Oh my, the goodies!
I have so many new Iron Druid goodies to show y’all from Badali Jewelry. Pics below and everything! But first, if you’re going to Elevengeddon in Phoenix on June 1 at 7pm at the Poisoned Pen (and you totally shoud!), there are some turbo important updates:
- Long planned but just confirmed: We are going to be joined by Patrick Rothfuss and Brian McClellan! So that’s 20 SF/F authors in one place, where you can get all the books signed for yourself, friends, and family! Here’s the full list of authors in alphabetical order: Pierce Brown, Beth Cato, Adam Christopher, Ryan Dalton, Kevin Hearne, Leanna Renee Hieber, Jason Hough, Mary Robinette Kowal, Tom Leveen, Michael Martinez, Joe Nassise, Sarah Remy, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Victoria Schwab, Scott Sigler, Michael J. Sullivan, Sam Sykes, Dan Wells, and Django Wexler!
- So with a lineup like that, there might be a whole lot of people there, more than the store can actually hold, so they have to take measures for everyone’s sanity and safety. They are limiting the number of books that can be signed by Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss to three each per person and they’ll be issuing colored wristbands that will correspond to 45-minute blocks of time. They’ll begin issuing these at 6:00 pm and the first group will run from 7:00-7:45 and so on. They’ll ask people to line up by the front door at the beginning of their group’s time. They might have to line up outside if numbers are big, so be prepared. Wristbands will either be issued by the front counter or, if numbers are big, by staff members in front of the store. Wristbands are free, however the store requests everyone buy something, though it is not required.
After that is Phoenix Comicon! Here’s my schedule—plenty of chances to say hi!
Thursday, June 2, 3-4 pm: Exhibitor Hall signing with Adam Christopher, Leanna Renee Hieber, and John Peck
Thursday, June 2, 4-5 pm: Signing at the Worldbuilders booth
Friday, June 3, 10:30-11:30 am: Signing at the Del Rey booth
Friday, June 3, 12-1 pm: Paranormal Romances
Friday, June 3, 1:30-2:30 pm: Del Rey Publisher Spotlight—upcoming goodies from me and other Del Rey authors
Friday June 3, 3-4 pm: Spotlight on that Kevin Hearne guy. I’ll get to share a bit of news re: the upcoming epic fantasy, the Iron Druid comic, and Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries—The Purloined Poodle, and more!
Friday, June 3, 4:30-5:30 pm: Del Rey Superfight!
Friday, June 3, 6-7 pm: Signing Lounge with Austin Aslan, Michael J. Sullivan, and Ryan Dalton
Saturday, June 4, 10:30-11:30 am: Exhibitor Hall signing with Alyssa Wong, Django Wexler, and more!
Saturday, June 4, 1:30-2:30 pm: Trope Talks (panel)
Saturday, June 4, 3-4 pm: Signing with Brandon Sanderson, Alan Dean Foster, Dan Wells, Scott Sigler, Django Wexler, and more in North 127AB!
Saturday, June 4, 4-5 pm: Signing at the Del Rey booth
Sunday, June 5, 12-1 pm: Exhibitor Hall signing!
Sunday, June 5, 2:30-3:30 pm: Signing at the Badali Jewelry booth!
Sunday, June 5, 4-5 pm: Embarrassing Author Con Stories
And Phoenix Comicon features the debut of new officially licensed Iron Druid jewelry from Badali Jewelry! So excited! Lookit what they’ll have:
Leif Helgarson’s Hammer o’ Thor! Available in silver or bronze in various finishes!
Owen Kennedy’s Brass Knuckles! Not actual ones for use in beating the living bleep out of someone—a miniature set that can be worn as a pendant. Available in brass or bronze.
Apprentice Elemental Spheres and Lockets! Granuaile had spheres of stone that she used to communicate with elementals during her apprenticeship, and Owen’s new apprentices have the same—except that Owen creates lockets for the kids so they don’t accidentally lose the spheres (uh…that’s in book 9, so yeah, this is A Thing That Happens). Badali has replicas of the Colorado, Sonora, and Olympian spheres, and lockets in a variety of finishes, and you can mix n’ match to please your own bad self.
