For them what indulges, the eARC of Neogenesis, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller — the 21st Liaden Universe®! — is now available for download (and reading, natch).
I will, in the fullness of time, set up a spoiler page here.by
So, I’ve been trying to get to a detailed post about the Bingham Carousel Circuit, but in truth, it may not happen. We’re having a sudden and very intense bout of Life here, which I guess means we timed our vacation correctly, because now have the resources necessary to get through this bit.
In and around Life, however, there are things that you — yes, you! — need to know, which are (read carefully):
ONE: Today! August 29 2017 is Alliance of Equals‘ mass market paperback book day! Go, Alliance of Equals!
TWO: The number of Pinbeam Books (that would be Steve and me, cleverly disguised as our own publisher) chapbooks which have been converted to paper now numbers six (and six shall be the number). To wit:
Liaden Universe® titles: Change Management, Due Diligence, Sleeping with the Enemy
Sharon Lee titles: Barnburner, Gunshy, Spell Bound
THREE: Our mole deep inside Baen Books has informed us that the eARC for Neogenesis, scheduled to be published in hardcover January 2, 2018, will be released in September (good ghod, that’s, like, Friday!). We do not have a release date, but you might do very well to Watch the Skies, and while you’re doing that, spreading the word to your friends, your co-workers, your best enemies, your mom, and, well — everybody.
So! That’s what I’ve got. I will, I suspect, Be Scarce for the next while. I’m fine; just coping.
Be excellent to each other.by
Helpful people can stop writing to me to explain that Due Diligence has not yet published to the Baen website. It will appear there eventually and it’s not really worth getting your t-shirts in a twist over.
Let’s play a new game.
Why not write to me when Due Diligence is available on the Baen website? That way, those who like to check back often can continue to do so, and I don’t have to open a whole buncha emails telling me the same thing, of which I am already informed. Win-Win, as they say.
Everyone on for the new rules?
OK! Due Diligence: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 24 by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller is available from most on-line retailers, and is publishing to the rest. It was, for a couple days, a Number One Amazon Bestseller, and has fallen today to Number Three. It has also garnered a surprising number of reviews — thanks to everyone who has taken the time!
Those who are just arriving at the party — there’s room for your review, too; if you are so moved.
Because there were So Very Many requests, Due Diligence will also, soon now, be available in paper, from Amazon. The reason it will not be available REALsoonnow, is that I made an error and have to fix it, as soon as Amazon stops doing something else that Amazon is doing with the file. O! Brave New World, that hath such golems in it!
In other news, there’s a small army of ducks between me and the work I really need to be doing, here, and the coon cats are not really much into duck hunting. Their advice is to curl up on the couch with a book and let the coon cats camouflage me as a Big Pile of Coon Cats. This is, I note, often their advice.
And that? Is all the news that’s fit to print.
. . .I do believe that I need more coffee. . .
Due Diligence: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 24 has been published to the Usual Suspects (including but not limited to: Baen ebooks, Kobo, BN, Apple, Amazon) and will be available for sale as the Various Ghods of Indie Publishing will.
Novella “Due Diligence” is Lee & Miller’s 81st fiction collaboration.
Here’s the teaser:
When Clan Korval knows your name. . .
Abandoned on a strange port by a scam gone bad, his license to pilot rescinded, and his pockets very much to let, Fer Gun pen’Uldra was teetering between trouble, more trouble, and bad trouble. Cornered in a cheap bar by a too-knowledgeable stranger with an unlikely offer, Fer Gun realized having no money and no license might be the least of his troubles. Clan Korval knew his name and that proposal was hard to refuse. . .
And, just to refresh your memory, the cover:
Unrestful sleep full of the horrors of free hotel breakfasts (is it me or is there less and less food at free hotel breakfasts? Some of them have a big crockpot of oatmeal, and that’s fine; I can get by on a bowl of oatmeal. But others. . .Gah. Picky eater is picky.), interleaved with a roll call of absent friends. Not sure who elected these the topics of the evening, but the result is a head full of sticky thoughts this morning.
Well. There’s more coffee where this cup came from.
So, today’s to-do list:
. . .that’s enough.
Today’s blog post brought to you by War, “Low Rider.” Here’s your link.
Oh. Yesterday, I did build a cover for Due Diligence. Have a look:
“You did. But I’ve no objection to scoundrels, being one myself.”by
No, we are NOT “ending the Liaden series” (or “killing the series” or “abandoning our readers” or “selling out”* or whatever other variation you like).
What We Are Doing Is This:
I hope everyone is reassured now. Thank you for reading, and for being so invested in our work. . .
*This one is really hard to figure out. I thought that “selling out” means, um, taking a lot of money to do something questionable that would compromise one’s morals or good name. I could be wrong, here, but I think the key to “selling out” is, well, SELLING, not just. . .stopping.
