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To celebrate the release of The Brightest Fell, here. Have an open thread to discuss the book. Judging by the comments I’m seeing, some of you have had time, and I’d really, really rather book discussion (sometimes including spoilers) didn’t crop up on other posts.


THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.


Seriously. If anyone comments here at all, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. So please don’t read and then yell at me because you encountered spoilers. You were warned. (I will not reply to every comment; I call partial comment amnesty. But I may well join some of the discussion, or answer questions or whatnot.) I will be DELETING all comments containing spoilers which have been left on other posts. No one gets to spoil people here without a label.


You can also start a discussion at my website forums, with less need to be concerned that I will see everything you say! In case you wanted, you know, discussion free of authorial influence, since I always wind up getting involved in these things.


Have fun, and try not to bleed on the carpet.

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Tomorrow (Tuesday, September 5th) is my bookday! Happy bookday to me! Very soon, The Brightest Fell will be available from bookstores all over North America, and from import stores all over the world. It has yet to be spotted* in the wild, but I know it’s coming. Hooray! This is my first Toby Daye book to be released in hardcover, so I’m a little fussier than usual, and really hoping it does well.


(*One person has informed me gleefully that they were able to talk their local bookstore into breaking street date and selling it to them early. Please don’t do that. Please don’t try to convince bookstore clerks to break the rules, and if you do, please don’t tell me. It’s very hard on my nerves.)


Since it’s release week, I figured it was time to once again answer the wonderful people asking how they can help. So here are a few dos and don’ts for making this book launch awesome. As always, this is for the folks who want to know–there are always a few people who ask–and not for anyone who doesn’t care. At the end of the day, just reading is enough.


DO buy the book as soon as you can. Sales during the first week are very important–think of it as “opening weekend” for a movie–but they’re not the end-all be-all. If you can get the book tomorrow, get the book; if you can get it at my book release party on Saturday, get it at my book release party. Whatever works for you. Brick-and-mortar store purchases are best, as they encourage reordering. If you’ve already bought the book, consider buying the book again during release week, as a single copy might get lonely. They make great gifts!


DON’T yell at other people who haven’t bought the book yet. I know, that’s sort of a “why are you saying this?” statement, but I got a very sad email from a teenager who’d been yelled at for not buying A Local Habitation the week that it came out, and I have never forgotten it. So just be chill. Unless you want to buy books for people who don’t have them, in which case, don’t yell, just buy.


DO ask your local bookstore if they have it on order. If your local store is part of a large chain, such as Barnes and Noble, the odds are good that the answer will be “yes,” and that they’ll be more than happy to hold one for you. If your local store is small, and does not focus specifically on science fiction/fantasy, they may have been waiting to see signs of interest before placing an order. Get interested! Interest is awesome!


DON’T berate your local bookseller if they say “no.” Telling people they’re overlooking something awesome doesn’t make them go “gosh, I see the error of my ways.” It makes them go “well, I guess it can be awesome without me.” Suggest. Ask if you can special-order a copy. But don’t be nasty to people just because their shelves can’t hold every book ever written.


DO post reviews on your blog or on Amazon.com. Reviews are fantastic! Reviews make everything better! Please, write and post a review, even if it’s just “I liked it.” Honestly, even if it’s just “this wasn’t really my thing.” As long as you’re being fair and reasoned in your commentary, I’m thrilled. (I like to believe you won’t all race right out to post one-star reviews, but if that’s what you really think, I promise that I won’t be mad.)


DON’T get nasty at people who post negative reviews. You are all people. You all have a right to the ball. That includes people who don’t like my work. Please don’t argue with negative reviewers on my behalf. It just makes everybody sad. If you really think someone’s being unfair, why don’t you post your own review, to present an alternate perspective? (Also, please don’t email me my Amazon reviews. I don’t read them, I don’t want to read them, and I definitely don’t want to be surprised with them. Please have mercy.)


DO feel free to get multiple copies. No, you probably don’t need eight copies for your permanent collection, but remember that libraries, school libraries, and shelters are always in need of books. I’m donating a few of my author’s copies to a local women’s shelter, because they get a lot of women there who really need the escape. There are also people who just can’t afford their own copies, and would be delighted. I wouldn’t have had half the library I did as a teenager if it weren’t for the kindness of the people around me.