Hope you can grab some of these at Phoenix Comicon, but if not, you can go to Badali Jewelry’s Iron Druid page to snag them online after the con!
Cover Reveal: The Purloined Poodle
I am so honkin’ in love with this I cannot even tell you. Once again, Galen Dara has stepped up with something brilliant for the cover of THE PURLOINED POODLE, out Sep. 30 from Subterranean Press!
250 signed, numbered leather bound special editions, $45
Clothbound hardcover editions, $20
You can preorder directly from Subterranean Press. Availability on Amazon etc. will happen later, but that will be the clothbound edition only; the best option is to order directly from Subterranean because it’ll get to you faster and they ship very carefully, and if you want the signed & numbered edition, it’s your only option. Amazon won’t have it.
There will be ebook and audio, but again, links for those will happen later. This is your chance to get the sexy print edition. LOOKIT HOW AWESOME Y’ALL!
OMG the doggies! THE DOGGIES! And Atticus sitting in that chair like he’s Morpheus about to ask you about the Matrix cracks me up. And goodies on the walls! Such fun. GALEN DARA IS THE BEST!
You can also buy clothbound copies in person at two places and have me sign it for you, take a selfie, etc. because I will be there:
- StoryCon in New Orleans, Sep 30-Oct. 2. Houston bookseller Murder By The Book is handling those sales, so if you want to snag one from them, please give them a call and reserve a copy in your name, then find me at StoryCon and I’ll sign! Murder By The Book will also have me sign any copy you want to have shipped to you afterward, so that’s an option too. Their number is 713-524-8597.
- Signing at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, AZ, Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 pm. Again, best way to ensure you bag one is to give them a call to reserve a copy. They ship internationally too, so if you’re anywhere in the world, The Poisoned Pen can ship you a signed copy! Their number is 480-947-2974.
The Purloined Poodle is set in Pacific Northwest after the events of Staked. Oberon convinces Atticus to help him solve a most heinous crime: The abduction of a prizewinning poodle. Full summary at the Subterranean Press site. SQUEE! I can’t wait for y’all to read this. It was such fun to write. Thank you so much for preordering!
It’s time again for Elevengeddon, a multi-author sf/f extravaganza that bears little relationship to the number eleven!
It did start out with eleven authors, honestly, but the number grew to twenty and that’s simply fabulous. So fabulous I think we need a Pulp-O-Mizer poster for it:
On Wednesday, June 1, at 7 pm, come meet a whole honkin’ bunch of authors and get all your holiday/birthday shopping done by snagging signed books at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale! I’ll be there, of course, but here’s the full list of who else will be there, happy to sign and say hi and take a selfie and so on—and yes, they all deserve exclamation points:
Mary Robinette Kowal!
Leanna Renee Hieber!
Michael J. Sullivan!
Not in Arizona but want to get signed books from any of these folks? Call The Poisoned Pen ahead of time and place an order and they’ll ship anywhere in the world! Here’s the event on The Poisoned Pen’s site, which may/may not be updated to include all the authors above—my list is accurate, I promise! Hope to see you there if you can make it!
Also: Very excited to announce that I’ll be a guest at Hal-Con in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from Nov. 4-6! This will be my first Canadian con, where I assume there will be poutine and beer! And also lots of spiffy people. My previous visits to Canada (Toronto and Vancouver) have been uniformly delightful and I expect this to be no different. So if you’re available and of a mind, I’d love to see you at Hal-Con!
Emerald City Comic Con!
Come play games with me and Patrick Rothfuss and Robin Hobb and oh my glob so many spiffy authors and peeps! Click on that link and snag your ticket! You don’t have to attend ECCC to attend this event!
Spiffy store additions
Haven’t updated the store in a while, but I now have TWO whole new thingies in there!
First new thing is the signed hardcover of Staked. If you couldn’t catch me on tour and would like a signed copy, I’m now able to get one out to you (in the U.S only). You may of course just buy it alone for cover price ($27), but I want to offer you a spiffy package deal in case it appeals:
Buy Staked and the hardcover of Shattered and use the coupon code WOOHOO and that will change the grand total from $53 to $35—an $18 break—PLUS I will throw in a free download code for the audiobook of “Two Tales of the Iron Druid Chronicles,” a $6.95 value! The download code will be emailed to the address you provide in the checkout field.
