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Snoopy

Yesterday turned out to be a very good day for writing news.

It began with two different, highly positive reviews of The Snow Queen’s Shadow [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy]. Over on the DAWBooks LJ, Joshua Palmatier calls it the best book I’ve written to date, saying, “the end of the book–and ostensibly the end of the series–is perfect.” And at the Green Man Review, Michael M. Jones says the whole series has been, “consistently enjoyable, and one of the best fairy tale updates I’ve seen in many years.”

That right there would have been enough to make my day, but there was more. My agent e-mailed in the morning to let me know that my German publisher would be picking up Snow Queen. Woo hoo! (And are you listening, France?)

I wasn’t sure if this was public or not, but I figure if my agent Tweeted about it, it’s safe to share. He’s also been talking to DAW about doing a 3-in-1 omnibus edition of my goblin books, which would be most nifty. Nothing is in place yet, but when and if this deal becomes a reality, I’ll let y’all know. In the meantime, just the fact that the discussion is happening is pretty darn cool.

Apparently the universe wanted to cram a month’s worth of good news into one day, because that’s not all. I also spoke with my editor yesterday, who confirmed that Libriomancer is going to be my first hardcover original from DAW.

Basically, I view this as leveling up :-) I’m flattered and happy that DAW has enough confidence in me and my writing to take this book to the next level, and I can’t wait to hold the finished product.

I admit that in some ways, I liked having my stuff come out as mass market paperback originals. Or, as I’ve been known to say, “I like being cheap and easy!” On the other hand, a hardcover release should mean a bit more review attention, a potential boost in library sales, and better royalties, all of which are also good things.

I assume the new plan will be to release the hardcover in August of 2012 and do a paperback about a year later, perhaps coinciding with the second book in the series. I don’t have any details, but will share them once I do.

And then I went home and ended the evening with ice cream and the Phineas & Ferb movie.

All in all, I’d say that was a pretty good day!

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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mtlawson
Aug. 9th, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
Basically, I view this as leveling up

I guess that means you can quest for your Paladin's charger, right?

Congrats, Jim!!
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
I'm torn between going after the NYT Bestseller feat or the Hollywood Movie Deal feat...
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sistergoddess
Aug. 9th, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
Congrats! You deserve all of this good news, and that's enough to chase away a month of blah news!!

Happy for you and I'm waiting patiently ( not really) on my copy of the snow queen's shadow!
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
scottakennedy
Aug. 9th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the hardcover, Jim! That's great news (in addition to all the rest, of course).
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Scott!
la_marquise_de_
Aug. 9th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
That's excellent news: many congratulations.
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yep, I think this meets my good news quota for the month :-)
cathshaffer
Aug. 9th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I wasn't aware that Daw had hardcovers, but I'm clueless that way!
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Yep, usually one title a month is hardcover or TP, and the rest are paperbacks. (I'd have to double-check to make sure I'm remembering this right...)
chickwriter
Aug. 9th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
\0/ with a side of w00t!
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
samhenderson
Aug. 9th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
Good days, esp. good writing days, are marvelous. Congratulations!
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!
paulskemp
Aug. 9th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
Congrats on all counts, Jim. Great news.
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Paul!
threeoutside
Aug. 9th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
Yeehaw! Congrats X 3, dood!
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you x 3 :-)
filkertom
Aug. 9th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
Truly excellent all around. Congratulations, hugs, and a big honkin' HURRAY!
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Tom!
guinwhyte
Aug. 9th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
Congrats on all the good news!

The ending of Snow Queen's Shadow was, indeed, perfect. And it made me cry. Very few books make me cry, so that's quite an accomplishment.
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Egotistical as it might be, I'm really proud of this one, so it means a lot to know it worked for people.
jadesfire55
Aug. 9th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
Woohoo, congrats on all the good news! Hitting the big time with a hardcover release. :)

Does your German publisher also have the other three princess novels, or is Snow Queen the first? I couldn't tell.
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Germany has already published the first three, so I've been waiting and hoping they'd pick up number four.

France is in the same position. They bought the first three, and have already published 1 and 2. Not sure if 3 is out over there yet or not. I'm hoping they'll follow Germany's lead...
jabberwockpie
Aug. 9th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
*melodramatic sigh* Well I suppose I'll have to compromise my rule of "Try very very hard to wait for paperback and then break down and spend more to get the hardcover anyway because I can't wait that long" just because it's you. I'll simply have to buy the book when it comes out straight away instead of arguing with myself for a month or two.

It'll be a pain to ship a copy to my friend in England, though. She loves all of the Princess and Goblin books I've sent her. (Note to self: pick up extra copy of Snow Queen's Shadow and mail it when finances permit.) It'd be nice if a publisher in the UK would pick them up, though.
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
Aw. Thank you :-)

"It'd be nice if a publisher in the UK would pick them up, though."

We're working on this for Libriomancer. It's one of the things we talked about when negotiating the deal last year. I believe the synopsis and first three chapters have been submitted to DAW's subrights folks, and at this point we're waiting to see whether we can get a deal for a UK edition. Fingers crossed!
jonhansen
Aug. 9th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
Nice, dude. We libraries do like the hardcovers, I have to say.
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
And I like the libraries, so it's a win-win!

Also, the fact that the hero of the book is a librarian is in NO WAY a greedy ploy on the part of the author to get more libraries to buy the book...
blythe025
Aug. 9th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
Congrats! That's wonderful. :D
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
dan_phi
Aug. 9th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
Now that's the way to start the week! Congrats on all of it.
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Though packing all the good news into one day does leave one with a rather vague sense of waiting for the other shoe...

So far though, Tuesday has been relatively shoe-free :-)
sartorias
Aug. 9th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
YAY!!!
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Sherwood!
dr_phil_physics
Aug. 9th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
As for a Goblin movie, I have only two words to say: Andy Serkis.

Also, since you already have the author's leather jacket, as a snooty hardbound first edition author, I think you need dark glasses. (snicker)

Dr. Phil
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
I will try to remember to bring the old prescription sunglasses the next time I go to an event where you'll be :-)
deborahblakehps
Aug. 9th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
Whoo hoo!!!! I love good news :-)

(Me next, please?)
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
If I knew what steps to take to generate a day like yesterday, I'd happily share them. Looking back over the weekend, hm...

Step 1: Kill roughly 40 mosquitoes in the living room.
Step 2: Spend 3 hours at a D&D game fighting some sort of Sandman golem thing.
Step 3: Eat too much pizza.

There may be other steps, I'm not sure. Will have to try again and see if I can repeat the results :-)
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stevie_carroll
Aug. 9th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on leveling up, and all the rest too.
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
controuble
Aug. 9th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
Congrats on all the great news!
There are very few authors I am willing to pay hardcover prices for, but I do believe you are one of them :)
And if it comes out when you think it will, you can sign it for me at Windy next year, right? Or will you be coming to Chicon?
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And yes, I definitely intend to be at one or the other con, if not both :-)
kmarkhoover
Aug. 9th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo! That was a very good day indeed. Congratulations! :)
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
snapes_angel
Aug. 9th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
"All in all, I’d say that was a pretty good day!"

Yes. Yes, it was - congratulations!
jimhines
Aug. 9th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks :-)
socchan
Aug. 9th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
*eyes the hardcover book announcement* You sure we couldn't just work out a trade of some sort? Crocheted princesses and/or goblin(s) and/or fire spider for ARC? No? That might violate some sort of law, tax or copyright related? *sigh* I figured as much. *starts saving*

Also, how great was that Phineas and Ferb movie? So great! [/meaningless opinion]
shanrina
Aug. 10th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
Congrats!
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