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Worldcon schedule

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I mentioned in my last post that I would be attending the Worldcon in Chicago this year. My schedule is below:

Friday, August 31: 1:00 — 1:30 p.m.

Reading: Michelle Sagara West


Friday, August 31: 3:00 — 5:00 p.m.

Writer’s Work­shop, Section G.


Saturday, September 1: 4:30 — 6:00 p.m.

Kaffeeklatsche with Michelle Sagara West


Sunday, September 2: 3:00 — 4:30

Auto­graph session 15: Brenda Cooper, Jack McDe­vitt, Kathryn Sullivan, Lawrence Watt-Evans,  M Todd Gallow­glas, Michelle Sagara West, Mike Resnick, Takayuki TATSUMI


I’m going to take a couple of author’s copies of Cast in Peril to Chicago, because they just arrived.

22 Responses to Worldcon schedule

  1. Kirsten says:

    If I were going to be in Chicago, I’d spend consid­er­able time and effort to cadge one of the Cast in Peril books off you. I’m looking forward to it so much!

  2. ambyr says:

    Any guesses on what the book limit will be at the auto­graph session? I do not want to over­load you! But it is going to be awfully hard to pick which books I love the most.

  3. michelle says:

    I don’t think there’s a limit to the number of books, or at least not a stated limit. The signing is an hour and a half long, so I would just bring every­thing :D

    (Authors who are not Neil Gaiman are always worried that no on will show up for the signing. Always. Tanya Huff once asked someone, after a panel, to bring their books to her signing because she was — yes! — afraid no one would show up. He had to wait 45 minutes in line.)

  4. ambyr says:

    So that’s, hmm, 21 books, not counting the already-signed ones. Excellent!

    .…I may need a bigger suit­case, here.

  5. Jacob says:

    So just for clar­i­fi­ca­tion, if I plan to come to worldcon, which day should I meet you to get a copy of cast in peril or is it any time I can meet you I can get a copy?

  6. Heather says:

    I was on the fence about going to my first Worldcon until I saw you would be there. I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s all about and meeting you! I’ll be bringing my Sun Sword series (minus book 5, of course)…

  7. michelle says:


    Ummm, when I said a couple, I meant a couple — I hadn’t quite decided what I was going to do with them >.. If we drove, I would have been able to bring more — but because my husband now has to be in Montreal for two weeks leading up to the 4th of September, I’m stuck taking a plane & luggage. 

  8. Jennifer says:

    I have recently started reading the Chron­i­cles of Elantra but I am unable to find the 3rd book anywhere. Will this book be reprinted?

  9. michelle says:

    I’ve just sent email asking. In the mean­time, I know we have copies at the book­store I work in — but it’s in Toronto. It’s http://​www​.bakkaphoenix​books​.com.

  10. Joey says:

    The latest from the recently-posted pocket program is 3 books (or auto­graphs) per instance during the auto­graph session.. One may then go back to the end of the line for 3 more, and so on. 

    (Dear Author: Might that person who waited for Ms. Huff be … me?)

  11. Joey says:

    Haha­ha­ha­haha! Good try!

  12. Joey says:

    And you never know: Book 5 might be avail­able in the dealers’ room for a not-huge amount!

    Btw, if a small gath­ering of Michelle fans + Michelle could be pulled together, would you attend?

  13. Joey says:

    Also, if a small gath­ering of Michelle fans + Michelle could be pulled together, would you attend?

  14. michelle says:

    (Dear Author: Might that person who waited for Ms. Huff be … me?)

    It absolutely would. I only mentioned it because the idea that no one would show up for Tanya Huff was so ridicu­lous, and high­lighted the nature of authors being neurotic :)

  15. Lesa says:

    Barnes & Noble is saying Cast in Peril will be out Sept. 18 and your web site says Sept. 25. When is the real out date for Cast in Peril. I sure hope Sept. 18.

