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writing: katherine
Just a quick reminder that the Bitten by Books chat/AMA event avec moi (as Miss Piggy would say) is today, starting at noon CDT. If you RSVP, you get 25 entries in the giveaway contest: 5 copies of The Goblin Emperor up for grabs. (As I'm writing this at 7:57 a.m. CST, Bitten by Books' site seems to be down. Hopefully, this is a transitory problem.)

Please drop by the chat. I would love to see you all there!
writing: katherine
The Goblin Emperor has gone back for a second printing!

On MAY SIXTH I am doing an AMA-type event at Bitten by Books. We kick off at noon CST and I would love to see you there! ETA: if you RSVP here you get 25 entries in the giveaway contest (5 copies of The Goblin Emperor to give away!) when you show up for the event.

I've done guest posts at:

And interviews with:

I will have at least four more guest posts and a podcast interview appearing like daffodils in the month of May.

And just a reminder, because seriously this cannot be said enough times, to help the career of ANY WRITER YOU LOVE, Buy, Read, Talk.
4th-May-2014 10:59 am - UBC: Maccabee, Oates, Oney
ws: castabella
Maccabee, Paul. John Dillinger Slept Here: A Crooks' Tour of Crime and Corruption in St. Paul, 1920-1936. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1995.
Oates, Jonathan. Unsolved Murders in Victorian and Edwardian London. Barnsley: Wharncliffe Books-Pen and Sword Books, 2007.
Oney, Steve. And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank. New York: Pantheon Books, 2003.

One of these things is not like the others.

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writing: katherine
I will be at C2E2 on Saturday (April 26), doing a panel, All Things Fantastic, and an autographing session, both with Mary Robinette Kowal, C. Robert Cargill, Douglas Hulick, Steve, Bein, and Simon Green.

Guest post for Daniel Libris on worldbuilding.

Guest post for the Tor/Forge Blog on rules vs. guidelines.

Guest post for Speculative Book Review about The Goblin Emperor and the Wars of the Roses.

And guest post for No More Grumpy Bookseller about The Goblin Emperor and Elizabeth I.

I also did a live interview with Dungeon Crawlers Radio and a guest post for SF Signal, but neither site will talk to me at the moment.
1st-Apr-2014 12:43 pm - Happy Book Day!
writing: airship
FIRST, Happy Book Day to Felix Gilman, whose book The Revolutions also comes out today. I don't know Mr. Gilman personally, but I admire his writing. And The Revolutions sounds awesome.

SECOND, Happy Book Day to me! To celebrate, my invaluable webtamer has put up the map of the Ethuveraz on

THIRD, there's also a FAQ. I'm sure that more questions will need to be added for The Goblin Emperor, but I haven't been asked them yet.

FOURTH, John Scalzi graciously let me do a Big Idea post about fantasy and technology.

FIFTH, for Forces of Geek, I did a post about inventing languages.

SIXTH, for Tor-dot-com, I wrote a post about coming-of-age stories and quests.

SEVENTH, I also did the Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe for Tor-dot-com and can't remember if I posted the link or not.

EIGHTH and furthermore, there's a Q&A up at Riffle.

NINTH, if you haven't had enough of me yet, there will be other guest blog posts cropping up as my gracious hosts' schedules permit. I will, of course, post links.

TENTH, not one atom of this post is an April Fool's joke.

ETA: ELEVENTH, Tor-dot-com's That Was Awesome feature, in which I explain why you should be reading Scott Lynch.
31st-Mar-2014 04:04 pm - Goblin Links
writing: airship
So, things are gearing up for the official street date of The Goblin Emperor, which is tomorrow.

I have a guest blog post at Tor-Dot-Com: The Emperor and the Scullery Boy; mrissa has a review of the book, and also, I did a Q&A; and there's a very in-depth review from the Jaded Consumer (beware spoilers).

I am also doing a slew of guest posts for other blogs; I will provide links as they happen.

And it seems like a good time to link to my Buy, Read, Talk post: what readers can do to help an author's career. (Again, that's not just my career, although that's obviously where my vested self-interest lies.)
31st-Mar-2014 12:35 pm - ATTENTION ZAFAR--sock elephant update
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Five of the six promised books are on their way to (or possibly have already arrived in) California, Oregon, Washington, and Estonia. (Also, the book from the Con or Bust auction went to Scotland. I love it when my books are world travelers!)

Zafar, if you are reading this, I owe you a book! Please email me at semonette (at) gmail (dot) com so we can work out the details.
25th-Mar-2014 01:18 pm - THE SOCK ELEPHANT HAS A NAME
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First, THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE who suggested a name. You are all awesome, and I love all your suggestions.

In fact, not only was I not able to choose ONE correct name and ONE favorite, I couldn't even manage to choose TWO.


The sock elephant's name is Eleftheria Ada Lavanda Snodgrass, and her nickname is Elsu.

Eleftheria Snodgrass was suggested by Zafar (who does not have an LJ account), and I combined it with Ada Lavanda from aerinha, because (a) I loved both names and (b) she just seems to need a ridiculously long dactylic name. On the other hand, you can't call somebody Eleftheria Ada Lavanda Snodgrass all the time. The nickname Elsu was suggested by nipernaadiagain.

My three favorite names, in no particular order, are:
1. Aerandir (@MollyKanHas)
2. Galahadral (ejmam)
3. Madame Socky-Trunk (neko_san)

SO. Zafar, aerinha, nipernaadiagain, @MollyKanHas, ejmam, and neko_san, you have each won a copy of The Goblin Emperor! Email me at semonette (at) gmail (dot) com. Put "sock elephant" in the subject line so I know what it's about. Then tell me:

1. Name and shipping address. (I will ship anywhere in the world, no need to worry.)
2. Do you want the book personalized? (If you don't, no harm, no foul.)
3. IF YOU DO, to whom? (If there's a particular version of your name that makes you happier, please specify it.)

Once I have your information, I will send your book to you as quickly as I can.

Again, thank you to the winners, and thank you to everyone who made a suggestion. You have all brightened my life considerably, and I appreciate it.

Eleftheria Ada Lavanda Snodgrass thanks you, too.
sock elephant
My author copies of The Goblin Emperor have arrived. (Please add exclamation points to taste. I don't think LiveJournal's character limits will let me put enough in.)

That means that the contest to name my sock elephant is coming to a close. I'm going to let it run through the weekend, so that if somebody has been dithering about putting in a suggestion, they don't get the rug yanked out from under them. (Also, so that there's a fighting chance no one will only HEAR about the contest when it ends.)

Please spread the word widely! All suggestions are welcome, and remember you can make more than one entry!
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