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New York Times, Manga Times, and European Times

After all my fussing, Timeless made NYT at #17, USA at #98, and PW at #12. Thank you so so much for buying, Gentle Reaer! I won't lie, the Amazon pre-sales hurt. They spread out Timeless's numbers over three weeks, instead of one, which means about 1/3 didn't go towards the "first-official-week-on-sale" listings at all. (It's a mysterious and complicated mathematical code.) But that, in turn, means you all really must have bought a lot of copies! Thank you thank you thank you!

Alexia fan art.

Better, by far, is the fact that many of you have taken the time to tell me that, as devoted readers, you enjoyed the last book. I really value this, Timeless was a lot of work, and I want you particularly, Gentle Reader died-in-the-wool fans, to feel satisfied.

Ivy fan art.

Please, don't worry about preorders in the future. We hope to have the situation all sorted by the time Etiquette & Espionage releases and the Manga wasn't effected this time round. In fact, Soulless Vol. 1, the manga hit #2 on NYT's manga list. (Yeah, I didn't know there as one, either.) Hooray! Go little manga go! Rah rah rah! (I blame Alexia's rack.)

Madame Lefoux fan art.

This means I've got two books on the NYT at the same time. It's a mile marker I didn't even know was possible. I had an extra cup of tea and some of TJ's excellent Raspberry Macaroon cake to celebrate. Then I went out with the AB and stuffed myself silly with Burmese food, including a fritter made of coconut custard. Best.Thing. Ever. I might even allow myself some raspberry pavlova when I'm in England next month.

Speaking of which . . .

I am planning a European Tour but it is messy. It's like organizing the UN, only with publishing houses, language barriers, and time differences. Please, keep an eye on twitter, facebook, and my website and I'll try to keep you updated as things get cemented.

Right now all I know for certain is that I will be in London at some point between April 9-13, possibly longer. I may be doing one or two conventions in England the weekend before and after, and I might make it up to somewhere in the midlands-ish (Birm, Notts, Leeds?) or Industrial North.

After England, there is a likelihood I will be in Stockholm the evenings of the 18th & 19th, Budapest the 20th, 21st & 22nd, Barcelona the evening of the 23rd. I don't have all my plane tickets yet, and only one of the hotels, so what I'm actually doing is utterly unformed.

This is a working trip, not a vacation, so it will be crammed with events. I promise! I want to be as assessable possible, but because it is a fly and then hit the ground running situation, I won't have time to meet anyone personally or do any tweet-ups. I am sorry.

This is all being covered by my respective publishing houses, which is wonderful of them, so please thank them for arranging it all.

I don't know when I will make it to these parts of the world again. Traveling really derails my writing and I can't afford the time sink for an overseas trip more than once a year, and once I've been somewhere it seems to be several years before I get back again.

On that line, if my books aren't published in your country, it's off the list. There's simply no way to justify the cost. For those of you who wonder about Paris, my French publishing house is trying to organize something special for 2013. I was just in Germany, so it will probably be some time before I return (much as I loved it). Italy is on my wish list, but my sales aren't all that strong there so . . .

Anyway, sorry for the burblings. I'm right discombobulated this morning. It must be those custard fritters . . . You know what this calls for? More tea.


Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Madame Lefoux!

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Working rough draft.

Etiquette & Espionage ~ The Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 2013. In production. Have seen initial cover mock-up and it is stunning!

Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Have seen cover sketch for cover and it is beyond fabulous!

Timeless ~ Parasol Protectorate Book the Last. Out now!

Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013.

BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!

Book News:
21 Prognostications for the Parasol Protectorate in the 21st century. Hilarious and brilliant!

Quote of the Day:
"Remember the tea kettle - it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it still sings! "
~ Author Unknown



My copy of Timeless showed up earlier this week, and my spouse grabbed it before I could. So I have spent the week listening to her chortle, chuckle, and occasionally laugh herself hoarse. Apparently something funny happens on page 31. Looking forward to the book.

Edited at 2012-03-09 07:07 pm (UTC)

Re: Timeless

Yes, laughing is good!
semi-randomly, do you know about teaandkittens.co.uk? it is exactly as it says, and i thought you would like it :)
Oh dear, it would be best if I didn't know about this.
Congratulations again on so many successes! :D Still growling at the postwomen to deliver my copy of "Timeless". ;)

By the way, is that octopus-pot a rodent? South-American? I was introduced to the pottery of South America during my museum internship, but as my field of work focussed on the analysation of Japanese woodcuts, that introduction was quite short. ^^" Is it a storage vessel for being hung under the ceiling?
I believe so, it's not from one of my fields, I just thought it was cute.
That's enough for me to archeo-fangirl over it. ;)
I never know whether it's best to comment here or on the Blogger version...

Anyway, Aged Mum is enjoying Timeless very much indeed, thank you. Her eyes aren't too good any more, so it's taking her longer to read the book, but we have a nice chat during the regular afternoon call.

I've read it twice already, and loved it, with sniffles over Biffy and great surprise the first time around regarding certain plot twists. I look forward to whatever you produce next, because I'm sure it'll be awesome.
Delighted you enjoyed it, and the aged mum.
It had been my intention to *not* purchase the manga, as I assumed it contained all the same content as the books... and still, it was entirely enjoyable on it's own.

Alexia's rack didn't hurt.
Psst. The Timeless cover isn't going to Amazon like the rest. ;-)
Oh, thanks for the heads up, it should be fixed in the most recent entry on. G
My copy just arrived in the mail, hurrah!!
Having finished the series, I'm on the hunt for the manga version and this time I'm going to read the series properly, with a cup of tea with a saucer! Whenever I read your books and there's the mention of Alexia and her proper tea, I always feel...underdressed of sorts for it with just my builder's tea in a mug or worse, no tea at all.

I loved all the books! They are my new Harry Potter! My husband is making me a tiny Alexia doll, and I am going to see if he'll make me little dollies of Channing and Lord Akeldama next (they are my favourites, especially Channing. I think I am the only person in the Channing fanclub).
Dear Miss Gail

Please come to the midlands - Oxford would be really good. I'd make you a passion fruit pavlova; there are no raspberries worth the eating around at the moment. Although I could also do fresh scones with homemade raspberry jam & clotted cream!
For passion fruit pavlova I woudl do almost anything . . .
I adore the manga too! And yes Alexia's rack does help matters there...
not to be picky or anything Ms Carriger, but Leeds isn't the Midlands, its Yorkshire, *flys tattered white rose*
If it were Midlands it may actually still have a pulse :D

but thank you for mentioning us

either way I agree with wolfgang20 if time and commitments allow please come see us northerners.
Grrrrrr Amazon...
That Ivy fan art is so totally cute. I love her hat.