  16. Genna Warner says:

    Lesa, Michelle always post the offi­cial street date. Some books stores know they are getting the book sooner then that and will sell it sooner. B&N and Amazon both state they will have the book by the 18th and will start selling it then. The dates are always an approx­i­ma­tion because anything can happen in transit.

  17. The orig­inal date listed was the 25th of September, but the date was moved back to the 18th. Neither of these are an exact date, though, because they refer to the print version. So the 18th is the date at which anyone *should in theory* be able to find it at any store.

  18. I have recently started reading the Chron­icles of Elantra but I am unable to find the 3rd book anywhere. Will this book be reprinted?</em?

    Amazon & B&N now list Cast in Secret as avail­able in mass market paper­back. I think the reprint wasn’t listed prop­erly some­where, but that’s been corrected now — thank you so much for the heads up!

  19. Penny says:

    I am curious. Why does the e‑book for Cast in Peril come out two weeks after the paper­back? It seems this would discourage e‑book sales.

  20. michelle says:

    When I asked this I was told that ebooks have always gone on sale on the first day of the release month.

    CAST IN PERIL is an October 2012 title, according to HLQ’s internal metrics, and according to the sales kits. When we order CAST IN PERIL for our book­store, we’re ordering for the month of October, from a folder in which all October 2012 titles from all the avail­able single title lines are presented.

    October titles ship in mid-September. Every other publisher of mass markets offers books by month in the same way that HLQ does: October 2012 titles pretty much all ship in September; by October, the books should be avail­able at all of the stores that ordered them from the publishers.

    Five years ago, none of the on-line book­sellers could sell *phys­ical* copies of books until the offi­cial on-sale date. So at that time, both the phys­ical book and the ebook were on-sale on the same date from any on-line vendor.

    But actual, phys­ical book­stores were not bound by the “on-sale” date. The book­stores received the books from the publisher on the date they arrived, and gener­ally shelved them on that day or the day after. 

    Which meant both Borders and B&N had actual, phys­ical copies of books in the store before Amazon was allowed to sell them to consumers.

    And then consumers would cancel their orders at Amazon and buy the book in a phys­ical store instead (even if the phys­ical stores weren’t discounting heavily). Being forced to abide by on-sale dates was losing sales for Amazon, which wasn’t consid­ered fair. 

    Some time around two years ago the offi­cial on-sale date (such as it is, since it was always shaky) became irrel­e­vant for phys­ical books. Amazon would list the offi­cial date initially, and then revise. So they had to shift the way they handled offi­cial “on-sale” date for phys­ical books so that all sellers of phys­ical books were in rough parity. Borders/B&N/Amazon would have books at roughly the same time, and could sell them at roughly the same time.

    The offi­cial on-sale date is preserved for ebooks because no ebook vendor can scoop another ebook vendor on release date — they *all* get to sell it at the same time. Because the books are shipped and have to travel across the country, there can be a week vari­ance between one book­store and another. But with ebooks there isn’t.

    I don’t think it’s meant to discourage ebook sales — I think the thinking is that people who want ebooks can buy from their vendor of choice, regard­less of vendor, on the on-sale date. But now, people get frus­trated if the phys­ical book can be purchased before the ebook can =(.

  21. shauntel says:

    I ordered the book from Amazon​.com overnight mail, and usually with other books they get here by the due date. This one hasn’t. It hasn’t even been shipped. I ordered it on the 30 Aug. When they have the books in even if they are not shipped they have a “in stock” posted with the book. Instead they have shipped within 1 – 3 weeks.

    Even the local book­stores, (Barnes and Noble) where I am don’t have a copy. I am so frustrated. 

    Sorry, Just venting, and wandering if book stores recieved your book late? I was soooo waiting for the book today. I even circled on my calendar.

    I don’t know why with your books I can’t trust the local stores with getting a copy in timely manner, (usually 2 weeks late) so I have been ordering them. I love your books so it is very very sad situ­a­tion for me. Big Sigh!

    Frus­trated and waiting Avid Reader:(((

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