So! I have sold my time-travelling soup novel Savor Station to Tor, one of the biggest publishers in science fiction! And you may have some questions:
What Is Savor Station about?
According to the press release, it is “Kitchen Confidential Meets The Fifth Element by way of Wes Anderson, about a destitute philosopher who wins a free meal at the best restaurant in the known universe and ends up gaining life lessons with a sense of good taste along the way.”
…don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t sell your weird novels, kids!
But what is Savor Station really about?
The secret to Savor Station is that it’s a sideways sequel to my Nebula-nominated novelette Sauerkraut Station, taking place on the same station many years later. Things have changed greatly on this nowhere station after the events of the war, obviously, but some characters put in reappearances. If you loved that story – and holy crap, after Flex, it’s the story I get the most fan mail about – then you’ll be happy to see what Lizzie is up to.
(Which means that when Ann Leckie bought that impossible-to-sell novelette, she helped me acquire not only a Nebula nomination but a book deal. Thank you, Ann. In the unlikely event you haven’t read her won-literally-every-science-fiction-
That sounds awesome! Where can I buy it? When? How?
…you can’t buy it yet, because we literally just announced the book deal. It’ll likely be out in spring of 2019, traditional publishing being glacially slow, and it’ll likely be my first hardcover. Believe me, I’ll let you know when you can buy it.
If you’re desperate to read an upcoming book from me, allow me to remind you that my post-singularity thriller The Uploaded is due out from Angry Robot this September, it is currently available for preorder from both Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and that preorders really, really help an author out more than just about anything else.
It says this is a two-book deal. So there’ll be a sequel to this sorta-sequel?
Probably not. Sequels are tricky beasts; even though I think the ‘mancer series ended really well (and I learned to be a much better writer along the way), the third book’s sales were predictably less than the first book’s sales. As a writer, it’s a little sad to put so much effort into a book to have it be some shadow of the first book. So chances are it’ll be an entirely different book – quite possibly the one I’m working on now, maybe another one if my editor doesn’t care for that one.
Will you be doing a book tour for Savor Station?
Jeez, if you thought I went nuts with donuts on the ‘mancer book tours, imagine what I’ll do when it’s a book literally devoted to the beauties of fine cooking in the future. I may have to buy that liquid nitrogen canister I’ve been dreaming about….
Are you happy, Ferrett? I mean, really happy?
I will never be satisfied.
But given that it took me twenty years to get good enough to publish my first book and I am now contractually mandated to publish six of them, I’m doing pretty damn well.
Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.