marthawells: (SGA Team)
Apparently, Emilie and the Hollow World is $1.99 at Amazon Kindle US and Barnes and Noble Nook. I don't know how long it will last.

If you want to sample the first chapter, it's on my web site here.

Link: Tor.com Writing Women Characters as Human Beings by Kate Elliott

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 07:42 am
marthawells: (Default)
Some news: publisher Angry Robot has been sold. This is the publisher who shut down the Strange Chemistry line earlier this year, and published my books Emilie and the Hollow World and Emilie and the Sky World.

I’m very glad Emilie and the Sky World finished off the characters' story and didn't end on a cliffhanger (though not many people ever found out the book was published) since there won't be any more books in the series. As far as public opinion goes, this publisher has pretty much gotten off easy. I got off easy too, as I did get paid and my books were actually published and available, unlike a lot of the other YA authors, especially the debut YA authors. I hope the sale means those YA authors whose questions and requests and pleas for information about the situation were ignored up until this point will now be paid the money they're owed and get the rights to their books back so they can try to salvage something from the mess. I'm not holding my breath, though. At this point, I'll be relieved for them if it happens, but not surprised if it doesn't.

Weekend and Emilie

Monday, March 3rd, 2014 08:19 am
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
My laptop had been acting a little odd for a while, and on Friday it became very obvious there was a heat problem with the battery, even while it was in sleep mode. So I had to bite the bullet and buy a new one. I don't use my laptop for anything but writing, using the internet, and working on my web site, but I use it for that pretty much from 7:00 or so in the morning to about 10:00 at night, six to seven days a week, so they don't tend to last as long as they should. I use Macs, mostly because they preform well for what I need to do with them, and in memory of the one that stayed alive just long enough to clone itself to the new laptop before its hard drive failed, and the one that didn't lose any files even when it suddenly extruded a melted battery.

So knock on wood this one does well too.

We also have a pretty big weekend with friends coming into town, and we went to Sherwood Forest Faire on Saturday. It was a great day for it, overcast and cool, starting out below 70 and warming up to nearly 80 in the late afternoon. Then Sunday mid-morning a cold front came in and we went from 70s to 22 with freezing rain and ice pellets. That's what it's doing now. I want my old climate back. None of my native plants are native anymore, everything's dead. So that's depressing.



Emilie and the Sky World is coming out tomorrow in paperback and ebook, and you can find the first chapter here.

When Emilie and Daniel arrive in Silk Harbor, Professor Abindon, an old colleague of the Marlendes, warns them that she's observed something strange and potentially deadly in the sky, a disruption in an upper air aether current. But as the Marlendes investigate further, they realize it's a ship from another aetheric plane. It may be just a friendly explorer, or something far more sinister, but they will have to take an airship into the dangerous air currents to find out. Emilie joins the expedition and finds herself deep in personal entanglements, with an angry uncle, an interfering brother, and an estranged mother to worry about as well as a lost family of explorers, the strange landscapes of the upper air, and the deadly menace that inhabits the sky world.
marthawells: (Miko)
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This is the book I have coming out on March 4, from Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry. It’s YA, steampunkish-fantasy adventure. First chapter is here. The first book in the series is Emilie and the Hollow World, but they’re both standalone stories.
marthawells: (Reading)
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This is the first chapter of Emilie and the Sky World, the sequel to Emilie and the Hollow World. I don’t think it’s all that spoilery for the first book, if you haven’t read it yet. It will be out in March 2014 from Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry. It’s available for preorder in paperback and ebook in a lot of places, some of which you can find here: http://www.marthawells.com/emilie2.htm

Chapter One



Emilie took a deep breath and knocked on the door.

Twilight had fallen, and the quiet street smelled strongly of dinner. Karthea's house, like all the others, had a chunky stone façade and wood-framed windows with cheerful curtains and potted flowers on the stoop. The gas lamp on the corner had already been lit, glowing bright in the failing daylight.

There was no answer immediately and Emilie began to wonder if Karthea had closed the school temporarily and gone on some journey. If so, it was less of a disaster than it would have been a fortnight ago. Emilie had money enough for a room at an inn or boarding house, but it would be disappointing not to see her cousin. And wandering through town looking for a suitable place to stay was considerably less daunting than it had been a fortnight ago as well, especially considering that she had company.

