3.04.2015

The Business of Being an Author on the Move


Right now, Gentle Reader, my life is full of writing business (as opposed to writing itself). Thank goodness I got so much done at the Super Secret Retreat of Doom! I'm staring down the barrel of a whole lot of travel: Tuscon Festival back-to-back with a week long book tour, then 5 days home before I fly off to New Zealand for a convention then sneak off for two weeks of off grid vacation, fly back, three weeks home in which to turn around M&M copy edits, and then off to New Jersey.

May latest home gym meets desk modifications

So this week is all about catching up from being away, combined with prepping to go away again. Sadly, this is not just a matter of laundry (and more laundry, and dry cleaning, and packing) because events are not simply the author beast showing up with stilettos and lippy in place. Oh no no. This may come as a surprise to you, but there is a great deal of "and yes how will I get from the airport to the hotel? No you can't just leave me there..." emailing and phone calls.


I've been stranded in airports with no confirmation flight numbers, been given the wrong hotel addresses, been booked on so much programming I don't have time to eat, been given such a tight turn around between flight and event that I don't have time to shower let alone dress, missed a connection with no phone number to let the coordinator know I'm gonna be late, and so forth. Every time I think I have experienced all the fails, another one surprises me, and another codicil is added to the rider.


Yes, I have a rider not unlike that of a major band now. Not because I want to be a green M&M prema-donna but because I find myself needing to remind coordinators all too often that I actually am a real human creature with... oh I don't know, bodily functions, and not a preforming monkey-automaton. Now, before you prattle on about the privilege of being asked to events, I have a whole blog about that. Alexia and I share many similarities and neither of us tolerate inefficiency. The fact that this whole situation seems to be getting worse, not better, is why you will see me gradually cutting back more and more on events that I don't already love to attend, like World Con.

What does this all mean? I'm not able to do much writing right for the next 3 months. Ah ah ah, before you winch, I have a blog about that too... (Psst, here's this, also: George RR Martin is not your bitch. And for the record Gail Carriger is nobody's bitch, not even Lilliput's. Nuh uh.)

 
I love you Gentle Reader, very much. I just can't visit everywhere all the time. Sometimes writing the next book comes first, which is as it should be. And sometimes notes, scanning, processing, and coordinating comes first, which is as it must me. Speaking of which I'm off to get my laundry...

Pippity pip.

{Gail's monthly read along for March is Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff.}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1895 Parasol with Amethyst Handle, ca. 1895-1900  Owned by the wife or mother of William Randolph Hearst  via The Met


Your Infusion of Cute . . .
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Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! Awaiting proofs.
  • Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First. Release date March 17, 2015. Available for pre-order!  
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (March 17, 2015), 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
Visit my interview over on Beyond the Trope if you wanna see me answer questions like...
What shoes would you wear to your first day of finishing school?
Red and black wingtip spectators. I'd eschew my normal heels for flats, so I could run and climb. However, I might opt for stilettos if I thought I might have to kill someone with my shoes.  What is your favorite non-writing thing about being an author?Email for readers and socialization with other authors.
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3.02.2015

Ketchup: Secret Layers, Cover Art & the New York Times


Hello my darling Gentle Reader, you'll notice the blog was a tad scarce last week. I'd apologize but I was away having way too much fun, and one should never apologize or excuse a really good time. I took myself off to some lovely hills and beautiful trees (and a bit of bad weather) to hole up in a super secret evil genius layer and write like the wind. I wanted to see how much I could do without distractions (from 4-8k a day, it turns out). Even though I cannot afford to repeat the process often, it was really good for me on an emotional level, and I learned a lot about myself as a writer. Also, I wrote a scene so funny I made myself cry ~ that NEVER happens. I look forward to seeing what you think of it, next year sometime.


Things That Happened While I Was Away

  1. Little Brown dropped the (not quite finished) cover art and announced the release date (November 3, 2015) of the final Finishing School Book: Manners & Mutiny.
  2. I update my FAQ!
  3. Borderlands Books was saved (for a year at least).
  4. AND the Finishing School made #7 on the New York Times Series list! (That's super hard to make.)

This last was an unexpected pleasure... no really. My agent actually did a blog post about why this is such a surprise. It was due to the $1.99 ebook promotion, thanks so much to all of you who jumped on it. I know many already had the books and simply bought it in ebook to have a backup copy. You are the tea beneath my wings!


If you are wondering where the customary beginning of the month book review is, I dropped it over into the discussion on Goodreads. I'll likely do that again on occasion, to give me more space in this blog, and because not everyone is interested in reading reviews.

{Gail's monthly read along for March is Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! Awaiting proofs.
  • Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First. Release date March 17, 2015. Available for pre-order!  
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (March 17, 2015), 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
I have a wiki!

Quote of the Day:
Hilarity in misspelling: martial your tropes. (Although, toupees would be even funnier.)

Like Gail on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can join her mailing list
She also has a fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.