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June 24, 2016

So my new self published novella, Poison or Protect, has been on sale for a whole 3 days, or so and here’s a run down of how it went. And how I am feeling paddling through the new world of being a hybrid author…


I’m feeling pretty darn elated. Nothing went horribly horribly wrong… yes! Pretty much, in publishing, that’s all I ask for these days. Low expectations are so manageable.


Thank you for your enthusiasm! If you pre-ordered and/or purchased the book this first week, I love you so much. I was hoping for around 2000 pre-orders and we managed 2500 (that I could see, some platforms don’t show this information), which it pretty darn great. Also I’m always happy when I have a feel for the numbers and am not wildly off base.


On Amazon

It’s hard to track details without a physical book for Nielsen to keep track of (more on that later). But Poison got up to an Amazon Bestseller Rank of #478 on its first day of sales.


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In its categories it held steady at:

#1 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Steampunk

#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Steampunk


And got as high as:


#6 in Books > Romance > Historical > Victorian


And it has 21 reviews THANK YOU. Reviews really do make a great deal of difference to any author. They effect how/when Amazon shows the book to people who haven’t bought it (among other things) so if you are at all inclined to leave a review, please please do.


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On Kobo

#1 in Science Fiction & Fantasy, Steampunk

#6 in Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy

#4 in Romance, Historical


With 5 reviews. I’m not super familiar with Kobo as a platform. Although I know it’s popular with my international readership. My guess is this platform is doing next best sales for me, which is not unsurprising, although I did think in this day of mobile devices it might be iBooks.


iBooks

Well, you know Apple, even harder to extract information. Two reviews is all I can see, and all I know. Oh Apple, you’re such a mysterious silver fox. Come here and just let me love you, and take care of you, and fill the void that is your broken heart. Or something.


B&N

It took way longer to verify the upload and then it took an additional three weeks to put the description up dropping it only a few days before it went on sale. I’m not sure if this had an effect on the pre-order number or sales in general but it was a trial working with this platform.


There is one adorable review (a convert!) and if B&N has a ranking system, Poison isn’t in it. I’m pretty nervous about Nook, to be honest with you. B&N has been, over the years, one of my staunchest supporters (and the cause of some of my biggest heartaches) but I’ll stick with them as long as they keep trying.


Meanwhile, yes the 3 other short stories are pulled. They are in process of being professionally formatted and given new cover art. Because B&N is a challenge they need to be totally clear of their system before I upgrade. This will be fixed by October at the latest.


 


You see one other way reviews count, Gentle Reader? Emotional bolstering for the authorbeast. (Like tea.)


Others

Directly from my website (via Gumroad) I’ve sold a dozen or so. That’s the place to get the .pdf if you’ve no other way to read electronic.


I know very little about inktera or 24symbols. If anyone uses those, would you let me know? The back end distribution is a bit of a pain to deal with, and with a long delay in all changes I may pull out of these platforms in future.


Why is this book not on Google Play or Smashwords?

Here’s an old blog from a few years ago talking about some of the issues (from an author standpoint) with Google Play. From everything I’ve been able to dig up, none of these issues have been fixed and I’m really not wild about some of the codicils in their distribution contract. They aren’t a big enough fish to take the risk, so far as I am concerned. I’m sorry if this is your preferred venue but that’s why I’m putting these novella up on my website you can use that as a work around.


For those few who asked, I’ve quit Smashwords. They were proving very difficult to work on tax stuff and I just don’t want to take that risk.


Print

I’ve got the internal matter formatted (thanks Nina!) and uploaded to Createspace for distribution on Amazon. It’s 200 pages long. However, I needed to know the page count before Starla could finalize the cover art. Now we’re ready, she’s going to get on that as soon as possible. Things aren’t awesome for her right now and she really needs our support to get through a rough patch, so, while you’re waiting how about trying out one of her books? She’s a wonderful author in her own right and if you get a printed one you can see her lay-out style and what you might expect with Poison.


Because this isn’t something I can do anything about, we are all going to have to be patient. Once it’s ready I will accelerate the production process as fast as I can (while still meeting my rather exacting standards). I will also be trying for venues other than Createspace, because I don’t believe in an Amazon monopoly. But all signs point to the fact that Ingram is even slower, so we start with Amazon.


