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It's Wednesday and at least we're still here

Still no sign of the trade paperback of Stories of the Raksura I. This is depressing and nerve-racking. And I feel like it's pretty much killed any chance the book might have had to you know, get attention and be bought by people who haven't already read the other books. So there we go. Again.

In other news, the ebook and audiobook versions are available and I want to really, really thank anyone who has posted reviews anywhere. You guys are awesome.

ETA: And my authors' copies just arrived via FedEx! Hopefully that means they'll be getting to retailers this week or next, before October 7.


Other people's books:

* The Magic Thief: Home by Sarah Prineas
Diana Wynne Jones, author of Howl's Moving Castle, praised this middle grade fantasy series filled with magic and wonder, saying of the first, "I couldn't put it down. Wonderful, exciting stuff."

* Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories By Sandra McDonald
Booklist Editor's Choice and winner of Lambda Literary award, this collection of whimsical and evocative stories takes readers to distant lands and unforgettable characters. Meet Diana Comet, the beautiful adventuress with passion in her heart and secrets under her skirt. Travel to the West with a gay cowboy seeking to mend his broken heart and find the elusive poet Whit Waltman. Listen to the wisdom of talking statues, fairy firefighters, miniature musicians and lady devils. Your heart and imagination will both be inspired.

* Revealing the Cover for Wesley Chu’s Time Salvager
Palmieri describes Time Salvager as "The tale of a fractured future beyond Earth, in which Time is running out for humanity. The key to saving it lies in the past, but the men and women charged with salvaging what was lost pay a terrible price for their service…until one man breaks the future’s highest law." Wesley was a John W Campbell Nominee this year.

* Kickstarter:
by J. M. McDermott
Steampunk done as only J. M. McDermott, of critically-acclaimed books LAST DRAGON, the DOGSLAND TRILOGY, and MAZE, can do it.

* Royal Airs by Sharon Shinn is out in paperback
Master storyteller Sharon Shinn created the thrilling and enchanting world of Welce in her acclaimed novel Troubled Waters. Return with her to that elemental universe in this tale of secrecy, romance, and a battle for power.

* Exo by Steven Gould
Cent can teleport. So can her parents, but they are the only people in the world who can. This is not as great as you might think it would be—sure, you can go shopping in Japan and then have tea in London, but it's hard to keep a secret like that. And there are people, dangerous people, who work for governments and have guns, who want to make you do just this one thing for them. And when you’re a teenage girl things get even more complicated. High school. Boys. Global climate change, refugees, and genocide. Orbital mechanics.

* The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato
Imagine Murder on the Oriental Express set in a steampunk world. That's how debut author Beth Cato conceived of this captivating story about a young healer, an eccentric roommate, a winning gremlin, a dashing steward, and persistent assassins aboard a high-flying airship. With her orphan past and her special powers, Octavia Leander is a lead character you won't soon forget.

* Pre-Order: POISON FRUIT by Jacqueline Carey
The hot-as-Hel series with the “Sookie Stackhouse type of vibe” (Paranormal Horizon) is back—but this time the paranormal Midwestern town of Pemkowet is feeling a frost in the air and the residents are frozen in fear...

* Foxglove Summer: A Bit of Chapter One by Ben Aaronovitch
This is the next book in the Rivers of London/Peter Grant series, and I've been really looking forward to it. (And the series now has a music video: Rivers of London Rap.)

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Oh, Martha, I am so sorry you're going through this publishing stress. (AGAIN.) Gaahhh. I really, really hate that part of the publishing business - it's so hard to have no control over basic issues like that. *HUGS*

Thanks *hugs* People wonder why I don't organize many signings or do blog tours or have launch parties anymore, and things like this are the reason. I think a little part of me just wants to give up, but I just keep writing.

Both B&T and Ingram say October 7th for its release, and there's some significant pre-orders from both. Unless I'm missing some context, like it's been delayed many times before this? Apologies if I don't understand.

Thanks very much for that info -- that makes me feel better. The paperback was supposed to come out Sept 2, and I didn't find out about the delay until the last minute. Then the next date it was supposed to come out was yesterday, so it's been stressful, basically.

Is it something you can ask your editor about? They should know exactly what's going on, I imagine.

I'll definitely ask. It's just a frustrating situation.

Amazon said the same thing when I checked it the other day. On the one hand - boo on delays, on the other hand it's the day after my birthday >.> I just hope this date sticks! *crosses fingers for you*

I am (not exactly) glad to hear it has been delayed--because I pre-ordered it and I wants it now (my precious). And I can't even imagine how nerve-wracking this must be for you.
But delayed is better than not coming out at all...

Oops! My bad--Stories, not Tales. No matter the correct title, I have it on order and I'm wanting to read it soonest!

Thank you! I actually just got my author's copies through Fedex! I don't know when the retailers will get it, but hopefully it'll ship before October 7.

My heart goes out to you! You do have fans!

And many thanks for letting us know about Gould's latest. I had no idea another one was out. Love his books!

Sorry this has hit you; it must be really frustrating. As a small counterexample, you've benefitted from me on this, because I still have the paperback on order, but I got tired of waiting and bought the Nook book too. :-) Which I thoroughly enjoyed. I plan to post a review if I can ever manage to string together enough brain cells to write a review of more depth than "Book good. Buy book."

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it! And I just like five minutest ago got my author's copies via Fed ex, so I'm hoping it'll ship to retailers sooner than October 7.

ETA: And my authors' copies just arrived via FedEx! Hopefully that means they'll be getting to retailers this week or next, before October 7.

you shall build momentum now, I think. the ebooks coming out first was good, gave early adopters a chance to read and review! my question is, will the trade paperbacks be available at all outlets at once, or will someone mess up? I no longer trust anybody. :D

I hope it builds momentum, that would be great.

I think that's why some books have a hard sell date, so there's time for them to be shipped to all the retailers before they can be put on sale. Since these are late, I don't know if they'll do that, or just let retailers start selling them as they arrive.

Much sympathies and hope things are going to cooperate now. Looking forward to my next dose of Raksura!

Trad publishing stress is its own kind of evil.

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