"Maybe she didn't get my letter, or the package I sent," Emilie told Daniel, who stood patiently beside her. "Though I'm not arriving when I said I would."

"I think I hear someone inside," Daniel said. "It's nearly time for dinner, maybe she's just busy with–"

The door flung open, and Karthea stood there, wearing an apron and holding a partially peeled beet. "Emilie, you're days late! I was so worried!" Her eyes fell on Daniel, and she frowned in confusion. "Where have you been?"

"Karthea," Emilie said, smiling. "I have had an adventure!"

Karthea's eyes widened, then narrowed. She grabbed Emilie's arm and dragged her inside. To Daniel, she said, "Excuse us, please," and shut the door.

They stood in a dim hall, lit by a gas sconce and from brighter lights in the room at the far end. Emilie could hear the voices of young girls somewhere nearby, and a clatter of dishes. It smelled homey and comfortable, of books, dust, boiling beets from the kitchen. She took a deep breath. She had meant this place to be her refuge; it felt better to be coming to it as a guest.

Karthea still held her arm, and was trying unsuccessfully to look intimidating. Karthea was mostly Southern Menean like Emilie, with warm brown skin and dark eyes. She and Emilie looked a little alike in the face, though Karthea was taller and myopic and always wore eyeglasses. She had inherited their side of the family's somewhat unmanageable hair, and hers was just as frizzy and curling as Emilie's, in the process of escaping from the band she had tried to use to confine it. "Are you eloping?" Karthea demanded.

It was so unexpected, Emilie laughed. "Of course not!"

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marthawells: (Reading)
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The cover reveal for Emilie and the Sky World, the sequel to Emilie and the Hollow World

"When Emilie and Daniel arrive in Silk Harbor, Professor Abindon, an old colleague of the Marlendes, warns them that she's observed something strange and potentially deadly in the sky, a disruption in an upper air aether current. But as the Marlendes investigate further, they realize it's a ship from another aetheric plane. It may be just a friendly explorer, or something far more sinister, but they will have to take an airship into the dangerous air currents to find out. Emilie joins the expedition and finds herself deep in personal entanglements, with an angry uncle, an interfering brother, and an estranged mother to worry about as well as a lost family of explorers, the strange landscapes of the upper air, and the deadly menace that inhabits the sky world."

If I ever write Emilie as an adult and it gets made into a movie, I want Lyndie Greenwood from Sleepy Hollow to star as her.
marthawells: (Indeed)
Emilie and the Hollow World, my YA fantasy, is out today in paperback and ebook.

This is the third book I finished back in 2009, during my career crash that lasted from around 2006-2007 to 2010. A career crash for a writer is kind of like if you had a job where you've been going in to work every day and everything seems fine. But then gradually, over time, you realize you've been fired, and they don't want you there and they aren't going to pay you and everyone you work with knows this. It's just that no one has told you.

The only solution to a career crash is to keep writing no matter how depressed and broke you are, so during 2007-2008 I wrote The Cloud Roads. While it was making its two year round being rejected by all the publishers in the world, I wrote the sequel The Serpent Sea and then tried a completely different direction with Emilie and the Hollow World. So it really means a lot to finally see this last book from that period published, and thanks very much to Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot for taking a chance on me.



Description:

While running away from home for reasons that are eminently defensible, Emilie's plans to stow away on the steamship Merry Bell and reach her cousin in the big city go awry, landing her on the wrong ship and at the beginning of a fantastic adventure. Taken under the protection of Lady Marlende, Emilie learns that the crew hopes to use the aether currents and an experimental engine, and with the assistance of Lord Engal, journey to the interior of the planet in search of Marlende's missing father. With the ship damaged on arrival, they attempt to traverse the strange lands on their quest. But when evidence points to sabotage and they encounter the treacherous Lord Ivers, along with the strange races of the sea-lands, Emilie has to make some challenging decisions and take daring action if they are ever to reach the surface world again.

