Books

Hey guys. A lot of you have been emailing, messaging, tweeting, or what have you asking for ways to get your hands on signed copies of Promise of Blood. This coincides happily with me trying to clean out space for the arrival of my Crimson Campaign copies. I've made a number of different formats of book one available for purchase* (signed and dated). This includes just two copies of Promesse du Sang, the French language version. Click here to find out how to get them.

If you're looking for signed copies of The Crimson Campaign, you can order them from Goldsboro (UK) and VJ Books (US).

*These are only available in the US. International shipping is crazy expensive, as much as $30 per book. If you still want to get a copy from me and are willing to foot the bill for shipping drop me an email at brian (at) brianmcclellan (dot) com.

One Year

Three hundred and sixty five days ago, Promise of Blood hit shelves worldwide. I still have a hard time getting my head around it. My first novel. My book, something that came out of my brain, was released into a thousand or more bookstores all across the globe. It attracted some really great reviews (and some crumby ones). It was blurbed by multiple New York Times Bestselling authors. It broke the top ten in Fantasy on Amazon on several occasions. It did quite well. Far beyond my expectations. I had help, of course. No matter what even the most successful self-published author will tell you, this kind of thing isn't accomplished alone. My agent, editor, cover artist, and all the staff at Orbit. My wife and beta readers. If I've achieved any level of success it's because of these people just as much as it is any effort of my own.

I continue to learn something new every day. I try to keep up with the industry, equipping myself to navigate the ins and outs of that crazy thing we call publishing. And it is crazy. Parts of the business still run like they did a hundred years ago which is absolutely nuts if you think about it. That's a whole blog post (or twenty) all on its own. I've gotten two royalty statements now and I can only make sense of about 60% of them which, from what I can gather, is the norm.

I've made dozens of new friends in the industry. I've met my heroes and found out that they're just regular people (who write incredible books). I've learned that neurosis describes most authors and not just me. I had this fear, and still do from time to time, that I'm a great big phony and that everyone will figure that out and my subsequent books will tank and no one will like me. Then I found out that "Impostor Syndrome" is a thing and just about every author has experienced it to some degree.

During this last year The Crimson Campaign, my second book, went through copy edits and production and will be out in just three weeks. It would have been out in February if Promise of Blood hadn't done so well that Orbit wanted time to give it an extra push. That extra push was successful, by the way, if pre-orders are any indication. The Crimson Campaign has already gone back to a second printing.

I wrote book three, The Autumn Republic. The first draft was accepted and I'm working on edits. I signed a contract for three more books in the Powder Mage Universe, locking me into this world for another four years or more. I find that to be almost as amazing as the fact that I've written three whole novels now. I also wrote and self-published three pieces of Powder Mage short fiction (two short stories and a novella), which people really seem to enjoy. I plan to do several more of those this coming summer.

So that's the last 365 days. It probably sounds like another round of self-congratulatory back-patting. It is. I spend enough days staring at the computer, locked in my office, getting nothing done and wondering what I'm doing with my life that sometimes I need to remind myself that I actually have a job where I'm supporting my family and accomplishing things. Even if people only see the fruits of my labor once every year or so. That might sound a little dark, but I really do love this job. I'm grateful to all the awesome people who buy my books and allow me to keep pursuing my dream every day.

Thank you. And I hope you all enjoy The Crimson Campaign.

Two Weeks Until PoB Paperback

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PromiseOfBlood_FINAL_RP Hey guys! Just two weeks left until the Promise of Blood trade paperback hits shelves in the US. As some of you may have seen on twitter and Facebook yesterday, the UK paperback has entered it's second printing (it's been out since January). That doesn't necessarily mean that the same will happen in the US but it certainly bodes well, so if you want to be certain you'll get your mitts on a first edition of the trade paperback you should pick it up ASAP. Pre-orders are always the best!

And speaking of pre-orders, only six weeks until The Crimson Campaign comes out in the North America and the UK! Woohoo!

UK Paperback

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The UK paperback of Promise of Blood is out today! And there was much rejoicing! Huzzah! You can get it from Amazon, Waterstones, and your local bookstore. It looks like it's also available in Australia. If you're looking for a signed copy of the hardcover, looks like VJ Books still has them in stock. If you want something a little more interesting, there is one signed, lined, and dated copy left at Doodled Books.

UK Paperback

I know what you're thinking. And yes, this looks strangely familiar. I'll tell you a secret. It's the same cover art. I know. Mind=blown. But since the cover art for the hardcover was so stinkin' gorgeous, they're using it in the US, the UK, on paperbacks and hardcovers. All willy-nilly! But the whole point of the paperback is to provide a smaller, cheaper book for fans to read. So here is the size difference:

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And another comparison shot:

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For those of you in the US, the trade paperback won't be out until April 8th, but you can pre-order it on Amazon or B&N. In the meantime, don't forget to pre-order The Crimson Campaign, or grab one of the Powder Mage short stories.

As consolation for the delay of The Crimson Campaign, I've been working on a new Powder Mage novella that I hope to release by the beginning of February. This one takes place many decades before the events in Promise of Blood and features someone we have not met before: Erika, Field Marshal Tamas' wife.