Imprudence is coming, so you’ll get your print fix soon regardless. And you’ll love this next book, I promise you will. (There are even some signed editions out there.)


 


{Gail’s monthly read along for July is Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger.}


PROJECT ROUND UP  

Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella

Status: Developmental edit. Cover reveal and release date to come.

LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?
Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella

Status: Outline.

LBGT reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.

OUT NEXT
2Imprudence
Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second



  Out July 19, 2016!




Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England’s scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types.


Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they really are… is frightened.



GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .


The Young Ladies' Journal Monday, May 1, 1865 v. 44, plate 107

The Young Ladies’ Journal Monday, May 1, 1865 v. 44, plate 107


Your Infusion of Cute . . .


Steampunk Book Ends


Steampunk book ends!


Your Tisane of Smart . . .


Fearless Photographs of the First Tornado Chasers (1884)


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


If you doubted there was gender bias in literature, this study proves you wrong


Book News:


Petunia


Petunia fan art.


Quote of the Day:


“You can either shut yourself up in a country house and stare into a newt tank, or you can be a dasher with the sex. You can’t do both.”


~  Bertie Wooster (P. G. Wodehouse)….tv version of the original quote



Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!



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Published on June 24, 2016 08:00 • 119 views

June 22, 2016

My dear gentle reader, I do hope all of you know that I am always available to answer your questions here, or on Twitter, or on Goodreads.  However, a sanctioned conversation is always a good time. And license to go a little crazy.

So I am running a Facebook AMA on my Author Page today, and r/fantasy is hosting me for a Reddit AMA tomorrow!


TODAY: FACEBOOK AMA

Facebook Event AMA via my Author Page all day today. I’m hoping that by making the event go for most of the day that I can catch those of you overseas for a change, as well as my lovely locals.


TOMORROW: REDDIT AMA

If you are a redditor swim by and say hello. I would love to have a chat with you.


You can ask me about anything (although I may, of course, choose not to answer you). I imagine the Facebook AMA is likely to focus on my world and my characters and what I have planned for the future, a lot like my author event conversations. The Reddit AMA tends to lean more into the business of writing, so we will likely get on to my decision to go hybrid, the challenges of the various publications models, and that sort of thing. Although I cannot predict the future.


Anyway, please do stop by if only to say hello.


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{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan}


PROJECT ROUND UP  

Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second.

Out July 19, 2016 in print and eBook to US.
Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.

Status: Developmental edit. Cover reveal and release date to come.

LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

OUT NEXT
Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella

  Out June 21, 2016!




 Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail’s first foray into hybrid land.)



GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Tisane of Smart . . .


Countess di Castiglione The selfie queen of Paris society


Your Writerly Tinctures . . . 


Little Boxes Turned Into Dark Laboratories and Libraries


Book News:


MaddieTV says of Manners & Mutiny:

“Filled with humor and wit, the young girls of Geraldine’s school were constantly challenged to dangerous adventures, and inspired all readers.”


Quote of the Day:


“If we can’t write diversity into sci-fi, then what’s the point? You don’t create new worlds to give them all the same limits of the old ones.”

~ Jane Espenson (from interview with Advocate.com)


 


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Published on June 22, 2016 06:00 • 94 views

June 21, 2016

After a great deal of fretting and paper pushing, emails and crisis coping, countless cups of tea and likely too much chocolate I present unto you, Gentle Reader….


 
POISON OR PROTECT
A Delightfully Deadly Novella
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Where to buy?

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
iBooks
Kobo

What’s this book about?

Can one gentle Highland soldier woo Victorian London’s most scandalous lady assassin, or will they both be destroyed in the attempt?


New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger presents a stand-alone romance novella set in her popular steampunk universe full of manners, spies, and dainty sandwiches.


Lady Preshea Villentia, the Mourning Star, has four dead husbands and a nasty reputation. Fortunately, she looks fabulous in black. What society doesn’t know is that all her husbands were marked for death by Preshea’s employer. And Preshea has one final assignment.


