Because I’ve worked in an SF/F specialty store since 1986, I haven’t attended conventions in Toronto as an author; during those, we have a table at the convention and we also need to keep the store open, so I’m seldom an author in Toronto, because: bookseller. BUT:
I will be at the Ad Astra table at the Toronto Comic Con, for those of you who are local, or close to local, on the 18th and 19th of March, 2017. It’s at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
During the signing times, we’ll have books for sale, but if there are specific books you want signed (ummm, by me – and yes, I have signed other author’s books at customer request, but only once), let us know by either sending an email to the store or calling (416 963 9993) before the 17th of March, 2017, and I’ll make sure I have them there (books that are out of print are not, of course, guaranteed >.>)
Come and say hello! I have 2 hours for lunch (or coffee break?) on each day, and I don’t have to be at the table for the entire day :)
A reminder that I will be participating in a google hangout for pixel project’s fundraising drive on the 17th of March, at 8:30. Edit: I’ll be reading and answering questions asked by the moderator/audience in a google hangout – but the session will be live-streamed to a youtube channel for the audience.
I’ll be reading for 10 minutes, and then answering questions, first from a pixel project interviewer, and then from the audience.
Before that, however, my donated perks for the pixelproject fundraiser will be available. The pixelproject fundraising drive offers various perks for donation, sort of like indiegogo or kickstarter.
My items aren’t actually up yet, but will go live on March 11th at 12:00 a.m.
What I’m offering:
1. I’ll sign, personalize, and send 1 book from any of three series: Chronicles of Elantra (in trade paperback, any title), House War (in hardcover, any published title because no: not finished WAR yet), Queen of the Dead (in hardcover, any title). Because I live in Canada and have shed copious tears because of “US only” offers, I’ll mail the books anywhere in the world.
2. 30 minute Google hangout, 1 to 1.
3. I will write a short story based on either a topic or world of your choosing. When I say short, I mean it will not be a novel; I think in the past people have offered short stories of various lengths as donor perks, but it’s me, and I’m terrible at estimating length. I’d rather have the freedom to just write the story from start to finish. (Someone once asked me to donate a 3k word short story, in 2 days, to a project. I laughed a lot and said it would take me weeks to come up with something that short, and I’d have to go through a dozen false starts before I managed it, if I managed it at all.)
So: you could ask me to write a story about Barrani. Or dragons. Or roses. Or sick children. A modern fairy-tale, etc.
Alternately, you can ask me to write a story set in Essalieyan. Or a story set in Elantra. Or set in any of the worlds I’ve written about. (Ummm, they have to be my worlds because I don’t really have permission to write in anyone else’s. I could probably whine at Tanya (Huff) for permission to write in one of hers — but who would want non-Tanya Huff words in a Tanya Huff world?)
You will be the first person to see the story; when I finish it, I’ll send it to you.
I reserve the right to publish it, though. If and when I do, I’ll also send you the finished version, which will likely be ebook (with cover).
It’s been a while since I have written a short story – I’ve been a tiny bit behind on the novel deadlines (she says, giving Grave and War the side-eye).
Karen Rose is offering to match all donations — up to 4,000.00 given on the weekend – so if there’s anything you want as a perk, the time to donate is on the 11th or 12th of March; it will double the donation.