Folks, I shall be at DragonCon in Atlanta this weekend! I have never been before so I’m looking forward to it. Hope to see you there! Here’s where and when you can find me:
Friday, 4 pm: Protect and Defend, Non-Humans Saving Humans. The role of many Urban Fantasy protagonists is protecting the human world from supernatural or magical threats, and sometimes those protectors are not human themselves. Our panel of authors discusses the difficulties this situation may present for the protagonist, their community, and humans. Panelists: Delilah S. Dawson, Jim Butcher, Faith Hunter, Kevin Hearne, Jeanne C. Stein, Patricia Briggs (Peachtree Ballroom, Westin) OMG SQUEE
Saturday, 4 pm: Origins: Gods and Monsters in Myth & Folklore. Many of the supernatural beings and magical creatures appearing in Urban Fantasy have their roots in myth and folklore. Our panelists discuss those they feel most influenced by and others they have discovered in their research. Panelists: Alethea Kontis, Kevin Hearne, James R. Tuck, Samantha Sommersby, Valerie Hampton, Kathryn Hinds (Chastain DE, Westin)
Saturday 5:30-6:30 pm: Signing at The Missing Volume! This is in the Americasmart building 2, Booth #1301, 1303, 1400 & 1402
Saturday 7:00 p.m. How High the Price? Magic Systems in UF. Our panel explores the magical systems of the worlds of their stories, and the cost of that magic on both those who use it and those around them. Panelists: Kevin Hearne, David B. Coe, Linda Robertson, Myke Cole, Patricia Briggs, Melissa F Olson (Regency VI-VII, Hyatt)
Sunday 1-2 pm: Signing at the Badali Jewelry Booth. Free ticket required (you can pick one up anytime beforehand; they just do this because they can’t have a line in front of their booth, so they assign you a time to come say hi.)
Sunday 4:00 p.m. An Hour with Kevin Hearne. Lots of stuff to talk about—The Purloined Poodle, the Iron Druid comic book, the TWO BOOKS next year…and there will be time for questions too! (Regency VI-VII, Hyatt)
Sunday 10:00 p.m. Darkness & Light: Humor in UF. Our panel shares how they employ humor to ensure their narratives do not become overwhelmed by the dire circumstances in which their characters often find themselves. Panelists:Kevin Hearne, Richard Kadrey, Mario Acevedo, Julie Kenner, Jeanne C. Stein, J.F. Lewis, Kevin J. Anderson. (Chastain DE, Westin)
Monday 10:00 a.m. Hiding in Plain Sight: Closed Worlds in UF. Our panelists discuss the intriguing approach to Urban Fantasy worldbuilding in which the supernatural remains under the radar to all but a select few even while existing side-by-side with the human world. Panelists: Kevin Hearne, Thomas E. Sniegoski, Christopher Golden, Gail Z. Martin, Jeanne C. Stein, J.F. Lewis, Melissa F Olson. (Chastain DE, Westin)
I have long wished for social platforms that encouraged people to be social rather than, you know…antisocial. And I think maybe we have a couple of winners to share with y’all: Litsy and Imzy. It’s the y on the end that makes them so spiffy.
Both are in limited release right now & working hard at expanding. I hope they’ll make it and stick around. Let’s take one at a time.
This is in beta but it’s not terribly hard to get in. You already know a guy: Me. I have two different “communities” through which you can request an invitation—pick one! Fineapple Writers is intended to be a general interest collection of authors and readers, though at this point it’s mostly sf/f folks. All are welcome though! I also have my own page, Writer’s Grove, named the same as this blog, and which functions like a FB page in that people can follow it and comment on your posts but cannot post there themselves. Once you’re in, explore. Have fun. No obligation to stick around my haunts! Here’s why I dig it:
- Think of it as a cross between Reddit and Twitter, but without all the trolls. The way it’s built discourages them to begin with, and it’s easy to banish the inevitable few who are determined to violate Wheaton’s Law. HOW IS THIS MAGIC POSSIBLE? (a) You join communities grouped by interest (Doggies! Books & Writing! Armored Cepahalopods!) or form your own. In the formation process, you have the ability to disallow anonymous comments. (b) If you do not allow anonymous comments, people must comment using a name. And they may only have one name in that community forever. Which means if they get banned from that community, they can’t simply create a new identity and continue to pester you/everyone. (c) It’s not Imzy who bans people; it’s Community Leaders, who set the rules for that community. People don’t have to wait for an unresponsive megacorporation to act. Trolls who roll up with their racism or misogyny or whatever can be shown the door.
- No ads. Imzy is funded in the short term by some investors, but their revenue model will be based on taking a slice of transactions conducted on their site. You can, at present, “tip” people, though I don’t have that feature enabled on my two communities because buying a book is quite frankly tip enough. Eventually you’ll be able to sell stuff there. But hey: NO ADS.
- They have the ability to include podcasts in your posts. Whoa.