It was supposed to be easy, a house party with minimal bloodshed. Preshea hadn’t anticipated Captain Gavin Ruthven – massive, Scottish, quietly irresistible, and… working for the enemy. In a battle of wits, Preshea may risk her own heart – a terrifying prospect, as she never knew she had one.


Warning: Contains men pleasing women, and ladies who know what they want and ask for it, sometimes in detail. May also contain plaid, appearances from favorite characters, and the strategic application of leather gloves.


Thank you!

I am indebted to my super talented freelance team:


Sue Brown-Moore did the developmental edit.

Richard Shealy was my copy editor.

Shelley Bates did the proof pass.

Nina Pierce did the formatting.


Print edition is in progress and forthcoming. Still at least two more weeks.

 


PROJECT ROUND UP  

Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second.

Out July 19, 2016 in print and eBook to US.
Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.

Status: Developmental edit. Cover reveal and release date to come.

LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

OUT NOW!
Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella

  Out June 21, 2016!




 Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail’s first foray into hybrid land.)



GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .


1861 Collection ID- 3 Title- Le Follet Date- Thursday, August 1, 1861 Item ID- v. 42, plate 20

Le Follet Thursday, August 1, 1861 v. 42, plate 20


Your Infusion of Cute . . .


LilliSleeping long


Your Tisane of Smart . . .


How the Hatpin Became a Tool of Women’s Liberation


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


The Wonderful and Terrible Habit of Buying Too Many Books


Book News:


Online Eccentric Librarian says of Manners & Mutiny audiobook:


“The whole series has been fun but it really is a very inspired Audible version narration that elevates this and the other books so immensely. If anyone had ever wondered how a narration can make a book better, they should definitely check out the Finishing School series. There were so many witticisms that I would have missed otherwise but the narrator was able to voice perfectly. As well, many subtleties and nuances from the writing that would have gone unnoticed otherwise.”


Quote of the Day:


“To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.”


~ Oscar Wilde


 



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Published on June 21, 2016 07:00 • 76 views

June 20, 2016

Poison or Protect is on sale tomorrow!


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Cue Gail crazy running around flapping arms in a hyperventilating kind of way. Oh wait, that’s not dignified. I’m sitting drinking tea. Calmly. Oh so calmly.


I’m hoping it drops out everywhere it is supposed to. This is the cross my fingers that I have done everything I can, clear this week’s schedule in case of crash and burn, and… go.


You are hereby warned that if you are outside the US and/or not using Amazon and you don’t get it tomorrow at midnightrightawayohmygoshpleasepleaseplease and you tweet/comment/email/whatever at me freaking out, this will be my answer:


We can but hope it gets to you eventually. There is nothing more I can do. May Lord Akeldama be with you.


{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan}


PROJECT ROUND UP  

Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second.

Out July 19, 2016 in print and eBook to US.
Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.

Status: Developmental edit. Cover reveal and release date to come.

LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

OUT NEXT
Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella

  Out June 21, 2016!




 Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail’s first foray into hybrid land.)


 



GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Tisane of Smart . . .


The Extraordinary Life of Marianne North: The Victorian Gentlewoman Who Travelled the World


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Making Fun of the Romance Reader


Book News:

Librarina says of the Finishing School Series:

“If you like steampunk, supernatural mysteries, and/or tales of girls who don’t quite fit in with their high society families, I recommend you check this series out.”


Quote of the Day:

“A little farm-house boy, of three years old, made a pet of a large squash, which he dressed in a pocket-handkerchief, and called Phebe Ann.”

~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book

by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)


 


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Published on June 20, 2016 07:00 • 76 views

June 17, 2016

For my new novella series, Delightfully Deadly, I starting by thinking about the kind of things that the Finishing School girls would get up to once they grew up. As a result, I started to collect images that were reminiscent of the side characters, particularly gravitating to period paintings.


I thought you might like a glimpse of them, Gentle Reader. Now, the clothing represented might not be quite right, but there is something about the mood in many of these paintings that I really loved and felt like went with that character.


This, for example, could be Agatha (having learned some things about dressing properly) consulting with yet another fortune teller.








via @MimiMatthewsEsq Twitter



Speaking of which Mimi Matthews post on 19th Century Fortune-Telling- From the Drawing Room to the Court Room is excellent.