Blurbs:

"A rollicking adventure yarn with plenty of heart - Emilie & the Hollow World shouldn't be missed."
-USA Today bestselling author Ann Aguirre

Emilie is the best kind of adventurer -- curious, courageous, stubborn, resourceful, and quick to make friends. I can't wait to see where she goes exploring next.
-Sharon Shinn

Martha Wells' Emilie and the Hollow World is a lovely little adventure story that brings a modern sensibility to a classic pulp trope, re-enlivening and re-envisioning it for a contemporary audience. The hollow world, the accidental stowaway, steamships, airships, the gentleman or gentlewoman adventurer--these are elements that would be at home in a story told in the thirties. The clever and competent young heroine on the other hand--well that's another story entirely, and one that Martha Wells handles beautifully. Unlike those thirties pulps, this a book you wouldn't be embarrassed to give a thirteen year old soccer player who can't see any reason she won't grow up to be a physicist and the next president of the United States. Deft writing and consummate storytelling make a classic story fresh again for a new audience. All in all, Emilie and the Hollow World is a ripping yarn for a modern audience.
-Kelly McCullough, author of the WebMage and Fallen Blade series as well as the forthcoming YA School For Sidekicks: The Totally Secret Origin of Foxman Jr.

The first chapter is online here, and it's available at:

Paperback: Barnes and Noble, Chapters Indigo, Powell's, Mysterious Galaxy, The Tattered Cover, Book Depository.com, Book Depository UK, Books-a-Million, Waterstones UK, Amazon.com, Amazon UK, Amazon.ca, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr.

eBook: Barnes and Noble NookBook, Kindle US, Kobo, Kindle Germany, Kindle France, Kindle Spain, Kindle Italy, and DRM-free at The Robot Trading Company

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Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 10:38 am
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
I still have holes in my walls and ceiling, but I'm hoping the contractor will have a chance to get to us in the next couple of weeks. It's going to take a few visits to get all the taping and mudding and texturing done, but after the first one, the holes will at least be closed up. I am looking forward to this, because they leak dust and smell funny.

Just wanted to mention that there has been a ton of questions and discussion of the Books of the Raksura in this post here.

* There is a review of The Death of the Necromancer here at Roqoo Depot.

* Style Reader did an outfit for Emilie of Emilie and the Hollow World! That's pretty awesome.

Here's a book release post for Mirage by Jenn Reese and Poison by Bridget Zinn Bridget died from cancer in May 2011 at the age of 33, before getting to see her debut book published.

Fun thing: Doctor Who: An Alternative History of 11 American Doctors

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 06:57 am
marthawells: (John Green Trees)
We had a huge windstorm yesterday, which I staggered around out in and planted tomatoes.


A few things I want to link to first:

Elaine Cunningham: Fantasy epics: "Boy Books?" The idea that women don't read or write fantasy is still going strong.

Judith Tarr: Winter Feed-a-Pony Sale Editing and Writing Mentoring, plus Camp Lipizzan

Think Progress: Why Seth MacFarlane and The Onion’s Jokes About Quvenzhané Wallis Are So Gross

Michele Sagara: Where is my outrage? Here. It's here.

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There was new fan music by Peter Cline added to the Three Worlds Compendium! This is a song for Chime. (Scroll down to the bottom for the music. That's the page for all the Raksura short stories and fan art on my web site.)


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Yesterday I picked a title for the sequel to Emilie and the Hollow World, which is the book I'm writing now, and the publisher really liked it, so it will be Emilie and the Sky World.

I've also gotten some really nice blurbs for Emilie and the Hollow World:

"A rollicking adventure yarn with plenty of heart - Emilie & the Hollow World shouldn't be missed."
-USA Today bestselling author Ann Aguirre

Emilie is the best kind of adventurer -- curious, courageous, stubborn, resourceful, and quick to make friends. I can't wait to see where she goes exploring next.
-Sharon Shinn

Martha Wells' Emilie and the Hollow World is a lovely little adventure story that brings a modern sensibility to a classic pulp trope, re-enlivening and re-envisioning it for a contemporary audience. The hollow world, the accidental stowaway, steamships, airships, the gentleman or gentlewoman adventurer--these are elements that would be at home in a story told in the thirties. The clever and competent young heroine on the other hand--well that's another story entirely, and one that Martha Wells handles beautifully. Unlike those thirties pulps, this a book you wouldn't be embarrassed to give a thirteen year old soccer player who can't see any reason she won't grow up to be a physicist and the next president of the United States. Deft writing and consummate storytelling make a classic story fresh again for a new audience. All in all, Emilie and the Hollow World is a ripping yarn for a modern audience.
-Kelly McCullough, author of the WebMage and Fallen Blade series as well as the forthcoming YA School For Sidekicks: The Totally Secret Origin of Foxman Jr.

and I got this really nice review: Kindle-aholic's Book Pile:
As I read Wells' Emilie & the Hollow World, I felt like my childhood fantasies had sprung to life. A strange world at the center of the earth? Check. Magic? Check. Fantastical beings and monsters? Check. A young, smart heroine? Check plus!

