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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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swords_and_pens
Mar. 15th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
Done and done. Now to go grab my Nook so I can download it over the WiFi.

Happy Ides of Goblin Day! (or something--I'm not terribly witty just now...)
jimhines
Mar. 15th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I posted a comment on Jig's Twitter feed about how no goblin would ever let his friends get close enough to stab him in the back like that Caesar guy...
silvergryphyn
Mar. 15th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
Yay more Jig! Ordered and will be downloaded to my Kindle when I get home.
jimhines
Mar. 15th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I hope you enjoy 'em!
martianmooncrab
Mar. 15th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
Its always the Year of the Pig(gy)in Space...

jimvanpelt
Mar. 15th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
Hi, Jim. Downloaded my copy a couple of minutes ago for my Kindle. Love the cover! No clickable table of contents, though?

Small fly in an otherwise much anticipated ointment.
jimhines
Mar. 15th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
That's a Kindle "feature," unfortunately. However, I built clickable links into the copyright page that will serve as a makeshift TOC to take you to each story.

The alternative was to hand-code a separate TOC, which would then result in two separate TOCs for anyone not getting the Kindle version. Though I suppose I could have prepared two separate .epub files, one for Amazon (where they don't use the built-in TOC) and one for everyone else...
jimvanpelt
Mar. 15th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
Ah, ha! The copyright page clicks are perfect. Objection withdrawn.
jimhines
Mar. 15th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
That was a suggestion from Steven Saus, specifically for the Kindle. I think I owe him a drink next time I see him :-)
melissajm
Mar. 15th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
Alas, I have neither a Kindle nor a Nook.
jimhines
Mar. 15th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
There are free downloads that will let you read Kindle and Nook books on your computer, if you're interested.
melissajm
Mar. 16th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
Hm!
paulwoodlin
Mar. 16th, 2011 09:02 am (UTC)
I'm trying to imagine what would happen if "Pigs in Space" had a close encounter with "Serenity." Would Ms. Piggy finally have met her match with River Tam? God, the fanfic concept hurts my brain, but I'd love to read what happened if someone actually made it work. Suddenly I'm imagining Kermit and Mal sitting around complaining about the burdens of leadership over a couple of beers. Hey, Muppets/Firefly/Cheers cross over!
writerlystuff.blogspot.com
Mar. 16th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
Loved the trilogy...
...so I'm going to buy this later today.

Can't go wrong for $2.99.

And I'll blog about it this afternoon. :-)

Can't wait!
jimhines
Mar. 16th, 2011 01:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Loved the trilogy...
Thank you! Very much appreciated!
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