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A daguerreotype showing a hypnotist at work, c.1845.


By- John Adams Whipple (1822-1891) New York Metropolitan Museum



I like this one for Agatha too:








James Tissot, Young Ladies Looking at Japanese Objects, 1869via myhellodarling Tumblr



And what about Monique? Well she always has a bit of a thing for duck ponds.








James Tissot Painting via @Moorreen Twitter



Here’s some Sidheag imagery. For some reason I chose this first one for her even though the hair is a little dark, but the way she holds herself seems right. You know Sidheag would totally sit on the floor reading letters from her lost love.








Old Letters and Dead Leaves by Claude Andrew Calthrop via @04artemis Twitter



However the real historical Gwladys Robinson, Marchioness of Ripon, looks way more as I imagined Sidheag Maccon, Lady Kingair. I suppose, that after the Parasol Protectorate books (SPOILER if you haven’t read them, skip to the next photo) as a real Alpha, Sidheag would hold the position of Countess of Kingair (titles for supernaturals do not carry the same gender restrictions as they do for daylight folk). So she might just be this regal by the 1880s!




 1880s Gwladys Robinson Marchioness of Ripon via antique-royals Tumblr



Well, that’s all for now, just a little insight into how the mind of an author works form a visualization perspective.



{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan}


PROJECT ROUND UP  

Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second.

Out July 19, 2016 in print and eBook to US.
Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.

Status: Developmental edit. Cover reveal and release date to come.

LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


OUT NEXT



Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella




  Out June 21, 2016!




 Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail’s first foray into hybrid land.)



GAIL’S DAILY DOSE


Your Moment of Parasol . . .


 








Le Follet Saturday, September 1, 1866 v. 45, plate 105



Your Infusion of Cute . . .



Your Tisane of Smart . . .


The Revealing History of Underwear


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  



Book News:


Joy’s Book Blog reviews Prudence and says:


“Gail Carriger has such a fun and ridiculous sense of humor that I always know that her books are good for a laugh.”


Quote of the Day:


“Bread and butter, devoid of charm in the drawing-room, is ambrosia eating under a tree.”


~ Elizabeth Russell


 



Questions about Gail’s steampunk world? There’s a wiki for that!


 



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Published on June 17, 2016 08:41 • 236 views

June 15, 2016

Blake is one of my closest author friends.


We used to get together and write regularly, when we lived in other places and had less complicated lives. I miss him.


 








2010 SF in SF with Blake



 


I love the backbone premise of his books…


What if you have a magical system based on, literally, spelling spells?
What if you’re a magician in that system who has dyslexia?

There are three books in his series. Spellwright and Spellbound were the first two, and now Spellbreaker the final installment and spin off featuring the next generation is out.


Blake’s work deals with themes of chronic illness and disabilities realistically in a fantasy context, without being depressing. He should know what he’s talking about, since he’s a doctor (not to mention dyslexic) who learned to read because of his love of fantasy. I don’t pimp often, but I adore Blake and I think his work is not only fun but hugely important.



The third and final book in his Spellwright trilogy…


Here’s the synopsis:

Leandra Weal has a bad habit of getting herself in dangerous situations.


While hunting neodemons in her role as Warden of Ixos, Leandra obtains a prophetic spell that provides a glimpse one day into her future. She discovers that she is doomed to murder someone she loves, soon, but not who. That’s a pretty big problem for a woman who has a shark god for a lover, a hostile empress for an aunt, a rogue misspelling wizard for a father, and a mother who–especially when arguing with her daughter–can be a real dragon.


Leandra’s quest to unravel the mystery of the murder-she-will-commit becomes more urgent when her chronic disease flares up and the Ixonian Archipelago is plagued by natural disasters, demon worshiping cults, and fierce political infighting. Everywhere she turns, Leandra finds herself amid intrigue and conflict. It seems her bad habit for getting into dangerous situations is turning into a full blown addiction.


As chaos spreads across Ixos, Leandra and her troubled family must race to uncover the shocking truth about a prophesied demonic invasion, human language, and their own identities–if they don’t kill each other first.


