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09 April 2008 @ 11:49 am

My editor at Del Rey sent a couple copies of THE QUEEN’S BASTARD ahead of the contracted author copies so that I could see them soonest. Oh my god. This is a beautiful, beautiful, *beautiful* book. Ted, in awe, said, “This is *hot*,” and it *is*. I cannot *wait* for this to go on the shelves so people can get it, because oh my GOD it’s gorgeous. I ran around the house shrieking and doing the beauty queen thing and being all tearful. It’s *so* pretty.

And it’s the mark of a couple pretty freaking significant landmark for me. First, it’s my first non-Harlequin book. Second, it’s my TENTH FREAKING NOVEL! ZOH. MY. GOD.

And third, I now have one million words in print.

Not too damned bad for somebody whose first book came out in June 2005, eh?

*beams like a frakking fool*

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Natural20natural20 on April 9th, 2008 11:56 am (UTC)
That's fantastic! Yay you!

So, er, are the books gonna keep getting taller? I mean, in three more years, when your twentieth book comes out, am I going to have to buy giant bookshelves? :)
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Doing simply dreadful things tooclanwilliam on April 9th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
Don't be silly - by then they'll be cloning her and you get a free author with every book.
irishkate: Storm prettyirishkate on April 9th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
oooh - I Can think of a few books I'd buy were that the case......
dqg_nealdqg_neal on April 9th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Dang.. talk about making the competition for authors more difficult... cloning successful authors. *sigh*

hegemony hedgehogagrimony on April 9th, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
I seriously do not understand the trend for bigger and bigger and bigger books. Especially when evidence suggests they are not actually giving you more story for the increase.

Though, yay for mizkit!!! :)
kitmizkit on April 9th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Well, all the houses seem to have slightly different sized trade paperbacks. Luna's are a bit shorter than most. And, um, well, TQB has 15K more words of story than the Old Ra^H^H^H^HNegotiator books do...! :)
allaboutm_e: Morganaallaboutm_e on April 9th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
Part of the reason -- aging readers. Seriously. Text size matters.
kit: writingmizkit on April 9th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
in three more years, when your twentieth book comes out


*attempts to count*

Even if _all_ the anthologies go through, and I sell the YA trilogy, I don't *think* I'll have 20 books on the shelves in another 3 years. Not more than...

...Jesus god, it's just possible that if the YA trilogy sells I might.


I will attempt to convince them to not make Giant Books in 3 years' time. O.O
irishkate: booksirishkate on April 9th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
NO - I believe you told me not to let you have this heavy a workload again - so it will be 4 years before you reach 20 books -
kitmizkit on April 9th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
Well, the 3 short stories I have lined up for anthologies aren't, you must admit, quite as much of a burder as 100+K novels. :)
irishkate: writingirishkate on April 9th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)

::suspicious look::

no I suppose not.

in which case..

::balloons and wild exhibiting of joy::

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