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22 February 2008 @ 02:09 pm
many, many things  

This has been a very busy week. Some highlights:

* I’ve been invited to be a workshop teacher at a writer’s conference in South Carolina this October. I’ll post more about that when I have more details, but it looks like a really exciting, intense weekend, and I’m looking forward to it. It’s also the weekend before WFC, so we’re thinking we might just go Stateside and stay there a few weeks like we did last year.

* I’ve arranged a bonanza signing at the Forbidden Planet in London, tentatively scheduled for 20 September. The entire Negotiator trilogy will be out by then, as well as THE QUEEN’S BASTARD, and of course all the Walker Papers that are currently available. There should also be three issues of Chance out at that point, so, yeah: a bonanza signing event. More as I know it on that, too.

* Question from comments: The inside of HoC advertises HoF as coming in September 2008. Has that been officially changed, or was August only tentative? Answer: I just couldn’t remember when it was coming out, and kept thinking it was August. It’s September. :)

* HOUSE OF CARDS is out! Officially it’s out on Tuesday, but numerous people have reported seeing it in the bookstores! Quick! Go forth! Buy it! Get me onto a bestseller list! *hopeful eyes* :)

* Lots of Chance news:
» After discussion, the Dabels and I have decided to postpone the TAKE A CHANCE launch until July. The May schedule was a leetle too ambitious to give the comic the lead-up and promotion we all think it deserves, so we decided to give it a proper launch at San Diego Comic Con. Now I just have to figure out how to get there myself. *passes the hat*

» Chance #1 is in the can. I’ll be checking over the pages one last time today and then uploading the files for the Dabels. One down, forty-seven to go!

» I have lined up a totally spectacular cover artist for issues 2-5. I’ll do announcements as to who later, once we’ve gotten contracts and everything ironed out, but Marvel fans from the 90s will recognize his work, if not necessarily his name. I’m incredibly thrilled. :)

» I’ve found a new artist for Chance! This has been a long process with a lot of very talented artists auditioning for the job, but to my delight I’m actually going to be working with a guy I talked to…three years ago now? Wow. When I did my initial search for an artist. Aleksandar Sotirovski is a Macedonian artist with a fantastic portfolio and a lot of professional credit, particularly in Europe, and I think his Chance is going to be just as sexy and fantastic as Ardian’s, but with Aleksandar’s own twist on her. Here’s the rough draft character sketch he sent me a few weeks ago:

We’ll be getting started on the first of Aleksandar’s issues in April, probably, and start really hitting the ground in around July–after I’m done with these last couple books I’ve got due.

» It also looks like some of my Ambitious Plans regarding Chance may well come to fruition. I will, once again, keep people posted as I know more, but I’m pretty excited about the prospects.

Overall, I’m really pleased with where things stand with Chance. It’s honestly a huge relief for all of us that the comic’s not going to launch until July, and between that and having found an artist, wow, walking on air here. It’s a big burden off my back for a while, and I’m very glad about that.

* My hand is healing up. I’m even kind of using it to type today. I think as long as I remain sensible over the weekend I should be back at work Monday. Whew.

* And last, though hardly least, Ted is smashingly handsome in pinstripes:

(more smashingness here and here!)
(x-posted from the essential kit)
Dreamshadowmorgie on February 22nd, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
HOUSE OF CARDS is out! Officially it’s out on Tuesday, but numerous people have reported seeing it in the bookstores! Quick! Go forth! Buy it! Get me onto a bestseller list! *hopeful eyes* :)


Well, I was considering going to the mall to get my hair cut... now I gotta! (Cause one must have reading material while waiting, of course!)

Dreamshadow: Broken memorgie on February 22nd, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
Also, weird fact. Went to Amazon, and they've linked Susan Krinard info to...er.. most of it.

