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I messed my knees up again yesterday, even though I didn't have an aerobics class. I think when I was in the dentist's chair for my appointment that morning, I locked them and that caused some minor inflammation. (I have dentist issues going back to having a really bad dentist and a really bad orthodontist as a kid. Having good dentists as an adult has helped but not completely.) I also found out I need to come back next week to have a filling replaced, because one fell out and since I don't remember spitting out a filling recently, I apparently swallowed it. And my insurance won't cover the replacement filling.

Then I tried to go to the Ben & Jerry's store, and it had closed down. It was the day of minor but compelling annoyances.

Some good things:

* The total for Jim Hines' Rape Crisis Centers Fundraiser is now over $1783, which means books by Alyx Dellamonica, Patrice Sarath, Anton Strout, Stina Leicht, S.L. Farrell, Elizabeth Bear, and me (a signed set of The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea) get added to the drawing for prizes.

* The Book Smugglers did a very nice review of Wheel of the Infinite.

When this book came out in 2000, I found out later that the cover artist Donato Giancola had to argue with the publisher to get the cover printed with the protagonist’s real skin color, the way I had described her and he had drawn her. They wanted to show her skin color as gray rather than brown, and some covers were printed that way. I didn’t find out about this until much later, since the authors’ copies I received all had the correct skin tone. (I thought the gray Maskelles I saw occasionally were printing errors.) (The icon for this post on Live Journal is Donato's original version of Maskelle.)

When the book came out in paperback, the publisher reversed the cover image, so the white-skinned secondary male character Rian was on the front and Maskelle was on the back.

The first chapter, reviews, and buy links for the new ebook edition are on my web site here.

* There's an interview with me by Keith West at Adventures Fantastic

* If you missed it earlier this week when the link was down,
I was also interviewed on the /slashreport podcast this past Sunday at slashreport episode 206 Martha Wells.
marthawells: Cover for the Cloud Roads, Art by Matthew Stewart (The Cloud Roads 2)
Got a surprise this morning: It looks like the kindle version of The Cloud Roads is FREE on Amazon this morning, so if you have an eReader and haven't already got it, this might be a good time. I didn't know the publisher was going to do this as a promo, or I would have given you guys a head's up.

The winners of the hardcover signed copies of Wheel of the Infinite are: odo, tingler, fantasycafe, avidreadergirl, drstur, ladyjax. (I decided to throw in an extra copy, so there were six winners.) I'll comment to the winners to make sure they know. Thanks to all the Sunday readers who entered!

I should be able to mail the books in the next couple of days. I need to get to the office store and buy more shipping supplies, and I've got some things to mail for the holidays too.
marthawells: (Wheel icon)
I feel like I got zero sleep last night, though I'm mostly conscious now so I must have gotten some. At some point I was woken up by a loud noise that sounded like it was inside the house. It sounded like a cabinet door slamming closed. I got up, walked around, didn't find anything. Troyce didn't hear it, though he did hear mysterious noises (talking and music) early this morning that I didn't hear. Clearly, the house is haunted and we just didn't notice before. Or something.


The Night Shade Books Holiday Countdown has an excerpt of The Serpent Sea on the Fantasy Book Critic Blog. It's chapter 7 so if you don't like spoilers, don't read it. It does have a brief three paragraph introduction that isn't spoilery, though.

Over 1000 books donated to Bastrop Friends of the Library in a drive to try to help replace some of the over 10,000 books from the library collections that were lost in summer wildfires.

Book Giveaway:

This book giveaway is for five autographed hardcover copies of Wheel of the Infinite. Comment on this post between now and 10:00pm (CST) or so tonight and I'll draw five winners tomorrow. (Winners will have to email me their shipping address so I can mail you the books.) This book is out of print, though it is still available in ebook (Barnes and Noble NookBook, Amazon US, Kindle UK, Kindle De, Kindle ES)

I'll do another giveaway later in the week for The Cloud Roads/The Serpent Sea.

