My very first UK signing!

I've just been given the information about my very first UK signing and thought I'd pass it on over to you guys! It'll be at the Hatchet Inn Bristol (hosted by Books on the Hill) from 12-2PM on Saturday, May 19th. It'll start with a panel including three other authors -- Joanne Hall, Peter Newman, and Lucy Hounsom -- after which we'll sign books and hang out and chat. You can respond to the facebook event here.

As mentioned, this is my first event in the UK (as well as my first time ever in the UK) and I couldn't be more excited! I'm hoping locals can make it over to say hi and get your signed copies of Wrath of Empire!

For those of you who can't make it, I will be at MCM London Comic Con the following weekend. My schedule hasn't been announced yet, but I'll post it here as soon as I find out.

Newsletter Giveaway

Six weeks until Wrath of Empire hits the shelves! *runs around screaming*

As part of the countdown, I'm giving away six signed copies of Sins of Empire in trade paperback. To enter, all you have to do is sign up for my newsletter by midnight, April 9th. If you're already signed up, then you don't have to do anything--you're already entered. The giveaway is open internationally. Winners will be chosen at random from the entire mailing list. You can sign up for the newsletter here.

Instagram Giveaway

Seven weeks left until Wrath of Empire hits the shelves! As this week's part of the countdown, I'm giving away something cool and unique over on Instagram: the signed cover proof of the powder mage RPG. Head on over to my Instagram page to see the cover proof and how you can enter to win it! #powdermage

Head's up: the giveaway for next week will require being signed up for my mailing list, so make sure you're on there!

Wrath of Empire fan art contest!

Just eight weeks to go until Wrath of Empire hits shelves! To begin the countdown, I've got something special for the artsy types among you: a contest to win a signed advanced reading copy of the book. Here are the rules:

To participate: you must submit a piece of powder mage fan art, created by you, by April 19th, 2018. That gives you just over four weeks from today to plan and execute. I'm leaving the definition of "art" fairly open: anything creative in a visual media of some kind. 

To submit: Post the art somewhere online, tagged with #powdermage, and be sure to let me know via email brian at brianmcclellan dot com with the subject line WRATH OF EMPIRE ART CONTEST. Please include your mailing address for in case you win. If I don't see it, your piece won't be considered for the contest! By entering you agree to allow me to post the piece on my website (it will not be used commercially and the art still belongs to you).

  • Multiple entries are allowed
  • The contest is open internationally

To win: I'm gonna pick whichever piece I like the best, plain and simple. I'll probably ask my wife for a second opinion if it's close. Here are the winners of a previous contest. A hint for those of you with no artistic talent: making me laugh counts for a lot.

Powder Mage Roleplaying Game - PDF

Hey everyone! I'm delighted to announce that the PDF of the Powder Mage RPG has been delivered to Kickstarter backers. If you're a backer and haven't gotten your update email, head here to learn how to collect your copy.

For those of you who missed the Kickstarter: you can pick it up either from DrivethruRPG or direct from my website here.

Quick update on the physical version: our original printer fell through at the last moment and we're scrambling to get proofs from a new printer. Once we've seen and approved the proofs, we'll let everyone know that printing is a go. You can pre-order the softcover here. Huge thanks to Alan Bahr for helping me get to this point, and once again, thanks so much for your patience.

Sins is a Kindle Daily Deal!

Sins of Empire, book one in Gods of Blood and Powder, is just $2.99 today (US only). If you've read the Powder Mage Trilogy and are looking for the next fix, this is the follow up! Tell your friends. Buy it for a family member. Get an extra copy for your phone because you don't understand how ebooks work. Go wild! Here are the links:

 

War Cry Cover Reveal!

Hey everyone! I am delighted to announce that War Cry, my WWII-esque epic fantasy novella from tor.com (coming this August!), now has a cover. I'll give you a little tease right here, and then send you over to Barnes and Noble's scifi blog where I talk more about the story and show you the whole cover.

As always, I'm hugely grateful to those of you willing to pre-order my books. Here are some links:

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The Mad Lancers Won a Stabby Award!

I am delighted to report that my latest powder mage novella, The Mad Lancers, won a Stabby Award! For those of you that don't know, the Stabby Awards are the yearly tradition of my favorite online community, /r/fantasy. They give out Stabbies for a bunch of different categories, including Best Debut Novel, which was won by Promise of Blood in 2013.

The Mad Lancers, a story that explores the history of the Fatrastan war hero Mad Ben Styke, won Best Novella this year. I couldn't be happier or more grateful to the fans. Thanks guys!

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Wrath of Empire Pre-orders!

Wrath of Empire, the next powder mage novel, is out soon! If you've enjoyed my books so far, I'd mightily appreciate it if you put in a pre-order through your preferred vendor. Pre-orders determine marketing budget, size of first print run, a possible second print run, and so many wonderful things.

Thanks a ton! Links below:

Signed copies

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Audiobook

Upcoming Event: LTUE

This weekend (February 15th, 16th, and 17th) is LTUE; a small science fiction and fantasy convention in Provo, UT. I will be in attendance for all three days. Because of the absurd concentration of authors in Utah, it might be the highest author-to-fan ratio of any con so it's a good chance to come and meet cool people and maybe learn yourself a thing or two at one of the many panels. You can see the guest list here.

My schedule is as follows:

Friday:

  • 2PM; Effective Networking for Authors and Artists in room Zion
  • 3PM; How I Got My Agent in room Arches
  • 7-9PM; Mass Author Book Signing in Exhibit Hall A

Saturday

  • 4PM; Making Money on the Side in room Elm

Siege of Tilpur for Sale

Hey all! Siege of Tilpur, an old powder mage short story of mine that was originally only available in the UNBOUND Anthology, is now available for individual purchase. Chronologically, it's the very first written event in the Powder Mage Universe. Here's the cover copy:

It is the height of the Gurlish Wars. Sergeant Tamas, a young infantryman in the Adran Army, struggles to keep his squad alive despite the blundering incompetence of their superior officers. Not only does Tamas have the curse of being an ambitious commoner in an army where rank is purchased rather than earned, he is also a powder mage. His magical ability to manipulate gunpowder is frowned upon by officers and feared by Privileged sorcerers.

When the Adran Army is about to give up on the siege of an enemy fortress, Tamas seizes upon the opportunity to prove his worth as a strategist and mage. But breaking the enemy on his own won’t be easy, no matter how strong he is.

Find your links below.

A note on pricing: some of you will notice that Siege is only about half the length of my normal novellas, but still priced at the same $2.99. I waffled on this a lot, but the fact is that any self-pubbed books sold on Amazon for less than $2.99 make only a 35% royalty, rather than a 70%. Pricing Siege at $.99 (for instance) would have meant it made 1/6th the amount of money, rather than 1/3rd. After paying for cover art and ebook conversion, it just wouldn't have been worth it. Hope you guys understand!

Cyber Monday Signed Book Sale 2017!

It's time for the annual Cyber Monday Signed Book Sale! As in previous years, some author friends and I have gotten together to offer holiday prices on signed books directly from our websites. This means you can get signed books at a discount, and also send a little more money toward your favorite authors during this holiday season. *My sale ends Wednesday, 12/13*

This year, the participants are Bradley BeaulieuJason HoughMicheal Sullivan. Check out their sales!

As for my own books, here's what I have for sale this year: