Archive for December, 2008

Big Year for Orphans

December 31, 2008

2008 was busy for the Jason Wander series, and for its author.

In January, I was honored to serve as Marscon 2008’s Writer Guest of Honor, in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Great Con, with great guests and great people.

In April Little Brown Orbit released Orphan’s Journey, Jason Wander book 3,  in the US and Canada.  Books 1 and 2 were simultaneously reissued with updated, matching covers.  By year end, all three had reprinted, and Orphan’s Journey had made local bestseller lists as far away as Australia. 

If you don’t speak Bookbiz, “reprint” means the books exceeded the publishers’ and booksellers’ expectations by selling through their original print runs, so they had to print more.  Publishers often first-print a gazillion copies of a book with buzz-building fanfare, but sell only a half-gazillion, and eventually destroy the unsold paper mountain.  Either way can be profitable, but selling through and reprinting is easier on the planet.    

Of course, the publisher, in its prior Time-Warner Aspect corporate identity, had already reprinted the original 2004 and 2005 releases of books 1 and 2 several times.  In fact, I believe Orphanage  in English is now selling into its tenth reprint, counting US, UK and book club editions.

Speaking of editions, May, 2008 also saw the release of Spanish and Czech language editions  of book 2, El Destino del Huerfano and Sirotkov Osud, respectively.

In August, Orbit released the aforementioned UK editions of books 1, 2 and 3.  August also gave me the chance to renew acquaintances with authors and booksellers I know from my years in Colorado, at WorldCon 2008, aka Denvention 3, in the Mile-High city. 

September was my chance to renew acquaintances with 35,000 of my closest friends at Atlanta’s DragonCon.

In November, the UK edition of Orphanage reprinted, and the production process for book 5, Orphan’s Triumph, which will be released in both US and UK editions in Spring, 2009, was well underway.

What’s on tap for 2009?  Come back In January, and I’ll fill you in.

Happy New Year!

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Orphan’s Triumph launch set

December 17, 2008

Orbit will release Orphan’s Triumph, book 5 of the Jason Wander series, in the US and Canada in mass market paperback June 1, 2009.  The thumbnail at left provides a peek at Calvin Chu’s fifth cover fororphan_triumphfinal-21 the series.  Might be the best yet.

The UK edition will be released at about the same time, with the same art but slightly different cover copy.

Reader Review Wins Free Stuff

December 12, 2008

The Great Big Reader Review Contest ended yesterday.  The winning review was by SPC James Herrington, posted from Dhi Qar Province in Iraq. 

He reviewed Jason Wander Book 2, Orphan’s Destiny for Amazon.  An excerpt: 

“Simply great science fiction for anyone, anywhere. Whether you are sitting in the shade of a humvee in the desert trying to keep cool or sitting in your favorite chair at home…Buettner captures the essence of what it is to be an infantryman: the sand and dirt, the gallows humor that we all indulge in to keep relatively sane.”

I’ll be contacting SPC Herrington, as well as other winners, by separate email about prizes and delivery arrangements.  Thanks to all participants and congratulations to the winners. 

You can read SPC Herrington’s full review of Jason Wander Book 2, Orphan’s Destiny on Amazon’s page for the book;   http://www.amazon.com/review/product/0316019135/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?%5Fencoding=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#R13GYXYX54EU95