(Just to clarify, it's only the print version of Tainted City that's going to be available so early. For whatever reason, Amazon ships print books the minute they hit their warehouses, but the ebooks never become available until the official release date. Don't ask me why this is. The ways of publishing are byzantine and mysterious.)
Of course, this past weekend some folks got their hands on copies even earlier...because I attended the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers "Colorado Gold" conference, and participated in the conference book sale. (I brought about ten copies of The Tainted City and sold all of 'em. Including one to a very kind, very well-meaning gentleman who first bought The Whitefire Crossing for his fantasy-loving wife and had me sign it to her...only to call her later that evening proud of his purchase, and find out that he'd already bought a signed copy of Whitefire for her at the conference last year, and she wanted the sequel! I signed the sequel for him and promised his wife in the message that I'd make sure not to sell another copy of Tainted City to him next year, haha.)
I owe a lot to RMFW. I met my agent-to-be at the very first RMFW conference I attended (back in 2008), and got invited to join a critique group that made a world of difference to my writing. (Thanks to what I learned from their critique of Whitefire's original draft, I was able to rewrite it to publishable quality and get my book deal.) I can't say enough about how wonderful an organization RMFW is, full of helpful, kind, generous people who bend over backward to help new writers.
|Group shot of my critique group (all 6 of us attended this year's RMFW conference). Front row: me, Catherine Montrose (a.k.a. Catherine Cooke), Carol Berg. Back row: Curt Craddock, Susan Smith (a.k.a. Mackay Wood), Brian Tobias. Without these people, The Whitefire Crossing would never have gotten published.
|Carol giving the conference's opening speech
So all in all, a lovely weekend, and now I get a break before heading back out on the con circuit in late October for MileHiCon and World Fantasy. Time to plan a peak climb, I think...September is a gorgeous month for the mountains in Colorado. And in the meantime, I'll be holding my breath as The Tainted City makes its way into the big wide world. Will you like it? I'm anxious to find out!