OK. I really try to ensure that my infrequently updated blog isn’t merely a sockpuppet for self-promotion and updates on my books. Sometimes there are photographs of handcuffs, or long incoherent stories about ghosts. But this is a busy few months for me, publishing wise, so bear with me.
And besides, these three updates are really cool.
On a related note, Orbit UK has just (as in right now, within the past hour) launched its own separate Facebook page (no longer a single page for Orbit in the US, UK, and Australia), and this cover launch is its very first post. Neato!
As I’ve mentioned earlier, the original release date for Bitter Seeds in the UK was going to be December of this year (right around the Mayan calendar apocalypse), but thanks to some encouraging pre-launch enthusiasm for the book, Orbit decided to move the book forward 5 months, to July. So that means they had to move up the production work quite a bit. But as you can see, they rose to the challenge with great aplomb! And I happen to know, based on conversations with my editor at Orbit, that they’re already hard at work on the covers for The Coldest War and Necessary Evil. I can’t wait to see the rest of the covers in this series, because they’re going to look great together, with a unity of theme and design that still emphasizes the distinct character of each book. Trust me. It’ll be cool. (And speaking of that third and final Milkweed book, on Monday I saw the first artwork for the Tor cover as well. This has been an exciting week all around!)
The second cool thing (which actually happened yesterday) is that the May (technically April 23) release of the US mass market paperback edition of Bitter Seeds was listed among the Barnes and Noble Bookseller’s Picks for May over at Tor.com.
The third cool thing (which actually happened on Monday) is that my editor and publicist at Tor forwarded to me a very nice review of The Coldest War from Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus is a tough audience, so I’m over the moon about this. It’s hard not to be when they use phrases like “jaw-dropping” and “utterly compelling.” (You might notice some excerpts from that review now grace the home page.) But beyond all that, I’m actually most pleased by the fact that the review describes the novel as being focused on, and driven by, character. That’s to the credit of my fabulous editor, who worked with me to find the right approach to accentuating that aspect of the novel. I put a lot of effort and emphasis on that.