- I turned off comments a long time ago on this blog. Constant fight with spammers & such. On FB the comments have been a mess for a long time—you have to constantly switch to Most Recent to see new stuff. Imzy gives you a little green highlight next to new comments so you can catch up quickly if you’re returning to a conversation. And you know what? I’m enjoying the comments on Imzy so far. They’re longer and thoughtful and cool and I didn’t know comments could be like this and then I remembered, oh yeah. No trolls. Hee!
- They’re actively seeking feedback from beta users and implementing changes.
- For authors, I think there are benefits. You set up a personal community like a FB page (without ads or suggestions that you BOOST!) and post there, then link those posts to other platforms. And you can also post and/or comment in larger communities on Imzy. You get to serve current readers and have a way to reach new ones. But best of all? No algorithms smooshing your posts like tricksy FB. If someone is following you, then by golly, your stuff shows up in their feed, not just some of the time. And if they’re following other communities you post in, same thing: They’re going to see your post and maybe decide to try your book someday. So author homies—please give it a try, see what you think? Those of you who are more into tech would probably have excellent suggestions to forward to their programmers.
- For readers and writers working on that first novel or whatever, I also think there are benefits. Discussions can actually happen here. I’m seeing lively prompt communities and beta reading and geeky word-of-the-day stuff and so on.
- This is just beta. It’s going to keep getting better.
This app is not in beta but is limited at present to iOS, a free download in the App Store. They are working on Android and Desktop versions.
Think of Litsy as Instagram for books—not just #bookstagram, but seriously for book geeks. Compared to Instagram, I love that I’m going to see a ton of fantastic books in my feed and…yeah, that’s it.
To post on Litsy, you first have to pick a book to associate with it. That always goes right up at the top so people can check it out, read the promo copy if they want, and maybe add it to their “Stack,” which is essentially a TBR file. (I love this idea because now I have a list of books I wanna snag every time I go to the bookstore/library, all handy on my phone. I can show the picture to a librarian or spiffy bookseller and not have to remember how to spell the author’s name.)
Next you pick whether you want this post to be a Blurb, Quote, or Review. Each of these give you the option for a picture. And dang, the pictures are often turbo cool. If you get in on this, do yourself a favor and follow BookBento. They stage beautiful bento-style photos like this (all of these are screenshots from my phone):
Cool, right? A blurb, by the way, in Litsy terms, is most anything—like you getting excited about a book you haven’t read yet but you’re about to, with hot chocolate and a blanket and a puppy. Or whatever! It’s a feature I love. So many other sites/apps want a review and that’s it. But Litsy allows you to be excited about any part of reading. Want to do a quote? Well, do it how you wish. Make a photo in an app like WordSwag featuring the quote you like. Or, as below, take a photo of a page and then comment on it. Notice that quotes are color-coded navy blue while the blurbs are red, but each gives you the book link at the top.
Then, of course, you may do reviews. Those are color-coded green. I’ve been doing quick Bookshelf Reviews of books I loved and will re-read. But they’re going to be new to somebody! Here’s my review for UPROOTED. You can see at the bottom where people have the option to like, comment, add the book you reviewed to their stack, or share your post. Yep, you can share your stuff to Twitter and Ello and Tumblr (so far).
Apart from what I’ve already said, I really enjoy the fact that there’s no self-promo here. Litsy does one thing really well: It lets book geeks share their love for reading. I love sharing what I’m reading and taking fun little pictures, and I love seeing what other people are reading and I’m getting some fantastic suggestions. So yeah. Check it out & have some bookish fun with your iPhone (and I’m easily found as KevinHearne on there if you want to follow).
There you have it, folks. Imzy and Litsy. They’re my new happy places on the Internet.
I’ve had a handful of short stories in mind for quite some while now but never really had the time to get them done—there was always the next book to write and that had to take precedence. Happily, the next book I have to write is Besieged, a collection of almost all-new Iron Druid stories that I’m working on right now, and which should be out in July 2017 from Del Rey (and yes, there will be audio too). You can head over here to Omnivoracious where I did a bit of an interview about that and some other goodies.
Most involve Atticus sharing wee adventures of his very long past, but there will also be a story from Granuaile’s point of view, a story narrated by Perun called “Cuddle Dungeon,” and a couple of stories narrated by Owen Kennedy, the archdruid. One of these, “The Bogeyman of Boora Bog,” I’m especially excited about, since I’m not composing it on the computer. I’m going to write it entirely on a manual typewriter, and then Tricia, the Metal Editor, will bust out her antique red pencil, and we’ll go through the whole process the old-fashioned way. When it’s finished, we’re donating the manuscript complete with editorial notes and all revisions to Worldbuilders, where y’all can bid on it and snag a one-of-a-kind look at the writing process while helping people eat. I’m six pages into it now and it’s been fascinating because I wind up hating some first attempts at figurative language and having to simply start over on the next line. The awful first idea is still there, staring at me, and I can’t get rid of it, but sometimes you can’t see how awful it is until you type it out. With software you can delete and it’s gone forever, and you can pretend you never wrote that terrible thing. But it’s also encouraging since you have proof that you can improve anything.