ETA: Giveaway is over! The winners of the hardcover signed copies of Wheel of the Infinite are: odo, tingler, fantasycafe, avidreadergirl, drstur, ladyjax. (I decided to throw in an extra copy, so there were six winners.) I'll comment to the winners to make sure they know.
marthawells: (John Sheppard)
I think our fourteen year old cat Bella, who was not named after the Twilight character, is a vampire. She doesn't eat, she sleeps all day, she nibbles on me. She's rejected the tuna-flavored medicine and isn't fond anymore of the catnip-flavored; they should make a mice-blood flavor.

I meant to post this a while back and forgot. This is a photo of the copy of Wheel of the Infinite I murdered to make the ebook version:

I guess I need to just save the cover jacket and throw the rest away.


PW: Genreville Calls for Submissions Small presses looking for diverse characters.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Awards collecting nominations of works that qualify for the ballot.

Kidlit: Social Networking Abuse
Sometimes people do things to get noticed that they wouldn’t ordinarily do, all because the Internet makes them feel bolder.

Chuck Wendig: The Publishing Cart Before the Storytelling Horse
Traditionally-published authors are not slave labor. They're not idiots or fools. They’ve not made "the wrong choice." You went one way. They went another. Sometimes your paths converge; other times, they do not.
marthawells: (Wheel icon)
Many things:

I made a new icon, from Tiger Bright Studios lovely new cover for the ebook release of Wheel of the Infinite.

I forgot to mention yesterday, the cover of The Serpent Sea (January 2012, Night Shade Books) is going to have Jade on it this time.

Book Recs: We haven't done a book rec post in a while, so if you have a chance, post a comment with a rec of an SF/F or mystery novel you're reading now, or recently read, that you enjoyed, that you think other people would enjoy.


DC Women Kicking Ass: An Interview with the Batgirl of the SDCC panels

Jay Lake: [cancer] The things people say

FutureBook: I publish, therefore I am invisible

Classic photo of kickass women: Women firefighters douse flames during the Pearl Harbor attack

SF Signal: Galen Dara's Appreciation of Two Diverse Artists: Jo Chen and Joyce Farmer
marthawells: (Wheel of the Infinite)
Wheel of the Infinite is now available on Kindle US for $4.45.

It's also on Kindle UK and Kindle De. ETA: and now it's available on Barnes and Noble Nook.

It's a secondary world adventure fantasy, and was originally published in hardcover in 2000 by Avon Eos, right around when it was being purchased by HarperCollins. The paperback came out in 2001.

With chaos in the wind, a woman with a shadowy past has returned to Duvalpore. A murderer and traitor--an exile disgraced, hated, and feared, and haunted by her own guilty conscience--Maskelle has been summoned back to help put the world right. Once she was the most enigmatic of the Voices, until cursed by her own actions. Now, in the company of Rian--a skilled and dangerously alluring swordsman--she must confront dread enemies old and new, and a cold, stalking malevolence unlike any she has ever encountered. For if Maskelle cannot unearth the cause of the Wheel's accelerating disintegration--if she cannot free herself from the ghosts of the past and focus on the catastrophe to come--the world will plunge headlong into the terrifying abyss toward which it is recklessly hurtling. And all that is, ever was, and will be will end.


More fun things:

YouTube: The Legend of Korra trailer, set in the same world as Avatar: The Last Airbender (the real one, not the awful movie)

New trailer for Doctor Who! With new episodes in August!


Not fun thing:

ZDnet: Google Plus Deleting Accounts En Masse: No Clear Answers To be clear, the stories we’re hearing so far are of people being suddenly frozen out of EVERYTHING, all their data and resources, not just one or a few Google functions. Given who we early adopters are, even a few more days of this unreasonable behavior could abort the whole G+ effort.
marthawells: (Wheel of the Infinite)
I mentioned on here before that I'm about to re-release Wheel of the Infinite as an ebook. (It originally came out from HarperCollins Eos in 2000.) It's not quite ready to go yet, but I wanted to post the new cover, which was done by Jenn Reese of Tiger Bright Studios. I love it!