**or the 22-book arc, if you’re of the opinion that the Jethri Gobelyn books are in the main arc. Not a 21-book arc. Innumerate writer is innumerate.by
We’ve had something of a busy few days here at the Confusion Factory.
Last week, Steve graduated from cardio-gym and is now on the Third Phase, which is going to the cardio-gym early on Monday and Wednesdays and doing what he’s been doing, with the same personnel on-staff, but without the various measurements at the beginning, middle, and end of the session. This means a change of schedule, including rising Much Earlier in the Day than I, personally, care to do, but that’s life. I’ll be going to gym around Steve’s schedule — Tuesdays and Thursdays in the early hours, with refinement of the afternoon and evening hours as we go forward. Since I have for all of my life been an evening/night writer, this may entail afternoon naps, which ought to please the cats.
In writing news, the page proofs for the Alliance of Equals mass market edition landed late last week, and have been added to the mix of Tasks to Be Done. Also! The first in a series of Lee-and-Miller Read Lee-and-Miller podcasts has been moved from Patreon to Splinter Universe LIVE. You can listen to Steve read “A Night at the Opera” at this link.
We’ll be posting more of these to SULIVE, as they age off of our Patreon page, so remember to check back.
We are also, in light of the. . .substantial number of emails we’ve gotten from people who either want paper chapbooks, or the Excitement of the Annual Yule Chapbook, or want a return to Olden Times. . .
We cannot any of us return to Olden Times, so that’s right out.
But we can, perhaps, accommodate the wish for paper chapbooks, and even, maybe, for the Annual Yule Chapbook.
So, we’re running an experiment. Amazon has a. . .program where those who have published ebooks with them may convert those ebooks into paper books. This is an expensive process, as Amazon takes 40% off the top of cover price, and then charges printing costs from the author/publisher’s 60% royalty. It’s also somewhat time-consuming, as is working with any template program that is based on Assumptions. However! With determination and enough wine, it can be done, as I proved this weekend by converting both Barnburner and Gunshy to paper books and putting them on sale. The reason we chose these titles to experiment on first is that they convert into 5X8 paperbacks, which is an easy convert (part of the test was to see how “easy” easy was). Based on my time and effort expended this weekend, we anticipate that converting to chapbook will be somewhat more time-consuming, though still doable.
We will, eventually, convert an actual Liaden chapbook, but that experiment has to wait in line behind work with a deadline attached.
For those interested, here’s the link to Barnburner. (Which Amazon has decided to discount, so it will be interesting to see how that affects our royalty rates from them.)
Here’s the link to Gunshy.
The downside to this, besides the expense, is that these books would only be available through Amazon, which is whimsical at the best of times and downright malicious at the worst.
So, there’s that.
For those who have been asking anxiously about progress on Fifth of Five. . .progress progresses, more slowly than I had anticipated, but picking steam up as the new meds kick in.
. . .and I think that catches us all up.
Everybody do your best to enjoy Monday, OK?
Let the coon cats lead the way.by
We’ve had some queries about upcoming publications, and upcoming appearances, and, and — herewith an attempt to get them all in one place, for you, and for us. Please note that the list is probably not complete; it’s only as complete as far as we know, as of Right Now.
May 1: Ask Me Anything, Reddit, starting 12 noon
May 13: Meet ‘n Greet and book signing, Barnes and Noble, at 9 Market Place Drive, Augusta, Maine, from 1 – 3pm
August 4-6: Confluence, in Pittsburgh, Lee and Miller will be writer Guests of Honor
March 9-11, 2018: MidSouthCon, in Memphis, Lee and Miller, writer Guests of Honor
April edition of The Intergalactic Medicine Show: Lee and Miller interview, reprint story, and! sample chapter
April 15 +/-: “Cutting Corners,” Baen.com
May 2: The Gathering Edge, hardcover, ebook, audiobook, Baen & Audible
June 6: “Wise Child,” in Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF, Volume 3, Baen
August: “Dawn’s Early Light,” in All Hail Our Robot Conquerors, Zombies Need Brains
December 15 +/-: Short Story, Baen.com
January 2, 2018: Neogenesis
TBA: “Excerpts from Two Lives,” in Ships of the Line, Baen
Change Management: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 23, has been uploaded and is publishing (in the case of Amazon, has published) to Amazon, Baen ebooks, BN/Nook, Kobo, iBooks, 24Symbols, Page Foundry, Scribd, and Tolino, so expect to be able to purchase it from those vendors within the next 72 hours or so.
Here’s the blurb for the book:
Times are perilous, violence rife, and the future uncertain. Success and the survival of all you hold dear may hinge on how you manage change.
Some people advise that we “Embrace Change!” Other people realize that change has edges, and if you embrace it the wrong way, it may feel a lot more like a knife than a bromide when it touches your guts.
Here are two Lee and Miller stories set in the Liaden Universe®, “Street Cred,” original to this chapbook; and “Wise Child,” reprinted from Baen.com. Both stories deal with the complications arising from decisive change, and decisive Change Management at the point of peril.