It’s so pretty!

I got my print copy of Tales for Canterbury a few days ago now and am thrilled with how well it’s come out. Anna and I have been staring at bits and pieces of this book for months now on screen, so to see it in the flesh (a real live print book!) was surreal and amazing. I loved the cover on screen, but on the book? Oh, it’s just gorgeous.

See for yourself:

I think that all the pre-orders are in the mail now, so hopefully many of you have already got your copy – if not, they shouldn’t be too far away. And if you haven’t ordered yet? Go on! It’s a gorgeous book, for a great cause.

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Paperback Update

We’re very pleased to say that the paperbacks are now printed – and they look very shiny indeed.

It will be a few days before they’re all sent out, but not long now.

And paperbacks will also be on sale at Context next weekend – so if you’re around, go ahead and get one – or more!

Ebook Release!

We’re very pleased to announce the release of the ebook version of Tales for Canterbury! Yep, 34 excellent stories all waiting to be read.

If you pre-ordered, follow the link in the original email to your detailed invoice, where you can download your copy. If you haven’t ordered go ahead and do so now.

Thanks everyone, you’ve been amazing. And we’ll update on the paperback soon.

And it’s off!

The final files for the print version of Tales for Canterbury are now with the printer! It was an exciting, and slightly nerve-wracking moment when Anna hit the send button, but we’re thrilled that it’s off. Hopefully it will only be a few weeks before we have the books back, but we will keep you updated along the way.

The digital version should be ready for release shortly. The final touches are just being put in place, and we will let you know as soon as it’s available for download.

It’s so exciting to have the ‘putting together’ part of the anthology work done, and we’re looking forward to getting stuck into promotion. More than anything though, we’re looking forward to getting it into your hands 🙂

Don’t forget that we need your help to spread the word! Check out our last post, which had some suggestions for ways in which you can help.

We Need You!

As we get closer to release date, some of you have been asking if there’s anything you can do to help. So we’ve put together a few ideas:

1) Spread the word! Face to face, twitter, carrier pigeon – whatever works for you. We’ve even made a handy button for your blog or website – just copy and paste the html in the box below:

Tales for Canterbury blog button

<a href="http://randomstatic.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&amp;cPath=1_10&amp;products_id=51"><img src="http://annacaro.org/images/blog_button_Tales_for_canterbury.jpg" alt="Tales for Canterbury Blog button" /></a>

2) Interview us. We know many of you have your own blogs, and we’d love it if you can help us get the word out through them. Rather than a traditional blog tour, our preference is if you could send us a few (five or so) questions to which we’ll email you some responses. They can be on Tales for Canterbury, our own writing, or anything else you think your readers may be interested in. Please note that we’re unlikely to start answering these until TfC is at the printers, and will probably spread them out over a few weeks.
If you’re keen, email marketing AT randomstatic DOT net, remembering to state which of us you’d like to interview, including your questions and a link to your blog. And if there’s something a bit different you’d rather do please let us know – we’re not wedded to one particular format.

3) Display our poster. If you work – or even live – somewhere that gets a lot of foot traffic you can download and print this pdf.

Introductions, the last

We have the proof reading back! We’re just waiting to hear from a couple of authors, and finalize a few small things – so close now!

We have our last lot of introductions today, so without further ado…

Jesse Bullington is the author of the novels The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart and The Enterprise of Death. His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in various magazines, including Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Chiaroscuro, Jabberwocky, and Brain Harvest, as well as in anthologies such as Ekaterina Sedia’s Running with the Pack, James Lowder’s The Best of All Flesh, and Robin Laws’s The New Hero II. He currently resides in Colorado and can be found online at www.jessebullington.com.

Philippa Ballantine is the author of Geist with Ace Books, with another three books in that series coming out shortly; and Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, coming out from Harper Voyager this Spring. She is New Zealand’s first podcast author, and a Sir Julius Vogel winner for her podiobook Chasing the Bard. You can find out more about her at pjballantine.com

RJ Astruc’s fiction has appeared in like a billion places including Abyss & Apex, Strange Horizons, and Basement Stories. Her latest novel is A Festival of Skeletons; her new novel, Harmonica + Gig, is coming out in 2011. You can find RJ (and piles of free fiction) online here: www.rachelastruc.com

Have you ordered your copy?

Hi folks! As we approach the point at which we can release the digital version, we also get closer to sending the print files off to the press. So far sales have been great, and we’ve got a nice sized order to place. That said, there is always room for more!

The bigger our initial print run, the less expensive the cost of printing is, so if you haven’t placed a pre-order yet, now is the time to do so. Remember, the cheaper the cost of printing, the more money makes its way to Christchurch, and that’s what this is all about.

If you could please spread the word this week – send links, talk to friends, make your pre-order – that would be fantastic!

The last section is out with proof readers and we’ll be getting that back over the weekend – it won’t be long now!

Thanks for your support 🙂