The FAQ Report: Why Doesn't Gail Visit ME?
That said, these days, whether I visit a convention, city, country, or bookstore rides on many factors.
1. Have I been to that area within the last two years?
Since my books are published all over the world and I only do one event a month, I try to be as fair as possible and visit as many different places as I can. Events take a lot out of me so I need to be judicious in my choices. I'm not one of those authors who can write on the road and I usually need a few days either end to prep and recover. Thus I can lose a week or more writing time every time I travel.
2. Have I done a similar event within the last year?
I try to spread the 12 events I do a year evenly: book tours, overseas tours, steampunk cons/gatherings, large SF/F cons, small SF/F cons, writing workshops, industry expos, library appearances.
3. Have they invited me?
I hope you understand that as a professional, conventions that are willing to cover my expenses always take priority. Most conventions run on a tight budget and can only fly Guests of Honor, for which I'm not always popular enough to qualify. Here's a blog on the subject of conventions. Sometimes I've never been to your area because no one has asked me there.
4. Are they local?
I prefer to drive rather than fly so if I can do events around my home without saturating the fan base, I do. That home is the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Northern California.
5. Do I have enough sales and readers?
When on book tour I'm most often sent by my publisher to bookstores in which I'm well known and well liked. That's why you often see me turning up at the usual suspects: Mysterious Galaxy, Murder By the Book, Borderlands, Powell’s, and Books Inc.
I really hope this makes sense and that you do not take offense. I know 12 seems like I ought to have a lot of options but the spots fill up fast. Right now I'm booking events all the way into 2015! And much as I love to see you all and travel, in the end what's most important is that I write.
GAIL'S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
At World Steam Expo 2012
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Macaroon Clutch (no longer available)
Tea with macaroons.
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Ancient Shipwreck Reveals 2,000-Year-Old Eye Medicine.
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Writing and Learning styles
PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Corralling edits. Working 3rd draft.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Release date November 2013. Proofs handed in. Done my end.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Out now!
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Tour events planned!
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!
The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.
The manga editions, both now available in print.
Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!
The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013
E&E Floor Display
Quote of the Day:
"Well-trained servants appeared by magic to remove all the breakable furniture...replacing it with a special set of chairs and tables made to smash. Senior officers bolted away to play bridge; the rest of us, who were young in years or at heart, began to enjoy ourselves according to the ancient customs.
Somebody found an enormous roll of webbing and swaddled up the fat gunner subaltern in it. A lamp fell with a crash. Wrestling matches began. A boy in the Punjab Frontier Force brought in a little bazaar pony and made it jumps sofas...
Hours afterwards, I left dust and din and walked back under the stars to the bungalow in which I had been allotted a room. I was extraordinarily pleased with myself and my surroundings. Everyone in my regiment was the best fellow in the world – and that first impression of mine has not been altered by twenty years of intimacy."
~ Francis Yeats-Brown, 1870s (via Richard Holmes's Sahib: The British Soldier in India.)
And here I thought the Drones club was purely fictional.