Upon the Sixth Birthday of Soulless

 
October 1, 2009 a silly little book hit the market.

A very nervous debut author hummed and hawed over her offering. Would anyone actually like it? It was such an odd mash up of paranormal, steampunk, and comedy – who would enjoy such a ridiculous story? Were there readers out there irreverent enough to want whimsy?

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Well, Soulless turns six years old today. The silly little book that I thought would find a home in only a very few people's hearts seems to have miraculously wormed its way out into the world and touched many.

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Soulless has now sold into 15 different territories for translation. There has been a graphic novel manga version (which itself is now translated into French, Taiwanese, and German) and an omnibus. It's been optioned for TV. It's spawned a dress up doll, various videos, fan art, several tea parties, audio books, cosplay, and an iPhone app.

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Little did I know how much that one book would so utterly change my life.

In these last six years:

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There have been good reviews and glorious ones, nasty gripes and soundly presented critiques. I've tackled rough times in social media, and made my fair share of online mistakes. But in the end, it always came back to Soulless and the writing. Did the book make you smile? Then I did my job.

So, thank you so very much, Gentle Reader, and if you have the time or inclination please raise up a teacup in honor of Soulless, who's original secret code name, at the dawn of this blog, was "The Little Paranormal That Could." I guess Soulless could and did.

And if you put a spot of amaretto in your tea, well, I won't tell.

Thank you all for six glorious years!
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Soulless's original cover art photograph and the cover that never was.

Many of you have been with me all along, and several of you have already posted comments on my similar October 1 posts of the past, for which I thank you. But if you would like to share your "How I discovered Soulless" story, I would love to read it.


{Gail's monthly read along for October is Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler}

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 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
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1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

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