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.
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.