Already have Shattered and “Two Tales”? Well, they can make great gifts—especially the audiobook download! But if you’d like one of my signed paperbacks instead of the Shattered hardcover we can make that happen. Follow the same procedure because the coupon code is keyed to the Shattered hardcover, but when you get to the Special Instructions field in the checkout process, just ask for a signed copy of Hounded or Trapped or whichever one of my paperbacks you’d like to substitute for Shattered.
Short version: Staked + Shattered + “Two Tales” Audiobook =$35 (plus S&H) with the coupon code WOOHOO.
Second new thing: A wonderful illustration of Oberon that’s perfect for coloring! A watermarked sample can be seen at left. You can download the clean copy, sized 8 1/2 x 11, for 0.99 and print as many copies as you want at home. You and/or your kids can have him say stuff about bacon and poodles. Plaster your fridge with him!
This illustration was drawn by artist MaryElizabeth Mono who is turbo spiffy. All proceeds go to her because artists gotta eat.
And that’s it! Thank you again for reading, y’all. Peace & sausages!
STAKED is out now!
The wait is finally over! STAKED is now available in stores, online, and in spiffy audio format! So excited for you to find out why you never want to be Nigel in Toronto and all the other fun goodies I have in there. I did a bunch of traveling for this book to nail down locations and such and I still miss the cities: Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Rome, and of course, Toronto.
Hope you all enjoy! If you haven’t read A PRELUDE TO WAR yet, that’s a vital novella in between SHATTERED and STAKED. It’s in a mini-anthology with Chuck Wendig and Delilah S. Dawson called THREE SLICES, and it’s the first time we were able to get Oberon on the cover! Inside there’s another illustration featuring Granuaile and Orlaith! Plus, of course, two awesome stories from two of my favorite authors.
I’ll be on tour for this and I hope I can see you at one of the places listed below if you can make it! Sorry if I can’t make it somewhere near you this time—only so many places I can visit. Hopefully next time—I’ll try to make it to California and the east coast for sure! If you have any friends in these cities that you can bribe to show up for you, that would work too, right? BTW: Crestview Hills, KY is right across the river from Cincinnati! Hope to see some Ohio peeps there! Cheers, everyone, and happy reading!
A roundup o’ goodies
Newsy news you can use in handy numbered lists!
- I finished/delivered A Plague of Giants, the first book of my epic fantasy trilogy. It has to be edited and all the other myriad steps have to be followed before it gets to you, but yeah: That’s coming. I don’t have a publication date yet but I’ll share it when I do. There will be audio but I don’t know who the narrator(s) will be. And if you’re keeping score, it’s twice as long as any Iron Druid book. The manuscript was 680 pages! Apart from the four and a half months I spent writing Staked, that’s what I was doing in 2015. Workin’ hard!
- My latest Iron Druid short story, “Goddess at the Crossroads,” where Atticus shares the perilous circumstances of his meeting with William Shakespeare, is now available though Subterranean Press in A Fantasy Medley 3! This is print only, no ebook or audio. Very honored to be featured with stories by Jacqueline Carey, Aliette de Bodard, and Laura Bickle! It got a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and you can get either a regular hardcover edition or a signed, numbered, super-sexy limited edition here.
- Staked will be out on Jan. 26! (*high-pitched squee*) If you haven’t heard about the tour already, here’s where I will be and I hope you can make it! Remember that if I’m not coming to your town/region/country, it’s not because I don’t love you, it’s because of math.
- While on tour I’m giving away these new signed bookmarks that have a Third Eye Books & Herbs receipt on one side and Oberon’s answer to the question “What is best in life?” on the other. But if you can’t make it to the tour, you can still snag one by pre-ordering Staked from wherever you like to buy books! Just send me an email with your shipping address. Thanks to everyone who’s already pre-ordered, by the way. YOU DESERVE A SNACK.