Very weird.
kitmizkit on February 22nd, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
MRNGNGH. We got this fixed once. I've emailed my editor to let her know. Thanks. :p
Kerry aka Trouble: Mecontrouble on February 22nd, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
*pout* I pre-ordered HoC, but Amazon says shipping date is March 5 *want NOW*
kitmizkit on February 22nd, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
For some weird reason that seems to happen a lot with pre-orders. I have no idea why!
Kerry aka Trouble: full body Mecontrouble on February 22nd, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
It's a shame because they give a discount for pre-ordering and saving money is a good thing, but having to wait extra long for my books is not. I like the start of this series and I hate waiting so long between books - when is the third one due out?
kitmizkit on February 22nd, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
September! Not really very long at all! :)
Lady Doomlithera on February 22nd, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Usually because we have to get the inventory into OUR warehouse and then turn it around and send it out to the customer. Usually this takes a day or two as most publishers won't send us the product early so we can promise day of delivery to customers.

kitmizkit on February 22nd, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
Well, that part makes sense, but then the occasional notifications of Amazon shipping 5 days before release date really make no sense! It's all very confusing. :)
karistankaristan on February 22nd, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
Ooh, another book that I might be able to get before my birthday! Congrats on all the fantastic news. Also, Ted does look quite smashing, verily so. Men should wear suits more often.
Myles Corcoranmylescorcoran on February 22nd, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
That's excellent news on the work, hand, and husband fronts. Ted has something of the John Steed about him in last pic, no? Rraorrw!
Lauraskeagsidhe on February 22nd, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
Wow. Ted cleans up good. Who would ever have guessed?! ;-)
Min: BloodTies/MikeThinBlueLinephantomminuet on February 22nd, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
That's a fabulous sketch. And Ted looks very handsome in his stripes. :-)
Lady Doomlithera on February 22nd, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Well, darling, if you need a place to stay in San Diego, I have cheap hotelness. It isn't fancy and is probably down right scruffy, really, but you're more than welcome to crash with me. Anything else I can do to help get you there, lemme know.
kitmizkit on February 22nd, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
I will very much keep that in mind, thank you!
Sionainn: celtic knotsionainn on February 22nd, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Wow, Ted looks very *Irish* in that suit (and perhaps it's the expression also).

Very dapper indeed. :-)

(Comment edited because I didn't mean to put my 'crazy purple clown' icon but rather my 'celtic knot' icon... *chortle*)

Edited at 2008-02-22 05:48 pm (UTC)
J.K.Richárdneutronjockey on February 22nd, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
Catie, that artist is amazing. SRSLY. You have a knack for picking them stylistically.

Ted needs a Zoot Suit. I think Ireland is ready for Zoot suits right?
kitmizkit on February 22nd, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
You have a knack for picking them stylistically.

I do, don't I? :)

Ireland might not be quite ready for Zoot suits. Maybe in another few years. :)
sammywolsammywol on February 22nd, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Love the John Steed! *hoots* Although the self-deprecating 'is this really me?' one is my favourite. I don't think I have seen T outside of a T-shirt and/or leather jacket so this was a bit of a revelation. he can carry it off alright can't he?

Sounds like your life is busyign up again. the FP signing sounds like ti will eb amazing! Will go and buy HoC online now if they will let me have it.
sueldersuelder on February 22nd, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thought you should know - when I went to Amazon to look for House of Cards, your cover was there, but the ratings and reviews were for Shield of the Sky by Susan Krinard.

And the reviews for that one weren't great. :wink:

kitmizkit on February 22nd, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
My editor's been notified. @.@
Michael Curry: altonmcurry on February 22nd, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Hurray for trips to SC that get paid for by someone else. Even if it isn't going to get me any Catie, I'll look forward to hearing about it from Jenn.

And Ted does look quite dapper in that photo!
Natural20natural20 on February 22nd, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, that picture is fantastic, and the artwork ain't bad either. :)

Yay Chance!
La Mutant of Repute: WW - battle readymutantenemy on February 23rd, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
I am so out of the loop! Is the Chance title going to readily available or in limited release when it debuts? I have a box at TFAW and would love to add that title to my monthly list. ;-)
kitmizkit on February 23rd, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
Re: Chance
It should be readily available. I'll post an order form for it when it gets to that time, and you can just bring that right in to your comic shop and have them get it for you for sure. :)
hamsterbook on February 28th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
wrong info?
Is the fictionwise info correct?
p.s.The amazon info is still wrong.
kitmizkit on February 28th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
Re: wrong info?
Mrgh. Notified my editor about Fictionwise. Thank you.
hamsterbook on February 28th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
Re: wrong info?
Glad I could help.
The first week(and especially the first day-Monday) is very important for fictionwise sales. You might ask them to re-enter it into next weeks new books
page(with that discount) after they fix it.