Here’s where I’ll be:
September 20: Books of Wonder; Great Middle Grade Adventures
Why you should come: I’ll be telling a new story from The Raconteur’s Commonplace Book (The Hollow-Way). Don’t miss it!
Why you should come: This is going to be a hell of a panel. The Night Gardener, The Riverman, and Greenglass House all utilize storytelling to drive the plot, so there should be some good discussion about lore and its uses. Also, Jonathan and Aaron and Betsy are three of the funniest, most intelligent people I know. I will attempt to rise to their level. Not to be missed.
December 1, 6pm: Barnes and Noble Annapolis
Why you should come: This is my hometown bookstore. I grew up ten minutes from this B&N and worked there after college and before my move to Brooklyn. Help me make it a triumphant homecoming! Come on out, and bring a friend!
As you can see, my autumn schedule is far from full. If you’d like to schedule a magical Visit From Kate for your local school, library, or bookstore, email me at kate (at) clockworkfoundry (dot) com.
Light refreshments and a story will be provided. All ages are welcome.
Suddenly it’s June, and I really don’t know where May went. But this weekend I’ve been running QA on the Bluecrowne ebooks, and within the next week we’ll go to press with the paperbacks (which clocked in at 279 pages long!), so I wanted to leave a quick note here for those who are wondering how to get their hands on the book.
The ebook should launch by the end of this week, available in all formats (DRM-free) including PDF, and retailing for $5.99. The paperback should (crossing my fingers that what I say is true, but I do believe that it is) be available and shipping by the end of next week. It will retail for $16.99*, although, as with The Kairos Mechanism, I will have a bundled book+PDF+media rate shipping package available as well.
So, how do you get your copy?
At special early-bird prices, you can pre-order the PDF here and the paperback+PDF+domestic media rate shipping here. Fancier/international shipping are also available at cost–just drop me an email and let me know where you are and how fast you’d like your book to arrive. The pre-order prices will last through July 3.
The ebook will be available through all the major channels, but for extra points I encourage you to purchase through Vook, because it’s a better deal for me as the author (you still get your choice of DRM-free formats for iBooks, Nook, Kindle, or Kobo). The PDF will remain available through Gumroad. I’ll add relevant links as soon as they’re live.
The paperback will be available either through me (bundled with PDF, domestic media-rate shipping included) or through McNally Jackson Books (book only, shipping according to store policy). Again, links forthcoming.
I have a very limited supply of books from the print run paid for by Kickstarter that I can make available to you for use in your schools, libraries, and student book clubs, but when the first printing runs out, sadly, that’s the end of that. Retailers, same thing goes.
*You may be thinking, that looks a lot more like the price for an adult paperback than for a juvenile paperback, and you’re right. The higher cost is due to the higher cost of printing on McNally Jackson’s Espresso Book Machine, which I chose to do for two reasons: 1) It’s a way I can support my favorite independent bookstore; and 2) It prints far more beautiful books than most POD services do. I don’t make much money on the deal, but you get a really gorgeous book and we both get to support a really wonderful and (I think) important store. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Cancel your plans. I’m not kidding.
This Saturday, May 17th at McNally Jackson Books at 4pm, in honor of the inaugural Indies First Storytime Day, twelve intrepid bookish folks invite you to join Milo, Tock, and the Humbug as they embark on an epic quest to bring Rhyme and Reason back to the Kingdom of Wisdom.
Join our heroes as they navigate a perilous royal banquet in Dictionopolis! Cheer as they realize that they, and they alone, can restore the semblance of order to a world gone crazy! Thrill at the theatrical stylings of writers who haven’t rehearsed but whose scripts contain stage directions anyway! And, of course, rediscover the magic of a book you have loved since forever. Extra points if you bring a friend who, through some massive childhood reading fail, has never experienced the magic of The Phantom Tollbooth.
Featuring Sophie Blackall, Matthew Cody, Adam Gidwitz, Claire Legrand, Kekla Magoon, Michael Northrop, Jeffrey Salane, Courtney Sheinmel, Natalie Standiford, Mary G. Thompson, and yours truly, our performance will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Barbara Marcus, president and publisher of Random House Children’s Books, and a book signing.
All ages are welcome. Hope to see you there!Who: You and all your friends Where: McNally Jackson Books (52 Prince Street, between Mulberry and Lafayette) When: Saturday, May 17th at 4pm
This is the place, kids. Preorder your fresh-off-the-press copy of Bluecrowne (plus PDF) here. Payments are processed securely by Gumroad. We expect to ship on or about May 15th, and media rate shipping is included.
Still waiting? WHAT FOR??
Me to post the link?
Hurry, hurry, hurry! There’s still time, but Bluecrowne is counting on you. Yes, you! If you’ve been thinking about contributing to the campaign, now’s the time. Read on for a reminder of what you have to look forward to as a backer of Bluecrowne, or click here if you don’t need convincing and just need to know where to go to join the fun.
1) The Illustrated Bluecrowne. This is the big reason for the campaign. This is why it can’t be done without you. We are hiring a group of young artists to illustrate the book, each in the style of his or her choosing. They will be paid for their work. There will be around 15 artists creating about 20 pieces of art for The Illustrated Bluecrowne, and their edition will be free or pay-what-you-like, so that their friends and family can share their accomplishments without having to pay to do it.
2) New reading material right away. Backers have already gotten their first bonus short story, The Lock, as a celebration of hitting 50%. The next one comes at 75% ($6000), which is only $1350 away at the time of this writing.
3) Great rewards! The art is going fast, but there’s still one signed Greenglass House print by Jaime Zollars, and I’ve just added four signed prints by Andrea Offermann.
4) Oh, and yeah! A new, full-length, stand-alone novel of historical fantasy. You can read the entire first chapter here.
The campaign ends at 11am on Friday, April 25th. Find more info here, including links to The Illustrated Kairos Mechanism, a video of one of the artists at work, and rewards, rewards, rewards. You know you wanna!
Without further ado:
Isn’t it beautiful? As she did with The Kairos Mechanism, Andrea Offermann used hand-cut paper for the silhouetted “ironwork.” Miwako Feuer hand-drafted the title. I sat back and watched them work, because I am useless when it comes to visual arts and design. Thanks to historian and author David Antscherl for making sure we had the correct type, size, and rigging for the cutter in the center image.
Time’s running out for Bluecrowne, though. Only 10 days are left as of this writing (Monday), and we’re only at 50%. Remember that the bulk of the budget goes to hiring young reader artists to create art for the illustrated digital edition. Without the success of the Kickstarter campaign, that won’t happen. So if you’re a fan of fantasy or a fan of kids participating in storytelling, get on over to the Bluecrowne Kickstarter page and do what you can!