Spellbreaker is the long awaited sequel to Spellbound, which was listed by Kirkus Reviews among the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2011. This final installment of the Spellwright Trilogy stands alone as a complete story; however, fans of the series will find in it answers to the questions raised by the previous books about Leandra’s parents, Nicodemus Weal and Francesca DeVega.


Want to read Blake and I being silly?  In Which Gail’s Interview with Blake Charlton Gets Hijacked


{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan}


PROJECT ROUND UP  

Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second.

Out July 19, 2016 in print and eBook to US.
Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.

Status: Developmental edit. Cover reveal and release date to come.

LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


OUT NEXT



Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella




  Out June 21, 2016!




 Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail’s first foray into hybrid land.)



GAIL’S DAILY DOSE


Your Moment of Parasol . . .


 








1866 Le Follet Friday, June 1, 1866 v. 45, plate 82



 


Your Infusion of Cute . . .



Your Tisane of Smart . . .


A Simple 1870s Hairstyle Tutorial


Book News:


Joy’s Book Blog says of Manners & Mutiny:


“…Gail Carriger is an author that I can always count on for comfort in trying times. Carriger gives the added element of humor and, of course, one of my favorite settings — London and nearby parts of England.”


Quote of the Day:


“Formerly, children learned to play various amusing games, such as “Hot buttered beans,”…”

~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)


 



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Published on June 15, 2016 07:02 • 77 views

June 13, 2016

I ran a bit of an AMA on the novellas a little while ago, here are answers to your questions, Gentle Reader! And if they spark more questions, please, ask away.


Are these novellas more on the young adult or the adult side of the spectrum?

Adult. Specifically romance. I love reading romance and I wanted to challenge myself to write it, because that scares me. And I respond to fear with efficiency.


 



Are there going to be any characters we recognize besides Preshea (first novella) and Madame Lefoux (second novella)?

Oh yes. All over. In Poison or Protect a certain person who always shows up, has shown up. (Are we surprised? No.) And I had an unexpected visit from an old favorite in the second novella as well. I think you’ll be very pleased to see her.


When are the first novellas set?


Poison or Protect is 1867, basically half way between Finishing School and Parasol Protectorate. The second novella, however, will be set after the Parasol Protectorate, and the one after that will likely fill a gap between Imprudence and the third Custard Protocol book (although not involving any of those characters). In truth? It’s pretty much where I think things work for the story and the greater character arcs and life-cycle of my whole parasolverse.








Les Modes Parisiennes Monday, April 1, 1867 v. 46, plate 36



Why did you choose Preshea for your first indie, rather than a more “fan-favorite” character?

Many reasons. The most important being that, hers was the first story that really sang in my head. And my main purpose in going hybrid is the opportunity to write whatever moves me, when it moves me.


The questions then is, why push Preshea out to production first?


Partly because she isn’t a fan favorite. I can take more risks with Preshea ~ with her story, with the genres it straddles, with everything. Also, I can make mistakes on the other side of production, formatting, uploading, distribution, and so forth with fewer angry emails (I hope). Can you imagine if I wrote about Biffy and Lyall, and then it didn’t download properly to all Amazon.uk customers? Or I couldn’t figure out how to get it into print production fast enough? Or…


So much anger.


And I would have no familiarity at all with what could be done to solve any given problem. Just typing about it gives me that stress stretched feeling between my eyes.


I’ve always been risk averse by nature, and hybrid is a very risky proposition, so I figured I should learn to swim before I jump in the deep end. Of course, I’m a pretty good swimmer, but you know what they say: it is always the best swimmers who drown.


Now I’m losing the analogy.


Anyway, those are my honest reasons: inspiration, caution, and, frankly, fear. Nothing ruins my day faster than an email from someone who wants to read my book and can’t get it. As things stand now there is usually nothing I can do about it. But as my own publisher? I need to make sure I know what I’m doing before I push a fan favorite out into the world.


 



Are you planning a whole series of novellas related to the characters we already know (and adore)?

Yes. You can find little teasers of information here on my website: Delightfully Deadly, Supernatural Society, and Claw & Courtship. Right now it looks like the first is a Delightfully Deadly Novella, the second two will be Supernatural Society, and next year will see the first Claw & Courtship.


