DIE LEBEN DES TAO

The Lives of Tao is officially bilingual (soon to be trilingual). =p

My German fans (anyone? anyone?), you can pick up a copy here and other fine establishments where joy and awesome is sold.

 

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Time Salvager Cover Reveal!

You guys! The Mighty Tor.com has the cover reveal for my upcoming novel, Time Salvager, due out July 7th, 2015. My publisher, Tor, commissioned one of my favorite cover artists, the kick-ass Mr. Richard Anderson. You can read the full Tor.com article here! Without further adieu, here it is! Ain’t. It. Frigging. Cool?! Final Time Salvager cover -small

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Loncon schedule

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Hey folks,

Loncon is around the corner! Huzzah! I have been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer alongside a bunch of fabulous people.

Here is my schedule. Come say hi if you get the chance!

 

Social Media and New Authors

Friday 11:00 – 12:00, Capital Suite 10 (ExCeL)

In an age when publishers increasingly expect authors to market themselves online and at a time when Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook make the interaction between creators and readers much easier and faster, what should new (and old) authors learn about the emerging rules of engagement? How can you market yourself without becoming notorious for the wrong reasons? Is it ever a good idea to respond to a review? What conversations should you never, ever get into?

Wesley Chu (M), Julie Crisp, Max Gladstone, Emma Newman, Danie Ware

 

Lunch with Joe Monti and Justin Landon (PRIVATE. SUPER TOP SECRET NUCLEAR LAUNCH CODES PRIVATE)

Wesley Chu, Joe Monti, Justin Landon

*Not really. We’re just doing our fantasy ping pong draft.

 

Reading: Wesley Chu

Friday 17:00 – 17:30, London Suite 1 (ExCeL)

Someone come to my reading. I will be reading excerpts from my Tao books as well as (for the first time, stuff from Time Salvager)

 

The Road Goes Ever On and On: the Wheel of Time

Saturday 12:00 – 13:30, Capital Suite 14 (ExCeL)

With the final volume, A Memory of Light, published last year, and a Hugo nomination for the entire series this year, this seems the perfect time to look back on twenty-four years of the Wheel of Time. Our panel will reflect on Robert Jordan’s achievement in creating the series, its runaway success, Brandon Sanderson’s completion of the work, and the lasting influence of WoT on the fantasy genre. [draft description]

Adam Whitehead (M), Wesley Chu , Harriet McDougal, Maria Simons, Peter V. Brett

 

Agent Hunting

Saturday 14:00 – 15:00, South Gallery Pgm Room (ExCeL)

What you need to know to maximise your chances of getting an agent

Wesley Chu, Peter Newman, Dr. Martin Owton, Francis Knight

 

Reading the Other

Saturday 18:00 – 19:00, Capital Suite 13 (ExCeL)

Reading and interpreting stories is an intensely subjective process, and what the reader experiences may not always be what the writer intended. This can cause problems, notably when reading across cultural boundaries: writers may structure their stories or use tropes in ways that readers are not used to, or even find ‘wrong’. What tools and approaches to reading across boundaries are helpful? When is the onus on the writer to explain, and when is it on the reader to do more work?

Nick Wood (M), Wesley Chu, Leslie Ann Moore, Ben Peek, Tori Truslow

 

Autographing 3 – Wesley Chu

Sunday 12:00 – 13:30, Autographing Space (ExCeL)\

Kaffeeklatsch

Sunday 14:00 – 15:00, London Suite 5 (ExCeL)

Wesley Chu , Kate Elliott

It’s Kate, me, coffee, scotch, our insecurities, and sock puppets.

What could go wrong?

 

Hugo Awards Ceremony Rehearsal

Sunday 15:00 – 17:00

I’ve never been an ambi-turner.

 

Hugo Award Reception

Sunday 18:00 – 20:00

This is the pre-party for nominees. I can take a plus one.

 

Hugo Awards Ceremony

20:00 – 22:00

Hosts Justina Robson and Geoff Ryman will host the celebration of best in SFF. Let’s rock this party.

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The Lives of Tao is out of print. Kind of.

UPDATE: I have just been assured that the reprint is coming! It’s just taking a little longer to get the order signed off!

You guys,

It seems there is an emergency shortage of copies of The Lives of Tao. The good news is that the Random House warehouse has run out of stock and I’m about to go into another reprint, my 7th so far. Not gonna lie, that’s pretty awesome to hit a 7th edition reprint after only 13 months.

Now the bad news. The reprint isn’t coming, at least not now. Due to unknown reasons, possibly with the scarcity of mass market paperback pulp, problems at my publisher (Angry Robot Books and its parent company Osprey), or a glitter explosion at the Random House printers, no more books are being printed at this time. At least there is no ETA yet. What could possibly be the hold up? Hmm…

For those who already own a copy of The Lives of Tao, it is now a collectors item! You might have paid $8 for it, and it’s probably worth $5 used. Well, now that it’s pseudo out of print, it’s probably worth um…$5 still.