DON’T feel obligated to get multiple copies, or pressure other people to do so. Seriously, we’re all on budgets, and too much aggressive press can actually turn people off on a good thing. Let people make their own choices. Have faith.


DO check with your local library to be sure they have a copy of on order. If they don’t, you can fill out a library request form. Spread the hardback love!


DON’T forget that libraries need books. Many libraries, especially on the high school level, are really strapped for cash right now, and book donations are frequently tax deductible. If you have a few bucks to spare, you can improve the world on multiple levels by donating books to your local public and high school libraries.


DO suggest the book to bookstore employees who like urban fantasy and talking mice. Nothing boosts sales like having people in the stores who really like a project. If your Cousin Kit works at a bookstore, say “Hey, why don’t you give this a try?” It just might help.


DON’T rearrange bookstore displays. If the staff of my local bookstore is constantly being forced to deal with fixing the shelves after someone “helpfully” rearranged things to give their chosen favorites a better position, they’re unlikely to feel well inclined toward that book–or author. It’s not a good thing to piss off the bookstores. Let’s just not.


So those are some things. I’m sure there are lots of other things to consider; this is, at least, a start. Finally, a few things that don’t help the book, but do help the me:


Please don’t expect immediate email response from me for anything short of “you promised us this interview, it runs tomorrow, where are your answers?” I normally make an effort to be a semi-competent correspondent, but with a new book on shelves and final edits due on half a dozen projects, a lot of things are falling by the wayside. Like sleep.


If you’re in the Bay Area, I hope to see you Saturday night at Borderlands Books, where I will be reading, signing, and running a raffle for your enjoyment, in concert with Sarah Gailey who is also awesome and also has a book she’d like to tell you all about!


Whee!

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The Random Number Generator has spoken, and the winners of The Brightest Fell are…


Dina, who loves Toby!

Rafe B., who also loves Toby (the RNG chose #1, I was delighted)!

Corinne Pierson, who loves Spike!


If you were chosen by the RNG, please send me an email via my website contact form, including your name, the character you chose, and your mailing address. I will be going to the Post Office at 2pm PST on Wednesday, August 16th: if I don’t have an email from you by that time, you will forfeit your prize.


More giveaways to come, now that we have the capability again!

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…although the brightest fell.


All right, everybody, it’s time for an ARC giveaway!  Now, these posts originally go up on my blog, which is located at http://seananmcguire.com/blog/, and are mirrored from there to DreamWidth.  In order to make things easier on myself, and keep from losing things, only comments on the original blog post, not the mirror, will be considered entries.  So:


I am giving away three (3) copies of The Brightest Fell.  To enter, please…



  1. Comment on this post.  Top-level comments only; replies to someone else’s comments are not eligible to win.

  2. Indicate whether you are in the US or international.  If international, indicate willingness to pay postage.

  3. Name your favorite Toby-verse character.


Three winners will be chosen via RNG on Monday, August 14th.  Again, only comments on the root-level WordPress blog will be eligible to win.


Game on!

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The 2017 Hugo Awards ballot is now live, and I am stunned and honored and delighted to announce that I am on it not once, but twice.

Every Heart a Doorway has been nominated for Best Novella. This is the book of my heart: this is the one I look at and dare to hope for, because I want it so badly, and I am so touched by its inclusion. Thank you to everyone who has looked at this little book and thought "how far can we help it go?" We have gone so far.

But that's not the stunner.

The stunner is that this year is the first time the Hugos have featured a category for Best Series. It's a trial run, a test, for a way to honor books and settings that work best in the context they create for themselves. Book eleven of something ongoing may not be the best candidate for Best Novel, but it may be part of something that, overall, is just as glorious.

And October Daye is up for Best Series.

I am stunned. I am overjoyed. I am not going to win--but winning isn't always the point. I have been given this honor, and I am not giving it back.

Thank you all so very, very much.

I will do my best not to let you down.
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So I have literally been sitting on this link for more than a year. It's been public that whole time: this isn't me doing the ultimate procrastination tango. It's just that I kept getting distracted, and I haven't been as awesome about non-checklist blogging as I've wanted to be. It feels like it's one of those things that has fallen by the wayside, and for that I am sorry.

Anyway.

