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Flotsam’s Release Sounds Better Every Day

If you follow me across the internet, you’ll already know this, but I’m recording it here for posterity as Social Media posts are notoriously hard to rewind. (Not kidding. Saw a photo of the perfect haircut on Twitter last week and for the life of me I cannot find it again.)

Last week was a big announce-y week for Flotsam! Parvus Press tweeted, blogged, and press-released their gilded hearts out, to announce my Pub Siblings Scott Warren and Mareth Griffith’s upcoming October releases: TO FALL AMONG VULTURES (Union Earth Privateers Book 2) and Court of Twilight (available for pre-order now).

Oh, and also to announce that Flotsam has a narrator for the audio book.

Oh, and also that the voice actor who will be performing said narration is none other than Mary Robinette Kowal. (!!!!!)

Now, of course I’ve been privy to this plan for a while now, but that doesn’t make me any less excited that it’s official and queued up for production. When Flotsam releases on January 30, 2018, it will be in digital, print, and audio formats.

It’s really a fantastic feeling to have the faith of my publisher behind my series, so much so that they would pursue such wonderful opportunities to make this the best book it can be, from the thoroughness of the copyeditor to the pedigrees of the cover artist and narrator.

I’m going to make a bigger post about the cover of the book another day, but suffice it to say that the typography was also far from an afterthought (there were many 10pm text messages and emails agonizing over font treatments and accent color choices).

I’ll tell you a secret. You all know that Flotsam was originally intended for self-publication, and it’s on my list to someday write a post about why I made a drastic 180º from that original plan. Simplest explanation is that where once I was convinced there was no one out there that would give Flotsam the love and enthusiasm to match mine, I am happy that Parvus has proven me wrong from day one. I am very happy to house the Peridot Shift series of novels in their stable.

I don’t know how to describe the feeling of getting a text from my publisher to let me know that Cat Rambo, author of “Beasts of Tabat”, describes Flotsam as “Combining the best elements of steampunk and space opera,” and promises “[P]laced in a lavishly detailed and imagined world, Flotsam will hold you firmly till the final page.”

I look at where this book started, and I look at where it is now, and where it will be at launch. I hear the anticipation and enthusiasm of everyone who engages with me about it, and I feel buoyed up by an ineffable joy. It’s truly a remarkable thing.

So thank you to the Parvus team, to John Adamus (who deserves a second acknowledgement outside the Parvus umbrella because this book wouldn’t be what it is today without him shaking me free of an earlier megalith of a draft), to Mary Robinette Kowal, to Cat Rambo, and to everyone who’s given me a hand up along the way. I cannot express how much I appreciate each and every one of you.


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