Wednesday, June 12, 2013

And so it begins...

The final countdown to the  the release of the new series The Riyria Chronicles is upon us!!  <>

Hey all, Robin here (for those that don't know, I'm Michael's "other half"),  I'm hijacking Michael's blog as he is pretty focused on writing at the moment and I don't want you to miss out on any of the great things Orbit has going on for the new series's release.

We are just 54 days -- see handy countdown clock in the sidebar -- until the release of The Crown Tower and I've been working with Orbit's marketing director on the various goodies he has in store for you all.  I don't want to let the cat out of the bag prematurely, but he's got some nice goodies up his sleeve and I'll be updating you as they go "live."

To that end...the first of these launched a few days ago, and that is that Orbit is running a Goodreads Giveaway for The Crown Tower:

As you can see it's only been open a few days and already we have quite a few people signed up for it.  Free copies are always a good thing, but there's an added bonus in this giveaway because Orbit is going to ship copies to the winner as soon as copies arrive to them.  Based on current estimates this means winners will  get the book almost an entire month sooner than it's official release date.  How cool is that?

Now, Orbit has more than just Michael to concern themselves with, and coordinating the shipping of giveaway copies is no small feat so they set these giveaways to the US to simplify logistics.  I fully support this practice, it means they can do more giveaways for Michael (and other authors), but Michael wanted to make sure the overseas people have a chance to win as well. So here's what we've done...

Michael setup a "parallel giveaway" and it is open to everyone, regardless of  location.  What we plan on doing is matching the ratio of the Orbit giveaway (up to 10 copies) so if you have a 1 in 10 chance of winning Orbit's versions you'll have a 1 in 10 chance of winning our giveaway. But...those that are overseas will actually get two "entries" while those from he US will have only one ticket in the drawing.  We're doing this because a US person can enter in both giveaways but an international person only can sign up for one.

Orbit's copies will be processed directly from New York, so unfortunately they won't be signed.  But since Michael and I will be sending out the winners for the parallel giveaway you can sign up for both.

As I said, this is just one of the nice perks that Orbit has planned, and we'll let you know about the others as they launch.  I can't say enough good things about how Orbit supports their authors in launching their books, and I'm not just referring to Michael here. I've watched the rollouts of Brian McClellan and Mur Lafferty and they were phenomenal as well.

So, if you want to get your hand on The Crown Tower as soon as humanly possible sign up here:

And stay tuned for other goodies, coming soon.


  1. Thank-you for letting Canadians have a chance to win a copy of Michael's new book. :)
    (tiny typo in the survey for Revelations)

  2. Thank you for letting people outside the US enter!! I hate it when I get all excited about a giveaway only to find out that it's contained to the US.

    Quick question: We have to enter twice manually, right? I want to give myself the best chance at winning as I can. ;)

    1. @ Jasmine,
      No you don't have to enter twice manually. The survey tells me what country you are from and I'll be giving all the non-US people two entries.

      @Laura - you are welcome.

    2. Okay dokay. That's great - thanks. =D

  3. I just went to Amazon and looked at the pre-order page. No hardcover? Should I wait? Is that coming? I've got the Riyria Revelations HBs signed from you. Will that be an option again?

    Can't wait to see how it all started!!!

  4. Your books are amazing and it's really nice to see you giving people outside the US a chance (another Canadian here and part of a group that all read your Riyria Revelations at the same time ;-)


  5. Zach...To date Orbit has only released my books through trade paperbacks. The hardcovers for Riyria Revelations were a by-product of a sale of the "bookclub" rights that Orbit sold to Whether sfbc will want to buy, and whether Orbit will want to sell...I don't know. But even if it won't be able to get signed copies from me. I was buying the books from sfbc, signing,and then selling on my website, but then told me I can't resell any books bought from them (don't know why as I pay "full price" from them. But in any case I took down my hardcover signed copies and only sell signed trade paperback editions now.


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