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29 April 2008 @ 08:51 am
release day!  

THE QUEEN’S BASTARD is out today. Fine bookstores everywhere should be selling it.

I talk quite a bit about the nerve-wracking aspect of this book over at Magical Words today, and Joshua Palmatier invited me to participate in his author introduction series…where, it turns out, I talked about the nerve-wracking aspects of this book, albeit in a *slightly* different way. :)

I should be less nervous, maybe. It’s my tenth book, which you’d think would settle my nerves some in and of itself. It’s gotten some really nice reviews (money shot from Booklist’s starred review: “…the first of what promises to be an outstanding series featuring a masterfully intricate dance of politics and intrigue in a world with parallels to the Elizabethan era., and Kate Elliott said it was really good, which means more to me personally than Booklist, because ZOMG Kate Elliott! o.o). It has, in fact, already gone back to print, thanks to a big library supplier order, which, y’know, bodes well.

Still. Nervous. Excited. Hopeful. Very hopeful.

I’d love to astound my editor by having the book go back to print again by the end of May. It only (only!) needs to sell about 15,000 copies to do that. That’s either 10 copies per person on my friends list, or one copy per person plus nine more that y’all convince other people to go buy. :) So send people to read the excerpt and to drool over the cover and help me make a little noise about this one, please? *looks charming and hopeful* :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Earth-bound misfit: Everything's under controlcaptainlucy on April 29th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
It is a very pretty cover, isn't it?
Helped immensely, of course, by the fact that the building in the background looks a helluvalot like the Lanyon Building here at Queen's Uni. :)

And the damn fine bodice helps too. ;)
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Laura Anne Gilman: poohsuricattus on April 29th, 2008 10:57 am (UTC)
Yay release date!

(I have yet to have a release date where Amazon et al didn't start shipping early, the bastids, so I'll just have to throw all my day-of excitement at you. *grin*)
kitmizkit on April 29th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Y'know, weirdly, Amazon seems to ship a lot of my books /late/ rather than early. I think this is the first time I really remember somebody mentioning it shipping a bit early, and that was early in the sense of "it'll arrive on Tuesday", pretty much.
Mary Annepers1stence on April 29th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
I got an email Sunday that said my copy of TQB is shipping from Amazon.
miladyinsanity on April 29th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
Yay yay yay!
Kristine Smithkristine_smith on April 29th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
The cover s *very* eyecatching.

The story sounds great, too.
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kit: tqbmizkit on April 29th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Hooray for prominent displays! Yay! I hope you enjoy it. :)
xnamkradxnamkrad on April 29th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to reading it.
connaticconnatic on April 29th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
Congrats. Amazon is shipping my copy any day now and I am very much looking forward to reading it.
Denysedenyse on April 29th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Congrats and good luck!
Big Ferretbigferret on April 29th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the release! I know the book is going to do great!
silkiemom on April 29th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
When I went to Borders today it was not on the shelves yet. I made faces, and one of the clerks found it on a cart of new arrivals that hadn't been put out on the floor yet. Bah. They did let me buy one anyway. Book!
dqg_neal: anubisdqg_neal on April 29th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
The dang B&N near my work still hasn't gotten it in... and I doubt the one near my house will either. They didn't even have Jim Butcher's book on the first day of release. I wonder how these places stay in business.
dqg_neal: Cutedqg_neal on April 29th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
Happy update.
My wife is the best. Apparently she pre-ordered it through Amazon. So she had a copy of the book waiting for me when I picked her up from work.
kitmizkit on April 30th, 2008 07:46 am (UTC)
Ooh. You better appreciate her a lot! Hooray!
dqg_neal: Cutedqg_neal on April 30th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
I do, I do.

Of course I imagine her responce is something along the lines of I do believe in fairies. At least thats the responce I'm sure she'd give me in responce to me doing a similar act. You know, like I really meant it.

Of course I did a small favor for her and picked up Jim Butcher's Small Favor for her during my lunch hour when it first came out, so I hope that it at least even out the brownie points.
Nimtouchstone on April 29th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
The Borders near my office had it - upright, cover-out position on the New Fiction table, just as you come in the door. Nice and prominent :)
kit: tqbmizkit on April 29th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Sweeter words an author never heard!
Janne: Yzma bah humbugjanne on April 29th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
After actually having pre-ordered the book ages ago, I got this in the mail from amazon.co.uk today:

We are sorry to report that the following items have been delayed:

C. E. Murphy (Author) "The Queen's Bastard" [Paperback]
Estimated arrival date: 15/05/08 - 30/05/08

We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes.
fafnar on April 29th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Bah!
Does that mean it is sold out and waiting for a new shipment?

(Bad news for janne, good news for mizkit?)
kitmizkit on April 30th, 2008 07:43 am (UTC)
Re: Bah!
That would be lovely, wouldn't it? :)
annathepiper on April 30th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
I have my copy of TQB! Hurray! ^_^
kitmizkit on April 30th, 2008 07:43 am (UTC)
wortschmiedinwortschmiedin on April 30th, 2008 08:08 am (UTC)
Heheh Ce, I am just waiting to get my allowance for next months :P