If I’ve signed it, it’s probably worth $4. Sorry.

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I am off to educate children. Oh the humanity!

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Tomorrow, I’m heading to Michigan State University’s Young Authors’ Conference where I will be one of the Writers in Residence alongside the very cool  Nnedi Okorfor and Sarah Prineas.

I’ll be teaching workshops on writing action scenes to young authors from grades five through twelve. If I don’t make it out alive, please tell my wife and dog that I love them.

Here is the full schedule:

Friday Evening

  • 6:00 PM Public reading with Guest Authors at Schuler Books in Eastwood Towne Center, Lansing: This event serves as the conference kick-off. It’s an optional event, free and open to the public. We’d love for you to join us.

Saturday

  • 8:15 – 9:00 Check-In (Bessey Hall): Start your day by picking up your personalized conference folder and informally meeting fellow writers and conference staff. You can stop by the book vendor at this point or during breaks throughout the day.
  • 9:00 – 9:30 Welcome (Bessey Hall): The conference director will greet everyone and introduce the day’s events.
  • 9:30 – 12:30 Morning Sessions (Bessey Hall): All participants will workshop their stories, meet with one of our Writers-in-Residence, and attend sessions on topics like plot, revision, and publication.
  • 12:30 – 1:30 Lunch (Bessey Hall)
  • 1:30 – 4:00 Afternoon Sessions (Bessey Hall)All participants will workshop their stories, meet with one of our Writers-in-Residence, and attend sessions on topics like plot, revision, and publication.
  • 4:00 – 4:30 Closing Remarks (Bessey Hall): We’ll end the day with a short closing ceremony.
  • 4:30 – 5:00 Book Buying and Author Signings (Bessey Hall): We’ve built in extra time to get new books and have them signed by our Writers-in-Residence.

If you’re in the area, stop on by! You can follow us on twitter hashtag #MSUYAC2014

 

 

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Donde Esta Senor Chu?

I’m off too Phoenix Comic Con! Huzzah! If you’re around, please stop by my table (yes, they gave me one) at 2416. Here’s a handy dandy interactive map from the fine folks at phxcc. They even gave me a little bio.

Here’s my panels. Stop by if you can!

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The Rebirths of Tao has been completed.

Title says it all.  The Rebirths of Tao has been delivered to my editor at Angry Robot Books. Final word count for this draft is 135,700.

Time for a drink.

SO SAY WE ALL.

 

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Wiscon schedule

Hey folks, here’s my Wiscon programming. If you’re there, look me up. let’s hang. Good lord I have 6 panels!

Decision-making for a Radical Future Fri, 2:30–3:45pm Senate B
Panel: Gyan Davies, Wesley Chu, Richard F. Dutcher, Jim Lutz, Eric Mallory
Past years’ panels regarding anarchism have highlighted a crucial aspect of any social justice oriented groups: how decisions are made in a way that maximizes empowerment and inclusion for all participants. Let’s talk about the pitfalls of democratic process, consensus-based decisions, and the issues that arise in trying to make decisions efficiently and justly. We won’t adjourn until WE REACH CONSENSUS (just kidding [maybe]).

 

Reaching Readers: Best Practices for Writers Sat, 1:00–2:15pm Conference 4
Panel: Sally Wiener Grotta, Wesley Chu, Liz Gorinsky, Melissa F. Olson, Trisha J. Wooldridge
Whether a writer is self-publishing ebooks, serializing fiction online, or promoting traditionally published books, modern technology is rife with opportunities (and pitfalls) for connecting with readers. The old advice about writers remaining aloof is outdated—especially in marginalized communities. Aloofness is a privilege that writers can’t afford. When self-publishing it’s impossible if you want to be successful. But should writers participate in “readers only” spaces like Goodreads? What should writers do to foment their own fandom, if anything? Facebook has throttled pro pages—has anything replaced them? What are the do’s and don’ts of serializing as part of a web presence? Do mailing lists work? What do readers want from authors online and how can authors benefit from that relationship?

 

The Joys of Failure Sun, 10:00–11:15 am Conference 5
Participants a. m. boardman, Wesley Chu, Philip Kaveny, Nike Sulway, Blair MacGregor
All too often, we treat failure as a bad thing that stops us rather than a feedback mechanism to help us be more awesome if we try again—especially those of us who are targeted by oppression. The inner statistician might keep track of all the shots that we miss while playing basketball and the inner critic might fill us with regret for trying, guilt for failing, or shame for being the kind of person who does so, but nobody can ever know how many shots we might have made if we had tried again. Some of these ideas were expressed recently in the Failure Club series on Yahoo Screen, which featured the trials and failures of eight brave New Yorkers who dared to hope for extraordinary results. This panel is an opportunity to look at failures through a more empowering lens.

