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Good News Roundup

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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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!!
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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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!
Aug. 9th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Aug. 9th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the hardcover, Jim! That's great news (in addition to all the rest, of course).
Aug. 9th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Scott!
Aug. 9th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
That's excellent news: many congratulations.
Aug. 9th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yep, I think this meets my good news quota for the month :-)
Aug. 9th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I wasn't aware that Daw had hardcovers, but I'm clueless that way!
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...)
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Aug. 9th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Aug. 9th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
Good days, esp. good writing days, are marvelous. Congratulations!
Aug. 9th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!
Aug. 9th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
Congrats on all counts, Jim. Great news.
Aug. 9th, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Paul!
Aug. 9th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
Yeehaw! Congrats X 3, dood!
Aug. 9th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you x 3 :-)
Aug. 9th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
Truly excellent all around. Congratulations, hugs, and a big honkin' HURRAY!
Aug. 9th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Tom!
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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.
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.
Aug. 9th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)

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...
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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!
Aug. 9th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
Nice, dude. We libraries do like the hardcovers, I have to say.
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...
Aug. 9th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
Congrats! That's wonderful. :D
Aug. 9th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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