So it begins: A 1956 Olympia typewriter and a bit of 15-year Redbreast. Writing without wifi, whiskey without ice: This is the old school.
There will be two reprints in Besieged. One of them, “Goddess at the Crossroads,” appeared in print only in a limited press run of A Fantasy Medley 3; appearing in Besieged will make it available in ebook and audio for the first time. (That story’s about Atticus meeting William Shakespeare.) The other reprint, “The Demon Barker of Wheat Street,” is primarily being included because it really needs to be narrated by Luke Daniels in audio. I mean, really. I may also tinker with the story a wee bit for this edition; we’ll see what the Metal Editor thinks.
After I finish writing Besieged I’ll begin work on Scourged, book 9 of the Iron Druid Chronicles! Peace & tacos, friends~!
Woohoo! Good news! The audio edition of The Purloined Poodle, narrated by Luke Daniels, is now available for pre-order on Audible! (It should also show up on Amazon and iTunes soon.) It will release on the same day as the ebook and hardcover, Sep. 30, and it’s only $6.95 for three hours o’ joy with Oberon (and Atticus).
Ebook pre-orders should be available soon, but you can still pre-order trade hardcover editions directly from Subterranean Press and check out the first chapter for free there!
San Diego Shenanigans
I haven’t been to San Diego Comic Con for a few years. Heck, feels like I haven’t been to California for, uh, three years? Last time I remember was the HUNTED tour in 2013. I had signings in LA, Menlo Park, Petaluma, and Davis, driving the whole way and heading north to Oregon. I’ll do my best to get a couple stops in on my next IDC tour. But! I’ll be in San Diego for Comic Con in a couple weeks, and you can see me there at the con OR OUTSIDE OF IT!!! <–These are not excessive exclamation points. It really is that exciting and I will fight a copy editor in the Octagon over it.
My con schedule is below. BUT if you are one of the many people who can’t snag a ticket to the convention, there’s an opportunity to see me and some other turbo-spiffy authors offsite! Behold:
SATURDAY, JULY 23, 9 AM at UPSTART CROW in Seaport Village near the convention center, meet me & NYT bestsellers Chuck Wendig, V.E. Schwab, Richard Kadrey, and Chloe Neill! Please do bring whatever you’d like to have signed, but also it would be rad if you’d give Upstart Crow a boost by buying a book there, or at least a coffee? (Their Mexican Mocha is the best I’ve ever had.) They will have new releases there by most o’ those peeps: Chuck has STAR WARS: LIFE DEBT out, Richard has THE PERDITION SCORE, and Victoria just got done touring for THIS SAVAGE SONG. Upstart Crow will have their older releases and mine there as well.
What will I have that’s brand spankin’ new? I don’t have a recent book release, alas, but I will have 50 of these gorgeous posters of THE PURLOINED POODLE cover art by Galen Dara to give away, and I’ll sign ’em for ya. (These are reserved for peeps who have a book for me to sign, and one per person, please.)
If you haven’t preordered a copy of The Purloined Poodle yet, you can order a trade hardcover directly from the publisher here and they’ll ship wherever you are. (That link will also let you read the first chapter!)
My San Diego Comic Con schedule:
Thursday, 3-4 pm: “Fantasy Mixology: The Perfect Cocktail.” Panel with Paul Cornell, Richard Kadrey, Mary Robinette Kowal, Drew Magary, and Paul Krueger. In the Horton Grand Theatre! Moderated by Petra Mayer from NPR.
Thursday, 5-6 pm: Signing at Autograph Area 7 with the authors listed above! You can come by without attending that panel, of course, so please do!
Thursday, 7:30-8:30 pm: “Deleted Scenes.” Moderated by my spiffy editor, Tricia Narwani. Join me, Michael Sullivan, and Harry Turtledove to discuss why some scenes get highlighted in the ol’ word processor and then deleted. I’ll be sharing a bit of a long scene cut from HAMMERED where Atticus & Leif hunt vampires in Phoenix.
Friday, 12-1 pm: Signing at the Del Rey booth #1515. Usually they give away free copies of HOUNDED. You are certainly welcome to bring anything else you want to have signed!
Friday, 4-5 pm: Signing at the Badali Jewelry Booth #532, free ticket required. Just swing by and grab one, and bring whatever you’d like for me to sign! Also check out the official IDC jewelry they have—it’s honestly beautiful stuff!
Saturday, 9 am, sweet gods below that’s early! The Upstart Crow signing, details above!
Saturday, 4-5 pm: Signing at the Del Rey booth, #1515! Usually they give away free copies of HOUNDED. You are certainly welcome to bring anything else you want to have signed!
Hope I’ll get to see you somewhere there, California peeps! Rest of my year’s travel involves three more cons and a signing: Dragon*Con in Atlanta, StoryCon in New Orleans, signing The Purloined Poodle at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale Oct. 3, and Hal-Con in Halifax, Nova Scotia!
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!