Blood and Flowers

The new book is very definitely titled Blood and Flowers and (this is so cool) my editor just tweeted that it was one of the Winter list books that she loves!  It looks like it may be out around March 2011, and since we just went through a round of copyedits that’s probably about right.

When it’s released, Serendipity Market will be re-released in paper with some extras, so it’ll be worth buying again — do it even if you’ve already got a copy!

I’m going to be speaking to 7th and 8th graders in Normal, IL in May at the Illinois Young Authors Conference.  These guys have had their writing chosen in contests throughout the state — it should be fun.  Perhaps pictures will even be coming.

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Macmillan and Amazon

Last Friday Amazon.com removed all buy buttons from books published by Macmillan.com because Macmillan wanted to control its own e-books.  Read a much better post than I could ever do about the kerfuffle at Scott Westerfeld’s blog.

This is a big deal because as we all know Amazon is pretty much the biggest bookseller anywhere and taking away an entire publishing house is just sad, bad and evil.

If there are any books you love from Macmillan, let Amazon know you want the buy buttons back!  They were supposed to go back up, after a skirmish in which Macmillan refused to back down.  Yes, Amazon apparently blinked, as Scott Westerfeld says.  The buttons should have been back on Monday.  Here it is Wednesday, and nope, no buy buttons from what I can tell.

You could tell Amazon you want those buttons back even if you don’t have a favorite Macmillan title.  Better yet, go to your local independent bookstore, the places that care about authors and books, not dollars.  Or, if you need to shop online, try Powells.com.  Or Indie Bound.

Thanks.