 

SFWA: Is It Relevant? Is It Useful?  Sun, 1:00–2:15 pm Conference 4
Panel: Ann Leckie, Wesley Chu, Gary Kloster, David D. Levine, Grá Linnaea
Many accomplished sf/f writers don’t qualify for full membership in SFWA. Other organizations, such as RWA do a lot more for writers at every level. With the latest election, the SFWA Bulletin problems, and the attack on one of our Guests of Honor by one member of SFWA and its results, do we as feminists and writers want to be part of that organization? Can working from within to change it have real results?

 

Wuxia as Fantasy Tradition  Sun, 2:30–3:45 pm Caucus
Panel: Tari, Wesley Chu, Catherine Lundoff, Megan Moore, Oyceter
Discuss how the fantastic manifests in wuxia, how it is similar and different to the Western fantasy genre. We can also discuss its historical roots in classic novels like Water Margin and Three Kingdoms, as well as its influences on related genres like modern HK action films.

 

Death-Defying Feats of Moxie (READING) Sun, 10:00–11:15 pm Conference 1
 Panel: Gwenda Bond, Richard Butner, Wesley Chu, Rebecca Maines, Christopher Rowe
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Happy Anniversary To Me!

On April 30th, 2013, The Lives of Tao was released upon the world. Today is officially my one year anniversary of being a published author. To be honest, this date crept up on me when I sat down to write this post. So much has happened. How could it have only been a year?

Not gonna lie; I feel like I’ve been playing this writing game for a long time now, as if I was living dog years or maybe fruit fly lives or what not. I couldn’t quite figure out how the past year felt so different from the ones before. I asked Twitter why, when looking back at the past year, that it felt like four lifetimes ago? Here were my responses:

Uh…Thanks Ilana.

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Bullet Time! Pew Pew

Then I realized what has happened. Being an author has turned me into a time traveler. Okay, not so much being able to jump into the future or visit the past kind of time travel, but it has allowed me to slow down the days as if I was living my life now in Bullet Time. Yes, my entire life right is Max Payne without the messed-up-but-awesome storyline or that damn crying baby. (Yay to no crying babies.)

Anyway, yes, I am now a time traveler. Before, when I worked at these soul-sucking large financial institutions, my twenties flew by like a blur. One moment I was a fresh-eyed optimist coming out of college ready and willing to do whatever it took to succeed, the next I was a self-loathing corporate drone sitting in a six-by-six cubicle with red-walled shag rugs built during the Fifties. I felt like I was trapped in a giant hamster wheel and I couldn’t figure out how to get off. One day, I woke up and was thirty years old. The next day, I was thirty-five and discovered that I needed to start trimming my bushy eyebrows.

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Hear that suction?

Now I write full time. It’s a huge pay cut from the financial industries but damn it, I remember my days now and I don’t go to bed wondering what the holy hell I am doing with my life. I wake up looking forward to going into the office (fifteen steps from my bed) and am completely happy working overtime. There are still days when I want to smack myself (just not in the face) to make sure I’m not dreaming.

The best part of all this is that it’s only been a year even though it’s felt like four. I get to go to war every day with my manuscripts, dine in Valhalla at night, and then do this all again tomorrow. Forever. And It’s awesome.

In 2013, I published The Lives of Tao and The Deaths of Tao. The Rebirths of Tao is dropping Dec 31st, 2014. My first Tor book, tentatively titled Time Salvager, is coming out July 2015 with the second in 2016.

I’ve been nominated for the 2014 John W. Campbell for Best New Writer. The Lives of Tao won the Alex Award and was a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist for best Science Fiction, and I’ve sold about six times more books than I thought I would. I’ve signed three book deals since I’ve started this journey and have five total books under contract, and it’s all happened in the past 365 days. How batshit crazy is that?

I am hugely grateful to all the people who have helped me along the way: My publishers Angry Robot Books and Tor Books, my agent Russell Galen, my wife Paula and my supportive family, and all the readers who have helped make my fledgling career such a wonderful experience. So THANK YOU all for making my dreams come true and turning me into happy Max Payne. You guys rock!

 

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Winning the Internet

 

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Double Kindle Daily Deal!

You guys!

Both The Lives of Tao and The Deaths of Tao are today’s Amazon Double Kindle Daily Deal! That’s a mouthful, eh? But yeah, both books are just $1.99 today only. That’s less than a latte. It’s a great bargain (at least I’d like to think so) so get on your deal on!

Let’s see how high we can push the Amazon Bestsellers ranking.

BTW, I’ll be chirping this deal all day. Sorry. if I get on your nerves. It will never happen again. Okay, I’m lying. It might. You can take advantage of the deal here!

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