Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Covers and Contests and Beers, Oh My!


Things are moving full-speed ahead over at Diversion Books. The cover artwork for Dreamwielder has been finalized, I’ve approved all the line edits, the e-book files are formatted, and boom!—the book is already available for pre-ordering on iTunes. It should be available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble soon, and it’ll be available through Kobo and other retailers once we get closer to the March 5 release date. If you write reviews for a magazine or blog and want an ARC, hit me up.

The Roads to Baldairn Motte Art Contest

The entries are in and my Baldairn Motte co-writers and I will be posting the top 5 entries on our FB page in the next week or so to open up the contest for voting. Fans can vote for their favorite piece of art inspired by the book, and the top vote-getting artist will win a $50 gift card from Amazon. I’ll be sure to holler on FB and Twitter when the art is up for voting. We received some great stuff, so you won’t want to miss it.

(Update: Jan 24, 2013 — Art work is up and voting is open until midnight on January 31. Go check 'em out and vote here.)

Beer and Miscellanea…

I got the best gift ever for Christmas, a Brooklyn Beer Making kit. I’ve made beer in the past with my Mr. Beer set-up, but this one actually includes a proper carboy, thermometer, air lock, and a racking cane (all of them downsized for making convenient 1-gallon batches). Plus, unlike with Mr. Beer, you actually start with real grains as opposed to malt extract. I’m so excited about this I can hardly stand it, and yet I still haven’t had time to make that first batch yet. That gives you an idea of how damn busy I’ve been.

In addition to the aforementioned Dreamwielder and Baldairn Motte work, I finished a guest blog post that will be appearing soon at the very cool artist community Waistcoat & Watch (Update: Jan 25, 2013 — my guest blog post is up. Go check it out here.); I’m expanding on a short story I started for the shared world project in my George R.R. Martin author study course; and I’m hoping to finally get back to where I left off writing my new novel in progress, Remember the Future. It seems 2013 is meant to be a fortuitous and busy year. No complaints here.

Oh, and in case you missed it, check out my interview with James P. Blaylock, whose new steampunk novel The Aylesford Skull dropped last week. And, don’t forget I’m still giving away free promotional copies of "The Knight’s Dog" and "The Sway of the Dead" at my e-book singles store.

-Garrett Calcaterra

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