Just some quick updates this week. Sorry if I’m not my usual ranty-pantsed self. I’d tell you that I have no time for jibba-jabba, but only Mr T can say that shit without coming off like a twat.
In regard to ARCs, please be aware we have limited numbers, and I have very little/no say as to who gets them. I love that people are interested in the book, and I would love to have all you enthusiastic awesome folks get your hands on an ARC so you can spread the word (presuming you don’t think it sucks when you read it, of course, which is still 50/50) but I have very little control over this part of the process. If it were up to me, ARC winners would be chosen via one-handed knife fight, conducted in a massive flying arena, transmitted via Pay Per View and commentated by Jessie ‘the Body’ Ventura and ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund. So maybe it’s best that I actually don’t get much of a say.
If you don’t manage to get a physical ARC, STORMDANCER will be going up on Netgalley closer to release. And of course, I’ll be giving away copies on GR and whatnot as we edge closer to the launch date. So don’t get bummed out.
In other news:
Mr Patrick Rothfuss, #1 NYT Bestselling author of THE NAME OF THE WIND and THE WISE MAN’S FEAR has read STORMDANCER and he said some very nice things about it and told us we could put those very nice things on the cover. Yay us.
Ms Marissa Meyer, NYT Bestselling author of CINDER has also read it, and said some awesome things about it too. Double yay.
Ms Beth Revis, NYT bestselling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE read it too, and used words like ‘adored’ and ‘loved’ when describing it, so that’s pretty frackin’ cool.
I don’t know any of these lovely peoples personally. We’re not on the same imprint, we don’t share the same editor. Patrick and I have the same agent, but believe me when I say he’s not the sort of fellow who would say he liked something if he didn’t. So initial unbiased feedback from some pretty awesome authors would seem to indicate that the book does not, in fact, suck. As you can imagine, this comes as something of a relief.
We’re building jaykristoff.com atm. A very talented buddy of mine is helping me (ie, doing all the real work) and it’s looking pretty great. I’ll be giving stuff away when we launch it in a month or so.
And finally, we’re designing the interiors and cover for the US edition of STORMDANCER. The US guys are giving me an extraordinary amount of input, which is very cool, and the book is looking swish. We’re having some kanji done for the interiors by the same uber-awesome artist who did my tattoo. In other happy-pants inducing news, the amaaaaaaaazingly talented Mr Jason Chan is doing our cover illustration for us. I’ve seen prelim sketches and the work he’s doing is… well, it’s kinda like this.
As a special treat, I wanted to show you a little piece of it. Just a tiiiiiiny piece for you folks who’ve been so cool along this road so far. Because you’re all fucking amazing, and I’m incredibly grateful anybody aside from my mum gives a toss about this little world that I’ve made.
But then my editor threatened to send the MacMillan Ninja Death Squad after me, so I’m afraid you’ll have to wait just a little while longer.
But it’ll be worth it, I promise 🙂