- I have a couple of new ways to connect: I’m starting a newsletter called Oberon’s Shenanigans that will be out monthly, first issue coming out Jan. 14 if all goes well. It will include a “Meat of the Month” column written by Oberon as well as other goodies. You can sign up here! And I’m on Instagram now at @Kevin_Hearne if you like pictures of books and booze and mountains and beardy guys with doggies.
So what’s next?
- I’m working on a novella right now from Oberon’s point of view called The Purloined Poodle, which will hopefully be out in the fall. Mystery! Allusions to Sherlock Holmes and Edgar Allan Poe! Sausage! Poodles! You know, the good stuff! More details when I have them.
- I have three IDC short stories in my head that I’ve long wanted to write, so I’m gonna do it. Two are Atticus-in-history tales because I love the research, and one features Flidais and Perun in London with Perun as the narrator.
- Book 9 of IDC!
Places where I’ll show up this year, besides the Staked tour:
- Dallas, Texas! Well, Garland, really, at the Barnes and Noble at Firewheel Mall. February 20, 2 pm, with amazing authors Charlaine Harris, Rachel Caine, Jaye Wells, and Delilah S. Dawson! OMG I AM ALREADY GEEKING OUT
- AnomalyCon in Denver! March 25-27. With so many awesome authors I can hardly stand it. Chuck Wendig! Scott Lynch! Elizabeth Bear! SOOOOO MANY MOARRR
- Emerald City Comic Con! April 7-10 in Seattle! YAY!
- Phoenix Comic Con! June 2-5. YAY!
- San Diego Comic Con! July 21-24. YAY!
- Dragon*Con in Atlanta, September 2-5! Woohoo!
- StoryCon in New Orleans, Sep 30-Oct 2! BEIGNETS!
Whew. Well, that’ll keep me busy. Hope your year is fabulous and we’ll get to see each other along the way! And thank you so much for reading!
I have new bookmarks! They’re pretty dang spiffy! And you can get a signed one easily by doing stuff you were probably gonna do anyway! Before I get to that, LOOKIT:
I’m hiding part of one side because it has fun surprises on it like the name of the last book and Oberon’s answer to the question, “What is best in life?” And that will also be the side where I sign it for you.
But how cool is the side that looks like a Third Eye Books & Herbs receipt? I got the idea from my friend Leanne, who surprised me with it by making up a few. I tweaked it a little bit and put it on the bookmark. Fun fact: That address and phone number go to the real-life location of Third Eye Books & Herbs, my cousin’s comic book shop, Ash Avenue Comics. Shameless plug: He has the best selection of graphic novels in AZ.
So how do you get a signed one? THERE ARE THREE WAYS.
1. See me on my STAKED tour. I’ll have ’em with me and everybody who comes to see me will get one. I can’t wait to see y’all, by the way!
2. Order any signed book(s) from Oberon’s Treat Shop and I’ll include one in your shipment. (You can bag a signed hardcover of SHATTERED for 50% off by using the coupon code FIFTY)
3. Pre-order a hardcover copy of STAKED from anywhere (online or from your favorite indie store), let me know by sending me an email with your shipping address, and I’ll mail one to you. Because pre-orders mean love! My email address is kevin (at thingie) kevinhearne dot com. Already pre-ordered? You are turbo cool! Thank you! Shoot me an email!
Getting excited for the release of STAKED. Will Oberon find something even better than sausage in Canada? FIND OUT SOON!
Big show in Austin
HOW BIG WILL THIS BIG SHOW BE?
Two whole guys! That’s DOUBLE the number of guys we had before!
Let me back up: For the Austin stop of the STAKED tour on Jan. 27 at Book People, it was originally gonna be just me showing up with my beard and a hankering for barbecue. But then a series of happy coincidences said howdy:
1. Robert Jackson Bennett has an amazing book coming out on the same day as STAKED and it’s called CITY OF BLADES. I know it’s amazing because I’ve read it already—I got to take a peek at an early copy.