If you click the above, you will come to one of the most beautifully impassioned "why you should read the October Daye books" posts ever written by someone who is not me and does not depend on them to pay her electrical bill. I am still, a year after first reading it (a year, time is ridiculous and I do not approve) stunned and touched and delighted.

One of the big things it touches on is the lack of sexual violence in the series, and how much of a relief that can be for readers. It's not that Toby's life is sunshine and roses--a chapter will tell you how much it isn't--it's that something that's become almost a casual signpost for evil in our media is intentionally missing. I admit, I made that choice out of exhaustion and pique. I never expected it to resonate the way it has. But I hear, quite regularly, from readers who feel like the series is safe for them, because they don't have to worry about HA HA SURPRISE DRAMATIC SEXUAL ASSAULT. And I am so glad I can provide that.

I also want to note that there's a discussion in the comments of the kind that becomes increasingly frequent as a series goes on: "When will this be over? I don't want to start until it's over." I really wish you would. The first three books are a decent barometer of whether you'll like it. At this point, Rosemary and Rue seems very rough to me in contrast with what I'm producing now, but you can get a feel for how I handle language, and by the time you reach An Artificial Night, you'll probably know whether the series is for you. That starter kit won't change if the series stops at fifteen or at fifty. I've never missed a deadline; the September 2017 book is finished and turned in, and I'll be starting the September 2018 book as soon as I get my editorial notes. I am about as close to a safe bet as you can get on this sort of thing. And, well. The electric bill.

Anyway. I just wanted to share this with you. And finally close that tab.

It's the little things.
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With only five days remaining in the pre-order, I suddenly realized that I had forgotten to post here. I AM SOMETIMES A VERY DISTRACTED BUNNY, OKAY?!

Ahem. Presenting:

The very first ever October Daye T-shirt design, by Unicorn Empire.

These shirts are spectacularly gorgeous, and I am over the moon delighted with how beautifully they've come out. They're available in rust and rose gold (both so appropriate), and on the off chance--far from guaranteed--that the design is added to the shop on a longer term basis, only one of the colors will be available for order. So if one color speaks to you more than the other, you should absolutely order it now.

This a pre-sale, not a sale. Why does this matter? Because before I give you the link for the shirts, I'm going to give you the link for how Unicorn Empire pre-sales work. Please, take a moment to read it. Amber, who runs Unicorn Empire, is a fan running a business for fans, out of her garage. She has help, but she's not a huge operation, and her timelines are thus longer than they would be for, say, Hot Topic. She's being awesome doing this for us, and I don't want to cause her any trouble.

There is no extra charge for plus sizes, because Unicorn Empire is awesome that way. The pre-sale is only open until June 20th, so get your orders in soon! (We know international shipping is expensive, so if you wanted to coordinate a group order for Australia or whatnot, this would be a great place to do it!)

Those of you who snagged a Sparrow Hill Road shirt know how good the quality is, and I hope you're all as pleased as I am.

I'm so excited!
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...copies of The Winter Long and A Red-Rose Chain!

Welcome to the fifth of the Thirteen Days of Hogswatch. I will be starting a new giveaway every day between now and December 13th. Each giveaway will have different rules, and a different deadline, although all prizes will be mailed on December 30th, because I am bad at going to the post office (and also, avoiding the post office until that other winter holiday is over).

The fifth giveaway is for copies of The Winter Long and A Red-Rose Chain (October Daye #8 and #9, respectively). Because these are later books in the series, I ask that you please not enter if you haven't read the earlier books; I would feel terrible for spoiling you. This is going to be a random number drawing, because I'm about to leave for my Borderlands event. So...

1. To enter, comment on this post.
2. If you are international, indicate both this and your willingness to pay postage.
3. Name your favorite Toby character.
4. That's it.

I will choose the winner at 1PM PST on Saturday, December 12th.

Game on!
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Psst. C'mere.

So it's no secret around here that I love, love, love my DAW covers, or that showing them off is one of my true pure joys in life. Chris McGrath, who designs the covers for the October Daye books, has been everything I could have hoped for in a cover artist. He's incredible. Want proof?

Go ahead. Take a peek.

Cut-tagged for the protection of your friends' list, which really doesn't need something this huge suddenly showing up without warning. But trust me, you should totally click. )

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