Huzzah! w00t! At long last!
Narrated by Julia Farhat, you can now beam all the jokes, all the genre emulation, and all the action straight into your ear-holes.
This is a particular pleasure for me, since I spent three years with audiobooks as my primary form of reading, since I spent most of my time as a book rep driving around the Midwest, and reading while operating a motor vehicle is both illegal and difficult.
The Celebromancy audiobook will likely come out very close to the ebook release in July, but that will ultimately be up to Audible, who are producing the audio editions.
If you aren’t already an Audible member, you can get a free audiobook by signing up for a trial membership.
The announcement is finally here! Starting Monday, I will be taking up a post as the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books.
Official press release here - http://angryrobotbooks.com/2012/08/a-warm-welcome-to-our-shiny-new-bot-mike-underwood/
I’ll be doing the job from Indiana for several weeks, then moving to NYC to work out of the US Osprey office. I lived in Brooklyn as a kid, and have visited several times a year with my sales rep job, and I’m excited to be back in the Big Apple, but not nearly as excited as I am to focus all my energy and experience with one publishing house, serving as a brand champion for Angry Robot, Strange Chemistry (the upcoming YA imprint), and Exhibit A (a Crime/Mystery imprint coming Spring 2013).
I first heard of Angry Robot a few years back, when my dad told me about a new SF/F house that Random House was distributing in the states. I immediately loved the cover design, the clear sense of humor in the cover copy and design, and the whacky range of titles they published from the beginning.
These will be a busy few weeks — but don’t worry, Geekomancy readers, I’m still hard at work on the sequel, and will keep plugging along as fast and as best I can.
I’m very happy to have three bookstore events scheduled so far, where I’ll be doing readings, signings, trivia contests, and more.
“But Mike, this is an eBook? How will you sign copies for people?” you might ask. I know I did. But I think I’ve got a pretty good solution cooked up. My tablet lets me take snapshots of pictures and then draw on them with a stylus, so I can create images of the Geekomancy cover, sign them to readers, and then send them by email. It’s not quite the same as a signed paper book, but I think it’s pretty cool. I have also made up book plates (aka business cards), which I can sign with a sharpie. I will also sign other things, as requested (character sheets, RPG books, T-Shirts, etc.) because hey, why not?
The Official Book Launch Party will be on Saturday July 21st, at my friendly local Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Bloomington, IN. I’m very happy that the Bloomington B&N is hosting the launch party, since I used to work at the store, and my time as a barista and bookseller was the start of my career in publishing. I’ll be doing a reading, signing (see above), and hosting a geek trivia contest and a Geeky T-Shirt contest.
I’m also very honored that a couple of my independent bookstore friends will be hosting me for events during my traveling season for work this summer.
Here’s the current list of events!
July 13th, 7:00 PM at CoffeeTree Books in Morehead, KY. Postponed for now. Stay tuned for details.
July 17th, 7:00 PM at McLean and Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey, MI.
July 21st, 6:00 PM at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Bloomington, IN. Facebook page for the event is here.
Today, I got the first blurb for Geekomancy! And it’s a doozy, if I do say so myself.
“If Buffy hooked up with Doctor Who while on board the Serenity, this book would be their lovechild. In other words, GEEKOMANCY is full of epic win.”- Marie Lu, author of the Legend trilogy
I haven’t been blogging much, despite an abundance of bloggable media in the last few months. More of my free time has been alloted to creating geek culture rather than just consuming it.
I started submitting query letters for my New Weird Superheroes novel
- Shield & Crocus
this summer, and recently started a new novel, which is currently known as
- Codename: Metaphysical Fencing Academy
In the meantime, I’ve sold my short story “Kachikachi Yama” to the Escape Pod fiction podcast. Once the story goes live, I will link it directly.
For now, watch
- The Event
and make sure you see
- The Social Network
Variety.com and i09.com are reporting that FOX has renewed Whedon’s Dollhouse for a second season (information points at another 13-episode season order, and staying on the Friday timeslot).
This means that Whedon’s declaration about swearing off television in exchange for doing internet-based work will probably wait for a little while longer, though Joss has been known to have more than a few projects at any one time.
Execs apparently enjoyed the last couple of episodes (as I did), and were convinced by strong DVR/TiVo numbers and the unaired “Epitaph One” as proof that the show could run on a smaller budget.
No word on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, its Friday night mate. While Dollhouse can run on a smaller budget, Terminator requires CGI/elaborate makeup cyborgs, and may not fare as well, despite/because of its willingness to break format/formula and experiment with structure.