I’m done with my grad school finals for this term, so now I’ve about a week and a half of spring break to look forward to. One of my goals is to finish drafting my WIP, but I’ve also had my mind on the topic of reviews recently, and I’d like to continue something I haven’t had a chance to work on since the end of summer.
Last summer, I was trying to commit more to leaving reviews on books that I read and enjoyed. I was pretty successful in that endeavor, but since the summer, I’ve fallen behind on that task. That means that I have a few books that I’ve read in the past year that I have not yet reviewed, and I’m hoping to catch up on those over the break. Thankfully, I think there’s only 5 books on that list, and 4 of them are novellas, so it shouldn’t be too much work.
I also typically only leave reviews on Goodreads rather than Amazon, just because I don’t spend a lot of time on Amazon. And although Goodreads is owned by Amazon, they don’t transfer over the Goodreads ratings to a book’s Amazon page for some reason, even though reviews are generally more useful to a book on Amazon than they are on Goodreads. So, my plan is to also go back over the Goodreads reviews I did write last year and duplicate them on Amazon. Then, ideally, for any books I read in the future I will write reviews more immediately after I finish them and post the reviews to both sites at the same time.
I’m not entirely sure how much of this I can get through in only a week and a half (especially considering that my drafting is first priority), but I know I can at least get a start on this. And, of course, if anyone is interested in joining me in increasing their book review efforts (especially for books that don’t have very many reviews on Amazon!), I highly recommend it.
Now, for more about my Emerald City Comic Con plans. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ll only be there for Friday, March 2nd, but I’ll be around the Angry Robot booth for most of the midday (particularly, 12:00 – 6:00 PM), so hopefully I shouldn’t be too elusive for anyone hoping to see me. I also have a book signing at the AR booth scheduled for 2:00 – 3:00 PM, so if you pick up Moonshine on Thursday or Friday morning, that’s a great time to bring it by.
Angry Robot will be located in booth #1816 on the main show floor (a stone’s throw from the big Dark Horse booth), so if you’ll be attending ECCC, please stop by and pick up some excellent books.
The book signing at the University Book Store in Seattle went without a hitch, aside from the aforementioned violent far right group in the area earlier that day that left the neighborhood a bit of a ghost town. Thankfully, I didn’t see any of that nonsense and had a lovely time at the University Book Store. I am, however, a bit wiped from the drive up and down to Seattle.
Here are some pictures (courtesy of my friend, Audry) from the event:
And just a quick reminder that I will be up in Seattle AGAIN for Emerald City Comic Con on March 2nd!
I was made aware late last night about this notice sent out by the UW President yesterday. The site of the planned far-right rally is only a few blocks from the University Book Store, and obviously I have multiple concerns about both the University’s warning and their handling of the whole situation. I am trying this morning to reach out to the University Book Store for more information and will update as soon as I know more about how this could affect the event. Of course, regardless of any potential changes to the event, please avoid the University of Washington campus today if you feel unsafe.
Again, I will update once I’m able to contact the Book Store staff and obtain more information about the situation.
UPDATE (11:13 AM): I spoke to the Book Store staff and they were able to clarify the security situation. They advised that the store should be far enough away from campus and late enough in the day that it should not be impacted by the planned rally. They also have security staff present who are aware of the security threat on campus. Everything is still in order to proceed with the signing, and they didn’t appear to anticipate any problems at the store.
That said, again, please avoid the University of Washington campus area today if you feel unsafe. On that note, if I arrive and find that the area appears unsafe, I will be in touch with the Book Store again and cancel tonight’s event.
For those still interested, the signing begins at 6:00 PM tonight at:
U District – University Book Store
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Book Signing at University Book Store in Seattle, Feb. 10
Today’s Moonshine’s US release day! I said I’d have some more words for the second release day, and here they are:
A huge thank you as always to the Angry Robot crew, and various thanks as well to: my agent Laura Zats, Dawn Frederick, Paul Simpson, Dan Holloway, John Coulthart, Idris Grey, Beth Phelan, AC Wise, JS Fields, Abbey Gaterud, Kathi Berens, my fellow Oolies, Stacie, Audry, Eli, Flynn, and my family. I’m sure I’m glossing over some folks who deserve thanks but the book has acknowledgements already, so you’ll have to buy it if you want the full list, I guess.
Oh, and thank you again to Bruce Cordell for helping my author copies get to my house!
I started working on Moonshine as a rough concept waaaay back in high school, and picked it back up when I (like Daisy) was shortly out of college and trying to get my feet under me so I could survive the whole capitalism thing. It went through many rounds of editing and a very slow submission process (during which I did more editing!) before I ever even connected with Angry Robot through #DVPit. The publishing process is never a short one, and I definitely took my sweet time with this one, so needless to say it’s very satisfying to have it in actual, for-reals book form and out in the world. The support and reactions I’ve gotten so far have been wonderful, and it really is a dream come true to have my debut novel sitting on my own bookshelf.
And don’t think I’m getting through this without more link round-ups:
Sorry for the low fanfare here for yesterday’s UK release of Moonshine. I did not have the time I thought I had to pull together something a little flashier. I have something more extensive planned for the US release on Tuesday, provided I don’t spend the whole weekend playing Dissidia. (I will, but I can also get a slightly longer post thrown together, regardless.) Until then, wow, more stuff:
Worth repeating, but: Moonshine is now out in the UK and (some?) ebook vendors (Kindle seems to be locked in to the US release date, at least for me). The US release is next Tuesday, February 6.
I did a little write-up about my experience as an author in the Ooligan Book Publishing graduate program (and as a publishing student working as an author). That’s over on the Ooligan Press blog.
I will be at Emerald City Comic Con on March 2 (Friday only–I was too late to grab a pass for the full weekend). I don’t have any plans for specific activities yet aside from bothering the fine folks at the Angry Robot booth, so check for me there! I will update my events page with more details soon.
Whew, what a week! I also wanted to remind you all that I have a content warning list for Moonshine here on my site, if there’s any type of content you’d like a head’s up about before reading the book. The list is incomplete, of course, but I tried to note the stuff that particularly stood out.
Okay, I think that’s all I’ve got for this very moment! Now I’m off to catch up on some very important work (which is playing more Dissidia).
Today’s the big day for Moonshine’s UK paperback and ebook release! Thanks to all who pre-ordered! For everyone else, you can now grab Moonshine at your preferred ebook retailer or in bookstores if you live in the UK.