Would you accept suggestions for the protagonists of future novellas?

No. As I said above, my main reason for going hybrid is the opportunity to write about the character I find inspiring. That said, I did run a poll at the beginning of last year and I am taking some cues from there. Trust me, I go out and talk to my readers so often I have a pretty good idea who you’re interested in seeing more of. However, that may not be what I want to write first. Don’t worry, I think you’ll like the results either way.


 



Was the cover influenced by your recent cover poll?

Sort of. That poll was mainly for my own interest and to see what kinds of options I have. Sadly what people like, or say they like, is not necessarily what will sell a book. And I do need these novellas to earn enough money to at least cover their costs or I really can’t afford to produce them. (That said, I was pleased to see Waistcoats and Weaponry do so well in the poll because of its influence on the design of Poison or Protect. Which I think you can kind of see.)


 


{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan}


PROJECT ROUND UP  

Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second.

Out July 19, 2016 in print and eBook to US.
Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.

Status: Developmental edit. Cover reveal and release date to come.

LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


OUT NEXT




Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella




  Out June 21, 2016!




 Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail’s first foray into hybrid land.)



GAIL’S DAILY DOSE


Your Moment of Parasol . . .


 








Magasin des Demoiselles Tuesday, May 1, 1866 v. 45, plate 78



 


Your Infusion of Cute . . .



Your Tisane of Smart . . .


Tea Gowns


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


What an Author Reading is and Why You Should Go to One


Book News:


Gail makes an appearance in this documentary: Vintage Tomorrows


Quote of the Day:


“Bread deals with living things, with giving life, with growth, with the seed, the grain that nurtures.  It is not coincidence that we say bread is the staff of life.”

~ Lionel Poilane


 



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Published on June 13, 2016 07:00 • 105 views

June 10, 2016

Hello Gentle Reader,


Today I have for you the story behind the cover of Poison or Protect! Which you can now Preorder from:


Kobo
Apple
Amazon
Barnes & Noble


Quick reference (from my RWA chapter presentation on Saturday)


Gail’s Master List of Convention Packing & Attending Tips
Gail’s Travel Essentials ~ Shopping List for the Author on the Go

 



And now more on the cover art of my first self-published novella…  



POISON OR PROTECT: A Delightfully Deadly Novella
Out June 21, 2016!

 



 


I had a good idea of what Preshea looked like, and frankly, Autumn is a friend of mine and I always thought of Preshea as looking a little bit like her. Not that Autumn is cold or liable to poison you (in fact she is one of the warmest, nicest, most generous people I know), but she does have the right LOOK.


Autumn and I have worked together (once, long ago in a different life I actually did some modeling for her, but I digress) so I pinged about her professional images and turned up this gem.


 




Why did it attract me?

I wanted something confrontational, with Preshea staring out of the cover directly at the reader. (She’s an assassin after all. It needed to feel almost aggressive.) I liked the contrast of the white dress/underthings with this pose. (This was from a wedding shoot. Dark Garden does some truly amazing bridal couture.) Also the cover MUST say romance, I can’t have readers deluded by the cover into thinking this is any other kind of story. I work very hard never to leave my readers feeling betrayed and that starts with cover art. I feel like this image hit all the right notes. So I reached out to Autumn and she gave me the photographer’s contact info. A short while later the lovely Perry Gallagher had licensed me the image.


Image in hand I went to Starla Huchton for the cover design.


How did I find Starla?

Starla is a friend of mine via the podcasting world. However, that alone would not have been enough, if the quality of her work weren’t stellar. She’s a particularly adaptable cover art designer, who can change her style drastically given the type of story. Take a look at her gallery if you don’t believe me.


So we talked fonts, putting paint slashes behind my name and title, arrangements, layout, and so forth. The idea was to draw on the slashing-behind-the-words style of my first series, but keep the coloration and lay out style of my second series, since the Delightful Deadly Novellas feature characters from the Finishing School books. At the same time, this cover had to be different enough to show that this was a new series, adult, and romantic.


