Got questions for your favorite Orbit authors? Well, you’re in luck! Goodreads has recently launched a new Q&A feature! See below for a list of participants:
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This year, Barnes & Noble is debuting a new promotion called “Discovery Friday” to give you a start to your holiday shopping. On Friday, November 22nd, there will be events and activities at Barnes & Noble bookstores across the country. A number of Orbit authors will be participating at their local B&Ns. Check the list below to see if one of them will be near you!
- Rachel Aaron/Rachel Bach: B&N #2974, Athens, GA
- Amanda Carlson: B&N #2514, Edina, MN
- David Dalglish: B&N #2931, Springfield, MO
- Mira Grant: B&N #2569, Walnut Creek, CA
- Ann Leckie: B&N #2542, Ladue, MO
- Brian McClellan: B&N #2079, Mentor, OH
- Michael J. Sullivan: B&N #2238, Tyson’s Corner, VA
The second round of voting for the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards is officially open! Thanks to you, ANCILLARY JUSTICE, AMERICAN ELSEWHERE, and THE INFERNAL DEVICES: CLOCKWORK PRINCE have been added to the list of nominees via write-in decision. Below are the Orbit books up for a Readers Choice Award.
The second round of voting closes on November 16th so don’t forget to cast your vote before then.
The first round of voting for the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards is officially open! Below are the Orbit books we’re thrilled to see still on the list.
The first round of voting closes on November 9th so don’t forget to cast your vote before then. This is also your only chance to write-in titles for the various categories. Let your voice be heard!
Have you been participating in the Riyria Trivia Challenge on Facebook? It’s time to tally up the scores and see how you all did! In case you either missed out on all the fun or have fallen a bit behind, here are the questions again. The answers are hidden beneath the jump, but I trust that none of you will cheat. Honor amongst thieves and all, right?
What is Riyria elvish for?
What color is Arista’s hair?
The first to die in the contest in Dahlgren?
All of the members of the Black Diamond Thieves Guild members adopt names related to what?
What was Hadrian’s father’s name?
The independent Wesbaden trader was named?
Who was Mince’s best friend?
Who was known as a “questor”?
Mawyndulë was a member of what tribe?
Pickles got his name because?
According to Grue who is the god of weather and gambling?
Who built the Crown Tower?
Edgar’s Swamp was named after?
What was Dunwoodie’s horse named?
Who were Todd the Tinker and Bill the Baker?
Who was the man in the dungeons under the palace of Aquesta praying for?
What is in the bottom of the well in Drondil Fields?
Arista had a palfrey as a young girl, what was it called?
In the night sky what do four bright stars represent?
What did Merrick’s father do for a living?
October 1: Kate Locke at New York Review of Science Fiction, New York, NY, 7 PM
October 3: Ann Leckie at Subterranean Books, St. Louis, MO, 6 PM
October 4-6: Mur Lafferty at VCon, Vancouver, British Columbia
October 11-13: Kate Elliott at Sirens, Portland, OR
October 12-13: Michael J. Sullivan at Capclave, Gaithersburg, MD
And, New York Comic Con is October 10-13! Orbit will be there, in booth # 2218; our authors N.K. Jemisin, Michael J. Sullivan, and Kate Locke will also be appearing at the con.
October 20: Trudi Canavan at Forbidden Planet, London UK – 1pm
And World Fantasy Con is in Brighton, UK this year! October 31-November 3. Lots of Orbit authors will be there, including Trudi Canavan, Mike Carey, Charles Stross, Francis Knight, Tim Lebbon and Jon Courtenay Grimwood among others. Check out the full programme and attending members list on the website.
We’ve received such wonderful feedback from all you Riyria fans, and we know how eagerly you’re awaiting THE ROSE AND THE THORN (US | UK | AUS). Unfortunately we can’t speed up time to the release of the second Riyria Chronicles novel; however, we can all have some fun while we wait. How does that sound? Good? Excellent.
We’re challenging you to test your knowledge of the world of the Riyria Revelations and Chronicles in a month-long Trivia Challenge this September. Will you prove yourself to be as smart as Esrahaddon? Become a fan of the Facebook page to participate, and if you haven’t already, remember to pre-order your copy of THE ROSE AND THE THORN out on September 17.
All my life I’ve done everything wrong, and yet oddly enough, it works for me. I didn’t graduate college. I didn’t wait to get married, and yet I’ve stayed married to the same woman for thirty years. I didn’t take courses, or read books on how to write, and I gave up my dream of getting published after twenty years of trying. I wrote a six book traditional fantasy series with wizards, dwarves, and elves when such a thing was considered absurd. I self-published when no self-respecting writer would stoop so low, and I signed a contract with a major New York publisher when everyone else was making a fortune in self-publishing. So it should come as no surprise that the next book of mine to be released on August 6th through Orbit, THE CROWN TOWER (US | UK | AUS), is a prequel—because rumor has it no one likes prequels.
As usual, I didn’t know there was a stigma regarding prequels any more than I knew there was a stigma around traditional fantasy, or self-publishing until after I did it. Ignorance is bliss, and they say God watches out for children, drunks, and fools. This may be the case, but I refuse to admit which of those I am.
Prequels are apparently disliked for the same reason people dislike sequels and prologues, except prequels are a combination of both. They have been known to feel tacked on and they also precede the interesting events of the primary story. You can feel a yawn approaching just looking at the cover of such a book. Prequels are usually about the childhood years, or possibly even the parents of some main character, and very likely have nothing at all to do with the original story. Once again not knowing all of this, not knowing how I was supposed to build a prequel, I failed to follow these rules. Instead I made the fateful error of fleshing out an origin-story for a legend.
Because I also made the error of writing a fantasy series that didn’t include the formative years of my main characters—preferring to focus on them after they’d actually become interesting—I had skipped the episode where Peter Parker is bitten by the radioactive spider, Clark Kent crashed on Earth, and Bruce Wayne sees his parents murdered, (I really hope those weren’t spoilers for anyone.) For me it just felt logical to include that story. The fact that the majority of my readers requested it didn’t hurt either. (more…)
In two weeks, the Nebula Awards Weekend will be taking place in San Jose, CA. Best of luck to all the nominees, but especially Kim Stanley Robinson and N.K. Jemisin, who both have works nominated for Best Novel this year! Here are some of the other conventions and events where you’ll find Orbit authors this month.
May 18-19: John R. Fultz @ Big Wow Comicfest, San Jose, CA
May 24-26: Mira Grant (as Seanan McGuire) @ OASIS, Orlando, FL
May 24-27: Mur Lafferty @ Balticon, Baltimore, MD
May 30: Michael J. Sullivan @ Audie Awards Gala, New York, NY
May 31 – June 2: Gail Z. Martin @ ConCarolinas, Charlotte, NC
A new season of books is inbound, and it sure looks like it’s going to be an exciting one! Here’s the first crop of covers from the Fall 2013 – Winter 2014 season. We’re still putting the finishing touches on a few more, but you’ll be seeing them soon.
Because the smaller scale doesn’t do any of these fantastic covers justice, click on the images below to see a larger version. So pin, tweet, and comment to your heart’s content and tell us which books are already on your “Must have!” lists!