books! Good for you and very happy reading for me/us!

Wishing a most happy new year to you too... gotta hope that 2012 is much better.

I think just whole lots of us puny humans need a break!

Thanks, and happy new year to you too!

Thanks, and happy new year to you too!

Grr. Baen is 'temporarily down for maintenance'. Have to grab it as soon as it's back up. My wife's getting a kindle copy of Serpent Sea, too, so I guess we're getting two copies! (Yes we could legitimately send the .mobi to her kindle account. She's impatient. And hey, worth it.)

Someone told me they bought it there, so it might be back up now. And thanks! :)

I haz it!

(For anyone who's wondering: purchase from Baen, download to Mac, import into Calibre and then use Calibre to send to iTunes, where it shows up under iBooks. I can also set up Calibre's server and import it into Megareader, or drop it into Bluefire's file browser under iTunes or send it to Kindle in .mobi format. A plethora of choices, to be sure.)

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Thanks, and you too! Glad you had a good 2011. :)

Happy New Year!

May 2012 be kind and filled with wonder!

I'm enjoying The Serpent Sea immensely. Thank you!

Thanks, and happy new year to you too!

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Thanks, and I hope it's a good one for you, too. :)

I entered the [i]Serpent Sea[/i] ARC drawing at Goodreads, and am about ready to add a Cloud Roads review to my lineup. It was a hard year for me, and a much better one for you. May your good run continue, and things get a LOT better for me and Beth!

Many hugs to you both --

Thanks, and *hugs* I'm hoping really hard for you and Beth.

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Thanks! :crossing fingers for a good 2012:

Happy New Year, Serpent Sea looks great on my shiny new kindle :)

I just finished reading The Serpent Sea and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I recently discovered your work a few weeks ago through an Amazon Kindle daily deal or something of the sort with The Cloud Roads and was hooked instantly...I absolutely loved it...and then quickly devoured The Element of Fire and The Death of the Necromancer in very short order while waiting for The Serpent Sea to be released this week. The Serpent Sea did not disappoint, that's for sure! I wanted to thank you personally for that rare level of enjoyment that you have provided to this avid reader! Your world-building and character development are superb and engrossing...and just plain fun. Up next, City of Bones...and then The Fall of Ile-Rien Trilogy... Please don't make us wait too long for the 3rd book (and 4th and 5th and...?!) so I can immerse myself in Moon's world some more!!! :) Thanks Martha - you rock!

Thank you very much! I'm so glad you found Cloud Roads enjoyed the books!

I'm not sure when the next one will be coming out -- it depends a lot on what the publisher wants to do. But hopefully it won't be too long.

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