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The Series Death Spiral, and other unfortunate realities of publishing

So why is Book 2 so important?

When a new trilogy or series is launched, publisher and author put a great deal of emphasis on attracting their audience, getting the books out the gate with as much bang as possible.  Then, for the grand finale, the final book in a series, publisher and author will do another big push, getting readers to pick up the whole thing.

But what about poor Book 2? The second novel in a series or trilogy may well be the most important factor in determining the success (or failure) of the series.

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Colorado Springs signing added to HELLHOLE AWAKENING tour

We’ve just added another stop on the HELLHOLE AWAKENING tour, a talk and signing at one of my hometown stores, the Barnes & Noble at Citadel in Colorado Springs, Tuesday April 9, at 7 PM.  Please look at the list of cities below and come out to say hi if I’m in your area.  I’ll have some giveaways, will give a talk, answer questions, and of course sign books.

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Picking the HELLHOLE AWAKENING Tour Cities

Brian Herbert and I have done a tour for every one of our novel releases; sometimes they are lengthy and extensive tours, sometimes they are shorter.  On some tours we go together, on some we take separate paths and hit different cities.

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Tour Cities Announced for HELLHOLE AWAKENING

Tor Books has arranged a national tour for HELLHOLE AWAKENING, which launches on Tuesday, March 26.  Please come out and see me and Brian Herbert—get your books signed, ask questions, and we might even have some cool giveaways.

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RustyCon in Seattle, COSine in Colorado Springs

Two weekends in a row, two cons in a row.

January 18–20, Rebecca and I were guests of honor, along with Brian Herbert, at RustyCon a small and cozy science fiction convention at the SeaTac Marriott in Seattle.  We had a great time meeting fans, but also just hanging out with Brian and his family.  Brian is currently editing the fourth draft of MENTATS OF DUNE, so we were able to do a little brainstorming.

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Sail to Success Writing Cruise

Man, I wish these things were available when I was starting out as a writer!

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CLOCKWORK ANGELS: Special “Watchmaker’s Edition”

Now this is really cool.  Brilliance Audio is creating an amazing special edition for their unabridged audio of CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel, read by Neil Peart.  A special packaging designed in part by Hugh Syme, a real clocktower and a working clock, stained-glass insets! Preorder for $79.99.

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Free Preview Booklet of CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel

For the Book Expo America in New York, ECW Press produced a beautiful sneak preview booklet for Clockwork Angels: The Novel, which includes introductions by myself and by Neil Peart, the first three chapters of the novel, three of Hugh Syme’s illustrations, and the lyrics for “Caravan” from the Rush CD Clockwork Angels.

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KEY TO CREATION in paperback next week: the finale to Terra Incognita!

The third book in my Terra Incognita trilogy, THE KEY TO CREATION, will be released in paperback next week. I just received my author copies, and they look gorgeous!

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Neil Peart reads audiobook of CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel

June is audiobook month—so it’s appropriate to make the posting and announcement here.

Shortly after we sold the hardcover novel of Clockwork Angels to ECW Press (for a lavish full-color edition with illustrations by Hugh Syme), I was contacted by the editor at Brilliance Audio, who had produced the unabridged audios of many of my novels.  Of course we wanted an audiobook edition of CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel, and we knew the fans would want it as well (Rush fans being audio-oriented, and all).

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