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Dark Echo says some nice things about the Jenny books, and also truepenny's Mélusine:

Elizabeth Bear's Hammered, Scardown [review website spellchecker issue corrected--eb], and Worldwired (Bantam Spectra) were released in January and July respectively with the third due in November, but consider all three as a single 1000-page mass market paperback debut novel.

They also liked Touched by Venom (recently seen sweeping the blogosphere), Elantris, and several other debuts.

And ETA: The Chains that You Refuse is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Pretty good week, what?

ETA AGAIN. You know, when I posted this, there were some little addenda on it about supporting one's local bookstore or ordering through Powell's or another non-chain bookseller, in preference to Amazon. *sigh*

And there was also a cute little comment to the effect of being pleased I was winning the name-recognition wars with the flower arrangement book and the Santa mysteries, though I'm positive they're perfectly nice Santa mysteries and/or flower arrangements, and if you like that sort of thing there they are.


Livejournal is censoring me when I try to be amusing. But who could blame it?



I "met" the author of Elantrislast year on the NaNoWriMo boards, which is how I heard about the book. As soon as it was released, I bought it, read it, and promptly purchased two more copies for friends.

Hammered is on its way to me now from Amazon. ^_^

Quick question: Which looks better to a publisher - more sales from brick and mortar stores, or more sales from online places? Or does it not matter, as long as there are more sales?

AFAIK, the publisher could care less.

But I personally, as a Yankee lass, believe in supporting local businesses where possible. And as a writer, I believe in supporting bookstores that support writers who don't have a huge marketing push behind them, which is why I recommend the local bookseller over national chains.


As a Southerner, I understand the importance of supporting small local businesses. (Though I admit that most of my recent purchases have been online, since we just moved up here and I don't know my way around much yet.)

You also mentioned ...supporting bookstores that support writers who don't have a huge marketing push behind them.... This is an area of publishing I know nothing about. Is there much competition to get books into bookstores? I guess I just kinda assumed that when a publisher prints books, the bookstore just buys 'em. What do publishers have to do to get their books into stores?
Oh god.

Um. Let's just say that you asked a question that it would take me a month to answer, and explain, and would require a booklet-sized explanation of the publishing, distribution, and bookselling industries... and I'd get it wrong.

But suffice it to say that the big box stores are *far* more interested in moving 25,000 copies of Harry Potter than three copies of me. *g*

Oh, okay. Thanks! That does give me the beginning of the start of a rough idea. It sounds like a hideously complicated thing. :)

and p.s., thank you. *g*
Quick question: Which looks better to a publisher - more sales from brick and mortar stores, or more sales from online places? Or does it not matter, as long as there are more sales?

Publishers could care less, but the chain bookstore order system is broken, in a way that means if the author doesn't move enough through the bookstores, the bookstores may not order enough copies of the *next* book. Since bookstores, and chains especially, cover a much larger percentage of book purchases than online, this can be a real problem for the publisher and the author.

There are several ways to fix this, but meantime, I tend to buy in person when I can, and sometimes to special order in the store instead of online.
Any plans to be near DC for signage? :)
Well, with a little luck, I should be driving through this winter. If you wanted to have coffee....
Eee! Most excellent. :) We even have goff clubs.

For what it's worth: I didn't know he was Mormon till I figured it out from a message board. There was nothing at all that smacked of Mormonism in the book itself. *shrug* I'm not a Mormon, and YMMV, and all that; insert standard disclaimer here.

I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!
They also liked Touched by Venom (recently seen sweeping the blogosphere

You are a diplomatic soul.
*g* The good review seemed worthy of comment in the current climate....
I saw Kelly Link the other night and she told me she'd read it and enjoyed it. So perhaps the famous Excerpt wasn't representative...?
I am in no position to pass judgement, having read neither the excerpt nor the book entire.

Heh: 'notable debut' struck me as just somewhat on the ambiguous side (like whoever it was who used to congratulate actor friends 'What a performance, luvvie, what a performance!').
All I know of _The Chains That You Refuse_ is the title. *sigh* (And the song, of course.) But, wow! What a title!
*g* It's a short story collection.

Title is a Richard Thompson reference, yes?
Amazon say "Customers interested in The Chains That You Refuse may also be interested in...

* Refuse
Companies & classified listings for Refuse"

which doesn't sound like positive marketing to me! Despite which, of course I'm interested!
Well, you know, I think it's just their polite way of saying the book is garbage.
I buy locally when I can, and order locally. I won't go through Powell's online, though. They sell used books online, but do not describe the condition, and when e-mailing them for details on condition I have never gotten a response. Makes me grumpy!
Bad Powell's! No biscuit!

granting you a little leeway...

It doesn't look like THE CHAINS THAT YOU REFUSE is a live link yet -- probably takes longer for booksense.com to get the info from their distributor than Spamazon?

But I'm still very excited!

Re: granting you a little leeway...

Silly Booksense.

You know, I just had an idea. Thank you!

Re: granting you a little leeway...


:: looks intrigued ::

Re: granting you a little leeway...

It's not ripe yet. *g*