 



 


The first and second passes.  You can see that after the first pass I asked to see the font as white over black, and shifted down, also I wanted to see what a more vibrant background looked like. I found that blue too vibrant. So Starla tweaked it one final time and…. MAGIC


 



 


You can see how the purple is more vibrant but not as overwhelming as the blue? The text is balanced at the bottom, and Preshea looks out at you, calm, coy, and ever so slightly threatening.


Perfection!


Why the purple and not pink like the other first books in your series?

Well, Poison or Protect is NOT the first in a series. It’s a stand alone. I wanted to make that very clear. I felt pink might be misleading. Also Preshea is not a pink person. She is cool and calm and very icy. She wears blues, greens, greys, and whites in all her appearances in this book and I wanted to stick with that for her character.


 


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{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan}


PROJECT ROUND UP  

Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second.

Out July 19, 2016 in print and eBook to US.
Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.

Status: Developmental edit. Cover reveal and release date to come.

LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

 


Your Moment of Parasol . . .








1861 La Belle Assemblee

Wednesday, May 1, 1861 Item ID-  v. 41, plate 123



 


Your Infusion of Cute . . .








Afternoon dress, 1855-65. via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr



 


Your Tisane of Smart . . .

10 Tea Mugs & Sets Perfect for an Afternoon Break


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Harvard Loses Copyright Infringement Case Against Steve Elmo


Book News:

Gail Carriger Made the 100 Must-Read Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels By Female Authors list by BookRiot


Quote of the Day:

“Everyone’s mysterious before you know them.” “But w-when you know me, I won’t be mysterious anymore.” “Yeah, you’ll be you, and that’ll be better.”

~ Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall


 


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June 8, 2016

Fun questions from you, Gentle Reader, has resulted in this blog post.


How do I get one?

One of my reasons for going hybrid is to make these stories as widely available as possible. I’m shooting for most platforms except Google Play. I’m distributing via a combination of Amazon and Draft2Digital (which pushes out to other storefronts like iBooks, Kobo, Nook). These platforms should also provide the novellas to most international markets.*


I will also offer versions of the ebook via Gumroad on my website. You will be able to buy all electronic versions directly from me there. I cannot guarantee a novella will be available everywhere on the same date and some territories may simply have too many restrictions, but I am trying to make these available as widely as possible.



Why can I only pre-order this first novella on Amazon?

Because I wanted to get this first book to you quickly and the restrictions on pre-order for other platforms were too extreme in terms of time frame. I’m hoping to have this fixed for the next novella.


What if I don’t have an e-reader?

If you do not want to use a mobile option on your phone etc, my website will offer a pdf. You can then read it on your desktop computer.


What about a proper printed book?

I intend to provide a print-on-demand option for these novellas. Because they are novellas these books will not be very thick. I know that I have print-only readers, and I’m trying very hard to cater to you. It really isn’t easy. Print versions will not be cheap, POD is expensive. And they will be slower to deliver. Right now I intend to try for both Createspace (Amazon) and Ingram Spark (Lightning Source) so indie bookstores could stock it, if they wanted. As most freelance formatters don’t work with Ingram I’ll be doing that leg myself (and it’s never good if I waste time on technology when I could be writing). If it’s too hard, I may end up just using Amazon.


I am going through the process right now and will let you know as soon as Poison or Protect is available in print.


I am trying this with Poison or Protect and if it doesn’t work, then I’ll not continue print versions. However, this doesn’t mean they’ll never see the printed page. These novellas are all open for reprint in anthologies. Also I could definitely see, when I have enough, pulling them together into omnibus collections.


How about a signed printed book?

You know the drill. If I do it, it’ll be a special give away via my newsletter. But if you plan to buy one and bring it to any of my events I will absolutely sign it.


Will there be an audiobook?

Maybe. I have talent in mind for voice and production (no I likely can’t get my existing readers to do it) but this is a super expensive proposition to do well. Frankly, the first novella (or novellas) must earn back my initial outlay (which has been considerable) before I even consider an audiobook. I’m sorry to be crass, but there is the truth of work. Frankly the surest way to get an audiobook is to buy it in ebook or print first. If you can’t read it yourself, gift it to someone else. Or wait, keep your fingers crossed, and hope.


How many novellas do you want to do, or is it more of a “the first 2 have to do well” sort of deal before you can do more?

