The Worst Social Media Advice Ever

Me and Maureen Johnson and Bill Barnes and Ron Hogan (as moderator) offered it up at Book Expo America this year. has a writeup. You’ll want to read it. And follow every word of it.

My Phoenix Comicon Schedule

I’m going to Phoenix Comicon this upcoming weekend, and holy buckets am I doing a lot of stuff — so much that I’m cutting and pasting the comicon’s information about the panels/events here, and suggesting you follow the links to the fuller descriptions:

With that said, I do want to call specific attention to the Paul & Storm concert, which is actually “Paul & Storm & Pat & John” concert, in that Paul and Storm, Patrick Rothfuss and I all will have (more or less) equal time at the event, doing our various things. It’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun. They’re giving us one of the big rooms for it, so please come and bring every single person you know. You won’t regret it.

When I’m not at a panel, during the day I am likely to be at my table in the author’s row at the comicon (I’ll also be doing some time at the Tor booth as well). Trust me, I will not be difficult to find.

The Cover of the Subterranean Press Edition of “Unlocked,” by Molly Crabapple

Subterranean Press is doing the special signed, limited hardcover edition of my novella Unlocked, and here is the cover, by artist Molly Crabapple.

I am deeply thrilled about it for a number of reasons. One, I’m a big fan of Molly’s work (I’ve commissioned art from her before), and was hoping one day I might find a way to get her work on one of my books; Subterranean made that happen. Two, I knew that Molly would come to the book with an eye and perspective that no one else would have, and she did — focusing both on the agent of the disease and the woman from whom the disease is named. Three, Molly’s visual style for this cover is both striking and wholly distinct from the one artist Richie Pope gave the Tor eBook version of Unlocked. So now I can say the novella has two amazing covers.

The shorter version of all of the above: Molly Crabapple is awesome, and she nailed it. The Subterranean Press version of Unlocked was going to be special in any event (it’s the only print version of the novella that’s going to exist in English), and this cover just makes it better. If you want it, I would suggest preordering, because there are only 1,500 copies of this, and they will go fast.

A Nice Way to Start the Work Week

I looked through the June edition of Locus magazine and was pleasantly surprised to discover that I’m on top of two of their best seller lists this month: The Mass Market Paperback list for The Human Division, and the Trade Paperback list for Redshirts. It’s lovely when that happens.

I was also happy to discover that Lock In was recommended as a summer read by both iBooks and by the Los Angeles Times, and that Tor had put in a nice big ad in the latter, which featured the book as well:

There are far worse ways to start a Monday, I have to say.