2. Robert Jackson Bennett lives in Austin.
3. Robert Jackson Bennett is also published by Random Penguin House.
4. Robert Jackson Bennett is aware of my existence.
So considering all that, I just had to invite him to Book People with me! And holy frosted yeti balls, he said yes! So lookit, here’s a linky-poo for the event!
It’s pretty fun to say “frosted yeti balls” and “linky-poo” but I did not realize how fun it was to say “blogs” until Robert shared this Vine of just a few ways to say it, which of course I needed to include on my blog:
Some more about why I’m excited to appear with Robert:
- I thought CITY OF STAIRS was brilliant (one of my top books for 2014) and if you haven’t read it yet you totally should before you read CITY OF BLADES. Get to know the joy of Sigrud in a story that starts with a slow burn and builds to an inferno.
- Robert has serious literature cred. He wins awards and stuff—I think he has three fancy trophies for his earlier books? And the aforementioned CITY OF STAIRS was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award.
- His Twitter feed (@robertjbennett) is six parts hilarious batshit, three parts trolling author Myke Cole, and one part renewable energy science. Quite fun to follow.
- He knows where the margaritas are in Austin.
So anyway, we’ll talk a bit about fantasy and Druids and Sigrud and even frosted yeti balls if you want—there will be some time for Q&A. We hope to see you there if you can make it! If you can’t, you can always call Book People and ask them to have us sign some books and ship them to you!
Peace, love, & tacos—
Delay for tech
Today I was supposed to send out my first newsletter, called Oberon’s Shenanigans. It’s all ready to go with Oberon’s first “Meat of the Month” column. And a big honkin’ bunch of you signed up for it, for which I am very grateful! But I’m going to wait two months to send it out for two very good reasons (one of which has a lot of smaller reasons nested inside).
- Tech! There’s a lot to it, apparently, and I learned some kinda neato stuff so I’m going to share. First is a term I’d never heard before: List health.
- My publisher told me about list health and convinced me to wait a couple months for its sake. The list in question is the subscriber list, and one measures its health in both its size and its open rate. The open rate is the percentage of subscribers who actually open your newsletter when it gets to their inbox. And there are limiting tech factors that can depress your open rate from day one, and then your list health will get progressively worse each month.
- Primarily there is the tendency of some email clients—gmail, yahoo, hotmail, whatever—to automatically shove your newsletter into the spam or junk folder without it ever appearing in the inbox. People who never see your newsletter won’t be opening it. And this happens despite the fact that in order for me to send it to peeps, they have to sign up by volunteering their email address and then confirm that signup by replying to a confirmation email.
- There’s some coding going on behind the scenes in your emails. The email clients look at that as well as content to determine whether your email is spam. We’re trying to improve the coding to make sure we get through the spam filters and into the inboxes of people who requested the newsletter, and that’s going to take the most time.
- Replying to a confirmation email helps a lot, but it doesn’t guarantee you’ll see the newsletter. What helps even more and practically guarantees you’ll see it is adding the origin sender to your contacts. In this case, it would be me—kevin (at thingie) kevinhearne dot com. If you’ve subscribed, please add me?
- List health deteriorates each succeeding month regardless, but it will deteriorate at a much slower rate if you take care to do as much as you can before sending out the first one. Once you’re labeled as spam by email clients it’s tough to overcome, so I’m going to do what I can to make sure you actually see what you signed up to see. I can give you some numbers from the Holy Taco Church newsletter as an example. The first issue of the Holy Taco Church newsletter had a 76% open rate. On the one hand—fantastic! But on the other—why did 24% of the people who signed up never even click on the newsletter? Most likely they never saw it. And then after that first month we never hit the 70s again. Months in the 60s, and now, about 18 months in, we’re in the 50s. Industry-wise, that’s still really good. We’re producing good content and people are enjoying it. But a large percentage of our subscribers never even see what they subscribed to. So it’s worth it to take some extra time before sending out that first newsletter.
- Holiday stuff. Right now inboxes (and spam filters) are getting a workout as retailers try to shout for dollars. I’d rather not get lost in all of that. So the first newsletter will go out in mid-January. In the meantime, if you’d like to sign up, here’s the link for it, and please remember to add me to your contacts!
Many thanks. Peace, tacos, & beer—