Definitely the latter. You must know that I’m loving doing this, but if I can’t recoup my expenses at the very least, then I have to go back to only writing the novels. This is how I make my living, after all.


That said, I have about 20 in mind if this all works out they will keep me occupied in my spare time for a good long while.


You can find little teasers of information on the wikia: Delightfully Deadly, Supernatural Society, and Claw & Courtship. And on my new website.


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Do I have to have read your other books first?

No. I had Poison or Protect beta tested by someone who had never read any of my books. My developmental editor is good about pin-pointing areas where readers may be confused and I’ve taken pains to fix them. Like all my work, the more you read in the parasolverse the more cookies and Easter eggs you catch but no stand alone novel should ever presume prior knowledge, that would defeat the purpose… if you ask me.


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* This presuming they play nice with my tax situation and general technological incompetence. I am not interested in alternate distribution options at this time. I have done the research and given my time constraints this is what I’ve decided. This may change in the future.

 


{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan. Also Skye is running a Prudence Read-Along this month if that is your jam (also on Goodreads), in preparation for the release of Imprudence in July.)


PROJECT ROUND UP  



Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second.

Out July 19, 2016 in print and eBook to US.
Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.

Status: Developmental edit. Cover reveal and release date to come.

LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


OUT NEXT






Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella




  Out June 21, 2016!




 Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail’s first foray into hybrid land.)



GAIL’S DAILY DOSE


Your Moment of Parasol . . .


 








1860s  The Victoria & Albert Museum



Your Infusion of Cute . . .



Your Tisane of Smart . . .


Japonisme: The Japanese Influence on Victorian Fashion


Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  


“People want these stories” Women Win Big at the Nebula Awards


Book News:








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About time I drew these adorable (deadly?) intelligencers in training



Quote of the Day:


“Hated how easy it was for people like him, who never had to close their mouths to hide how broken they were.”


~ Winter Rain (Love in the Rain Book 2) by Delphine Dryden, Inara Scott, Serena Bell, Amber Lin, Alexis Hall, Suleikha Snyder, Stacy Reid, Cole McCade, Tamsen Parker, Sarah Frantz


 



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June 6, 2016

Poison or Protect the first novella in the Decidedly Deadly series features Preshea. It’s out June 21, 2016 and as a result I’ve been particularly focused on inspirational images for her. Here are a few I have collected…


 








Carmen, Duchesse de Montmorency

via Dr Rachael Turner @turner_rachael



Here’s a painting of Preshea dreaming. (You know at least one of her husbands would have had her painted in an overly romantic manner.)








via @MimiMatthewsEsq  “The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of” by John Anster Fitzgerald, 1858



Here’s another one of her looking languid. For some reason, with Preshea, I gravitate towards these kinds of images. I see her as sad and pensive, warn by all that poisoning.








Preshea Relaxing via Natl Gallery of Art @ngadc  by John Singer Sargent



 





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Curtis & Crosby, Lewiston, Maine, USA, ca. 1870s

Carte de visite, 4 x 2 ½ ins. (10 x 6 cm) © Fine Vernacular Photography



And here is an image that is insight into something that happens in the story itself: Preshea actual consoling one of the other house guests. Does she actually manage to grow a heart? You’ll have to read to find out.








“The Approaching Footstep” by Thomas Brooks 1853

via Ephemeral Elegance @drapedinhistory



{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan}


PROJECT ROUND UP  

Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second.

Out July 19, 2016 in print and eBook to US.
Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.

Status: Developmental edit. Cover reveal and release date to come.

LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor who is too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

OUT NEXT
Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella

  Out June 21, 2016!




 Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail’s first foray into hybrid land.)



GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .


1862 Title- Ladies' Companion Date- Friday, August 1, 1862 Item ID- v. 42, plate 115

Ladies’ Companion Friday, August 1, 1862 v. 42, plate 115


Your Infusion of Cute . . .


Lillput Long Stretch Cute


Your Tisane of Smart . . .


Orchids and Wolves


Book News:


Beyond the Trope says of Manners & Mutiny:


“Many of the questions left open at the end of the last two books are finally answered. New questions arise through this story, as well, and Carriger successfully gives the readers what they want: a satisfying conclusion full of answers.”



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