Photo Contest – winners and honorable mentions

Droogies,

The ENDSINGER photo contest is finitooooo, and a big THANK YOU to all you awesome folks who sent in entries (winners have been notified by mail and ARCs are winging their way to you as we speak . . . type . . . whatever). Sadly, I only had 5 ARCs to give away, but I’m going to post some honorable mentions below too, because my shields cannot repel awesome of this magnitude.

Big hugs to everyone who took part. My mighty heart is breaking.

There are some more entries over on my Facebook page, too.

Remember, ENDSINGER is available for pre-order at the linkies below. Every pre-order is like giving me a big, slightly uncomfortable hug.

Barnes & Noble

Powell’s

iTunes

BooksaMillion

Indiebound

Amazon

Book Depository

Nobody understood this one but ME Sheep looks confused Better than TolkienAWEEEESOME  THERE ARE NO PANDAS IN JAPAN Poor pie :( Read this, you will.

Bunny knows his stuff Pretteh 3So cute it makes me puke


French STORMDANCER cover!

Behold the awesommmmme.
Another quick one!

I just wanted to share the AWESOME that is the French cover for STORMDANCER!

The cover was created by Miesis Illustration, which you can find here.

I honestly think I’m one of the luckiest authors I know when it comes to covers, and the French edition of SD is no exception. The peeps at Miesis absolutely NAILED it :D

STORMDANCER will be published in France by Bragelonne on the 17th of September!


Throw a Snaga on the barbie, maaaaate

Throw another snaga on the barbie, mayte.

(that headline is Australian for “place a sausage on the hot plate, my friend”. Yeah, “snagga” is Oz for sausage, we’re a strange lot, sue us)

So, after miles uncounted and trials untold, Stormdancer’s prize for the 2013 Gemmell Awards finally arrived!

My editor in the UK was a little gun-shy about sending it via post – apparently the people in Australian customs confiscated the last one she sent down here, and I can kinda see why. This thing could put a reasonable hurting on someone if you hit ‘em in the love machine with it.

You’ll be pleased to know it’s now sitting on my shelf next to a copy of SD, well out of love machine range. :P

Thanks again to all the folks at the Gemmells. You guy are awesome :)


Surprise ARCs!

I would vote for this man

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This contest is open internationally.

You’d think after a couple of years of being a published author, you’d have a handle on the lingo. When you start off, you’re all “What’s a first pass page? Is that a book that tries to drunkenly hit on you in a bar?” and “Line edits? You do rails of blow then do your re-read? Does that not lead to mistakes being made?” and whatnot. But after a couple of years, you feel like you should at least have a handle on the basics.

Not so, apparently.

The problem is that different publishing houses (and therefore, different colleagues) use different terms for the same thing. For example, ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) are also called “Bound Proofs”. They are also called “Galleys”. In my mind though, they’ll always be ARCs, so when my editor mails me and says  “Hey, we’re mailing you out some galleys of ENDSINGER next week” my tiny dinosaur brain concludes that finished copies are on the way, and yay team.

And then a box of actual galleys turns up on my doorstep, and I’m all “holy shit, we’re doing ARCs for this book?

Most 3rd books don’t get ARCs, see. Publishers figure it’s not worth the cost of production, since 3rd books in series already have a certain level of guaranteed readership based on the previous two books, and people aren’t likely to buy the first two books AFTER getting an ARC of the 3rd and saying “damn, that was cool, I wonder what the FUCK was going on – I’d better read the first two books so I can make sense of it all“. BUT, apparently I’m special and get ARCs for book 3. SPESHUUUUULLLLL.

Thing is, now I have a bunch of ARCs to give away.

So, first off, I’m gonna give two of em away as consolation prizes for my ENDSINGER WIDGET contest. So, book bloggers, if you haven’t started pimping my shit, go to!

Now

I HAVE FIVE MORE (SIGNED) ARCs OF ENDSINGER TO GIVE AWAY

How am I going to hand out the phat lewts? With a photo contest!

Here’s what you do

  • Take a photo of your copy of STORMDANCER (or KINSLAYER). Make it as cool as you like – shaking hands with Omar from the Wire (he strollin’), rescuing screaming children from a burning orphanage, propping up your wobbly table, whatever.
  • Yes, you can use photoshop (see the pic above). You don’t have to – if you wanna shoot your SD just sitting on your shelf chilling next to GRRM or in the lap of an adorable child or just somewhere cool around your hometown, this is all good – I love seeing cool places I’ve never been. Whatever you want to do is cool with me – knock yourself out, my friends!
  • Send me the photo at stormdancergiveaway@gmail.com. Please include your mailing address in case you win!
  • Competition closes 1st of September. That’s a little under two weeks – if you need an extension because you’re headed to Mars or something on the 2nd, shoot me an email. Because SD being the first book on Mars would be pretty sweet.

That’s it! I’ll pick my five faves and post em on FB and send out the lewts to the winners in early September.

Have fun, peoples!

 


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Is that brandy he's holding? Hell if I know...

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YES, THIS CONTEST IS OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!

Book bloggers! It’s that time of year again, where I start to throw bribery about like cabbages in an episode of Avatar: The Legend of Aang in the hope you awesome folk help me get the word out about my upcoming bookery.

I said bookery. Mind out of the gutter, people.

ENDSINGER is out the 25th of November, and I need your help to spread the news.

So! What you stand to win:

Copies of ALL THREE Lotus War books, slightly defaced by my almost illegible signature.

