Pajamarama Photographers, your prizes (Jacqui & Elias are up):

(post moved up top by r — AND I need addresses from y’all. I know, you’ve probably given your address to me before, but I need them anyway. Pronto.)

The stuff to pick from:

  1. signed copy of Pajama Girls Patty & Heather
  2. signed copy of Pajama Girls Wilma
  3. signed hardcover copy of Homestead Malbrec82
  4. signed softcovers of Fire Along the Sky AND Queen of Swords Beth
  5. signed softcovers of Fire Along the Sky AND Queen of Swords Soup
  6. signed hardcover of Queen of Swords
  7. signed hardcover of Queen of Swords
  8. signed hardcover of Tied to the Tracks Judy
  9. signed hardcover of Tied to the Tracks
  10. grabbag pile o’ really good romances Wolfy
  11. grabbag pile o’ really good novels, some romances Jennifer M.
  12. LibraryThing lifetime membership

Kate Reading reading ITW

orange boxesKate is the lovely voice and strong narrative presence between the unabridged audio releases of the WIlderness novels. There are many different ways to get ahold of the books on audio, everything from instant download (Audible.com) to cd and cassette.

BooksonTape produced the audio versions, and now they’ve got a new feature on their website. I’m going to test it here. You should be able to click on this button and hear an excerpt of Kate reading Into the Wilderness. Edited to add in the other four novels, as this seems to work quite well.

Let me know what you think, please.

Into the Wilderness:

Dawn on a Distant Shore:

Lake in the Clouds:

Fire Along the Sky:

Queen of Swords:

The Trouble with Titles

Settling on a title for a novel is a very slow and laborious process that can go on long after the darn thing is written and sold.

Pretty much any author can tell you title battle stories. Paperback Writer just resolved one such set of negotiations for the next book in her StarDoc series. She reports about the new title (now called Omega Games) in a neutral tone. When a writer strikes a purposefully neutral tone on a subject like this, you know he or she had to give in on the one thing they really, really wanted to keep or really, really hated and wanted to lose.

Example. The novelist says: My publisher is very excited about the artwork for It’s All in your Head. Translation: Is it too late to take my name off the cover? When we get closer to the pub date, I’ll be reporting in a purposefully neutral tone about the hardcover jacket for Pajama Girls.

Some highlights from the past:

The title of the second volume in the Wilderness series was supposed to be The Farthest Shore but ended up Dawn on a Distant Shore. Which sounded overly dramatic to me, and reminded me of those awful Native American romances. But I lost that battle.

For the fourth volume in the series I wanted Thunder at Twilight but got Fire Along the Sky. Now, I don’t dislike FAsS, but it wasn’t what I wanted. The publisher said my title sounded like those awful Native American romances. Go figure.

So if it’s hard to find a title for one novel, you can imagine what it’s like to find titles for weblog posts. I’ve got near 1,500 of the little buggers, and titles are more difficult all the time. I thought about just following the meteorologists’ example and naming them randomly. This post, for example, could be Elvira. I fear I wouldn’t last long naming my posts, and anyway, it would be poor practice. The title is supposed to give you some idea of what the post is about.

My troubles are many, but very small.

I know I still owe you the community story for this week. With any luck you’ll get it tomorrow. I have to write another thousand words today, and then there’s the Pajama Girls page proofs. I’m trying to think of a way I might give away this pile of paper. You could call it the advanced reading copy of the advanced reading copy. I’ll see if I can come up with something.

Queen of Swords in paperback

On September 25, 2007, the paperback edition of Queen of Swords will be released. That is one month minus two days.

I never did open things up for questions about Queen of Swords. For a long time after I wrote it, I was too unsettled to have anwered them, anyway. It’s hard to do bad things to your characters, even when the story demands it. For example, I know many people were sad or even upset with me when a character died in Fire Along the Sky. I was pretty upset with me too, to tell the truth. Continue reading “Queen of Swords in paperback”