I was giddy with nostalgic joy. I wish I had this book when I was younger. I am buying the print version to go in my kids' library. I devoured this book and loved every second. I also obviously must read more books by Martha Wells.

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Monday, February 4th, 2013 07:57 am
marthawells: (John Green Trees)
News:

* I'm working on a short Raksura story to put on my web site, sparked by a couple of suggestions in blog comments.

* I'm planning to release the ebook of The Death of the Necromancer on February 19.

* And the Arcs of Emilie and the Hollow World showed up in the Strange Chemistry offices:

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The Indiegogo for the Oglala Lakota Healthy Start Program for Pine Ridge Reservation is open again! http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/268593 Please share.

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I had fun with the Pulp-o-Mizer and the Books of the Raksura

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links:

* The Revenge of Margaret Brundage, 'The Queen of the Pulps'

* You, Too, Can Make It Work: Teaching Tips from Tim Gunn

* Timbuktu's art of saving its manuscripts

* Book rec: The Crow God's Girl by Patrice Sarath is available in ebook again on Smashwords. In this standalone novel of the Gordath Wood series by Patrice Sarath, a 21st century teen navigates the dangers of a treacherous fantasy world.
marthawells: (John Green Trees)
This post has a bunch of links to free reading, plus a playlist.

From me:

I've posted the first chapter of Emilie and the Hollow World at my web site as a teaser. It'll be out in April 2013, and is up for preorder for the trade paperback and the ebook. (The ebook will be available DRM-free at the publisher's ebook site, The Robot Trading Company, but it's not up for preorder there yet.)

From other people:

* Killing Time by Dave Gross. This is the first chapter of a free story that precedes Queen of Thorns, his new Pathfinder book. Another will go up each Wednesday for the next three weeks.

* Jane Rocks! Nathan Long has posted a playlist about Jane Carver, from his book Swords of Waar. Jane is a hell-raising, redheaded biker chick from Coral Gables, Florida, had found a new life and love on Waar, a savage planet of fearsome creatures and swashbuckling warriors. Until the planet’s high priests sent her back to Earth against her will.

* Alex Bledsoe has a free fantasy short story up at Apex Magazine Sprig.

And you should also check out the other great stories on Apex.
marthawells: (Miko)
The publisher Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry has posted the cover for Emilie and the Hollow World

and here it is!



It will be out in April 2013. The description and preorder links are on my web site here. I'm waiting for the publisher to okay it before I put up the first chapter as a teaser.

Other things:

* If you missed this on Sunday donate to the Sandy relief organization of your choice for a chance to win an autographed early copy of The Siren Depths.

* Night Shade Books has put the Kindle US version of The Cloud Roads on sale for $1.99. (Down from normal price of $7.99)
marthawells: (John Green Trees)
The weekend was pretty good. I mostly worked, but we got some great rain all Saturday night. Though while we were watching DVDs on Friday night, Jack jumped up onto the couch and managed to land on my face, neatly puncturing my lower lip. We both lived.

I also bought a new blanket at a discount close-out place. It's upcycled (which is where you take something that's useless and make it into something useful) from textile mill shavings. It's the color of dryer lint, but it's very pretty dryer lint and very soft and thick.

Next Big Thing Meme

Jessica Reisman tagged me for the Next Big Thing meme which is 10 questions about a WIP. (And I've read the book she is talking about in that post, and it is awesome. It's everything I like in a fantasy.)

1. What is the title of your Work in Progress?

I'm working on something else right now, but I'm going to talk about Emilie and the Hollow World, which I'm due to revise soon.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

The original idea was for an adult fantasy novel, but it just wasn't working. I wanted to do something with the characters using a steamship to exploring a strange alternate world. Once I made the protagonist younger, it suddenly started to work.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Fantasy. Steampunk-ish, sort of. It's more like the fantasy-with-1920s-tech that I did in The Wizard Hunters, The Ships of Air and The Gate of Gods.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I don't know enough about actors that age to pick, though I have a very clear picture in my head of the main character, Emilie. Maybe Alfre Woodard back when she was sixteen or seventeen.