I'll post on here as soon as the ebook version is up and available for sale. It'll be on Kindle and Nook.
marthawells: (Wheel of the Infinite)
Sorry I've been behind on answering comments and posting snippets. One of things I wanted to finish this week was scanning Wheel of the Infinite for release as an ebook.

I had to cut apart a hardcover to do the scanning, and felt like a book murderer, but it's finally almost done. (And the reptitive motions of scanning 355 pages aggravated my OCD in really unpleasant ways.) It's still got a ways to go, as it needs to be proofed and is having its cover done, and will need to be sent off to someone to format and convert the file for posting on Amazon and B&N.

Revisiting this book has been an interesting experience. I had some stressful things going on in my life when I was writing it, then my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. I discovered someone that I thought was a very good friend was actually not, and I got my first real case of writer's block, and went sideways on the plot in the last third of the book, and trying to make progress was like extracting my own teeth. The Death of the Necromancer was on the ballot for the Nebula award, a good but surreal experience.

Add to that, Avon Eos was purchased by HarperCollins, I lost the editor who had acquired my books for Avon, and me and Wheel of the Infinite were orphaned. Then the book didn't sell well, and started my career on its prolonged downward spiral. Even though The Wizard Hunters rebounded somewhat, it still wasn't enough to meet the new publisher's expectations. I think both Wheel of the Infinite and The Death of the Necromancer went out of print around 2003, and because they were jointly accounted (meaning both books had to earn back their advances) neither book ever made any royalties.

For a long time I couldn't look at the text of Wheel of the Infinite, though the original cover by Donato Giancola was one of my favorites. So I was very reluctant to revisit it at this point. Going over the text again, formatting it and looking for scanner errors, has been sort of like exorcising demons. I'm not sure when it will be ready to post, but it'll be interesting to see how it does in its new foray into the world.
marthawells: (Wheel of the Infinite)
I did a guest post over at The Night Bazaar: Cover Art Covers are kind of a big deal. Even as ebook sales increase, readers who browse bookstores and libraries are still a large part of the reading/buying audience. Even if the publisher does get the book placed in the new release stands at the front of the chain stores, or faced out in the regular shelves, a passing glance at the cover may be all the chance it gets to make a sale. Covers are also important for attracting the attention of the chain book buyers. They don’t give space or prominent placement to covers they don’t think will sell.

There are a lot of theories, and superstitions, about what makes a good book cover, like the superstition that having non-white characters prominently featured will cause the book to magically fail. This one has been offensive to writers and readers for a long time.

Juliet E. McKenna: Women being published in SF - an issue for all genre readers

If you're on Twitter, check out the #YAsaves tag, as a response to the Wall Street Journal article on YA fiction.
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First question from [personal profile] kierjuno I have always wondered if there would be a sequel to Wheel of the Infinite?

Unfortunately, no. That book sold the least of any I've done, and probably hurt sales of later books because of the way chain bookstore ordering works. So I don't think any publisher would ever be interested in a sequel. Also, this was the book I was writing when my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, so it has some unpleasant associations for me.

And from [personal profile] boymonster I'm wondering about any observations you may have made about the YA market, especially as it concerns fantasy. It seems as if YA is the "new hotness" and "adult" fantasy is on some kind of decline. Are they more accessible for older readers? They sure seem to be incredibly popular, and not just with their teenage audience.

I don't think adult fantasy is on a decline, but yes, YA is definitely popular now, and there's a lot of good books coming out under that designation. And I think they are very accessible for older readers. There just isn't that much difference between a fantasy written for adults and a fantasy written for high school-age young adults, especially nowadays. Books like The Tales of the Otori series and [profile] rachelcaine's Morganville series are good examples. And there are books that originally came out as adult F/SF years ago that have been reprinted as YA, like Sorcery and Cecilia. It's probably mostly a marketing thing, still taking advantage of Harry Potter's success, (And probably the success of the Lord of the Rings and Narnia movies) but you can find a lot of original and interesting fantasy under YA now, and that's what's drawing in the readers.


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