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A science fiction novel that explores humanity's intergalactic future through the eyes of the everyman.
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Publication Day

Posted by Becky Chambers (Creator)
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Well, here we are.

As of today, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet has officially hit bookstores (and Audible!) in the UK and Commonwealth. On the other side of the pond, I've accepted a deal from Harper Voyager, who will be re-releasing the ebook in the US on August 18 (paperback will be returning stateside summer 2016). It's overwhelming in the best way.

It's been over three years since you guys made this campaign a success. When I set up that webcam in my tiny apartment, I had no idea how far you'd help me go. You did one of the best things for me that anyone has ever done. Wherever this book goes, you're going with it.

This is probably the last time I'll post an update here. I'm working hard on the next book these days, and I think this is a good place to leave this leg of the journey. If you'd like to stay in touch, please do come say hey on Twitter or drop me a line on my website.

One last time, thank you. Be well, and keep looking up.

Some rather big news

Posted by Becky Chambers (Creator)
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Hi everybody! I did not expect to be updating here again, but I have some very exciting stuff to share. I've written about this on my personal site as well, so I'm just going to crosspost from there. 

Preemptive PS -- this happened because of you guys. "Thank you" doesn't begin to cover it.

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Last July, I self-published my first novel. I'd been working on it a long time, largely thanks to the posse of Kickstarter backers who funded my writing time two years prior. The original plan was to pursue traditional publishing, but when that hit a snag, I decided I owed it to my backers to get the book in their hands as soon as possible. I stopped writing queries, hired an awesome cover artist, and put it out there. Some folks read it, and liked it. People said they'd like to read another. I was satisfied, and figured that was that.

A little over two weeks ago, I received an email from Anne Perry, an editor at Hodder & Stoughton. She'd read my book. She liked it. A lot. She wanted to know if traditional publishing was something that interested me. I said yes. A few emails later, she offered me a contract.

I said yes to that, too.

Bowled over though I was by her interest, I didn't jump in without a lot of thought (and pacing, and fretting, and keeping my partner up way too late over Skype). This book means a lot to me, and I wouldn't hand it over to just anyone. But after a bit of back-and-forth, I was convinced that Hodder was the right house for me. They get it. They understood why I wrote this thing, and they like it for the same reasons I like it, and they're so on top of their game it makes my head spin. Everything about this feels right, and I am very, very excited.

Since publishing after self-publishing is kind of a tricksy thing to do, here are the details for what that actually means:

  • The ebook will remain on sale through me (via Amazon) until March 15. At that point, my publisher will take over sales. In other words, yes, the ebook will be staying put (there'll be a day or so of downtime while I hand over the reins). However, it's no longer available via Barnes & Noble (for now, at least) or Smashwords. 
  • I will no longer be selling paperback editions. 
  •  Hodder is a UK publishing house, so the book will be printed there first. Hardback will go out in August, followed by paperback down the road. 
  • A US publishing deal is still being sorted out. I don't know yet when it will be available on this side of the pond. 

On top of all this is a second piece of bewildering news. As was announced today, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is on the shortlist for Best Debut in this year's Kitschies. I have no idea what to say except for that apparently the cliché about it being an honor just to be nominated is 100% true.

Paperback rewards ready to go!

Posted by Becky Chambers (Creator)

Hey folks! Yesterday, I spent a cozy rainy morning signing books for backers. Today, they're all getting carefully packaged in anticipation of their trip around the world. It really is cool to think that the stack of books occupying my kitchen table right now will be heading out to multiple continents. That's an awfully neat feeling.

If you haven't checked in with me regarding any mailing address changes, please get them in ASAP. I'm going to the post office tomorrow, so I need to have any updates in by then. Cheers!

Real Quick Update: Book Delivery, and Worldcon!

Posted by Becky Chambers (Creator)
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Hey gang! I got the most exciting delivery a couple days ago: two great big boxes of BOOKS! They are sitting beside me now, waiting for me to sign my name and send them out to those of you awaiting paperbacks. 

However, they won't be going out until later this month, because tomorrow, I'm off to Worldcon! It's my first, and I'm very excited. I'm just attending as a civilian -- no booths or panels -- but there will be a limited stock of The Long Way on sale at the Big Green Bookshop stall. 

Thanks to all of you for your support surrounding the launch last month. It's been awesome hearing from those who have read it by now. 

More soon! Take care!

Behold! Paperbacks!

Posted by Becky Chambers (Creator)
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Huzzah! Hooray! It's paperback day!

They're now available for anyone who prefers to have a book they can dog-ear, scribble in, or hand over to a friend.

Overall, I'm very happy with the printing quality. The cover has a great texture, the pages are crisp, and it's got that lovely new book smell. Actually holding it was such a joy for me, though it's a little weird, too. This project's been part of my life for two years now, and it's funny to be closing in on saying goodbye.

In less pensive news, this also means that there is a great big box of books on its way to me, the contents of which will be signed and sent off to everyone awaiting a reward copy. As you might imagine, shipping anything to Iceland takes time, so they're scheduled to arrive on my end mid-to-late August. I'll be sending them back out before the end of August. 

Cheers!