So, the other day a blogger posted their predictions for next year’s Hugo ballot for Best Novel. (Strikes me as a bit early in that game, but hey, de gustibus, and if that’s what they enjoy thinking about and writing about, I genuinely wish them all the enjoyment the topic can afford them.)
Flatteringly enough, they considered Ancillary Sword to be a likely candidate. Unless, of course, AS turns out to be an utter disaster. Or unless it didn’t actually come out this year–they cited the lack of a pre-order button on Amazon and the lack of marketing push to be signs that perhaps the book would be delayed.
So. Just so it’s clear. I’ve been largely silent on the Amazon business, but I’ll say explicitly here that yes, Orbit is part of Hachette, and all of that Amazon vs Hachette business is indeed affecting my books. Amazon is delaying shipment of paper copies of Ancillary Justice, and has removed the pre-order button on Ancillary Sword. It has nothing to do with the book not coming out on time.
(I am not happy with Amazon right now, and have stopped buying anything at all through them. I probably won’t go back to it if I can possibly help it. But I haven’t called for any kind of Amazon-avoidance, largely because I’m pretty sure a lot of readers are more or less locked into Kindle at this point. Personally I’d have advised against getting into that position to begin with, but cost is a factor there, with vanilla e-readers being cheaper than the tablets that let you run various bookstore apps, and besides I can’t tell you all how to run your book-buying lives. So, buy your books wherever works best for you.)
The marketing push? Well, you know, you push too early and by the time the thing comes out everyone’s either sick of it or has forgotten. Push too late and you don’t get the buildup you want in time for release. Early reviews are only just now coming out. Things are moving along as they should be.
At any rate, here are a few of those early reviews: Publishers Weekly liked it, Kirkus liked it. There’ll be a (starred, I’m told!) Library Journal review come September. There was a lovely review in RT Book Reviews, which I can’t link to because it’s in the latest issue.
So. Mark your calendars! Ancillary Sword will be out on October 7.
I’ll be doing some signings in the St Louis area in the week or two following its release, by the way, so watch this space for times and locations.