For Professor Marlende, I want Bill Nighy, because, basically, Bill Nighy. For Lord Engal, an older version (say 50s or early 60s) (and he'd need a beard) of Nelson Ellis (he plays Lafayette on True Blood.) For Rani, Gina Torres, and for Kenar Joe Flanigan (Rani and Kenar aren't human so they'd both be under a ton of makeup, but still), and for Daniel, Aldis Hodge, who plays Alec Hardison on Leverage, but he would have to be de-aged to eighteen or nineteen too. For Miss Marlende, I think Gina Bellman, who plays Sophie on Leverage. (Though I really see Miss Marlende as blond, I just like her for the part.)

5. What is a one-sentence synopsis of the book?

Young girl from the country goes on a Jules Verne-esque fantasy adventure.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It was sold by my agent to Strange Chemistry, the YA line of Angry Robot Books, and will be out next April.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

About five months, altogether.

8. What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?

Oops, already answered this one. The Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I wanted to write a YA, mostly, and wanted something different from the Books of the Raksura. (I was working on The Serpent Sea while I was writing Emilie, and The Cloud Roads hadn't sold yet.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Hollow worlds, and magic steamships and airships and underwater worlds.

Weekend

Monday, August 20th, 2012 08:31 am
marthawells: (Teyla)
Had a very good weekend. A friend came in from out of town, we went to the Antique Rose Emporium, had barbeque, then watched the first three seasons of The Guild, which she had never seen before. It also rained Friday evening, and threatened rain all day Saturday, so the Rose Emporium was deserted and there were no weddings in progress, so we could wander around the gardens with no people in the way.

And she had never seen The Guild before and loved it. It's free online and you should watch it too:

Watch the Guild



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Also, artist Stephanie Pui-Mun Law has redone her web site and added new stuff.

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My big news last week was that my YA fantasy, Emilie and the Hollow World, that is coming out in April 2013, is now up for preorder: Barnes and Noble, Powell's, Mysterious Galaxy, The Tattered Cover, Chapters, Book Depository.com, Book Depository UK, Books-a-Million, Amazon.com, Amazon UK, Amazon.ca, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr.
marthawells: (Miko)
Emilie and the Hollow World, my new YA fantasy coming out in April 2013 from Strange Chemistry Books, is starting to show up for preorder in a few places:

Barnes and Noble, Amazon.con, Amazon.ca

I'll post when I see it show up in more places.

The description is: While running away from home for reasons that are eminently defensible, Emilie's plans to stow away on the steamship Merry Bell and reach her cousin in the big city go awry, landing her on the wrong ship and at the beginning of a fantastic adventure. Taken under the protection of Lady Marlende, Emilie learns that the crew hopes to use the aether currents and an experimental engine, and with the assistance of Lord Engal, journey to the interior of the planet in search of Marlende's missing father. With the ship damaged on arrival, they attempt to traverse the strange lands on their quest. But when evidence points to sabotage and they encounter the treacherous Lord Ivers, along with the strange races of the sea-lands, Emilie has to make some challenging decisions and take daring action if they are ever to reach the surface world again.

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Other than that, kind of tired and busy today. One of my cousins has a recurring role on True Blood this season, which I think is kind of awesome, and I'm getting ready for WorldCon in Chicago in a couple of weeks.
marthawells: (Indeed)
I have great news to announce: I sold 2 YA novels to Strange Chemistry! http://strangechemistrybooks.com/2012/05/15/announcing-martha-wells/

The first book is Emilie and the Hollow World, to be published in August 2013, with a sequel to follow in Spring 2014. It’s a steampunkish fantasy adventure, set in a secondary world.

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I started writing Emilie in July 2009 when my husband was facing a lay off and The Cloud Roads had been on submission for about a year and still hadn’t sold. I finished it around December 2009, and it started out on its submission adventure around the summer of 2010, so it’s had a long road too. And I’m so so happy that it found a home with Strange Chemistry!

And I want to thank my agent Jennifer Jackson (Arcaedia) for believing in me and my crazy books.

In short, WOOHOO!!!!!

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