Yup, that’s a copy of STORMDANCER, KINSLAYER, and ENDSINGER, signed by yours truly.

What you have to do:

  • Click on this here. It’s a link to an ENDSINGER countdown widget.
  • Put the widget somewhere on your blog  – preferably visible, but if you want to stick it in the basement, okay I guess :(  
  • Shoot me an email at stormdancergiveaway@gmail.com to let me know you’ve done it – THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. You need to send me a mail, so I can mail you back if you win!

And that’s it!

Many thanks to the awesome Petra at Safari Poet for putting the widget together for me.

If you don’t have a book blog and want to win some signed loots, fear not, we’ll have more giveaways soon.

In the meantime, you can pre-order ENDSINGER at the links below:

Barnes & Noble

Powell’s

iTunes

BooksaMillion

Indiebound

Amazon

Book Depository


MOAR ENDSINGER

Hello droogies,

Alrighty, as per the usual drill, I have some more ENDSINGER artwork for you – iPhone & iPad wallpapers, plus a couple of desktop backgrounds. BAM.

BUT, before you check them out, you still have a few days to enter the ENDSINGER uber-giveaway. There’s an ENTIRE set of signed Lotus War novels up for grabs. ALL details about the giveaway can be found HERE.

And here are individual pre-order retailer links for ENDSINGER:

Barnes & Noble

Powell’s

iTunes

BooksaMillion

Indiebound (site is down atm, wtffff)

and if you really have to (though maybe you shouldn’t)

Amazon

Book Depository

Without further foreplay, I give you the pretty.

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Enjoy!


Amazon, Hachette, and flaming bullshit

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Beautiful people, a moment of your time, if you will.

I won’t bang on at length about this (there are many who will), but there’s some important stuff you should be made aware of.

If you are a book lover, THIS SHIT AFFECTS YOU.

If you are a reader, THIS SHIT AFFECTS YOU.

I presume you’re one of these, because you’re on my blog. So please take 5 minutes of your day, and read on.

In short:

* There is a big French publisher called Hachette. They publish many amazing authors (not me, har har, ego joke) and many incredible books. If you look at your shelves, you’ll find books from Hachette or its imprints.

* Amazon.com is currently engaged in “business negotiations” with Hachette, and is seeking “more favourable terms” in their new contract. In short, Amazon want Hachette to lower their prices, so Amazon can buy Hachette books cheaper, and thus, make more money when they sell them to you (for the same price they were selling them beforeyou will not save a CENT from this).

* Hachette do not want to sell Amazon their books cheaper. They sell them plenty cheap already.

* As a result, Amazon have begun listing Hachette books as “unavailable” for order on Amazon.com. They have begun delaying the shipment of Hachette books, citing a 3-5 week delivery time (note, the books are IN Amazon’s warehouses, Amazon just aren’t shipping them).

So why should you give a shit?

Amazon sell a lot of books. They buy in bulk, and with less overheads, they can sell cheaper than brick and mortar stores. It’s natural you want to buy from them. You can do it with the click of a button, after all.

You work hard. You like books, but you’re not a fkn millionaire. If the option is between paying $20 at a store, or $15 at Amazon, you’ll likely buy from Amazon.

The result? Book stores go out of business. Borders has collapsed. Angus and Robertson are gone. More and more retail chains are folding under the constant financial pressure of competing with Amazon. The eventual result?

Amazon becomes the only store left in the market. In other words, it establishes a monopoly over the book retailing industry.

Monopolies are NEVER good for consumers. When Amazon is the only store left, they can charge what they want, and if you want a book, you’ll have to pay it. When Amazon is the only store left, they can demand whatever price they want from publishers, and publishers will have to pay it.

If you think Amazon will use its monopoly only for good, a glance at its current dealings with Hachette should give you a clue about how altruistic it is.

Amazon is a business. Aggressive and expanding and pursuing an agenda which will see it as the only power remaining in the book retailing industry. It does not give two shits about you. It is not out to save you money. It is not your friend. And when it’s able to, it WILL bend you over and grease you up, just like its bending Hachette over right now.

So what can you do?

The answer is simple. You let Amazon know its strongarm bullshit is unacceptable. Money is the only language these fuckers understand, so you talk in Money. You buy somewhere else. Order online at Barnes and Noble. Order online from an indie store. Better yet, go out to your local bookstore and buy from them. Yes, it might cost you a few bucks more. But it’s a hell of a lot less than you’ll eventually pay if Amazon becomes the last man standing.

I’m not a Hachette author (I’m published by MacMillan). I’m not some left-wing hipster twat decrying the notion of capitalism. I’m just a person who doesn’t like the idea of some big, bully corporation fucking me. I’m an author who doesn’t like the though of my author friends not be able to pay their mortgages or electricity bills because Amazon has listed their titles as “unavailable”. Moreover, it fucking infuriates me that Amazon aren’t even TRYING to hide this behavior. They have so little regard for publishers and so little fear of readers, they can literally swing their big old gorilla cock at anyone they feel like and fear NO REPRISALS WHATSOEVER.

In short, this is bullshit. But YOU HAVE THE POWER TO STOP IT.

If you’re a reader, if you’re a book lover, SHARE THIS POST. Spread the word. Vote with your conscience, and your wallet. Don’t be fooled into thinking the few bucks you save today by allowing these gorilla dicks to have their way will balance out the fortune you pay for your books tomorrow.

You are the people. You have the power. Open your eyes. Open your mouths. Close your fingers and make a fist.


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