Brilliant Devices: audiobook status

Since Audible.com put Lady of Devices on sale back in the spring, many, many listeners have been introduced to the Magnificent Devices world. They’ve raced through books two and three, and I’ve had lots of reader mail asking for book four.

Fiona Hardingham and I are just going into production on the audiobook for Brilliant Devices, and we hope to have it completed by summer’s end. Thanks so much for your messages—it’s really encouraging to both of us that the audiobooks are being so well received!

 

Alice Chalmers, cover girl

We turn our attention now to the socially awkward but fiendishly talented Alice Chalmers, who seems to have got herself into a bit of trouble that just might interfere slightly with Lady Claire’s wedding plans. While I figure out what this entails, noodling away in the back of my mind while I finish the Amish novel and the Kindle Worlds novella that come ahead of A Lady of Integrity in the queue, I have a question for you.

Notice how I turn to you folks for advice? You seem to be a very smart group of people with decided opinions, and that’s more valuable to me than Klondike gold.

Squirrel! The Klondike Gold Rush begins only two years hence in story time! Squirrel!

::smacks head:: Where was I? Right. Alice. I’m getting ready to do the cover for Book 7, which is going to have Alice on it. Which of these two girls looks most like she ought to have the part? Top or bottom?

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Bit of a poser, innit?

 

Jay Lake, June 6, 1964 – June 1, 2014

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Sincere condolences to Jay’s family and friends. The grandeur of his imagination was staggering and he will be missed.

Originally posted on Et in arcaedia, ego.:

I was away from the internet much of yesterday but news of the passing of my dear friend and talented client, Jay Lake, reached me regardless. I always kept thinking and hoping it would be tomorrow or tomorrow or tomorrow, and never today, that there would be a world with no Jay Lake.

The first time I met Jay Lake was at Worldcon in Toronto in 2003. It sure seems like I’ve known him longer than that. We sat in the lobby of the Fairmont Royal York and talked for a really long time. The first thing he sent me to read was a draft of MAINSPRING. The first cheese he ever bought me was Sottocenere al tartufo. At the time, it was the fanciest cheese I had ever eaten. Last night, in his honor, I bought a cheese I have never tried before.

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Love is a Mystery: On sale today!

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  • She’s Gotta Be Mine by Jennifer Skully
  • The Honeymoon Cottage by Barbara Cool Lee
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  • Caught You Looking by Shelley Adina

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Do you like serials?

Here in what Joe Konrath and Barry Eisler refer to as the “shadow industry” of self-publishing (I feel so clandestine!), trends come and go. Free books, 99-cent bundles, funnels—you name it, someone has a marketing strategy for it. Me, I dabble in some things (like the 99-cent bundle of six romantic mystery novels I’m in that’s coming out June 1) but mostly I just keep my head down, play on Facebook periodically, and write.

Until a trend began to bubble with such urgency that I had to lift my head, take the lid off, and have a look at what was in there.

Serials.

As in, connected releases of about ten thousand words each, all ending on a cliffhanger that takes you to the next release 2–4 weeks later. Jane Friedman has a comprehensive discussion of serials at Writer Unboxed, if you’re interested. I’m pretty interested. In fact, I’m torn.

So many books, so little time.

Because in the five years between Books 4 and 5, when Claire and the Mopsies are at university and the lycée, respectively, there are still things going on, to wit:

  • Alice and Jake are somewhere (where?) with her father and his wife and children.
  • Snouts and the Lady launch a covert offensive against the Morton Glass Works in retribution for the mysterious burning of Toll Cottage.
  • Peony Churchill and her mother are working on behalf of indigenous peoples … or are they?
  • Gloria Meriwether-Astor now knows exactly what her father is … but what can she do about it besides run off to Paris and buy a new hat?

In my mind, these questions are ripe for serials. The Letters from the Lady epistolary series seeks to answer some of them, but even I can see that this would mean many boxes of letters, and the attic at Wilton Crescent has its limits. Would a serial be the answer? Say, the first chunk free, the next 99 cents, until an omnibus results that would be priced at some lower amount? The impatient could purchase upon release, and the prudent could wait for the omnibus.

I admit I am torn … and a little apprehensive. The Lady merely raises an eyebrow at me for worrying about things like this when Alice has just written to say she’s in trouble, and says nothing.

What are your opinions?