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Happy Goblin Day!

Today marks the official release of Goblin Tales, an electronic collection of five goblin-related short stories, available for $2.99 for Kindle and Nook.

Purchase links: Amazon, Amazon.uk, B&N
Coming soon: Kobo, iBooks, Lulu (print edition)

So why should you rush out RIGHT THIS INSTANT to plunk down your hard-earned lunch money for this book? Here are ten reasons in no particular order.

1. Goblins are stereotyped as one-dimensional villains, low-level obstacles to be slaughtered by so-called heroes on their way to the “real” quest. By buying this book, you help fight harmful anti-goblin rhetoric.

2. In keeping with traditional goblin humor, one of the stories features what can best be described as a “tactical diaper.”

3. Gay Fire Spider Fights to Save Science Fiction Convention! Yes, this is an actual story in the collection.

4. If this one sells well, I’ll be much more likely to do other e-releases.

5. Daniel Ernle’s wonderful cover art.

6. The fifth story was the seed for my current project, Libriomancer, meaning you get a taste of what’s to come in another year or two.

7. Pat Rothfuss has talked about buying the rights to Firefly and putting it back on the air. Well, if I make enough money off of Goblin Tales, I’ll buy the rights to The Muppet Show and bring that back!

8. If both Pat and I succeed? Muppet/Firefly Crossover, baby!

9. Lots of nice people have said lots of nice things about my goblin stuff.

10. The book is DRM-free, and I turned off regional and lending restrictions when I posted it for sale.

If any goblin fans would care to spread the word, I’d be much obliged. Cover art is available in small and large.

I’ll be posting announcements and maybe a contest or two on Twitter and Facebook as well, and will probably be talking more about the book, the process, and the numbers later this week.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


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Mar. 15th, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
It is now magically on it's way to the Kindle app on my iPad.
Mar. 15th, 2011 01:45 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo! Gotta love that instabook magic :-)

(no subject) - celtic_catgirl - Mar. 15th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Mar. 15th, 2011 01:49 pm (UTC)
I agree with this in princple, but after the amount of time I've spent on typesetting, cover art tweaking (gotta make sure the spine starts on precisely the right pixel!), and everything else...

Ah well. It will be wonderful when it's finally done, of course! And the price wasn't quite as bad as I expected. I think it will be about $8 to buy direct from Lulu.
(no subject) - nobu - Mar. 15th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 15th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
Now, to figure out which of these my eReader can read. (I have a Kobo, but I think I've put Barnes and Noble books on it before...)
Mar. 15th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
You'll be wanting the ePub format, then. Which is B&N. I believe the Kobo has no problem reading B&N-formatted ePubs.
(no subject) - jimhines - Mar. 15th, 2011 03:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - firynze - Mar. 15th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - apis_mellifera - Mar. 15th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 15th, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
Happy release day!
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Mar. 15th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
You had me at Muppet Show.
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
And of course we'll have to introduce at least one Muppet goblin...
(no subject) - firynze - Mar. 15th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - skidspoppe - Mar. 16th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 15th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
I now have this book on my PC.


Except that I'll have to wait until lunch to start reading. Boo. :(
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good day for an early lunch! :-) (And thanks!)
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
Happy book day!
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
Happy book day!
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
Good luck, Jim!
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
Huzzah for Jig!
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And thanks so much for the review/shout-out on your blog today!
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Mar. 15th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll definitely be babbling about the process and results soon!
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)

I lack an e-reader so I'm very much looking forward to the lulu version....even though it sounds like it's a bear to create.
Mar. 15th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
Both Kindle and Nook have free apps for just about every platform out there, including PC and Mac.
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
I have just four words for you:

"Browncoat Pigs In Space"

That is all.

Dr. Phil
Mar. 15th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
Perfect, particularly if you add in the bacon angle to really lure the geek crowd!
(no subject) - georgmi - Mar. 15th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Mar. 15th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)

Though, er, does "for kindle and nook" mean "only for kindle and nook" right now? We have a different ereader...
Mar. 15th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And what reader do you have? I'm told Kobo can read B&N's epub files, and I suspect others might be able to. I'm still trying to sort out what can read what.
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Mar. 15th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
I've purchased my copy.

I'm holding you to the Muppet thing.

Mar. 15th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
Fair enough, and thank you :-)

I don't have enough to buy the Muppets yet, but I could probably afford a ping pong ball and some felt. It's the first step toward Kermit, right?
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