Tis the Season, which means it’s time for the annual Holiday Bookplate Offer!
Books are easy to wrap, fun to give, and support the authorial ecosystem! And for the low, low cost of an email, you can get a personalized bookplate (or set of them), complete with holiday doodle! when gifting one of my books – or you can keep ’em for yourself!
That’s right! For the effort of sending an email! you can get a bookplate signed to the person of your choosing, with the wish you wish for them (within federal, state, and size restrictions).
There. Your entire gift-giving list, sorted. :-)
(if you want an actual book signed, we can work out shipping details, but delivery is not guaranteed before December 25th)
Offer valid until January 10th, 2019. Please mark your header “Offer 2018” to ensure it’s seen in a timely manner.
I have a firm conviction that if you give someone a warm meal and a hot shower, they can do nearly anything they set their minds to that day. Which is why my first and preferred charities have always been food banks.
For several years, I ran #WillWriteToFeedOthers, wherein I wrote a story in November, and if you donated $5 or more (or equal goods) to a food bank, you got to read it. And that was fun, and we raised a lot of money for food banks across the US, Canada, and even in the UK. But then my life got (more) complicated, my dance card got over-scribbled, and I just didn’t have the time or energy to write another story at the end of the year. :-(
But I wanted to keep my commitment to those warm meals. So I decided that my 3rd quarter royalty check from Book View Cafe would go directly to that. It’s not a huge sum, but via Northwest Harvest, it will provide over 300 meals for people who would otherwise have gone hungry.
So thank you, everyone who bought books from me via Book View Cafe. Feeding your reading habit fed someone else’s body, too.
Under external prodding, I have finally updated my bio. Huh. That’s not too shabby, actually.
Laura Anne Gilman’s work has been hailed as “a true American myth being found” by NPR, and praised for her “deft plotting and first-class characters” by Publishers Weekly. She has won the Endeavor Award for THE COLD EYE, and been shortlisted for a Nebula Award, (another) Endeavor Award, and a Washington State Book Award. Her novels include the Locus-bestselling weird western series The Devil’s West, (SILVER ON THE ROAD, THE COLD EYE, and RED WATERS RISING), the long-running Cosa Nostradamus urban fantasy series, and the Vineart War trilogy, as well as the story collections WEST WINDS’ FOOL and DARKLY HUMAN. Her short fiction has recently appeared in Daily Science Fiction and THE UNDERWATER BALLROOM SOCIETY.
A former New Yorker, she currently lives outside of Seattle with two cats and many deadlines.
Since I got scolded for not shilling myself enough (ugh), I’m gonna do this all-promo post fast, and you can do with it as you will, after, ok?
1. If you’re not signed up for the Gilman Quarterly yet, you aren’t going to have a chance to win one of three limited edition West Winds’ Fool playing card decks on November 1st!
2. If you’re not signed up for my Patreon at the cheap-at-that-price $4 level, you’re not going to find out why everyone’s saying #damnitFran! Or, yanno, any of the other new fiction being inked.
3. If you’re not signed up for my Patreon at the really-cheap-at-that-price $1 level, you’re missing the Basic Shit wine posts, and the Rants, and the occasional extras and excerpts and oh look, a couple of special things coming for the end of the year….
4. If you haven’t checked out my Zazzle store, you’re missing out on some great potential holiday gifts (and more to come!)
5. and I have a lot of stuff you may not have read over on Book View Cafe, which is a 100% writer-owned publishing co-op, where the majority of all sales go to the author! (a reasonable percentage goes toward maintaining the co-op).
Go forth, have fun, drop a few coins in the storyteller’s bowl….
I love having the ballot box just down the street. A nice walk, some fresh air, and my civic duty is done.
And no, I don’t miss the “community-building” elements of single-day polling place voting at all. It was stressful and occasionally inconvenient, and they weren’t even offering cookies any more. And drop-off balloting creates a higher participation level, which is a marker of success other states should seek to emulate.
Talking to my mom last night, she was fascinated by drop-off balloting, and asked why more states don’t do that.
“You know why they don’t,” I said.
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