My schedule for London Comic Con this weekend. Come find me and say hi!
15:15pm – 16:00pm: Authors of Action – Best-selling authors Brian McClellan (The Gunpowder Mage series Wesley Chu (Time Salvager) and Kevin Hearne (A Plague of Giants) Jen Williams (The Copper Cat trilogy) and Heather Child (Everything about You) discuss what makes a great action scene in fiction. Bloody violence or rated PG? How much does other media – films, television, video games – influence an author when it comes to crafting their action beats? Moderator – Alasdair Stuart
17:15pm – 18:00pm: Once More with Meaning – The great speculative fiction stories throughout the years have always held a mirror up to our society’s own turbulent history. Just look at the works of JRR Tolkein, George RR Martin, Gene Rodenberry, or Stephen King to name a few, to see evidence of this. MCM chats with authors Brian McClellan (The Gunpowder Mage series) Jen Williams (The Copper Cat Trilogy) Wesley Chu (Time Salvager) Lucy Hounsom (Worldmaker Trilogy) and Sam Miller (Blackfish City) to find out how they take real world concerns and stories ripped from the headlines and create engaging speculative fiction around them.
15:00pm – 15:45pm: To Grim or not to Grim – Grim Dark is one of the many sub-genres within fantasy fiction, having enjoyed a massive surge in popularity over the last two decades, thanks in no part to works from authors like George R.R. Martin and Joe Abercrombie. It’s a genre that’s bold, brash and bloody, and it’s got legions of fans. But, like any good sub-genre, it’s also got its detractors. Join fantasy authors Brian McClellan (Powder Mage Trilogy) Scott Lynch (The Gentleman Bastard series) Jen Williams (The Copper Cat Trilogy) Lucy Hounsom (Worldmaker Trilogy) Peter Newman (The Vagrant) and Mark De Jager (Infernal) as they debut the pros and cons of “going dark”. Grim Dark, that is. Moderator: Jared Shurin
11:00pm – 11:30pm: Orbit Presents: Brian McClellan – CJ and the Live Stage gang sit down for a chat with award-winning fantasy author Brian McClellan (Wrath of Empire) and discuss the latest novel in his acclaimed Gunpowder Mage series.
14:00pm – 14:45pm: World-Building Blocks – No matter whether you have dragons on every street corner, demons lurking beneath the shadows of our ordinary world, or sentient computers plotting to take over star systems, all good fantastical fiction requires strong world building. Authors Scott Lynch (The Gentleman Bastard series) Elizabeth Bear (Ancestral Night) Liz De Jager (Blackhart Legacy) Lucy Hounsom (Worldmaker Trilogy) Brian McClellan (The Gunpowder Mage series) and Mark de Jager (Infernal). Moderator – Anne Perry
Wrath of Empire, the next powder mage novel, is now out! If you've enjoyed my books so far, I'd be hugely appreciative if you'd pick it up this week (first week numbers are a big deal). If you haven't read my books, head over and get Sins of Empire, which is still just $2.99 in ebook. Thanks to everyone who continues to support my writing!
Here's the synopsis:
The country is in turmoil. With the capital city occupied, half a million refugees are on the march, looking for safety on the frontier, accompanied by Lady Flint's soldiers. But escaping war is never easy, and soon the battle may find them, whether they are prepared or not.
Back in the capital, Michel Bravis smuggles even more refugees out of the city. But internal forces are working against him. With enemies on all sides, Michel may be forced to find help with the very occupiers he's trying to undermine.
Meanwhile, Ben Styke is building his own army. He and his mad lancers are gathering every able body they can find and searching for an ancient artifact that may have the power to turn the tides of war in their favor. But what they find may not be what they're looking for.
I'm very excited to let you know that Badali Jewelry has recently finished the super dang cool Mad Lancer Ring, as worn by Ben Styke in Sins of Empire and the soon-to-come Wrath of Empire. As part of the launch of both the new book and the new ring, I've teamed up with Badali and Worldbuilders to auction off the first production piece of each of the three different versions of the ring. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Worldbuilders Charity, which is awesome. The auctions end at 6:30PM MST on 5/17/18.
- Ben's Ring: obscenely large and made of two ounces of sterling silver, retailing at almost $500
- The Mad Lancer's Ring: of wearable size, made of sterling silver, retailing at $169
- The Mad Lancer's Collectible Ring: display ring made of white bronze, retailing at $89
Sorry for the delay on posting this, but things have been a bit bonkers around here. I'm happy to announce that we have a winner in the Wrath of Empire Fan Art Contest! There were a bunch of awesome entries, and thanks so much to everyone who participated. First up, here are the submissions:
Picking the winner was tough, but I had to go with the Vlora cosplay and digital photo manipulation. Check this out!
I've got a new book coming out in seven days. Wrath of Empire, the second book in Gods of Blood and Powder, will hit shelves on May 15thth and because of that I've been a little pre-occupied with getting people to order the book ahead of the release.
A lot of people ask me if pre-orders are more important or make me more money than if, say, they waited until the book has hit the shelves and bought it then. All things being equal, they do not make me more money. They are, however, more important for a couple different reasons.
The most obvious reason are bestseller lists. Pre-orders count toward first week sales that often determine whether a book winds up on a bestselling list, a possibility that can be huge for any author.
Pre-orders also affect what happens behind the scenes. A large number of pre-orders can cause a vendor (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million) to go back to my publisher and ask for another order of books. That's before the book is even out. How cool is that? That order could be 200. It could be 2000. Doesn't matter how small it is, another order is fantastic. In addition, notes will be made about how well these books seem to be selling. My publisher can go to their other vendors and say "Hey, X just ordered another 300 copies of Y, which means you'll probably have a high demand as well. Can we send you more?"
It's a snowball effect. It can cause sales to grow before the book even hits the shelves, which gets booksellers and the publisher excited for it, and they'll turn around and push it even harder to the book-buying public.
What I'm saying is: if you plan on buying a book, head over to your favorite vendor and put your money down ahead of release. It really does make a difference.
You can pre-order Wrath of Empire from the following links:
Sins of Empire, book one of Gods of Blood and Powder, is just $2.99 in the US right now! If you enjoyed my Powder Mage Trilogy or are just in the mood for a new epic fantasy series, now is a perfect time to pick it up. Follow the links below to your favorite ebook store:
I've been getting asked a lot about the availability of the Wrath of Empire audiobook. Not only can I tell you that it's now up for pre-order on Audible and iTunes, but I can share the first two chapters with you as well! I've given it a listen and can honestly say that Christian Rodska has once again done a dynamite job. Enjoy!
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.
I'm happy to announce the winners of last week's newsletter giveaway! They are:
Each of them will receive a signed trade paperback of Sins of Empire. The winners were informed earlier this week via email, so if you're on that list be sure to get back to me!
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.
California people! I'm going to be at Silicon Valley Comic Con this weekend (April 6th-8th). You can find me hanging out at the Bard's Tower booth. I'll have books to sell, or you can bring in your own for me to sign. Look forward to seeing you there!
Indianaites! Indianahans? People who live in Indiana? I'm at Indiana Comic Con this weekend (March 30th-April 1st). You can find me all three days at the Bard's Tower Booth. Come get books signed or just drop by to say hi!
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!